New Haven, Ct. [1980-2022]. 376 catalogues. Numerous illustrations, some in color. About ten catalogues in photocopied facsimile. Original printed or pictorial wrappers. Condition varies but generally fine or as new. Item #WRCAM41235
William Reese Company issued its first catalogue in January of 1980 (Bill worked with other dealers and wrote a number of other catalogues from April 1975). Some forty years later we are at catalogue 376, and a run takes up approximately eleven linear feet of shelf. Despite the vicissitudes of storage and shelf space, we have retained a few complete sets of our catalogues for sale. In these catalogues we have issued tens of thousands of books for sale in our fields of Americana, travels and voyages, natural history, and American and English literature, with side excursions into photography, painting, and the graphic arts. Many of the catalogues are thematic by place (such as a given state), time period (such as Americana before 1700), events (such as the American Revolution), genre (such as broadsides), or reference work (such as our well-known STREETER SALE REVISITED catalogues). Thousands of books which appear in these catalogues were never offered for sale in other formats. Many have found these catalogues valuable reference tools, and we can certainly say they provide an important record of the rare book market in our generation.