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Robert Bell Book Auction Facsimile

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3576

This facsimile reproduces a circular from the 18th century bookseller Robert Bell. The front of the advertisement announces his arrival from Philadelphia and a list of 37 books with their estimated prices. The back offers several quotes about learning and books from various sources including Cicero, Bacon, and the Bible.

Dates

  • circa 1780

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract Note

This facsimile reproduces a circular from the 18th century bookseller Robert Bell. The front of the advertisement announces his arrival from Philadelphia and a list of 37 books with their estimated prices. The back offers several quotes about learning and books from various sources including Cicero, Bacon, and the Bible.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Bell was born in Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1732. He emigrated to Philadelphia in 1768 and began to publish books from England. During his career in publishing, he established the Universal (or Union) Library, which became a noted literary location; he published Common Sense, and employed Thomas Paine. He flourished financially, reporting in 1782 a stock of £500, a sow, and two estates. Bell presented himself as a professor of book auctioneering, having held his first American auction on May 4, 1768, and continuing through April 22, 1784. He died on September 23, 1784, in Richmond, Virginia while traveling to an auction in South Carolina.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This facsimile is the property of Special Collections.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480