Manuscript library catalogue on paper of H.W. Eastman. Two vols. Vol. I: 104 leaves listing books, six blank leaves, & 23 leaves of miscellaneous accounts, dated 1852-54 with pasted-in clippings of remedies and recipes; Vol. II: 18 leaves (9 are blank) with manuscript label on upper cover "Unbound books & pamphlets H.W. Eastman." 200 x 175 mm. Vol. I in cont. half-calf & marbled boards (new spine); Vol. II: orig. sheep-backed marbled boards (worn)
by EASTMAN, H. W.
[North Hempstead, Queens County, New York?]: before 1864 This large American library of some 3000 volumes containing American, English, and Scottish printed books. The earliest American printed material is from the late 18th century and there are some earlier English printed books. The most recent book we can locate is dated 1863. The owner of this library is very probably the attorney and businessman Henry W. Eastman (1826-82), of North Hempstead, Long Island. He had a successful practice specializing in real estate law, and was a co-founder of the weekly paper The Plaindealer and the Queens County Bar Association, and the founder of the Roslyn Savings Bank. Of special interest are the descriptions of various bound pamphlets containing monographs about the Central Park (1809), Brooklyn ferries (1859), works of local history, remarks on native Americans, slavery, etc. Many of the titles are concerned with law, politics, and history. Several quires of the first volume sprung and a few leaves in the second volume of the catalogue loosely laid in. A highly interesting catalogue of an American private library. A scarce survival.
(Inventory #: 5781)
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