Henry Stevens, Jr. (son of the elder Henry Stevens who founded the Vermont Historical Society) was an American antiquarian in the transatlantic book world in the 1840s. Among his accomplishments was the purchase of a small collection of association copies from George Washington’s library at Mount Vernon, which highlighted differences between British and American collecting habits and perspectives.
The Vermont Historical Society will host “The Great Monopolists of Books: Henry Stevens Jr. of Vermont,” a talk with Denise Gigante as part of their Winter Speaker Series, set for Wednesday, December 7th.
Denise Gigante, the Sadie Dernham Patek Professor of Humanities at Stanford University, is the author of Book Madness: A Story of Book Collectors in America (Yale UP, 2022). The book examines the bibliomania that raged in the transatlanic world in the mid-nineteenth century through a circle of collectors, publishers, editors, antiquarians, bibliophiles, and others who gathered around the sale of Charles Lamb’s library in New York in 1848. It is a sequel of sorts to The Keats Brothers: The Life of John and George (Harvard UP, 2011), a dual biography of the English poet and his younger brother who emigrated to Illinois (ultimately Kentucky) in 1818.
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