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Of this volume of AMERICAN BOOK-PRICES CURRENT
only six hundred copies have been printed from
type at the University Press, and the type has been distributed.
RECORD OF BOOKS, MANUSCRIPTS, AND AUTOGRAPHS SOLD
AT AUCTION IN NEW YORK, BOSTON, PHILADELPHIA,
1896, TO SEPTEMBER 1, 1897, WITH
THE PRICES REALIZED.
COMPILED FROM THE AUCTIONEERS' CATALOGUES
LUTHER S. LIVINGSTON.
DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY.
HE present volume of AMERICAN BOOK-PRICES CURRENT records 8562 items from 110 sales of books and autographs at auction. These 110 catalogues represented 215 days' sales, and comprised upwards of 80,000 lots, of which only about one tenth find a record in our compilation. Most of this large proportion of discarded lots sold for less than $3.00 per lot. A few selling at higher prices were thrown out on account of imperfect descriptions in the catalogues, making it difficult to identify the books. Books in print, selling at or near our limit of price, have been for the most part discarded in order to prevent our volume becoming too extended.
An especial effort has been made to include all American books, local history, genealogy, etc., selling at or above our limit of price. This year, for the first time, we include a few volumes below that limit, principally first editions of the greatest American authors, favorites of collectors, and whose rarer books sell at high prices. These have been mostly selected from the Bierstadt and Roos sales.
The arrangement is identical with that of last year's volume. Books are entered under the author where the author is known, otherwise under the first important word of title, or, in rare instances, principally local history and biography, under the subject. publications and transactions of Clubs and Societies will be found, usually, under the name of the society, but sometimes under the name of the author, or of the city where the society is located. Periodicals will, for the most part, be found under their titles, in a few cases under the name of their editor. Some translations are entered under the name of the translator instead of the author, being most likely to be sought for under that head. Different books by the same author are, for the most part, arranged alpha