Finding Aid to the Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc. Records, 1916-2001

Finding Aid written by Adela Wright; revised by Jennifer Davis and Chinda Xayarath
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
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Finding Aid to the Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc. Records, 1916-2001

Collection Number: BANC MSS 99/317

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Adela Wright; revised by Jennifer Davis and Chinda Xayarath
Date Completed:
September 2007
© 2007 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc. records
Date (inclusive): 1916-2001
Collection Number: BANC MSS 99/317
Creators : Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc.

Rosenthal, Bernard M.
Extent: Number of containers: 6 cartons; 1 box Linear feet: 8
Repository: The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: This collection documents the work of Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc. and its owner, Bernard M. Rosenthal. Included in the collection are business correspondence, publications produced by Rosenthal, Inc. and business records as well as Rosenthal's personal correspondence and teaching materials.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English, Italian, German, and French.
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc. Records, BANC MSS 99/317, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Poole, John Hudson, 1878-1961
Poole, Caroline Boeing--Library
Catalogs, Book
Antiquarian booksellers--United States

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc. Records were given to The Bancroft Library by Bernard M. Rosenthal in 1999. Additions were made in 2006.

Accruals

Future additions are expected.

System of Arrangement

Arranged to the container level.

Processing Information

Processed by Adela Wright in 2003. Additions processed by Jennifer Davis in 2006.

Biographical Information

Bernard Rosenthal, founder of Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc., was born in Munich, Germany in 1920, into a family of rare and antiquarian booksellers. Escaping Adolph Hitler in the 1930s, Rosenthal's family immigrated to the United States. Ultimately, Rosenthal attended the University of California, Berkeley, as an international student. He served in the U.S. military from 1942-1946, and returned to Berkeley when his service was over. He worked as a chemist and an interpreter before deciding to enter the rare book business. He married his wife, Ruth, in 1950.
Three years later, Rosenthal opened his own rare bookstore, Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc., in New York, NY. In 1970, he moved the bookstore to San Francisco, CA where it remained until 1989 when Rosenthal moved it to its current (2007) location in Berkeley, CA.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection documents the work of Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc. and its owner, Bernard M. Rosenthal. Included in the collection are business correspondence, publications produced by Rosenthal, Inc. and business records as well as Rosenthal's personal correspondence and teaching materials.
A significant portion of the collection relates to the sale of the John H. Poole Library between 1977 and 1996. Included are donation, sale, and accounting records as well as some information relating to Caroline Poole and the Poole family.

Container List

 

Series 1 Sale of Poole Library 1916-1999

Physical Description: Carton 1; Carton 2, folders 1-43

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, catalogs, invoices and other materials relating to the John H. Poole Library and its sale. The bulk of the series is in the form of copies of typed and handwritten catalog records of the Library compiled by Caroline Poole.
Carton 1, Folder 1

Bernard Rosenthal 1977-1996

Carton 1, Folder 2

John Poole 1977-1996

Carton 1, Folder 3

David Magee 1976-1978

Carton 1, Folder 4

Miscellaneous 1979, 1982-1986

Carton 1, Folder 5

Mrs. Poole and Mrs. Millard 1988

Carton 1, Folder 6

Caroline Poole 1916-1927

Carton 1, Folder 7

Book Catalogs undated

Carton 1, Folder 8

Poole Library Books Not Found undated

Carton 1, Folder 9

San Francisco Public Library Donation Correspondence 1979-1983

Carton 1, Folder 10

San Francisco Public Library Donations (Handwriting Catalog Records) 1979 September

