Boston: Little Brown & Co, 1927. First Edition Limited #297 of 760 copies. SIGNED by Rosenbach on the limitation page. Large 8vo. xv, , 311,  pp. 40 plates; in text illustrations. From the Alfred Sutro library with his personalized red leather bookplate. Half-brown cloth spine over brown paper-covered boards; cream paper title label on spine; housed in publisher's tan paper-covered slipcase with cream title label on spine. Two small marks on front cover of the book else a fine copy in near fine slipcase (upper rear edge has been professionally reinforced). Item #20765
An autobiographical telling of a unique bookseller career filled with the acquisition and sales of priceless books, manuscripts and documents. Abraham Simon Wolf Rosenbach (1876 – 1952) was an American collector, scholar, and seller of rare books and manuscripts. In London, where he frequently attended the auctions at Sotheby's, he was known as "The Terror of the Auction Room." In Paris, he was called “Le Napoléon des Livres”, which translates to “The Napoleon of Books." Many others referred to him as “Dr. R.”, a “Robber Baron” and “the Greatest Bookdealer in the World”. Rosenbach is credited with popularizing the collecting of American literature at a time when only European literature was considered collectible. He also advanced the idea of book collecting as a means of investment and published several articles and books to increase interest in rare books and manuscripts. Mr. Rosenbach also helped to build some of the finest libraries in the world, including the Rosenbach Museum & Library and The Morgan Library amongst others.