[New York:]: Privately Printed, 1914. First edition, printed in a small edition by the De Vinne Press. Numerous facsimile plates, some with color. Minor soiling, Fine in chipped, torn dust jacket. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to a friend, in the year after publication. Quarter vellum over tan cloth boards, gilt spine, top edge gilt. Large octavo. xxvi, 332,  pp. Item #15189
This collection was strong in seventeenth through nineteenth century English authors, but also included sections on French, German, and American authors, historical celebrities, the drama, and bindings and extra-illustrated books.
Harry Bache Smith (1860 – 1936 ) was a writer, lyricist and composer. He is said to have written over 300 librettos and more than 6000 lyrics. Some of his best-known works were librettos for the composer Victor Herbert. He also wrote the book or lyrics for several versions of the Ziegfeld Follies. He was also a legendary book collector.