Books and Bidders. The Adventures of a Bibliophile. [signed limited edition with presentation inscription by author]
Limited, signed edition of the adventures and bibliophilic anecdotes of the most celebrated American bookseller of the 20th century, Abraham Simon Wolf Rosenbach (1876–1952) of Philadelphia. Chapters include “A Million Dollar Bookshelf,” “Sold to Dr. R!,” “Some Literary Forgeries,” “American Children’s Books,” “Old Bibles,” and “Why America Buys England’s Books.” This copy additionally inscribed and signed to Charles Lowell Bigelow, possibly a relative (?) to Charles Lowell Bigelow (1916–1963; A.B. Harvard, 1939) in whose memory a fund was established at Harvard College Library for the purchase of books on English, American, and French history.
Description: Books and Bidders. The Adventures of a Bibliophile. [signed limited edition with presentation inscription by author]
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1927. Limited Signed, Large Paper Edition, #131 of 760 copies for sale out of a total edition of 785 copies. Half tone illustrations; facsimiles. Frontis., [i–iv], , [v]–xv, 311pp + plates. 8vo. Publisher’s quarter brown cloth with paper spine label and brown paper-covered boards; tipped-in signed limitation leaf; extra spine label tipped in at end; top edge gilt; paper-covered slipcase with printed and hand-numbered spine label. Signed presentation inscription on free front endpaper: “For Charles Lowell Bigelow with every best wish A.S. W. Rosenbach.” Slipcase worn at opening, bumped at spine label, and lacking top panel; book is near fine.