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This collection consists of a small bound notebook kept by Paul F. Tavel containing financial records for his bookbinding business from 1861 to 1864 in and around Davidson County, Tennessee.
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.