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James Wilson

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1798-08-21
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Estate inventory; Philadelphia County Archives (taken September 1798). Copy sought
Auction list; books sold after Wilson's death
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Abbé Raynal, A Philosophical and Political History of the Settlements and Trade of the Europeans of the West Indies. London, (1777). Volume V, signed by Wilson on title page. eBay auction lot.
163 volumes sold at auction after Wilson's death. See Page Smith, James Wilson: Founding Father (1956), p. 390: "One hundred and sixty-three volumes from Wilson's large library brought $253.75. Included were a score of books on farming, ... the Princeps Christianus, the Constitution of the United States, twelve copies of the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1790, and the debates of the Pennsylvania ratifying convention." Copy sought
Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce. London, (1766). "Folio; 2 volumes. Contemporary calf (newly rebacked); from the library of James Wilson of Philadelphia, signed in both volumes by Wilson on title page. In Our Time 186-85 1988 $900." BPI 36:1038.
Callimachus, Callimachi Cyrenaei Hymni. Basil: Froben, (1532). Contemporary vellum. Signed "James Wilson, Anno Domini 1766 Ejus Liber" on front free endpaper. Also signed "J.M. Duncan 1807" on free front endpaper. Manuscript notes on blank facing title page, attributed to Wilson. Later owned by John W. Gribbel, with his bookplate (sold at the sale of his auction in 1940) Bookseller description
Addison et al., The Spectator. London: Jacob and Richard Tonson, (1757). Volume 6 only. Signed "James Wilson" on title page. Sold at Christie's New York, 12 July 2008 ($938). Auction lot
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Date of birth
1742-09-14
Date of death
1798-08-21
Gender
male
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