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in the two catalogues, including the autographs, was 4153, and
the total amount realized was $34,086.72.

The library of the late Frederick D. Stone, Librarian of the
Historical Society of Pennsylvania, was sold by Stan. V. Henkels,
in Philadelphia, in two sales of October 18 and October 26. The
collection contained many interesting pieces of Americana and was
especially rich in books relating to Pennsylvania.

The library of the Middlesex Mechanics Association, of Lowell,

Mass., was sold by C. F. Libbie & Co., in three sales, of November

2 and 3, November 16 and 17, and December i and 2. The books

all had library stamps and the prices were oftentimes low. The

catalogues included a number of long sets of periodicals and series

of Government publications, which rarely come up in auction

The library of the late Dr. Leonard R. Koecker was sold by Mr.

Henkels, on December 2. Dr. Koecker was one of the earlier
generation of book-collectors, contemporary with John Allan, and
one of the few book-collectors who have enjoyed binding their own
books. He became expert in all branches of bookbinding, and his
library contained a number of specimens of his handiwork.

In the sale of February 8 and 9, by C. F. Libbie & Co., was in-
cluded the musical collection of the late Alexander W. Thayer, of
Cambridge, Mass. It contained a number of German musical
serials, some American music engraved by Paul Revere, etc.

A lot of books, sold by Bangs & Co., February 16, 17, and 18,

included a number of works by, or relating to, Charles Lamb.

Among the rest was the then supposedly unique copy of the first

edition of his “Mr. H."

The library of the late James H. Brown, of Malden, Mass.,

a collector of everything relating to the drama and the American

stage, was disposed of by C. F. Libbie & Co. in three sales. The

books were sold April 12, 13, and 14, the autographs on May 11,

12, and 13, and the playbills (which do not find a place in our com-

pilation) on June 15 and 16.

The library of the late Francis B. Hayes, of Boston, occupied

four days' sale, the catalogue comprising 1873 lots, and was sold
by Bangs & Co., April 26 to April 29. Among the books were
some attractive titles, including the folio Shakespeares of 1623,
1632, 1663, 1664, and 1685, and the first five editions of Walton's

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fine ones, the folios all having more or less in facsimile, and the Waltons being cut-down and inferior copies generally. The collection also included a number of standard sets, which sold at prices below the average. It is probable that if the library had come up for sale a month earlier the prices would have been better. The sale took place immediately after the beginning of the war with Spain, and buyers were temporarily overcautious.

Several consignments of remainders from English booksellers were sold during the year. The catalogues for several of these sales were identical. We have not recorded every sale of many of the books, but have included a representative selection. The same may be said of some other modern books.

Our compilation is consulted primarily for prices as a guide to estimating values of other copies of the same books offered for sale. To aid the collector in his estimates, we have this year incorporated in the form of notes to 470 of the more important and interesting items records of 1540 previous sales of the same books at auction in England or America. Those who have undertaken to look up a number of previous records of sales at auction will appreciate the fact that the drawing off of these notes has required a considerable expenditure of time.

We have this year also, for th first time, prefixed to the date of sale the name of the owner of the library, where such name was made public. As is well known, a book will bring a better price when sold in an important sale than when sold with a quantity of uninteresting items. To have the name of the sale given in the record will, therefore, often remove the necessity of referring to our chronological list.

The arrangement is identical with the two preceding volumes. Books are entered under their author, where the author is known; otherwise, under the first important word of the title. To this there are some exceptions. Anonymous histories and biographies will usually be found under their subjects. The publications of clubs and societies are usually under the name of the society; but occasionally publications of some of the minor societies will be found under the name of their author. Different books by the same author are arranged alphabetically by titles, and different editions of the same book are arranged according to date of publication. The autographs are, of course, arranged alphabetically by authors.

The full period covered may be found by referring to the chronological list of sales following this preface. The number in parenthesis is the original lot number in the sale catalogue. Books in American auction rooms are sold by the volume, but the prices here given are for the lot, not per volume.

In the Index the books are classified by subjects. We have tried to make it especially full in American local history. As many collectors are interested especially in books relating to certain States and towns, local histories have been put under the State and afterward under the town. The names of States have been set in black-faced type and those of the towns in small capitals.

The abbreviations used in describing the autographs are well known to all collectors. A. L. S. is Autograph Letter Signed; A. L. is Autograph Letter, unsigned ; L. S. is Letter Signed, the signature only autographic; D. S. is Document Signed.

