In this set, the ten Supplement fascicules (published 1958-1969) have been bound in two volumes by Bernard Middleton to match the publishers' bindings of the five-volume Catalogue (published 1937-1952) View larger
In this set, the ten Supplement fascicules (published 1958-1969) have been bound in two volumes by Bernard Middleton to match the publishers' bindings of the five-volume Catalogue (published 1937-1952)
  • In this set, the ten Supplement fascicules (published 1958-1969) have been bound in two volumes by Bernard Middleton to match the publishers' bindings of the five-volume Catalogue (published 1937-1952)
  • The Arents copy of Martin Waldseemüller's Cosmographiae Introductio (Saint-Dié, 1507), containing an account of the second voyage of Amerigo Vespucci; it is the earliest book to mention tobacco. Five other copies of the edition (BAV 45) are recorded: JCB, Huntington, LC, BL, BnF.
Brooks (Jerome Edmund), 1895-1983, Dickson (Sarah Augusta); O'Neil (Perry Hugh), compilers
New York Public Library, Arents tobacco collection

Tobacco : Its history illustrated by the books, manuscripts and engravings in the library of George Arents, Jr. Together with an introductory essay, a glossary and bibliographic notes [by Jerome Edmund Brooks; volume 5 index by Anne M. Nill] § Tobacco. A catalogue of the books, manuscripts and engravings acquired since 1942 in the Arents Tobacco Collection at the New York Public Library. From 1507 to the present. Compiled by Sarah Augusta Dickson [parts 8-10 compiled by Perry Hugh O’Neil] (Arents Tobacco Collection Publications, 7-12)

New York, Rosenbach Company (vols. I-IV: Camden, NJ: Haddon Craftsmen; vol. V: Portland, Maine: Anthoensen Press) / New York Public Library, 1937-1952; 1958-1969

Five volumes (34 × 24.5 cm), I (Imprints 1507-1615, 1937): xvi, 544 pp., including colour frontispiece, numerous illustrations printed with the text (7 printed in two or more colours). II (Imprints 1615-1698, 1938): xii, 564 pp., including frontispiece “View of the Library at ‘Hillbrook’, Rye, New York”), numerous illustrations printed with the text (10 printed in two colours). III (Imprints 1698-1783, 1941): viii, 546 pp., plus colour frontispiece (folding), numerous illustrations printed with the text (17 printed in two colours). IV (Imprints 1784-1942, 1943): (12) 386 pp., including colour frontispiece, numerous illustrations printed with the text (1 printed in two colours). “A synoptical chart [illustrating the chief divisions of the history of tobacco] has been placed at the inner back cover” (inserted in a pocket). Printed slip tipped-in at end: “In the Colophon the name of Richard Ellis was inadvertently omitted. He should also [with Jerome E. Brooks] be given credit for designing this book”. Printed card loosely inserted: “Such a large amount of additional material has been included in TOBACCO it will be necessary to publish a fifth volume containing the Index and notes on recent acquisitions. This volume is in preparation and will be sent without additional charge to those who have subscribed to a set of TOBACCO. May 1st, 1944”. V (Index, 1952): (8) 328 pp., including frontispiece portrait of George Arents, Jr. The five volumes uniformly bound in publisher’s orange cloth, bevelled boards, morocco lettering-pieces.

Offered with [Supplement] Tobacco: a catalogue of the books, manuscripts and engravings acquired since 1942 in the Arents Tobacco Collection at the New York Public Library. New York: New York Public Library, 1961-1969. Ten parts bound in two volumes.

A fine, complete set of the catalogue of the private library of George Arents Jr (1875-1960), privately printed in New York between 1937 and 1943 in an edition of 300 copies (this set is number 292). In 1944, the collection was received by the New York Public Library, and in 1952, an index volume (names of authors and subjects) was prepared by the New York Public Library. Ten supplements describing later additions to the collection were compiled by Arents Librarian Sarah Augusta Dickson and Curator Perry O’Neil from 1958 to 1969; subsequent acquisitions have been catalogued electronically. There are 3956 individual, catalogued entries (4235 separate, physical items). “Although the collection is devoted to tobacco and includes almost every important work dealing with the subject, it also contains many historical, literary, and artistic works in which tobacco appears only incidentally” (NYPL). ¶ Faultless set.