Carton 1, Folder 11

San Francisco Public Library Donations (A-F) 1979 September

Carton 1, Folder 12

San Francisco Public Library Donations (G-N) 1979 September

Carton 1, Folder 13

SFPL Donations (O-Z) 1979 September

Carton 1, Folder 14

California Book Auction Correspondence and Accounting 1979, 1983

Carton 1, Folder 15

California Book Auction Sales (A-F) 1979 June

Carton 1, Folder 16

California Book Auction Sales (G-N) 1979 June

Carton 1, Folder 17

California Book Auction Sales (O-Z) 1979 June

Carton 1, Folder 18

California Book Auction Sales 1979 September

Carton 1, Folder 19

California Book Auction Sales 1979 December

Carton 1, Folder 20

California Book Auction Items Not Sold/Not Found undated

Carton 1, Folder 21

Poole Library Customers 1977-1982

Carton 1, Folder 22

Poole Library Author Request 1977-1982

Carton 1, Folder 23

Author Collections Sold (Aldrich, T.B.) 1981

Carton 1, Folder 24

Author Collections Sold (Bulwer-Lytton. Edward) 1985, undated

Carton 1, Folder 25

Author Collections Sold (Carlyle, Thomas) undated

Carton 1, Folder 26

Author Collections Sold (Conrad, Joseph) 1979, undated

Carton 1, Folder 27

Author Collections Sold (Hewlett, Maurice) 1984, undated

Carton 1, Folder 28

Author Collections Sold (Lafcadio, Hearn) undated

Carton 1, Folder 29

Author Collections Sold (Lang, Andrew) undated

Carton 1, Folder 30

Author Collections Sold (Merryat, Fredrick) undated

Carton 1, Folder 31

Author Collections Sold (Stevenson, Robert Louis) 1979, 1988

Carton 1, Folder 32

Author Collections Sold (Symonds, A.J.) 1983

Carton 1, Folder 33

Author Collections Sold (Thwaites, Reuben Gold) undated

Carton 1, Folder 34

Author Collections Sold (Whitter, John G.) 1981

Carton 1, Folder 35-39

Poole Library Invoice Records 1978-1996

Carton 1, Folder 40-41

Books Returned to John Poole 1983, 1988

Carton 1, Folder 42

Poole Library Binding Description 1961, undated

Carton 1, Folder 43

Poole Library Original Catalog Cards, Cross Reference Only undated

Carton 1, Folder 44

Poole Library Handwritten Catalog Records (A-F) 1979, 1996

Carton 1, Folder 45

Poole Library Handwritten Catalog Records (G-N) 1977-1996

Carton 1, Folder 46

Poole Library Handwritten Catalog Records (O-Z) 1978-1996

Carton 1, Folder 47-48

Bound Catalog Records (A-Bourget) undated

Carton 1, Folder 49-51

Bound Catalog Records (Bourget-Clemens) undated

Carton 2, Folder 1-3

Bound Catalog Records (Clemens-Dodge) undated

Carton 2, Folder 4-6

Bound Catalog Records (Dodge-Guthe) undated

Carton 2, Folder 7-9

Bound Catalog Records (Haeckel-Hornbook) undated

Carton 2, Folder 10-12

Bound Catalog Records (Hornaday-Lamb) undated

Carton 2, Folder 13-16

Bound Catalog Records (Lampalle-Manutius) undated

Carton 2, Folder 17-19

Bound Catalog Records (Marbot-Oxford) undated

Carton 2, Folder 20-22

Bound Catalog Records (Page-Shaw) undated

Carton 2, Folder 23-26

Bound Catalog Records (Shaw-Todd) undated

Carton 2, Folder 27-30

Bound Catalog Records (Torrey-Zola) undated

Carton 2, Folder 31

The Romantic Agony 1999

Carton 2, Folder 32

Four Centuries of Printed Books 1979

Carton 2, Folder 33

Edward Herrill Library (Part Two) 1979

Carton 2, Folder 34

California and The American West 1979

Carton 2, Folder 35

Catalogue of Books (Dressel) 1927

Carton 2, Folder 36

Fine Prints and Graphics 1979

Carton 2, Folder 37

Catalogue of First Edition and Rare Books 1929

Carton 2, Folder 38

Autograph Letters 1928

Carton 2, Folder 39-40

Catalogue of... (James F. Drake) 1928-1930

Carton 2, Folder 41

Duttons Inc. 1928

Carton 2, Folder 42

Catalogue of First Editions 1928

Carton 2, Folder 43

Accounting undated

 

Series 2 Correspondence 1951-2001

Physical Description: Carton 2, folders 44-56; Cartons 3-4; Carton 5, folders 1-39

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence between Rosenthal and various authors and bookstores regarding donations, book auctions, and book sales.
Carton 2, Folder 44

