Title: Private Libraries of Providence by Horatio Rogers. Providence: Sidney S. Rider, 1878.
This portrait of Roger Williams along with many other original prints is included in an extra illustrated copy of Private Libraries of Providence, which once belonged to John Russell Bartlett (1805-1886).
Historian, bibliophile and Rhode Island Statesman, Bartlett was actively involved in the affairs of the Athenæum throughout his life. In 1914, the heirs of Bartlett donated over four hundred volumes and pamphlets, many of them were handsomely bound, contained loose manuscripts, historical prints, and several were authored by Bartlett himself. Bartlett’s copy of Private Libraries is exquisitely bound in red morocco leather, with gilt decoration and marbled boards, and is enhanced with the addition of over 20 original prints, carefully selected and arranged by Bartlett prior to binding.