William Whale’s Book. Ledger. Bookselling, Bookbinding.
William Whale’s Book.
William Whale’s Book.
William Whale’s Book.
LOOKING TO ESTABLISH HIMSELF IN A FULL TIME TRADE REAL LIFE IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, 1824

William Whale’s Book.

Philadelphia: 1824-25. Item #766

Manuscript Account Book and Diary dated Philadelphia May 12, 1824.  No 3 South 6th [and] Lanningburgh, March 2, 1825.


8vo.  220 x 1450 mm., [8 ¾ x 5 ½ inches].  About 70 pp. of text.  Bound in reverse calf; spine worn and rubbed but holding together.   William Whale name and the date 1824 is written in ink on upper board.


Interesting diary and account book of the bookseller and bookbinder William Whale for the years 1824-25 while in the City of Philadelphia.  It is a record of his travels from New York City to Philadelphia to visit his dying sister.  It describes her illness and finally her death.  He goes on to discuss his attempt to be release from his apprenticeship and his travels to Philadelphia, back to New York and then on to Troy, New York.  This part of the diary is comprised of 8 pages.


This is followed by 22 pages of accounts, including income and expenditures; 6 pages on the sales of lottery tickets; 4 pages about his loan from his sister’s husband Dupouy or Duprory and a list of living expenses.  This is followed by 26 pages alphabet listing about 125 books organized by author’s name, mostly in the field of literature.  Apparently, Whale did bookbinding as well as bookselling and there are 3 pages of text listing the binding work he did for William Gilley, the New York bookseller and publisher.  The remainder are short entries that deal with a letter to an editor, his arrival in Philadelphia,  being witness to the death of 75 rats on the corner of Decatur Street, an account of a Black Man mash his fingers in a door, and a dozen or so pages of accounts.


In A Register of the New York City Book Trades, 1821-42, William Whale, bookseller is listed at addresses at 61 Bowery, 68 Sullivan Street (1827), 55 Bowery for 1828 and 1829.

Price: $950.00