A Catalogue of Books on Freemasonry, and Kindred Subjects


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New York: William Gowans, 1858, 1858. Fourth edition. 8vo; pp. fifty-nine, twelve (publisher's non-masonic catalogue). Backstrip missing 1 1/2-inch piece at foot; some pp. opened roughly; else a good copy or better in original gilt-stamped brown cloth. The enlarged Fourth edition of a catalogue originally published in 1848. Gowans was a Scottish-born bibliophile and publisher who came here when he was twenty-five, boarded with the family of E. A. Poe, became a bookseller, collector and publisher. After his death in 1870 his executors sold at auction some 250,000 bound volumes, after eight tons of pamphlets had been sold as waste paper. (DAB) (Item ID: 000866)

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