Correspondence 1951-1968

Carton 2, Folder 45

Correspondence 1951-1954

Carton 2, Folder 46

Correspondence 1952-1954

Carton 2, Folder 47

Correspondence 1954-1955

Carton 2, Folder 48

Correspondence- University of California 1953-1954

Carton 2, Folder 49

Correspondence 1954-1955

Carton 2, Folder 50

Correspondence 1955 April-November

Carton 2, Folder 51

Correspondence 1955-1956

Carton 2, Folder 52

Correspondence 1955 December-1966 April

Carton 2, Folder 53

Correspondence 1956 April-November

Carton 2, Folder 54

Correspondence 1956 November-1957 March

Carton 2, Folder 55

Correspondence 1958 April-October

Carton 2, Folder 56

Correspondence 1958 November-1959 March

Carton 3, Folder 1

Correspondence 1959

Carton 3, Folder 2

Correspondence 1957-1958

Carton 3, Folder 3

Correspondence 1959 April-1960 March

Carton 3, Folder 4

Correspondence 1960 April-1961 March

Carton 3, Folder 5

Correspondence 1961 April-1962 March

Carton 3, Folder 6

Correspondence 1962 April-1963 March

Carton 3, Folder 7

Correspondence 1962 April-1963 March

Carton 3, Folder 8

Correspondence 1963 April-1964 March

Carton 3, Folder 9

Correspondence- Cassirer 1963-1965

Carton 3, Folder 10

Correspondence 1964-1965

Carton 3, Folder 11

Correspondence 1966 May-November

Carton 3, Folder 12

Correspondence- Ruth Schwab 1965-1966

Carton 3, Folder 13

Correspondence 1965-1966

Carton 3, Folder 14

Correspondence 1966 April-1967 March

Carton 3, Folder 15

Correspondence 1967 April-1968 March

Carton 3, Folder 16

Correspondence 1967 April-1968 March

Carton 3, Folder 17

Correspondence 1967 April-1968 March

Carton 3, Folder 18-19

Correspondence 1968 April-1969 March

Carton 3, Folder 20-21

Correspondence 1969 April-1970 March

Carton 3, Folder 22-23

Correspondence 1969 April-1971 June

Carton 3, Folder 24

Correspondence 1971 July-1972 June

Carton 3, Folder 25

Correspondence 1969-1970

Carton 3, Folder 26

Correspondence- Rosenthals 1969-1970

Carton 3, Folder 27-28

Correspondence 1972 July-1973 June

Carton 3, Folder 29

Correspondence 1973 July-1974 June

Carton 3, Folder 30

Correspondence 1974 July-1975 June

Carton 3, Folder 31

Correspondence 1975 July-1976 June

Carton 3, Folder 32

Correspondence 1976 July-1977 June

Carton 3, Folder 33

Correspondence 1976 July-1977 June

Carton 3, Folder 34

Correspondence 1977 July-1978 June

Carton 3, Folder 35-36

Correspondence 1978 July-1979 June

Carton 3, Folder 37-38

Correspondence 1979 July-1981 June

Carton 3, Folder 39-41

Correspondence 1981 July-1982 June

Carton 4, Folder 1

Correspondence 1983 July-1984 June

Carton 4, Folder 2

Correspondence 1984 July-1985 June

Carton 4, Folder 3

Correspondence 1985 July-1986 June

Carton 4, Folder 4

Correspondence 1982 July-1983 June

Carton 4, Folder 5-28

Correspondence: A-Z 1986-1988

Carton 4, Folder 29-53

Correspondence: A-Z 1988-1990

Carton 4, Folder 54-71

Correspondence: A-R 1990-1994

Carton 5, Folder 1-6

Correspondence: S-Z 1990-1994

Carton 5, Folder 7-30

Correspondence: A-Z 1994-2001

Carton 5, Folder 31-34

Correspondence, Reference Books 1956-2001

Carton 5, Folder 35

Correspondence, Reference Books- Rutherford Arts 1990-1993

Carton 5, Folder 36

Correspondence, Reference Books- Scriptorium 1978-1979

Carton 5, Folder 37

Correspondence- Miniatures undated

Carton 5, Folder 38-39

Correspondence- University of Kansas, Lawrence 1957-1958, 1967-1988

 

Series 3 Publications 1961-1996

Physical Description: Carton 5, folders 40-58; Carton 6, folders 1-32

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains documents and correspondence relating to different publications produced by Rosenthal.
 

