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its always 0.05, what happened?

Booksellers discussion

May 3, 2015 12:09:15 AM PT

book insertion fee rise to 0.3?

Full title:

The Psalmes of David Translated into Divers and Sundry Kindes of Verse, More Rare and Excellent for the Method and Varietie Than Ever Yet Have Been Done In English . . . Now First Printed from a Copy of the Original Manuscript, Transcribed by John Davies, of Hereford, in the Reign of James the First

with the verso page:

From the Chiswick Press by C. Whittingham for Robert Triphook Old Bond Street 1823

 

I found one, here: https://www.vialibri.net/cgi-bin/book_search.php?refer=start&sv=fFNpZG5leXxQc2FsbWVzIG9mIERhdmlkfHx8fA%3D%3D&yearmax=1823&wt=20&fr=s&sort=pr&order=asc&lang=en&act=search&cty=US&hi_lo=hi&curr=USD&y=9187

But mine is in a non-descript black binding with fading gilt on the spine. 

Provenance: 

1) Mercantile Library of New York # 13902 in what appears to be contemporary script and ink: I am not equipt to do chemical analyses, but the blackish ink is sort of faded. I've seen enough early 19th century hands and dates to say it is relative to the publishing date contemporary; and in any case one would expect a library to acquire the book promptly if it fit their mission at the time.

There are three stamps peppered throughout the book, which was done in the 19th century to prevent thieves from stealing the more valuable werkes [sic] but later on ... 

2) Address label of one Karl E. Schmutzler, a collector who's estate has been piecemealed out over the last month with more to come. He was written up in Smithsonian for his Niagara collection and had a large library, with great taste but little concern for first printings or editions--a reader, in other words.

The book could be a library rebind. The example to which I linked is also a rebind (much finer). As to the book, it is similar as to the description.

So: the questions.

A) The example is finely bound where as mine is not. Assuming that I have one of the 250 copies (which remains to be seen) what value is added to the book for the ornate rebind vs. my plain (and assumed to be library) rebind?

B) If it turns out that I have the original binding of this printing would that make my copy more valuable than the finely rebound copy?

I believe I will have a better chance of discovering what I have through researching the library it came from rather than pouring through Bibliographies as the number is quite low, assuming they numbered the books consecutively upon acquisition. There were 700 of them in the lending portion of the library the first year. I would assume many more in their reading room. There is no indication of circulation log or card envelope, but I have no idea what system might have been used nearly 2 centuries ago. 

Any help will be appreciated. 

Booksellers discussion

May 3, 2015 9:35:30 AM PT

Sidney Psalter Chiswick 1823

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