More than 40,000 items that Romaine collected and which are arranged along the lines of his published guide. Primarily 19th
and early 20th century American trade and advertising literature, with large sections relating to subjects such as agriculture,
architecture, booksellers, building materials, department stores, electrical equipment, hardware, printers' supplies, scientific
and industrial instruments, and seed catalogs. Also, related records for Romaine's bookselling business, Weathercock House.
Lawrence B. Romaine (1900-1967) was an antiquarian book dealer, who bought and sold rare books, manuscripts, trade catalogs,
and other Americana. Romaine was recognized as the leading expert in the U.S. on trade catalogs, and was the author of A Guide to American Trade Catalogs, 1774-1900 (New York: R. R. Bowker Company, 1960), the standard reference work in this field.
ca. 525.4 linear feet
(about 1171 boxes and 1 map drawer)
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