Rare Signed and Inscribed Library of Willam C. Bolivar, African American Rare Book Collector

BRIGHT, Nellie, ed. Library of William C. Bolivar Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Together with Printed Tracts, Magazines, Articles, Reports, Addresses and Miscellaneous Not Enumerated. Americana, Negroana, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Lincolniana, Rare Pamphlets, Travels, Africana, Etc. Philadelphia: Penna, 1914.

8vo (5.5 x 8.5 in.). Original wrappers (some wear, partial spine separation, dampstain to lower corner).

INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Bolivar to front wrapper.

Only and FIRST EDITION. This pamphlet, of which only 250 were printed, lists over 800 titles of the remarkable collection of William Carl Bolivar (1849-1914) and is an invaluable record of his library. Bolivar wrote for the Philadelphia Tribune under the nom de plume “the Pencil Pusher” as he attempted to respond to Frederick Douglass’s appeal to “keep the past in lively memory.” He also made a monumental contribution to African American history and book collecting by amassing a library upwards of 3,000 volumes. He lived to see the publication of this bibliography, passing away just six months later. Quite scarce, OCLC locates 8 copies.


Toned edges, chipping to corners, partial spine separation, dampstain to lower corner, even toning to pages.

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