KEBABIAN, JOHN S. Appraisal records, 1937-1960
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John S. Kebabian: Book appraisals, 1937-1960


Kebabian, John S., collector.

Book appraisals conducted for estate purposes, 1937-1960.

Physical Description: 
9 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)

Organization and Arrangement: 
Arranged by name of estate.

Historical/Biographical Note: 
John S. Kebabian, a professional book appraiser who resided in Scarsdale, New York, was an active member of the Grolier Club from 1959 until the year before his death in 1980. He was the author of The Haymarket Affair and the Trial of the Chicago Anarchists, 1886. A member of the Grolier Club between 1959 and 1980, Kebabian exhibited his collection of 17th, 18th and early 19th century books about trades and crafts in England, France and America at the Grolier Club in 1979. He died in 1980.

Scope and Contents: 
Over 412 book appraisals made for the firms of G. A. Baker & Co., Inc., Samuel Marx, Inc. and others by Edward J. Lazare, Bernard C. Otto, Max Harzof and others. Personal collections appraised include but are not limited to those of Hervey Allen, Leonard Bernstein, Nelson Doubleday, J. P. Morgan II, I. N. Phelps Stokes, and Lucius Wilmerding. Appraisals were also made for over 20 law firms and for collections acquired by the New York Public Library. Also appraisal materials from the 1930s for the collections relating to Abraham Lincoln offered to the Library of Congress and of the library of Henry C. Folger. Entries include appraisal materials for the Herndon-Weik Lincoln collection purchased by the Library of Congress in the 1930s and the Library of Henry Clay Folger, which became the foundation of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

General Note: 
Title devised by cataloger.

General Note: 
Some appraisals are not dated.

Finding Aid: 
Alphabetical list of estates appraised and container list available in repository.

Access points:
Allen, Hervey, 1889-1949. Library.
Bernstein, Leonard, 1918- Library.
Doubleday, Nelson. Library.
Folger, Henry Clay, 1857-1920. Library.
Herndon, William Henry, 1818-1891. Library.
Lazare, Edward J.
Morgan, J. Pierpont, 1867-1943. Library.
Stokes, I. N. Phelps (Isaac Newton Phelps), 1867-1944. Library.
Weik, Jessie William, 1857-1930. Library.
Wilmerding, Lucius, 1880-1949. Library.
G. A. Baker & Co., Inc.
Samuel Marx, Inc.

Book collectors. United States. 20th century. Appraisals
Books. Prices. United States. 20th century.
Decedents’ estates. United States. 20th century.

Added Entries
Grolier Club.

Occupation (as reflected in collection)
Appraisers. United States. 20th century.

Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022-1098.

John S. Kebabian: Inventory of Book Appraisals Collection

Box 1 Ahlert through Curtis
Box 2 Cushing through Ferris
Box 3 Ferry through J
Box 4 Kane through Livingston
Box 5 Logan through Poor
Box 6 Postley through S
Box 7 Tallyrand through Whitney, J. H.
Box 8 Whitney, Mrs. Payne through Z
Box 9 Folger and Lincoln Collections
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