Auction Catalog for Thomas Jefferson's Library, 1829

Summary

Thomas Jefferson assembled a new library after selling nearly all his personal collections of books to the U.S. government in 1815. Three years after Jefferson's death, his family sold this "retirement" library to satisfy creditors. This catalogue lists the books to be sold at the auction. Joshua Cohen, a recognized, 19th-century colonial currency and early American documents collector, owned this copy.

Thomas Jefferson assembled a new library after selling nearly all his personal collections of books to the U.S. government in 1815. Three years after Jefferson's death, his family sold this "retirement" library to satisfy creditors. This catalogue lists the books to be sold at the auction. Joshua Cohen, a recognized, 19th-century colonial currency and early American documents collector, owned this copy.

Artifact

Auction catalog

Date Made

1829

Subject Date

27 February 1829

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

30.1104.2791

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8.625 in

Width: 5.625 in

Inscriptions

Handwritten, front cover: Joshua I. Cohen Front cover: CATALOGUE. | PRESIDENT JEFFERSON'S | LIBRARY. A CATALOGUE of the extensive and valuable LIBRARY of the late President Jefferson (copied from the original MS., in his hand-writing, as arranged by himself,) to be sold at auction, at the Long Room, Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington City, BY NATHANIEL P. POOR, ON THE [blank] FEBRUARY, 1829. Sale to commence at [blank] o'clock, [blank] M., and will be continued from day to day, until the whole library is disposed of. PRICE OF CATALOGUE, TWELVE AND A HALF CENTS. (Note.--Taking into consideration the circumstances which make it necessary to dispose of the Library of Mr. Jefferson, and anxious to realize as much for those concerned as is practicable, it is hoped that the small charge of 12 1/2 cents for the catalogue will not be thought unreasonable, though unusual in this section of the country.) WASHINGTON: | PRINTED BY GALES AND SEATON. | 1829.

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