Subjects
Private libraries - Arents (George, Jr), 1875-1960
Rare books - Collections, USA - New York Public Library
Science books - Botany - Collections, USA - New York Public Library
Authors/Creators
Brooks, Jerome Edmund, 1895-1983, compiler
Dickson, Sarah Augusta, compiler
New York Public Library, Arents tobacco collection
O'Neil, Perry Hugh, compiler
Owners
Arents, George, Jr, 1875-1960
New York Public Library, Arents tobacco collection
  • This collection contains

  • Brooks (Jerome Edmund), 1895-1983, compiler; Nill (Anne M.), indexer
    New York Public Library, Arents tobacco collection

    Tobacco: Its history illustrated by the books, manuscripts and engravings in the library of George Arents, Jr. Together with an introductory essay, a glossary and bibliographic notes

    New York, Rosenbach Company (vols. I-IV: Camden, NJ: Haddon Craftsmen; vol. V: Portland, Maine: Anthoensen Press), 1937-1952

    Five volumes (34 × 24.5 cm), I (Imprints 1507-1615, 1937): xvi, 544 pp., including colour frontispiece, numerous illustrations printed with the text (7 printed in two or more colours). II (Imprints 1615-1698, 1938): xii, 564 pp., including frontispiece “View of the Library at ‘Hillbrook’, Rye, New York”), numerous illustrations printed with the text (10 printed in two colours). III (Imprints 1698-1783, 1941): viii, 546 pp., plus colour frontispiece (folding), numerous illustrations printed with the text (17 printed in two colours). IV (Imprints 1784-1942, 1943): (12) 386 pp., including colour frontispiece, numerous illustrations printed with the text (1 printed in two colours). “A synoptical chart [illustrating the chief divisions of the history of tobacco] has been placed at the inner back cover” (inserted in a pocket). Printed slip tipped-in at end: “In the Colophon the name of Richard Ellis was inadvertently omitted. He should also [with Jerome E. Brooks] be given credit for designing this book”. Printed card loosely inserted: “Such a large amount of additional material has been included in TOBACCO it will be necessary to publish a fifth volume containing the Index and notes on recent acquisitions. This volume is in preparation and will be sent without additional charge to those who have subscribed to a set of TOBACCO. May 1st, 1944”. V (Index, 1952): (8) 328 pp., including frontispiece portrait of George Arents, Jr. The five volumes uniformly bound in publisher’s orange cloth, bevelled boards, morocco lettering-pieces.

    On the creation of the collection, see H. George Fletcher, “Indomitable Collector: George Arents, Jr. and The New York Public Library” in Biblion: The Bulletin of The New York Public Library, volume 9 (Fall 2000-Spring 2001), pp.87-103.

  • Dickson (Sarah Augusta); O'Neil (Perry Hugh), compilers
    New York Public Library, Arents tobacco collection

    Tobacco: a catalogue of the books, manuscripts and engravings acquired since 1942 in the Arents Tobacco Collection at the New York Public Library

    New York, New York Public Library, 1961-1969
    Ten parts in two volumes (34 × 24.5 cm), Volume I (1958-1961). Part 1 (Imprints 1507-1571, 1958): (4) pp., 52 pp., including frontispiece portrait of George Arents, Jr., and view of the collection installed in NYPL; plus 12 leaves of plates (nos. 1-24). Part 2 (Imprints 1571-1589, June 1959): (4) pp., pp.53-98 (2); plus 14 leaves of plates (nos. 25-52). Part 3 (Imprints 1590-1609, December 1959): (2) pp., pp.99-146; plus 12 leaves of plates (nos. 53-76). Part 4 (Imprints 1610-1619, October 1960): (2) pp., pp.47-192; plus 14 leaves of plates (nos. 77-104). Part 5 (Imprints 1620-1632, March 1961): (4) pp., pp.193-240, plus 6 leaves of plates (nos. 105-116). Errata slip tipped to p.217. Part 6 (Imprints 1632-1650, October 1961): (2) pp., pp.241-300; plus 18 leaves of plates (nos. 117-152). Volume II (1962-1969). Part 7 (Imprints 1651-1672, March 1962): (4) pp., pp.301-384 (2), plus 12 leaves of plates (nos. 153-176). Part 8 (Imprints 1673-1687, November 1967): (4) pp., pp.385-475 (3), plus 12 leaves of plates (nos. 177-200). Part 9 (Imprints 1687-1702, July 1968): (2) pp., pp.477-565 (3), plus 12 leaves of plates (nos. 201-224). Part 10 (Imprints 1703-1724, June 1969): [no half-title issued], pp.567-650 (2) plus 12 leaves of plates (nos. 225-248). The two volumes uniformly bound in cloth by Bernard Middleton (to match volumes I-V; upper covers of publisher’s printed wrappers bound in).
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