Collection of W. H. Vanderbilt, 640 Fifth Avenue. Vanderbilt Collection.
Collection of W. H. Vanderbilt, 640 Fifth Avenue.
“Finest Private Collection in Existence”

Collection of W. H. Vanderbilt, 640 Fifth Avenue.

New York, 1884. Item #685

12mo.  150 x 105 mm., [6 x 4 inches].  206 pp.  Title-page printed in red and black.  Original cloth, rear board stained and discolored, otherwise a sound and not unattractive copy.


First edition. This catalogue of the Vanderbilt Collection includes  of 208 paintings and a few watercolors, most with biographical information on the artist.  A few of the descriptions with lengthy annotations on the paintings, with some mention of provenance. 


William Henry Vanderbilt furnished his famous mansion on Fifth Avenue with “a gallery of paintings, not to mention sculpture and other items, which was declared to be the finest private collection then in existence” (DAB).  Among the artist represented here are Corot, Delacroix, Millet, Rousseau and J. M. W. Turner to name only a few.


This catalogue was probably privately printed and apparently published anonymously by G. P. Putnam’s, Sons.


Dictionary of American Biography (1936),  XIX, p. 175.

Price: $200.00

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