American Book-Prices Current, Vol. 18

American Book-Prices Current, Vol. 18 : A Record of Books, Manuscripts, and Autographs Sold at Auction in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, from September 1, 1911, to September 1, 1912, with the Prices Realized (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from American Book-Prices Current, Vol. 18: A Record of Books, Manuscripts, and Autographs Sold at Auction in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, From September 1, 1911, to September 1, 1912, With the Prices Realized The chief reason which brought about the very remarkable success of the sale was the great fame of the library and the high quality of so many of the books included in it. Collectors generally realized that here was an opportunity to secure fine copies of the world's most famous books, and an additional hundred dollars or thousand dollars was a small matter. And rightly, too, for in these days the great rarities among famous books must be snatched at when they appear, otherwise in many cases the opportunity to secure them does not again occur. Price and value of such things is entirely a relative matter. The collector who has the money to gratify his wishes is certainly justified in paying five times the record price for any really rare book he may want, rather than wait a year or five years for the possible chance of saving a few hundred or a few thousand dol lars. While he would have been watching for the cheaper copy he can be getting pleasure from the possession Of the book. But all this is no defense or excuse for any person paying or for a book of which a dozen copies might be gathered together from the book shops of London or New York at prices of or equal in every other respect to the Hoe copy though not possessing the book-label of that library. Some fancy prices were paid for Robert Hoe's book plates during the progress Of the sale. Mr. Hoe in his will while he instructed his executors to sell his library at auction left it to their decision whether the books should be Offered in America or in Europe, and it was a serious question for some time whether the entire library, or at least a part of it, might not be sent to London or Paris for sale. The results have certainly justified the decision of the executors. Mr. Hoe had perhaps the finest collection in America of choice French books, and the universal feeling was that this portion of the library might be sacrificed. But even the French books sold well. The more important Paris dealers were represented and a good many books went back to France. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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  • Paperback | 990 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 50mm | 1,297g
  • Forgotten Books
  • English
  • 4 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0243150032
  • 9780243150038