SWANN, ARTHUR. Book auction catalogs, 1898-1933
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Arthur Swann Auction Catalogs, 1898-1933


RLIN ID No.
NYGG02-A8

Title:
Arthur Swann Auction catalogs, 1898-1933.

Extent:
57 catalogs; 7 boxes; 2.9 linear ft.

Abstract:
Fifty-seven bound and unbound book auction catalogs formerly belonging to Arthur Swann, with annotations and ephemera laid in.

Access Restriction:
Collection is open for research use. Copyright restrictions may apply; please contact repository for requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce the materials.

Preferred Citation:
 [Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Arthur Swann Auction Catalogs, 1898-1933, The Grolier Club of New York.

About the Finding Aid:
This finding aid was prepared by Allison Hughes in Microsoft Word at the Grolier Club in September 2017.

Historical/Biographical Note
Bookseller and auctioneer, Arthur Swann worked in Liverpool and Leeds before coming to New York City and joining the Anderson Auction Company, where he prepared catalogs for book auctions. From 1913 he was associated with the American Art Association, where he organized the rare book and manuscript department. Swann left the AAA in 1927, and in 1929 it merged with Anderson Galleries. He served briefly as a vice president of the Brick Row Book Shop and from 1933 was a vice president of what became the Parke-Bernet Galleries in New York City. During his long career he prepared auction catalogs for many significant sales of rare books and manuscripts.  

Scope and Contents Note
Fifty-seven bound and unbound book auction catalogs. Most of the auctions were conducted by the Anderson Auction Company or the American Art Association and from 1929 by the merged American Art Association/Anderson Galleries. Also, miscellaneous catalogs for sales held between 1898 and 1933 at Charles F. Libbie & Co., Inc., Charles F. Heartman, Ritter-Hopson Galleries, and the National Art Galleries. Most of the catalogs contain Swann’s holograph annotations relating to bids, prices and buyers. A number of them contain newspaper and magazine articles relating to the sales, and a few have letters from consignors or other involved in the sale.

[Abbreviations: p (priced), pp (partly priced), n (named), pn (partly named). McKay Number: Identifying number assigned to the auction by George L. McKay in his American Auction Catalogs, 1713-1934: A Union List (1937). This volume lists consignors, and name of sale, locates copies of the catalogs, and indicates if the copies are priced, etc.]

Names
Swann, Arthur, 1875-1959.
American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (Firm)
Anderson Galleries, Inc.
Charles F. Heartman (Firm)
Charles F. Libbie & Co., Inc. (New York, N.Y.)
National Art Galleries. (New York, N.Y.)
Ritter-Hopson Galleries. (Newark, N.J.)

Subjects
Book auctions. New York (State). New York. 20th century. Catalogs.

Genres
Auction catalogues. New York (State). New York. 20th century.
Auction catalogues. New Jersey. Newark. 20th century.
Clippings. 20th century.

Arrangement:
This collection is arranged chronologically by date of sale.

Container List:

Box

Vol.

Title

Prices/Names

McKay Number

Date(s) of Sale

1

1

C.F. Libbie & Co.: Library of James H. Brown

p, pn/ p, pn/ p, n

4771/ 4784/ not listed

1898 Apr. 12-13/ 1898 May 11-12/ 1898 June 15-16

1

2

C.F. Libbie & Co.: Library of Frederick W. French

p

5275

1901 Apr. 23-25

1

3

Anderson Auction Company: First Editions of American Authors Collected by J. Chester Chamberlain

p, n / p, n

6622/ 6732

1909 Feb. 16-17/ 1909 Nov. 4-5

1

4

American Art Association: Collection of Warren C. Crane (3 letters from consignor laid in)

p, n

7303

1913 Nov. 13-21

2

1

Metropolitan Art Association: Library of William H. Lambert

7738/ 7361/ 7368

1914 Jan. 14-16/ 1914 Feb. 25-27/ 1914 March 9-10

2

2

American Art Association: Collection of Henry C. Eno (1 press clipping laid in)

p, pn

7750

1916 Nov. 16-17

2

3

American Art Association: Private Library of J. Harsen Purdy (2 press clippings laid in)

p, pn

7821

1917 Apr. 10-12

2

4

American Art Association: Collections of Francis Fabyan and P.K. Foley

p, n

8187

1920 Feb. 17

2

5

American Art Association: Library of Walter Thomas Wallace

p, n

8205

1920 March 22-25

3

1

American Art Association: Library of Edwin B. Holden

p, n

8220

1920 Apr. 28-30

3

2

American Art Association: Charles Romm Collection

p, n

8312

1921 March 4

3

3

American Art Association: Library of Trowbridge Hall

pp, pn

8328

1921 Apr 20-24

3

4

American Art Association: Collection of Sidney G. Reilly

p, n

8337

1921 May 4-5

3

5

American Art Association: Library of Clarence S. Bement

p, n

8556

1923 Feb. 28- March 1

4

1

American Art Association: Library of A. J. Morin

p, n

8766

1924 Dec. 4-5

4

2

American Art Association: Library of Robert S. Barclay

p, n

8799

1925 Feb. 24-25

4

3

American Art Association: Collection of Oliver Kingsley Brooks and Library of George Manierre

