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SABIN, Joseph, bibliophile, born in Braunston, Northamptonshire, England, 9 December, 1821; died in Brooklyn, New York, 5 June, 1881. His father, a mechanic, gave him a common-school education, and apprenticed him to Charles Richards, a bookseller and publisher of Oxford. Subsequently young Sabin opened a similar store in Oxford and published " The XXXIX Articles of the Church of England, with Scriptural Proofs and References" (1844). In 1848 he came to this country, and bought farms in Texas and near Philadelphia. In1850 he settled in New York city, and in 1856 he went to Philadelphia and sold old and rare books, but at the beginning of the civil war he returned to New York and opened book-shops, where he made a specialty of collecting rare books and prints. His knowledge of bibliography was extended, and he often travelled long distances to secure unique volumes, crossing the ocean as many as twenty-five times for this purpose. Two of his sons became associated with him in business, and two others were proprietors of a similar enterprise in London. He prepared catalogues of many valuable libraries that were sold by auction in New York after 1850, among which were those of Dr. Samuel F. J arvis (1851), William E. Burton (1861), Edwin Forrest (1863), John Allan (1864), and Thomas W. Fields (1875). He also sold the collection of William Menzies (1877). Mr. Sabin republished in limited editions on large paper several curious old works of American history, edited and published for several years from 1869 "The American Bibliopolist" a Literary Register and Monthly Catalogue of Old and New Books," contributed to the "American Publishers' Circular," and undertook the publication in parts of a "Dic-tionarv of Books relating to America, from its Discovery to the Present Time," of which thirteen volumes were issued, and upon which he was engaged at the time of his death.
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