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The Brinley Sale - Landmark Americana

The Brinley Sale - Landmark Americana


6 volumes. 306;200;179;254;158;120 pages. 25 cm.

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Geo. A. Leavitt & Co., Auctioneers. New York. Catalogue of the American Library of the Late Mr. George Brinley, of Hartford, Conn. PARTS I-V and Index. Hartford: Press of the Case Lockwood & Brainard Company, [1878-1946]. 6 volumes. 306;200;179;254;158;120 pages. 25 cm.

The first five parts are original sales catalogs as compiled by James Hammond Trumbull. All of the parts are in very good condition and all of the original printed wrappers are present. The index volume, compiled by William I. Fletcher, is a 1946 Burt Franklin softcover reprint of the 1893 Revised edition which included the prices realized.

The six volumes are uniformly bound in red cloth with binders title, GEORGE BRINLEY CATALOGUE in gilt on black polished leather labels. Bookplate of Winston Broadfoot in each volume and a small sticker from the sale retained on the front paste down of the index volume.

The preface is signed in pencil: "Dr. Trumbull" and a small newspaper clipping concerning the sale is tipped in to volume one and hand dated: "Post, Mar. 12, 1879." A very nice set of books. The Brinley Sale was remarkable for its rare and early American imprints. Joseph Sabin is listed as the auctioneer for the first sale.