Collection of Five Early Annual Reports: Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Mercantile Library Association of the City of Brooklyn [First, Second, Third, Fourth, and Eighth Annual]
Brooklyn: For the Association, 1859-1866. Very Good. Item #7066
Brooklyn: Printed for the Association, 1859-1866. First Editions. Five volumes; octavo (ca. 23cm.); all bound in wrappers printed within decorative border. Publication sequence includes the First-Fourth reports (1859-1862) and the Eighth report (1866). First report a bit chipped along extremities and spine crudely reinforced with old tape repair; general dust-soil and uneven damp staining to extremities of most volumes, contemporary manuscript note at head of Second report upper cover, else a Very Good collection overall.
Contents include the Association's charter as delineated in the first annual report; the subsequent reports providing a list of officers and a short description of the year's budget and acquisitions. In 1860 the Library acquired 2860 volumes, including "Watts' Bibliotheca Britannica" and "Pinkerton's Collection of Voyages and Travels," in 17 volumes, though by the start of the Civil War the rate of accrual had drastically slowed.