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Of this Vol. 1 of American Book-Prices Current, only 400 copies bave been printed from type, and the type distributed.
RECORD OF BOOKS, MANUSCRIPTS AND AUTOGRAPHS
WITH THE PRICES REALIZED
This first volume of AMERICAN BOOK-PRICES CURRENT has been prepared upon the same general lines as the English compilation of similar character, now in its ninth year. That compilation has become an almost indispensable book of reference to all who have occasion to know about the value of rare and out of print books. Owing to the large number of books by American authors and books relating to American subjects which find no place in the English work, it is believed that the present volume, and its succeeding issues, will be found even more useful to American booksellers, librarians, and bookbuyers in general.
Almost every lot selling for $5.00 and upward appears in the record, as well as hundreds of items selling for $3.00 and over, more particularly first editions of American authors, and that large class of comparatively low-priced Americana for which the Brinley Catalogue has been the only accessible record of value. Low-priced books in other classes have been included wherever it seemed desirable to do so, without mak. ing the compilation too extensive.
Since in the American auction room most of the purchases are made under an assumed name, and as the buyers in most cases do not wish their identity revealed, it has not been thought advisable (nor would it have been possible in the present vol. ume) to insert the names of the buyers. If means can be found to secure this information it will be inserted in the suc. ceeding volumes.
The descriptions have been taken from the auctioneers' cata. logues. An effort has been made to reduce them to uniformity, but the great labor involved has not permitted the necessary comparison and re-writing of titles to bring about absolute uni.