“CHILDREN’S BOOKS HAVE SUCH A MANY-SIDED APPEAL…”: A.S.W. ROSENBACH’S MONUMENTAL CATALOGUE OF EARLY AMERICAN CHILDREN’S BOOKS, 1933
ROSENBACH, A.S.W. Early American Children’s Books. Portland, Maine: The Southworth Press, 1933. Quarto, publisher’s full blind-decorated blue morocco gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt, uncut, original slipcase with printed paper label. $1200.
Signed limited first edition of the celebrated Philadelphia bookseller’s authoritative bibliography of early American children’s literature, number LXVIII of only 85 copies on Zerkall Halle paper (of a total edition of 673 copies) signed by Rosenbach, in publisher’s morocco-gilt and slipcase.
“The anomaly of the childless bachelor collecting children’s book… added to the spice of the handsome catalogue handsomely produced of a pioneer collection in a fast-growing field… Everywhere the book should have been noticed it was—and favorably, too” (Wolf, 389).
Spine mildly toned. A fine copy.