L. S. L. September, 1898.

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September 20 and 21, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New

York by Bangs & Co.
September 22 and 23, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New

York by Bangs & Co.
September 29 and 30, and October 1, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection.

Sold in New York by Bangs & Co.
September 30 and October 1, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in

Boston by C. F. Libbie & Co.
October 4 and 5, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New York

by Bangs & Co.
Ootober 6, 1897. A Portion of the Library of Rudolph August Witthaus,

M.D. Sold in New York by Bangs & Co.
October 7 and 8, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New York

by Bangs & Co.
October 8, 1897. Remainders consigned by John Grant, Edinburgh.

Sold in Boston by C. F. Libbie & Co.
October 12 and 13, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New

York by Bangs & Co.
October 14 and 15, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New

York by Bangs & Co.
October 18, 1897. Historical Library of the Late Frederick D. Stone,

LL.D., Librarian of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Sold in Philadelphia by Stan. V. Henkels.
October 18 and 19, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New

York by Bangs & Co.
October 19 and 20, 1897. The Libraries of George B. Chase and John

P. Dale. Sold in Boston by C. F. Libbie & Co.
October 20, 21, and 22, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New

York by Bangs & Co.
October 25, 1897. English Books consigned from Edinburgh. Sold in

Philadelphia by Stan. V. Henkels.
October 26, 1897. Miscellaneous Books from the Library of the Late

Frederick D. Stone, LL.D., and from other sources. Sold in

Philadelphia by Stan. V. Henkels.
November 1, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New York by

Bangs & Co.
November 2 and 3, 1897. Library of the Middlesex Mechanics Associa-

tion of Lowell, Mass. Part II. Sold in Boston by C. F. Libbie

& Co.
November 3, 4, and 5, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New

York by Bangs & Co.
November 8 and 9, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New

November 9 and 10, 1897. Library of the Late Henry D. Wireman, of

Philadelphia. Sold in Philadelphia by Stan. V. Henkels. November 12, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New York by

Bangs & Co. November 15 and 16, 1897. Library of the Late Richard Burnett, with

Additions. Sold in New York by Bangs & Co. November 16 and 17, 1897. Library of the Middlesex Mechanics Associ

ation of Lowell, Mass. Part III. Sold in Boston by C. F. Lib

bie & Co. November 17 and 18, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New

York by Bangs & Co. November 19, 1897. A Collection of Law Books. Sold in New York

by Bangs & Co. November 22 and 23, 1897. The Library of the Late J. P. Ancker, of

Cincinnati. Sold in Cincinnati by The Ezekiel & Bernheim Co. November 22, 23, and 24, 1897. A Valuable Collection of Americana.

Sold in New York by Bangs & Co. November 26, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New York by

Bangs & November 29 and 30, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New

York by Bangs & Co. December 1 and 2, 1897. The Library of the Middlesex Mechanics Asso

ciation of Lowell, Mass. Part. IV. Sold in Boston by C. F. Lib.

bie & Co. December 1, 2, and 3, 1897. A Valuable Collection of Americana. Sold

in New York by Bangs & Co. December 2, 1897. The Private Library of the Late Dr. Leonard R.

Koecker, of Philadelphia. Sold in Philadelphia by Stan. V.

Henkels. December 6, 7, and 8, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New

York by Bangs & Co. December 9, 10, and 11, 1897. The Private Library of the Late Thos.

J. Hoskinson, of Philadelphia. Sold in Philadelphia by Stan. V.

Henkels. December 10, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New York by

Bangs & Co. December 10, 1897. New English Publications consigned by John Grant,

Edinburgh. Sold in Boston by C. F. Libbie & Co. December 13, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New York

by Bangs & Co. December 14, 1897. A Collection of Autograph Letters. Sold in Bos

ton by C. F. Libbie & Co. December 15, 16, and 17, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in

New York by Bangs & Co. December 21 and 22, 1897. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New

York by Bangs & Co. January 5, 6, and 7, 1898. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New

York by Bangs & Co. January 10, 1898. Law Books from the Library of Judge Geo. M.

Dallas, of Philadelphia. Sold in Philadelphia by Stan. V.

Henkels. January 10, 11, and 12, 1898. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New

York by Bangs & Co. January 12 and 13, 1898. The Library of the Late Rev. David Sherman,

of Brookline, Mass., together with other Consignments. Sold in

Boston by C. F. Libbie & Co. January 13, 1898. A Miscellaneous Collection. Sold in New York by

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