Th; arrangement of the first volume of AMERICAN Book-
PRices CURRENT (which was modelled almost exactly upon
the English compilation of the same name) was chronological by
sales, necessitating a reference to the Index for every lot consulted.
In the present volume, all sales of the same book are grouped to-
gether, and the whole is thrown into one alphabetical arrangement,
the autographs forming a second alphabet.
The chronological arrangement, in which the books of one sale are
grouped together, gives a better idea of the character of the collec-
tions sold, and this, to a limited extent, is a help toward estimating
the true market value of any book. But the obvious advantage of
having all copies of the same book together, where the eye can at
once run from one quotation to another, and compare condition and
price, more than compensates for losing sight of the characteristics
of each sale as a whole. The trouble and annoyance of constantly
referring to the Index is also avoided.
As will be seen, the arrangement in the alphabet is by author,
where the author is known. Where the author is unknown, the
book will usually be found under the first important word of title.
Some books, principally anonymously published histories and
biographies, are entered under the subject, and a few books, bound
for famous persons, have been inserted under the names of their
former owners. Publications and Transactions of Clubs and
Societies will be found, usually, under the name of the Society,
but sometimes under the name of the State or city in which the
Society is located, or more rarely under the author of the book.
Newspapers and periodicals may usually be found by title; a few,
better known as the work of their editor, will be found under
Different books by the same author are, for the most part,
arranged alphabetically under the author, by the first important
word of the title. Different editions of the same book are arranged