- New York: The Bibliographical Society of America, 1972.
- tall 8vo.
- xii, 104 pages.
- ISBN: 4841903542
Price: $20.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 63680
This supplement is essential to anyone possessing the THIRD CENSUS OF INCUNABULA IN AMERICAN LIBRARIES which was published in 1964. According to Frederick R. Goff, despite the publication of the THIRD CENSUS, new acquisitions and changes in ownership were being reported at an astonishing rate prior to this date. A table included in the introduction to the THIRD CENSUS shows that 3,560 additions alone were made in 1971 compared to 11,956 entries made between the years 1940 and 1964. As a result, roughly much more than one-third of the estimated output of the printing presses operating in the fifteenth century was now available for research in America. Though Goff admits that some books, those found in the stock
of American antiquarian booksellers' stock may have been returned to Europe, he asserts that it is safe to say that the total number in American ownership is far in excess of 50,000 and that probably less than one percent of the incunabula in American ownership have escaped the dragnet of the three previous Censuses and this supplement.
Goff has taken the opportunity in this supplement to correct a number of errors and misprints found in the previous Censuses. He states that his methodology is quite simple. For corrections in authorship, title-entry or imprint, the present THIRD CENSUS number is cited followed by an "N.B:," which furnishes additional or revised information. Additional references or corrections to earlier citations follow the abbreviation "Ref:." New copies or changes in ownership follow the abbreviation "Cop:," using the symbols of the 1964 CENSUS or new ones found in the supplementary register of owners not previously recorded. For a number of dealers who reported only one or two titles, their full names appear since Goff decided not to include them in the register of owners. When a registrant has added or disposed of a second copy or has acquired additional volumes of multi-volume set, the owner's initials are given and the revised information is given in parenthesis following immediately afterwards.
This supplement together with the 1964 Census now stands as a more accurate and reliable record. In a Postscript added to this supplement's introduction, Goff writes of additional reports that bring the total number of incunabula up to 51,147, incrementing the previous number by 397, which are incorporated in this supplement.
Spine lightly faded, else near fine. From the private reference library of Dorothy Sloan with a commemorative bookplate loosely inserted.