Private Libraries of Providence

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S. S. Rider, 1878 - 255 páginas
"Two or three years ago I wrote for a local newspaper a series of sketches of some of the private libraries of Providence. These sketches, due in some degree, perhaps, to their having been copied into 'The American Bibliopolist', attracted so much attention here and elsewhere, that I have consented to collect them and to permit a limited edition to be published in book form."----Page iii

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