Guide to the Research Collections
Rare Book Division
This collection numbers some 4,000 volumes. It consists of general and special bibliographies of authors, special presses, and individual printers; and bibliographies of printing in specific cities or geographical areas such as Rare Kentucky Books, Manuel du bibliographe normand, Oklahoma Imprints 1835-1907.
Materials in the collection have been chosen largely for their value in bibliographical and cataloging research in the field of rare books. Many of the items are duplicated in the general collections.
A subclass of unusual interest was originally intended to provide for the elaborately annotated catalogs and working lists of James Lenox, many of which are a valuable contribution to bibliography, particularly those having to do with Americana and the Bible. The scope of this subclass was later extended to include annotated lists of other bookmen and collectors whose collections have come to the library, or whose work has had some connection with its holdings. The more important of these lists and notes are those of Bancroft, Bryant, Dixon, Myers, and Westwood; those having to do with the South Sea Bubble; and the Tilden shelf inventory of 1887.