New Aldine Studies

Carton 5, Folder 40

Correspondence 1987-1996

Carton 5, Folder 41

Accounting 1988-1996

Carton 5, Folder 42

Advertising/ Prospectus Mailing/ Biographical Data 1988-1995

Carton 5, Folder 43

Braun Brumfield 1988-1992

Carton 5, Folder 44

Review Copies 1988-1992

Carton 5, Folder 45

Reviews 1989-1995

Carton 5, Folder 46

Copyright, C.I.P, ISBN Number Contract 1988-1989

Carton 5, Folder 47

Advertising- The Book Collector 1989

Carton 5, Folder 48

Advertising- Philobiblon 1989

Carton 5, Folder 49

Typescript 1988

Carton 5, Folder 50

Finished Copy undated

Carton 5, Folder 51

Calixtus 1986-1998

Carton 5, Folder 52-55

Pettas, William A.- The Giunti of Florence: Merchant Publishers of the Sixteenth Century 1980-1983

Carton 5, Folder 56

Two Essays on the Decretum of Gratian 1971-1972

Carton 5, Folder 57

Schulz, Ernst- The Study of Incunables 1976-1977

Carton 5, Folder 58

ISBN Permanent- various publications 1966, 1990

Carton 6, Folder 1-3

Bentley Keepsake 1981-1982

 

Bibliography: History of a Tradition

Carton 6, Folder 4

Balsamo 1990

Carton 6, Folder 5

Sales 1990-1996

Carton 6, Folder 6

Reviews 1991-1996

Carton 6, Folder 7

Review Copies 1990, undated

Carton 6, Folder 8

Cataloging in Publication Division (C.I.P.) 1990

Carton 6, Folder 9

Prospectus 1990

Carton 6, Folder 10

Balsamo- La Bibliografia 1984

Carton 6, Folder 11

Final Copy 1990

Carton 6, Folder 12

Errata undated

Carton 6, Folder 13

Correspondence 1989-1990

Carton 6, Folder 14

Braun/Brumfield (Cost/Price Calculations) 1990-1993

Carton 6, Folder 15

Publicity Ideas 1990-1991

Carton 6, Folder 16

Copyright circa 1990

Carton 6, Folder 17

Correspondence with Pettas 1989-1990

Carton 6, Folder 18

Pettas-Craig Johnson 1981-1990

Carton 6, Folder 19

Correspondence with Balsamo 1975-1989

 

Didascaliae

Carton 6, Folder 20

Clippings 1961

Carton 6, Folder 21

Correspondence 1961

Carton 6, Folder 22

Review Copies 1961-1962

Carton 6, Folder 23

Typescript 1961

Carton 6, Folder 24

Advertising undated

Carton 6, Folder 25

Reviews undated

Carton 6, Folder 26

Didascaliae undated

Carton 6, Folder 27

"A Subject and Name Index" 1966

Carton 6, Folder 28

"A Presentation of" 1962

Carton 6, Folder 29

Miscellaneous Publications 1961-1963

Carton 6, Folder 30

Finished Copy 1966

Carton 6, Folder 31

Publicity/Prospectus Mailing- various publications 1990-1992

Carton 6, Folder 32

Publicity 1972

 

Series 4 Business Records 1953-1973

Physical Description: Carton 6, folders 33-44; Box 1, folders 1-5

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains documents regarding the daily operations of Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc., including financial statements, receipts, and price lists.
Carton 6, Folder 33

Staff Time Book 1953-1965

Carton 6, Folder 34

New York State Sales Tax Permit 1953

Carton 6, Folder 35

Rosenthal, Inc. Early Papers 1953

Carton 6, Folder 36

Business Records- Consignment Sales 1959-1962

Carton 6, Folder 37-38

Cash Disbursements 1954-1956

Carton 6, Folder 39

Book Prices undated

Carton 6, Folder 40-41

Cash Receipts 1953-1954

Carton 6, Folder 42

Sales 1954-1956

Carton 6, Folder 43

General Ledger 1955, undated

Carton 6, Folder 44

Miscellaneous undated

Box 1, Folder 1-5

Business Records- Financial Statements 1955-1973

 

Series 5 Teaching and Courses 1972-1985

Physical Description: Box 1, folders 6-18

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Content Note

Contains documents and papers regarding Rosenthal's teaching career. Rosenthal taught courses on rare books at different institutions, including UC Berkeley and Columbia University.
Box 1, Folder 6

University of California- Extension Course 1980

Box 1, Folder 7

New York 1984 July

Box 1, Folder 8-9

Columbia University Seminar 1984

Box 1, Folder 10

Rare Book School 1985

Box 1, Folder 11

Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc. 1985

Box 1, Folder 12

Rare Book School 1985

Box 1, Folder 13

Lecture 3 undated

Box 1, Folder 14

Assignments 1972-1976

Box 1, Folder 15

Lecture 3-4 and Italy 1972-1976

Box 1, Folder 16

Lecture 296 Printed Assignment Circular 1975

Box 1, Folder 17

Teaching 1976

Box 1, Folder 18

Teaching- Lecture Notes 1976