London: O. Rich, 1832. 129pp. Contemporary three-quarter red morocco and cloth, spine gilt, rebacked, with original spine laid down. Some wear to extremities. Library Company of Philadelphia duplicate, with their deaccession bookplate on front pastedown, and embossed blindstamp on front flyleaf and titlepage. Good. Item #WRCAM53248
The first catalogue of Americana issued by Obadiah Rich, who along with Henry Stevens of Vermont "made the soundest contributions to the knowledge of America in the period 1830 to 1860. In 1828 Rich moved to London where he maintained a bookshop which rapidly became a center for American collectors in search of the early history of their country. To this shop resorted [Carter] Brown and [James] Lenox, and later, George Brinley, Peter Force, Thomas Aspinwall, James C. Brevoort, and Henry C. Murphy. Rich's growing knowledge of the European beginnings of American history was put to good use in the compilation of catalogues - the earliest dated 1832 - which at the time were used as Checklists by Brown and other collectors" - Cannon. This copy exhibits some use as a checklist, as well, with occasional pencil underlining of the catalog numbers. CANNON, AMERICAN BOOK COLLECTORS, p.66.