FIFTY YEARS OF BEST SELLERS 1895-1945
Hackett, Alice Payne
First edition, later printing. Jacket chipped with spine faded. With lists of books.
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CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, HIS OWN BOOK OF PRIVILEGES 1502
by Stevens, Benjamin Franklin
Limited to "Only Twenty Copies Printed, all being for Private Distribution. No. (blank)" (this copy is not numbered). This special version of just the introduction to this facsimile has a separate half-title on which is printed "Presented by the author to (blank)" at the top of the page. Historical introduction by Henry Harrisse. Compiled, edited and a preface by Benjamin Franklin Stevens, the son of Henry Stevens. With descriptions of the documents in the Paris Cartulary, two color illustrations of the coat of arms of Columbus and the hand-illuminated dedication page. Also includes a separate plate showing the "bag in which Columbus transmitted the Book of his Priviledges to the Genoese Ambassador, March, 1502." Spine is slightly rubbed, with minor scratching to the cover. Well-preserved copy.