Foley, Patrick Kevin, 1856-1937

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Patrick Kevin Foley (1856-1937) was born in Ireland and came to the United States in 1881. He started as a travelling book salesman and later became a general agent for subscription book houses. He developed into a bibliographical expert and a great antiquarian bookseller, starting in business in 1896. His knowledge of New England authors was considerable and in 1897 he published American Authors, 1795-1895. A Bibliography of First and Notable Editions Chronologically Arranged with Notes. Foley resided in Boston, where he died.

From the description of Papers, 1894-1935. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 207134983

Patrick Kevin Foley was the owner of Hamilton Place, a Boston bookshop, and an authority on American first editions. His pioneering bibliography, American authors, 1795-1895, was a groundbreaking work and continues to be a standard reference for book collectors.

From the description of Patrick Kevin Foley letters to Mr. Wakeman, 1907. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 53313344

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creatorOf Foley, Patrick Kevin, 1856-1937,. Letter : [15--]. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Collection of autographed American correspondence, 1832-1969. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Papers, 1897-1930. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph collection of American writers, 1808-1970. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Autograph File, N, 1686-1975. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Terry, James, 1844-1912. Papers, 1733-c. 1910. American Antiquarian Society
creatorOf Coffin, Edward Francis, 1873-1949. Correspondence, 1912-1915. American Antiquarian Society
creatorOf Foley, Patrick Kevin, 1856-1937. Letters, 1901, May 15-17, Boston, Mass., to Anna Metcalf. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885. Collection of manuscripts and letters of Helen Hunt Jackson, 1852-1887 (bulk 1871-1885). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Foley, Patrick Kevin, 1856-1937,. Autograph letter signed from P.K. Foley, Portland, Maine, to William Winter [manuscript], 1894 December 28. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Foley, Patrick Kevin, 1856-1937. Patrick Kevin Foley letters to Mr. Wakeman, 1907. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Foley, Patrick. Foley, Patrick, warrant, 1799. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Johnston, David Claypoole, 1799-1865. Family papers, 1824-1940. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Livingston, Luther Samuel, 1864-1914. Correspondence, ca. 1897-1935 (inclusive), 1900-1914 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Thomas Bird Mosher papers, 1890-1939 (inclusive) 1895-1924 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Foley, Patrick Kevin, 1856-1937. Papers, 1894-1935. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Autograph File, F, 1447-1994. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Foley, Patrick Kevin, 1856-1937. Patrick Kevin Foley correspondence, 1900, 1931. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Swann, Arthur, 1875-1959. Papers and correspondence, [1900-1956], (bulk 1910-1930). Grolier Club
referencedIn Pickard-Whittier papers, 1815-1915. Houghton Library.
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correspondedWith Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962 person
associatedWith Coffin, Edward Francis, 1873-1949. person
associatedWith Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885. person
associatedWith Johnston, David Claypoole, 1799-1865. person
associatedWith Livingston, Luther Samuel, 1864-1914. person
associatedWith Metcalf, Anna Louise, 1874-1952, person
correspondedWith Mosher, Thomas Bird, 1852-1923 person
correspondedWith Swann, Arthur, 1875-1959. person
associatedWith Terry, James, 1844-1912. person
associatedWith Warner, George H., 1833-1919. person
correspondedWith Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892 person
associatedWith Wilson, Carroll A. (Carroll Atwood), 1886-1947. person
correspondedWith Winter, William, 1836-1917 person
associatedWith Young, James. person
associatedWith Young, Robert, 1927-2008, person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Adams County (Miss.)
Booksellers and bookselling--Correspondence
Debtor and creditor
Authors, American
Literature--First editions
Booksellers and bookselling


Birth 1856

Death 1937



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