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CATALOGUE

OF THE

American Library

OF THE LATE

MR. GEORGE BRINLEY,

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OF HARTFORD, CONN.

PART I.

AMERICA IN GENERAL

NEW FRANCE CANADA ETC.

THE BRITISH COLONIES TO 1776

NEW ENGLAND

HARTFORD

PRESS OF THE CASE LOCKWOOD & BRAINARD COMPANY

1878

CONDITIONS OF SALE.

1. The highest bidder to be the buyer, and if any dispute arise between two or more bidders, the Lot so in dispute shall be immediately put up again and re-sold.

2. The purchasers to give their names and addresses, and to pay down twenty-five per cent. on the dollar in part payment, or the whole of the purchase-money, if required, in default of which the Lot or Lots so purchased to be immediately put up again and re-sold.

3. The Lots to be taken away at the buyer's expense and risk within three days from the conclusion of the sale, and the remainder of the purchase-money to be absolutely paid, or otherwise settled for to the satisfaction of the vendors, on or before delivery: in default of which Messrs. GEO. A. LEAVITT & Co. will not hold themselves responsible, if the Lots be lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed, but they will be left at the sole risk of the purchaser.

4. In preparing the Catalogue, care has been taken to make the description of every book full and accurate, and every deficiency and imperfection which was discovered has been noted: but the sale of any Volume or Lot is not to be set aside on account of any error in the description. The books will be exposed for public exhibition one or more days, and will be sold just as they are without recourse.

5. To prevent inaccuracy in delivery and inconvenience in the settlement of the purchases, no lot can, on any account, be removed during the sale.

6. Upon failure of complying with the above conditions, the money deposited in part payment shall be forfeited; all Lots uncleared within the time aforesaid shall be re-sold by public or private sale, without further notice, and the deficiency (if any) attending such re-sale, shall be made good by the defaulter at this sale, together with all charges attending the same. This condition is without prejudice to the right of the Auctioneers to enforce the contract made at this sale, without such re-sale, if they think fit.

GEO. A. LEAVITT & CO.

865 1966
Goverpres
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In compliance with positive directions given by the late Mr. George Brinley, his whole collection of books relating to America will be offered for sale by auction. The Catalogue of the First Part of this collection is now submitted to the public. Few of those into whose hands it is likely to fall need be informed that—within the field it covers - it comprises a greater number of volumes remarkable for their rarity, value, and interest to special collectors and to book-lovers in general, than were ever before brought together in an American sale-room. The titles of the books and tracts, though rarely given without abbreviation, will be found sufficiently full to distinguish the edition or impression, and accuracy of description as regards binding and general condition has been aimed at, throughout. All imperfections discovered by the compiler of the catalogue have been pointed out; though a rigorous collation of every volume was, under the circumstances, impossible.

Some critical readers may object to the frequent recurrence of the terms "scarce," "rare," "superlatively rare," and so on; and if such terms have been misapplied the objection is certainly a valid one. But it is believed that a thorough examination of the catalogue will show that reference to the rarity of a book or tract has been omitted when it might fairly have been made, ten times as often as it has been. made without warrant of critical bibliography. Turn, for example, to the collection of "Books printed in New England, 1640-1709" (pages 87-126), and to that of the "Works of the Mathers" (pp. 127– 176), and of the six hundred and fifty consecutive titles there are scarcely twenty that any American bibliographer could hesitate to mark "rare," or "very rare."

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