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[Mathew Carey] The American Bookseller. NY, February, 1885. Complete issue, partly disbound; internally Good+ with some marginal tears repaired and chipping. Introducing a new series on the history of American publishing with The Carey-Baird Centenary, January 25, 1885. Memoir Of Mathew Carey, Founder of the House, an article by descendent Henry Carey Baird. Includes four-page facsimile (reduced) of the first issue of Carey's Pennsylvania Evening Herald and a separate steel engraved portrait of Mathew (his preferred spelling) by Sartain. $75.00

Baird briefly relates the "family tree" of the famed publishing house (Mathew's son Henry and son-in-law Isaac Lea published The American Atlas in 1822) through its many iterations but emphasis is on the founder's exciting life. A political prisoner in Dublin! Apprentices with B. Franklin in Paris! Survives a duel in America! Details given of Carey's political (mainly non-violent), civic and philanthropic activities in Philadelphia.

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