Little did I know when I posted Ventures in Book Collecting last April that we would still be in the midst of this coronavirus epidemic seven months later.
Notice any difference? I'm still one of those people who are at higher risk during this pandemic.
I'm just a year older! But I'm still hanging in there! I'm still collecting books! Lots of them! In this post, I'll display and discuss some, but not all, of the books I've acquired in the last seven months.
Books About Books is, by far, my biggest collection. And I have added to it. I now have over 1400 Books About Books.
Years ago, I had a copy of Magee's first book on cataloguing. I sent it to Gabriel Austin when he was still at Four Oaks Farm in New Jersey. And he and Mary Hyde shared a few chuckles when he read Magee's cataloguing advice out loud after dinner one night.
One of the largest books I recently purchased was The Pioneer Ameericanists: Early Collectors, Dealers, and Bibliographers by J. Kevin Graffagnino and others from the Clements Library. The book, which I bought from Oak Knoll Books, is a little over 13 inches tall and is shelved with my other oversized books. It's a little hard to handle, but enjoyable to read.
Speaking of forgeries, this next book was published in 1934, the same year that An Enquiry Into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphlets was published. In the latter book, John Carter and Graham Powell questioned the authenticity of pamphlets of numerous nineteenth-century authors including Matthew Arnold, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Algernon Charles Swinburne. While Carter and Powell did not specifically accuse Thomas J. Wise of being the forger, all the evidence they provided pointed to Wise as the forger. Wise was the owner and creator of the great Ashely Library, the foremost collection of three centuries of English literature. From 1922 to 1930, Wise published a catalogue of the Ashley Library in ten volumes. Each volume was introduced by one of the premier bookmen of the day. And in 1934, the New York bookseller William H. Smith published a book containing the ten introductions, each containing glowing praises of Thomas J. Wise and his Ashley Library.
Getting back to Roswitha's book, David, Viscount Eccles gave this book to his wife Mary, Viscountess Eccles.