Rich, O. (Obadiah), 1777-1850

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Obadiah Rich (1783?-1850) was an American book dealer who dealt extensively in Americana. In 1844 he bought Henri Ternaux de Compans's collection of American early printed books and manuscripts, then sold it through Henry Stevens to James Lenox in 1848.

From the guide to the Rich provenance collection, ca. 1845-1848, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Obadiah Rich (1783?-1850) was an American book dealer established in London when he purchased the book and manuscript collection of Henri Ternaux de Compans in 1844. The collection included early Latin American printed books and transcripts and original letters and documents assembled by Juan Batista Muñoz (1745-1799) for his history of Colonial New Spain. Rich augmented the manuscripts portion of the collection with material purchased from Lord Kingsborough and then sold it through Henry Stevens to James Lenox in 1848. Earlier, as U.S. consul in Valencia and Madrid, Rich had amassed a significant library of Spanish books.

From the guide to the Obadiah Rich collection, 1450-1843, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Obadiah Rich (1783?-1850) was an American book dealer established in London when he purchased the book and manuscript collection of Henri Ternaux de Compans in 1844.

The collection included early Latin American printed books and transcripts and original letters and documents assembled by Juan Batista Muñoz (1745-1799) for his history of Colonial New Spain. Rich augmented the manuscripts portion of the collection with material purchased from Lord Kingsborough and then sold it through Henry Stevens to James Lenox in 1848. Earlier, as U.S. consul in Valencia and Madrid, Rich had amassed a significant library of Spanish books.

From the description of Obadiah Rich collection, 1450-1843. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122687048

Obadiah Rich (1783?-1850) was an American book dealer who dealt extensively in Americana.

In 1844 he bought Henri Ternaux de Compans's collection of American early printed books and manuscripts, then sold it through Henry Stevens to James Lenox in 1848.

From the description of Rich provenance collection, ca. 1845-1848. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122576184

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creatorOf Obadiah Rich collection, 1450-1843 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn James Lenox papers, 1823-1936, 1840-1880 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Bernáldez, Andrés, d. 1513?. Historia de los reyes catolicos Dn. Fernando y Da. Isabel : / escrita por el bachiller Andrés Bernaldez, cura que fue de la villa de los Palacios. Capellan de Dn. Diego Deza, arzobispo de Sevilla, sacado de un códice antiguo que tiene en su poder Dn. O. Rich, consul de los Estados Unidos de America en Madrid : manuscript, 1827. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Galíndez de Carvajal, Lorenzo, 1472-1532. Anales del rey D. Fernando el católico : / escrito por D. Lorenzo Galindez de Carbajal, sacado de un códice antiguo que tiene en su poder D. O. Rich, consul de los Estados Unidos de America en Madrid : manuscript, [ca. 1827] Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Rich, O. (Obadiah), 1777-1850. Rich provenance collection, ca. 1845-1848. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Rich, O. (Obadiah), 1777-1850. [Books relating to America, 1701-1827, ca. 1827?] Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Francois André Michaux papers, 1802-1911, 1802-1911 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Hull, Isaac, 1773-1843. Papers, 1810-1842. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Rich, O. (Obadiah), 1777-1850,. Bible, [ca. 1270]. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Lenox, James, 1800-1880. James Lenox papers, 1823-1936, bulk (1840-1880). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Prescott, William Hickling, 1796-1859. William Hickling Prescott papers, 1655-1959 ; bulk: 1775-1859. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1882,. Manuscripts and documents relating to Bibliotheca Phillippica, 1794-1886 (bulk, 1800-1864). Grolier Club
referencedIn William Maclure letters; 1796-1848, 1796-1848 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn New Harmony Manuscripts, 1812-1871 Working Men's Institute of New Harmony, Indianahttp://www.workingmensinstitute.org/
creatorOf Ticknor, George, 1791-1871. Letters received, 1832-1851. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834. [Letter, between 1816-29, Paris to] to M. Marcks [Paris] / Lafayette. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Chandler, Richard, 1738-1810. Nova methodus graeca / P. F. Thomae abbreviata : manuscript, [17--] Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Rich, O. (Obadiah), 1777-1850,. Obadiah Rich collection, 1450-1843. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Rich, O. (Obadiah), 1777-1850. Letter to Col. Aspinwall. [London, Eng.]. 1849 Feb. 20. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Maclure, William, 1763-1840. Letters ; papers, 1796-1848. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Rich provenance collection, ca. 1845-1848 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Kelly, Edward, 1555-1595. Edoardi Kellaei angli : Theatrum astronomiae terrestris : manuscript, [ca. 1594]. Harvard University, Houghton Library
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associatedWith Alcedo, Antonio de, 1736-1812. person
associatedWith Alvarado, Alonso de person
associatedWith Alvarado, Alonso de. person
associatedWith Amat y Junient, Manuel de, 1707-1782. person
associatedWith Aspinwall, Colonel (Thomas), 1786-1876, person
associatedWith Bernáldez, Andrés, d. 1513? person
associatedWith Casa de Contratación (Spain) corporateBody
associatedWith Casa de Contratación (Spain) corporateBody
associatedWith Casas, Bartolomé de las, 1474-1566. person
associatedWith Casas, Bartolomé de las, 1484-1566 person
associatedWith Chandler, Richard, 1738-1810. person
associatedWith Charles III, King of Spain, 1716-1788. person
associatedWith Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, 1500-1558. person
associatedWith Colón, Diego, d. 1526. person
associatedWith Columbus, Christopher person
associatedWith Columbus, Christopher. person
associatedWith Consejo de Indias (Spain) corporateBody
associatedWith Cortés, Hernán, 1485-1547. person
associatedWith Ferdinand VI, King of Spain, 1713-1759. person
associatedWith Ferdinand V, King of Spain, 1452-1516. person
associatedWith Galíndez de Carvajal, Lorenzo, 1472-1532. person
associatedWith Gasca, Pedro de la, 1493-1567. person
associatedWith Hull, Isaac, 1773-1843. person
associatedWith Isabella I, Queen of Spain, 1451-1504. person
associatedWith Kelly, Edward, 1555-1595. person
associatedWith Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834. person
associatedWith Lenox, James, 1800-1808. person
associatedWith Lenox, James, 1800-1880. person
associatedWith Maclure, William, 1763-1840. person
associatedWith Mendoza, Antonio de, 1492?-1522. person
associatedWith Michaux, Francois André, 1770-1855 person
associatedWith Muñoz, Juan Bautista, 1745-1799. person
associatedWith New Harmony (Ind.) Working Men's Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Philip II, King of Spain, 1527-1598. person
associatedWith Philip V, King of Spain, 1683-1746. person
associatedWith Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1882, person
associatedWith Pizarro, Francisco, ca. 1475-1541. person
associatedWith Pizarro, Gonzalo, d. 1548. person
associatedWith Prescott, William Hickling, 1796-1859. person
associatedWith Ribera, Lázaro de, 1756-1824. person
associatedWith Stevens, Henry, 1819-1886. person
associatedWith Ticknor, George, 1791-1871. person
associatedWith Ugina, Antonio de person
associatedWith Ugina, Antonio de. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Indonesia
Latin America
Asia
Spain
Philippines
Spain
America
America
Indonesia
Latin America
Philippines
Subject
Book collecting
Manuscripts, Spanish
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Collector
Book collectors
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Birth 1777-11-25

Death 1850-01-20

Spanish; Castilian,

Portuguese,

French

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