1002. [BIBLIOGRAPHY]. SHAW, Ralph R. & Richard H. Shoemaker, et al (compilers and editors). American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist. New York: Scarecrow Press, 1958-1996. Volumes for years 1801-1845. Includes author indices for 1801-1809 and 1820-1829; title indices for 1801-1819, 1820-1829, and 1830-1839; Printers, Publishers and Bookseller Index for 1801-1819; and Addenda for 1801-1819. 54 vols., 8vo (22.5 x 14.5 cm) , original cloth, except vol for 1846, which is blue leather. Volume for 1820 is defective, wanting all before p. 19, and mysteriously having the title page and the first 32 pages of the second edition of Vance and Tracey’s Illustration Index for periodicals (Scarecrow, 1966); lacks author index volume for 1810-1819. Very fine condition.

     First editions. The editorship passed to various other people, and the title was changed starting with the 1820 volume to A Checklist of American Imprints. Beginning with the volume for 1830, neither of the two original editors any longer worked on the compilations, which were continued by various other hands.

     Despite the advent of OCLC and other electronic marvels, this set remains indispensible and records information unavailable elsewhere. At times the only listing for an American map will be in this set. Sets in good condition have become rare and expensive.


Sold. Hammer: $300.00; Price Realized: $367.50.

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