In my previous post, I wrote about a bookseller at 124 Nassau St. in New York City--Nathan Tibbals & Sons--whose trade card advertised cheap books. He made a point of repeating that line a few times to emphasize the low prices.
I have evidence now that Tibbals had some competition a few doors down at 130 Nassau St.
Thomas O'Kane, a bookseller and publisher, was selling cheap books also, according to his bookseller label, which I just found yesterday and made part of my collection.
How's that for a coincidence? Write about one bookseller on Nassau St. in New York and a few days later learn about his neighbor in the same business, also selling cheap books.
O'Kane's label and Tibbals' trade card look to be from the late 1800s so I make the assumption that they were in business about the same time. If so, book buyers must have loved that cheap little stretch of Nassau St!
(Hint about my next post... this one provides a good segue into a collection from Europe that may be the largest of its kind.)
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