Wednesday, 10 July 2013

American Book-Prices Current, Book-Prices Current, Book Auction Records etc

Most of the early volumes of American Book-Prices Current (ABPC) are available online, some of them many times over, thanks to the Internet Archive. Unfortunately, the Internet Archive suck at cataloguing, so it is hellishly difficult to find a specific volume. I made the following list to simplify the task for myself. I am probably re-inventing the wheel, but I hope other people will find it useful.

Despite the title of this post, I have not yet gone looking for the original, British Book-Prices Current (BPC) and Book Auction Records (BAR)—the other two standard sources for information on book sale records and the second-hand trade in books in general, but I will. And, if I find any, I will add them below.

[UPDATE 11 July 2013: I have added BPC and BAR now. The Internet Archive has outdone itself in trying to hide some of these files, many of which are catalogued as A Winter in North China (!). I was only able to locate some of the below by guessing URLs based on sequences of correctly-catalogued files. As I use the files I will re-arrange them so that, where there are duplicates, the best files appear first. (Best being the cleanest colour scans, with text and pdf files available.) I have reluctantly included a few Hathi Trust files, which combine appalling catalogue layout with an even worse user interface.]

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NB: final four volumes of ABPC in this list probably should not be available for download, and may not be available for download for long, for copyright reasons. (On the Hathi Trust catalogue page these files are described—when you can find them—as "Limited (search only).")

ABPC 1 (1895) here
ABPC 2 (1896) here; here; here
ABPC 3 (1897) here; here; here
ABPC 4 (1898) here; here; here
ABPC 5 (1899) here; here; here; here
ABPC 6 (1900) here; here
ABPC 7 (1901) here; here; here
ABPC 8 (1902) here; here; here; here
ABPC 9 (1903) here; here; here; here
ABPC 10 (1904) here; here
ABPC 11 (1905) here; here; here; here; here; here
ABPC 12 (1906) here; here
ABPC 13 (1907) here; here
ABPC 14 (1908) here; here; here
ABPC 15 (1909) here
ABPC 16 (1910) here
ABPC 17 (1911) here; here
ABPC 18 (1912) here; here
ABPC 19 (1913) here; here
ABPC 20 (1914) here; here
ABPC 21 (1915) here; here
ABPC 22 (1916) here
ABPC 23 (1917) here; here; here
ABPC 24 (1918) here; here; here
ABPC 25 (1919) here; here; here
ABPC 26 (1920) here; here
ABPC 27 (1921) here; here
ABPC 28 (1922) here [NB Hathi Trust]
ABPC 29 (1923) here
ABPC 30 (1924) here
ABPC 35 (1930) here
ABPC 38 (1933) here
ABPC 48 (1943) here

ABPC Index for 1916-1922 (1925) here [NB Hathi Trust]
ABPC Index for 1941-1945 (1946) here

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BPC 2 (1889) here
BPC 3 (1890) here
BPC 4 (1891) here; here
BPC 5 (1892) here
BPC 6 (1893) here
BPC 7 (1894) here; here; here
BPC 8 (1895) here
BPC 9 (1896) here
BPC 10 (1897) here; here; here
BPC 11 (1898) here; here
BPC 12 (1898) here; here; here
BPC 13 (1899) here; here
BPC 14 (1900) here; here
BPC 15 (1901) here; here
BPC 16 (1902) here; here
BPC 17 (1903) here; here
BPC 18 (1904) here; here; here; here
BPC 19 (1905) here
BPC 20 (1906) here; here
BPC 21 (1907) here; here
BPC 22 (1908) here; here; here; here
BPC 23 (1909) here
BPC 24 (1910) here; here
BPC 25 (1911) here
BPC 26 (1912) here
BPC 27 (1913) here; here
BPC 28 (1914) here
BPC 29 (1915) here
BPC 31 (1917) here
BPC 32 (1918) here
BPC 33 (1919) here
BPC 34 (1920) here
BPC 35 (1921) here
BPC 36 (1922) here

BPC Index 1887–96 here
BPC Index 1897–1906 here

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BAR 1, pt.2 (1904) here
BAR 2 (1905) here
BAR 3 (1906) here
BAR 4 (1907) here
BAR 5 (1908) here
BAR 6 (1909) here
BAR 7 (1910) here
BAR 8 (1911) here
BAR 9 (1912) here
BAR 10 (1913) here
BAR 12 (1915) here
BAR 13 (1916) here
BAR 14 (1917) here
BAR 15 (1918) here
BAR 16 (1919) here
BAR 17 (1920) here
BAR 18 (1921) here
BAR 19 (1922) here

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Auction Prices of Books; A Representative record … of the English Book-prices current in 1886 and the American book-prices current in 1894 to 1904, and including some thousands of important auction quotations of earlier date (1905):
  Vol.1 here; here
  Vol.2 here; here
  Vol.3 here; here
  Vol.4 here; here

[LAST UPDATE 11 July 2013]

3 comments:

Grammie said...

Well Done, Patrick. Please know also that we will answer an individual question free of charge through our Web site
www.bookpricescurrent.com

We're happy to do this at the end of the day -- it means we can stop cataloging and stand up.

Cheers from Katharine Kyes Leab

Adelle Frank said...

Have you thought about doing your own cataloging on OpenLibrary.org? You can make lists and add other useful data (as well as link directly to the Internet Archive reader for the book).

Baassty said...

Thank you!