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AT THE TRADE SALE ROOMS, 498 BROADWAY, NEW YORK,
J. E. COOLEY.
GEO. A. LEAVITT, Auctioneer.
ON MONDAY, JUNE 6Th, 1864,
AND FOLLOWING DAYS,
J. E. COOLEY,
The Books described in this Catalogue comprise, it is believed, the largest collection relating to the United States that has ever been offered for sale at auction on this Continent. Their acquisition has occupied much of the time and not a little of the means of their owner for the last twenty years; and an inspection will satisfy the amateur that much taste has been displayed in the choice of select and fine copies of some of the rarer books.
Among the prominent features of the Library are the numerous works (over two hundred) printed by Benjamin Franklin, Keimer, Sower, the Bradford family, and other of the early American printers.
Of some of the rarer books there are duplicates; it must not, however, be inferred that they are the less scarce. The object in getting a duplicate was to secure, if possible, a better copy than the one in possession. The best copy usually occurs first in the Catalogue. Many of the books are on large paper, some are privately printed, and several are extensively illustrated ; preēminent among them is an almost matchless set of Irving's Life of Washington, illustrated by about FIFTEEN HUNDRED PORTRAITS AND PLATES, also autographs of George Washington, Washington Irving and other celebrities. Second only in interest to the above is a very beautiful copy of Everett's Life of Washington, extended to quarto, and illustrated by one hundred and thirty-five Portraits and Plates. The Memory of Washington was fitly and eminently an object of Mr. Wight's admiration, as the long list of "Washingtoniana" will sufficiently prove. Among the other illustrated books, are choice copies of Walton and Cotton's Angler; a copiously illustrated copy of Granger's History of England, Clarendon's Rebellion, Leland's Ireland, &c.
The large number of books by, and relating to, Thomas Paine, are not unworthy of notice. Mr. Wight, however, desires it to be understood that