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BOOK-PRICES CURRENT

ALPHABETICAL ARRANGEMENT
throughout, with cross references.

Being a Record of the Prices at which Books have been
sold at Auction, with the Titles and Descriptions of the
Books in full, the Catalogue Numbers, the Names of the
Purchasers, Special Notes on certain Books.

Demy 8vo. bound in buckram, and printed on good paper, with fine margin for notes, price £1 12s. 6d. net each.

Opinions of the Press.

"We acknowledge, with much pleasure, that Book Prices Current' is now the most carefully edited work of its kind published in this or any other country."-Athenæum.

"With the present season of book auctions, 'Book-Prices Current' reaches its 25th year, and it is, we believe, the only purely bibliographical periodical in existence which has continued to appear for a quarter of a century regularly, uninterruptedly, and with a promptitude which is a credit to those who produce it and a boon to those who use it. It has had many rivals and imitators, both at home and abroad; but the only effect of this rivalry has been many improvements in matters of detail."-The Times, Sept. 29th, 1911. "It exhibits all those good qualities of accurate record which have raised the publication to such a position of universal esteem."-Publishers' Circular.

Uniform with BOOK-PRICES CURRENT,

INDEX

ΤΟ

BOOK-PRICES CURRENT

1907-1916.

Constituting a Reference List of Subjects and, incidentally, a Key to Anonymous and Pseudonymous Literature.

"If money, as Anthony Trollope neatly put it, be the reward of labour, too much is certainly not asked for the labour which has 'marshalled into order a manuscript involving 33,000 distinct titles and considerably over 500,000 numerals.' The typographical arrangement of the volume will receive praise from those who can understand the difficulties of the printers' task."The Guardian.

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RECORD OF THE PRICES AT WHICH BOOKS

HAVE BEEN SOLD AT AUCTION,

FROM OCTOBER, 1922, TO AUGUST, 1923,
BEING THE SEASON 1922-1923,

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INDEX TO

Book-Prices Current

Volumes XXI. to XXX.

For the Years 1907-1916,

FORMING A KEY ΤΟ BOOK-PRICES CURRENT, AND, INCIDENTALLY, ΤΟ ANONYMOUS, PSEUDONYMOUS, AND SUPPRESSED LITERATURE, WITH A SUPPLEMENT OF BIBLIOPHILES AND BIBLIOPOLES.

Uniform with "Book-Prices Current." Demy 8vo.

The Clique says:-"In the course of testing a great number of references, to see whether we could discover any errors, we are glad to say that we can find none. This is high praise when the author says in his preface, 'This Index contains about one hundred thousand entries, while the numerals employed, which closely approach a million, almost defy counting.' Among the great advantages of the Index may be mentioned the promptitude with which the reader may now find and compare the relative value of any book during the decade covered (bringing to a point the various copies sold), enabling him to ascertain whether its value has increased or dimished during the period. . . . The Second Index is so superior to the former one that the permanent value of 'B.P.C.' as a bibliographer's guide is increased fourfold. This index is one of the largest ever compiled, and it represents three years' work."

The Library Association Record says:-"These volumes are indispensable to every reference library, and add considerably to the reputation of English Bibliography."

LONDON:

ELLIOT STOCK, 7, Paternoster Row, E.C.

MADE IN ENGLAND.

Durring
Gart

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INTRODUCTION.

THIS, the thirty-seventh volume of BOOK-PRICES CURRENT, although containing a slightly less number of pages than the preceding volume, is nevertheless an important and very interesting record.

The activity of the season, as reflected in the following pages, has been widespread, and some of the books offered for sale represent the best-known art treasures of the literary world; many old friends also recur in a very regular way, and still keep up their market prices.

The record of the Sales in New York for the past season points undoubtedly to the fact that the great purchasing public there are still eager for the best items. Large purchases by Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach have again been a prominent feature of the Season 1922-23, notable items secured being "The Mazarin Bibles," the Ryall book, and an uncut Kilmarnock Burns purchased at the Carysfort Sale of July 2nd. In addition to the nineteen specially selected Early Printed books selected from this library, another important section of the wonderful library of Mr. Christie Miller, of Britwell Court, was sold on March 12th, and good prices were realised, Dr. Rosenbach being the largest buyer. The importance of these two sales can be judged from the fact that they produced respectively £35,550 and £63,336; in the latter sale Dr. Rosenbach's purchases amounted to £53,641.

Many other important collections have been dispersed during the season: The Brocket Hall Library, a selection from the library of the Earl of Powis, two selections from the Syston Park Library, two selections from the Cassiobury Park Library, the library of the late T. J. Cobden-Sanderson and W. H. Hudson, a selection from the library at Arundel Castle.

In New York, the libraries of Mrs. W. F. Sheehan, J. Parker Norris, and other valuable collections were sold. The season-both as regards numbers and quality of items— comparing very favourably with the sales of previous years.

English and European rarities of literature continue to pass from these shores to the United States, and keen though the desire may be to keep these treasures for ourselves, our regret at being unable to do so is lessened by the knowledge that they are housed and cared for by a great Englishspeaking nation. Many of the rarities will pass into national libraries and will not again come on the market, thus preserving for all time some examples of the earliest work issued from the first printing presses of the world.

May, 1924.

F. P.

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