few American antiquarian bookseller memoirs relating to the 19th-century
I recently acquired a holograph manuscript from Christine & Bob Liska
of the Colophon Bookshop. Written by New
York bookseller Isaac Mendoza (1864-1937) it is a brief but entertaining
autobiographical fragment entitled “Booksellers of the Early [Eighteen]
Eighties.” The work does not appear to
have been published—until now. My
transcription of the text with a few pertinent notes can be found below.