Third Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Mercantile Library Association of Saint Louis, Missouri. January, 1849.
Minutes of the third annual meeting of the Saint Louis Mercantile Library Association, including excerpts from its constitution and regulations, lists of its board of directors in 1846, 1847, and 1848, and an eight-page Report from the library’s Board of Directors, signed in print by Alfred Vinton, President. With a “Treasurer’s Report” with four debit/credit statements of the library association.
The board’s report notes a growing membership, the library’s debt-free status, and increased spending for books, periodicals, and bookbinding and compares the library favorably with other mercantile libraries in New York, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Boston. Includes a list of “the most important and costly” books added, some discussion of the selection of books based on “good morals” and “good taste,” and the determination “...to prepare an improved catalogue [based on Harvard’s] of our books, and to have it printed.” (pp16–18)
Description: Third Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Mercantile Library Association of Saint Louis, Missouri. January, 1849.
Saint Louis: Printed by Chambers and Knapp, 1849. 8vo., 20 pages. Removed, dbd., without original wrappers; Very Good.