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In the “Private Libraries of New York,” the description of this Collection of Books was thus introduced.

“This collection, which the possessor hardly dignifies with the name of library, includes about four thousand five hundred volumes. It is not complete in any one department; nor has completeness been sought in any department but one, it having accumulated in the course of Mr. White's study of literature and art, round a small, but valuable nucleus inherited from his father and his grandfather—an accomplished scholar and divine, whose conversion from the Church of England to the Church of Rome attracted some attention about forty years ago. It is richest in Shakespearian literature, in the Drama, in English Poetry, in Black-letter books, and in works upon Music and the Arts of Design; but it is not without a respectable array of volumes in all those departments of letters, except Biography, which are of interest to cultivated readers.

“ The collection is noticeable on account of the character and condition of the books which compose it. For although it does not contain many volumes which bibliomaniacs would regard as of great rarity and price, no inconsiderable portion of it might properly be designated as scarce,' and no book has been admitted to it which is without a recognized value. Care has also been taken to procure the best attainable copies of the best editions, and, in case of certain authors, the first edition if

possible, with the most interesting and valuable of its successors. The greater part of the collection is well bound, and so much of it with unusual excellence and beauty of workmanship, as to make this feature noticeable. Fine specimens of the work of Hayday, Lewis, Clarke, Bedford, Mackenzie, Wright, and Riviere of England, Derome, Duru, Niedrée, Capé, and Lortic,

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of France, Matthews of New York, and Pawson and Nicholson of Philadelphia, are not uncommon upon Mr. White's shelves. Many of his books are presentation copies with the author's autograph, and often a letter, inserted. Others are enriched with extracts from English Reviews and journals; and not a few are illustrated with portraits and views, which have been procured especially for them. In one respect the collection is particularly worthy of note-it does not contain a single book 'pirated’ from a British author.”

The number of books in the collection was somewhat underrated in this notice. Having been weeded, and having received some additions, considerable rather for value than for number, it now contains more than five thousand five hundred volumes.

As a catalogue was to be printed, it was thought desirable that it should include all the books in the collection. But certain of them, which are indicated by a star (*) after their numbers, will not be put up at this sale.

Of the classification of the catalogue, it may be well to say, that it is the result of the condensation of an arrangement which has been found convenient by the owner of the collection; and in such matters, convenience is the best guide. Those who examine or consult the following pages, may by the distribution of subjects, be saved from going over the titles of one class of books when their interest is confined to another. But in cataloguing, classification is difficult; and unless the number of books is very large—ten times that of this collection-even with the most elastic treatment of subject-headings, the miscellaneous department must be very large. Errors of arrangement and description, will of course be found; and they will be pardoned by those who are best qualitied for their detection. The man who thinks cataloguing books an easy task, shows by that very judgment his ignorance, and his unfitness for the labor that he underrates. He should serve a brief apprenticeship under Mr. Sabin.

It is believed that the books are so described that their character and condition will be well understood. Volumes, the binding of which is not mentioned, are in the old boards or the modern muslin. If any essential defect is not mentioned, the omission is accidental.

The collector of the books is responsible for this catalogue only so far as he is made so by its having been prepared under his general instruction and supervision.





BDY, E. S. Journal of a Residence and Tour in the

United States of North America. From 1833–34. 3 vols. 8vo,

London, 1835. 2 America and the Americans. By a Citizen of the World. Svo,

London, 1833. 3 America. Travels through the Interior Parts of. By an Officer. 2 vols. 8vo, map ; calf,

London, 1789. 4 America to England. A Voice From. By an American Gentle8vo,

London, 1839. 5 American's Guide ; comprising the Declaration of Indepen

dence ; the Articles of Confederation; the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitutions of the several States

comprising the Union. 12mo, old calf, Philadelphia, 1833. 6*American Gazetteer ; exhibiting, in alphabetical order, a much

more full account than has been given of the States, Provinces, etc., towns, etc., harbors, etc., mountains, etc., etc., on the American Continent. Over seven thousand distinct articles. Compiled by J. Morse. Illustrated with seven new and neat maps. 8vo, green calf,

Boston, 1797. 7 American Authors, Homes of; comprising Anecdotical, Personal,

and Descriptive Sketches, by Various Writers. Illustrated with Views of the Residences, from Original Drawings, and a Facsimile of the manuscript of each author. 4to, olive morocco, gilt

, gilt tops, by Matthews,

New York, 1853. Bound from the sheets in 1853; earliest impressions of the plates. 8 American in England. By the Author of "A Year in Spain.” 2 vols. 8vo,

London, 1836. 9 American Slavery. A reprint of a letter on “ Uncle Tom's Cabin,"

etc., and of Mr. Sumner's Speech. With a notice of the events which followed his speech. 8vo,

London, 1856 10 ASHE, THOMAS. Travels in America, performed 1806. 3 vols. 16mo, uncut,

London, 1808 11 BARBER, J. W. Connecticut Historical Collections, containing a

general collection of Interesting Facts, etc.; relating to the History and Antiquities of Every Town in Connecticut, with Geographical Descriptions. 8vo, calf,

New Haven 12 BEARDSLEY, E. E. The History of the Episcopal Church in Con

necticut. From the earliest to the Present Time. 8vo, frontispiece,

New York, 1866 Portrait of Bishop White inserted. 13 Berkshire, Massachusetts, History of the County of. In two parts.

The first being a general view of the county ; the second, an account of the several towns. By gentlemen in the county, clergymen and laymen. 12mo, old calf, with Maps, Portraits, and Illustrations

Pittsfield, 1829 14*BERRIAN, Rev. Wm. Historical Sketch of Trinity Church. 8vo, cloth,

New York, 1849 15 BIRBECK, MORRIS. Notes on a Journey in America. 4th edition, 8vo,

London, 1818. 16 BLODGET, LORIAN. Climatology of the United States, and of the

Temperate Latitudes of the North American Continent. With copious and numerous Isothermal and Rain Charts. Royal 8vo, uncut,

Philadelphia, 1857. 17 BROMWELL, W. J. History of Immigration to the United States,

with an Appendix containing the Naturalization and Passenger Laws. 8vo,

New York, 1856. 18 BROWN, JAMES, Life of. With Obituary Notices, etc., of respect from Public Bodies. By George S. Hillard. 8vo, Boston, 1856.

Privately printed. 19 BUCKINGHAM, J. S. America, Historical, Statistic, and Descriptive. 3 vols. 8vo. Portrait,

London, N. D. 20 BUTLER, Gen'l BENJAMIN F. Order-Book-Department of the Gulf. Major-General Butler commanding. 12mo, half morocco,

New Orleans, N. D. Autograph letter of Author. 21 CARLIER, A. Marriage in the United States. Translated from the

French by Joy Jeffries. Third edition, 16mo. Boston, 1867 22 Census, Eighth, of the United States. 8vo, London, 1862 23 CHAMBERS, WILLIAM. American Slavery and Color. 8vo, map,

London, 1857 24 Charleston. An Account of the Late Intended Insurrection among

a portion of the Blacks of this City. Published by the authority of the Corporation of Charleston. 12mo, half roan,

Charleston, 1822 Very scarce.

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