Smith, Harry Bache. A Sentimental Library: Comprising Books Formerly Owned by Famous Writers, Presentation Copies, Manuscripts, and Drawings. NP: Privately printed, 1914. Tan cloth over vellum spine with gilt spine titles, top edge gilt, 19 by 28.5 cm, color frontis, xxvi 332 pp., illus. Light spotting on the vellum, wear at the corners and head and tail of the spine, and a nick near the center of the edge of the back cover. Inscribed and signed by Smith to a New York sporting book collector: “For Mr. Owen Culbertson / with best wishes / Harry B. Smith / August, 1930.” Lyricist and composer, Smith was one of the most prolific of all American stage writers, said to have written over 300 librettos and more than 6000 lyrics, including the 1890 operetta Robin Hood. Smith was also a prominent book collector who competed with the likes of Henry Huntington and John Pierpont Morgan. When Smith sold his collection at the outbreak of World War I, it went to A.S.W. Rosenbach, a collection that, according to Dickinson, Rosenbach used to “launch his career.” This bibliography describes Smith’s varied collection. Dickinson, p. 289. We ship our books in boxes or cardboard wraps, never in bags. Bay Leaf Books (Member ABAA, ILAB, IOBA) is an open shop dedicated to offering fine books for discriminating readers. NOTE: Additional shipping will be required for overseas orders. (os) First Edition.
Title: A Sentimental Library: Comprising Books Formerly Owned by Famous Writers, Presentation Copies, Manuscripts, and Drawings - Signed
Categories: Books on Books,
Publisher: NP, Privately Printed: 1914
Book Condition: Very Good
Seller ID: 1326