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“ He gave a Continent England: yet no one can point to the few feet of earth she has allowed him in return."
Hon. RICHARD BIDDLE: Memoir of Cabot, p. 223 (see no. 341).
N N 1876 our first special list of Americana, styled
"Of late-founde-Landes and Islands Westwarde" was issued; it was followed, in about five years, by a more extensive catalogue “Of the
Thewe worlde." Both these collections were wholly sold out, the large majority of the books having been sent to collectors in the New World. The present collection of Americana is, therefore, an entirely fresh one. It has been accumulating for some nine years; since the issue of the latter list we have placed all such books aside for the present catalogue, then designed to be printed in about two years, but pressure of business has repeatedly delayed publication. During this long interval we have carefully abstained from picking out any “nuggets
nuggets” for our own wants-all that we have secured during this period is here listed. As well as being far larger in extent than either of the former collections, the books are carefully described. Although graced by no such extraordinary gem as the unique “Mather Collection" of our first catalogue, this volume describes many rare and some unique books, the interest of which we have endeavoured to indicate. The arrangement is alphabetical, by AUTHORSHIP, when possible : we would point out that a second alphabet begins at page 137.
In describing each work we have been at great pains to state any defect, the illustrations in every case have been collated, and in many cases the text also; every work (if not otherwise described) is sold as perfect. It is extraordinary how many books have had to be cast aside as defective; the few which, for various reasons, we have elected to catalogue, are carefully described as imperfect. Our “cloth” means original cloth, as issued ; “hf.” “mor.” and similar abbreviations are used for the inferior bindings only.