Raab Acquires the Archive of Publisher and Albert Barnes Confidant, Henry Hart

PHILADELPHIA, PA – April 18, 2019 – The Raab Collection, the nation’s leading dealer in important historical documents, announced today that it has acquired a large archive from the heirs of publisher, author and friend to many literary and art figures, Henry Hart.  The archive, which has never been offered for sale before, contains:

  • Over 1,000 books, pamphlets, letters and other documents from Albert Barnes and others, stretching decades, relating to the Barnes Foundation, his books, art, race relations and various other aspects of his ongoing work;
  • Several letters of Thomas Wolfe, who died young, mentioning TS Elliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Oscar Wilde, and his work and life;
  • Several letters of Thomas Mann relating to his work, his legacy, and world events.

“This remarkable and diverse acquisition is a reflection of our role as destination for families, heirs, descendants and collectors looking to sell their historical treasures,” said Nathan Raab, President of the Raab Collection. “Hart was a remarkable person, and each of these letters contains a unique aspect to it.”

A postcard from Notre Dame de Paris, in which Wolfe writes, “This is TS Eliot and me looking down sardonically on life.”

About The Raab Collection: The Raab Collection has handled many of the most important historical documents to reach the market and worked with the families of famous Americans in the sale and preservation of their family treasures, among them Neil Armstrong, Thomas Jefferson, Ulysses S. Grant, William Henry Harrison, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ronald Reagan. Nathan Raab, a member of the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, is also a contributor to Forbes.com.

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