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CATALOGUE OF THE LIBRARY BELONGING TO MR. THOMAS W. FIELD. With SUPPLEMENT TO THE CATALOGUE OF THE LIBRARY OF MR. T.W. FIELD, INCLUDING BOOKS OMITTED IN THAT LIST ...
2 volumes bound in 1.
McKay 1985 and 1988, completely priced in the margin of the main catalogue and the supplement. Field (1821-1881) was a Brooklyn teacher who made his fortune in real estate. The largest portion of his library was devoted to the history and culture of the North American Indian. Significant buyers at the sale included William M. Darlington, Samuel W. Pennypacker, and Brayton Ives (see Dickinson, Dictionary of American Book Collectors. p. 116). Describes 2663 and 661items. Ex library copy with markings including the name of the library perforated on the title page. Covers very worn and detached. Paper is acidic and has pieces chipped away along edges. Book block loose. Housed in a cloth case.
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First edition (Levis, p. 468; Bridson & Wakeman B48; Goldsmith 22503; Kress C. 414). All six plates present. With the bookplate of Gavin Bridson. An important comment on the prevention of forgery. Contains a number of articles including: one by T.C. Hansard who proposed the use of Diamond type arranged in patterns (including an example plate); by T. Ransom recommending copper plate engraving (including a sample bank note showing the work of three different engravers); by R.H. Sully also recommending copper plate engraving (with a sample bank note and an engraved plate showing the design for a new copper plate printing machine); and by Richard Williamson recommending steel engraving (with two fine steel engraved plates). Old ink stamp of Mercantile Library of Philadelphia on a number of the pages and all the plates. The plates are faintly water-stained.