p, n

8809

1925 March 18-19

4

4

American Art Association: Collection of George Barr McCutcheon

p, n

8823

1925 Apr. 20-21

4

5

American Art Association: From the Library of George C. F. Williams (press clipping laid in)

p, n

8825

1925 Apr. 23-24

4

6

American Art Association: Walter Dormitzer Collection

p, n

8830

1925 Apr. 30

4

7

American Art Association: Rare First Editions Including Collections From Carlotta Lowell, Dudley Tenney, Louise Van Dyke

p, n

8831

1925 May 4-5

4

8

American Art Association: Selections from the Charles F. Gunther Collection

8968

1925 Nov. 12

4

9

American Art Association: Vincent Starrett and Waldo Browne

p, n

8868

1925 Nov. 19

5

1

American Art Association: Alexander W. Hannah and Bret Harte

p, n

8871

1925 Nov. 24

5

2

American Art Association: Sarah and Alfred Bernheim and Percival Barker

p, n

8888

1926 Jan. 14-15

5

3

American Art Association: A.R. Turner, Jr. and Charles A. Munn (press clippings laid in)

p, n

8893

1926 Jan. 21-22

5

4

American Art Association: Brandreth Symonds and Ralph Samuel

p, n

8903

1926 Feb. 17-18

5

5

American Art Association: George Barr McCutcheon (press clippings laid in)

p, n

8924

1926 April 21-22

5

6

American Art Association: Leonard Kebler and R.E. Blackshaw

p, n

8933

1926 May 5

5

7

American Art Association: John H. Gundlach

p, n

8989

1927 Jan. 5-6

5

8

American Art Association: Ralph H. Isham (press clippings laid in)

p, n

8990

1927 Jan. 7

6

1

American Art Association: W. Van R. Whitall (press clippings and 3 ALS laid in)

p, n

9005

1927 Feb. 14-17

6

2

American Art Association: John Gundlach, W. Van R. Whitall, Bret Harte (press clippings laid in)

p, n

9015

1927 March 16-17

6

3

American Art Association: Emma W. Bucknell

p, n

9105

1928 April 2-3

6

4

American Art Association: Mrs. Albert E. Solomon

p, n

9155

1929 Feb. 11

6

5

American Art Association: George W. Paullin Part I

p, n

9167

1929 April 1-3

6

6

American Art Association: Stuart W. Jackson

p, n

9172

1929 April 15-16

6

7

American Art Association: George W. Paullin Part II

p, n

9178

1929 April 30-May 1

6

8

Charles F. Heartman

p

9202

1929 Nov. 30

6

9

American Art Association/Anderson Galleries: Frederick W. Lehmann

p, n

9288

1930 Dec 2-3

6

10

American Art Association/Anderson Galleries: Three Private Collections (press clippings and letter laid in)

p, pn

9338

1931 April 29

7

1

American Art Association: George W. Riggs

p, n

9367

1931 Oct. 28

7

2

American Art Association/Anderson Galleries: William H. MacAfee (press clipping laid in)

p, pn

9372

1931 Nov. 12

7

3

American Art Association/Anderson Galleries: Several Collections

pp, pn

9375

1931 Nov. 19-20

7

4

American Art Association/Anderson Galleries: Thomas B. Clarke

p, n

9380

1931 Dec. 3

7

5

American Art Association/Anderson Galleries: An Ohio Collector

p, n

9417

1932 March 29

7

6

American Art Association/Anderson Galleries: Frank Irving Fletcher Part I (press clippings and letter laid in)

p, n

9424

1932 April 19-21

7

7

American Art Association/Anderson Galleries: Clark P. Bissett

p, pp

9461

1932 Oct. 4

7

8

American Art Association/Anderson Galleries: E. J. Page

p, n

9470

1932 Oct. 27-28

7

9

American Art Association/Anderson Galleries: Ida O. Folsom

p, n

9484

1932 Dec. 6-7

7

10

American Art Association/Anderson Galleries: John Achelis

9490

1932 Dec. 16

7

11

American Art Association/Anderson Galleries: Alfred H. Mulliken

p, pn

9493

1933 Jan. 5

7

12

National Art Galleries: C. B. Darrow

p, pn

9494

1933 Jan. 12-13

7

13

Ritter-Hopson Galleries: Philip Hofer

p, pn

9495

1933 Jan. 12

7

14

American Art Association/Anderson Galleries: Levi Z. Leiter

p, pn

9503

1933 Feb. 15-16

7

15

Ritter-Hopson Galleries: Peter Smith

p, pn

9515

1933 March 16

7

16

American Art Association/Anderson Galleries: Various Owners ( 6 pp. of notes laid in)

p, pn

9528

1933 April 26

               

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