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Of this volume of AMERICAN BOOK-PRICES CURRENT
only five hundred copies have been printed from type at the University Press, and the type has been distributed
RECORD OF BOOKS, MANUSCRIPTS, AND AUTOGRAPHS
PHILADELPHIA, FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 1897,
TO SEPTEMBER 1, 1898, WITH THE
COMPILED FROM THE AUCTIONEERS' CATALOGUES
LUTHER S. LIVINGSTON.
THE 'HE present volume of AMERICAN BOOK-PRICES CURRENT
records 7547 lots, 7047 being books and 500 autographs, selected from catalogues of 114 sales. These 114 catalogues represent 219 days' sales and aggregate more than 85,000 lots. While the total number of lots and of days' sales is slightly in excess of those taking place during the preceding twelve months, there were fewer lots of sufficient importance to admit them within our compilation.
The most important library dispersed during the year was that of the late Charles Deane, which was sold by C. F. Libbie & Co., in two sales, - the first March 8, 9, and 10, and the second March 29, 30, 31, and April 1. Mr. Deane was for many years VicePresident of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and had himself published a large number of historical monographs mostly relating to early Massachusetts history. His collection contained some of the rarest books relating to New England history, and, while many of them were not faultless in condition, still they brought high prices. One of the most interesting books was a copy of the first edition of Cushman's Sermon, “On the Danger of Self Love,” being the first printed sermon preached in New England. It brought $1000, and was the highest-priced book, with a single exception, to be sold during the year. A copy of John Smith's " True Relation," of 1608, his first book, brought $1425.00, being the highest-priced item sold during the same period. Among the Deane autographs the item which brought the highest price — and the highest price of any autograph sold during the year — was a letter of William Bradford, addressed to Governor Winthrop. This, which had been given to the late Mr. Deane by a descendant of