The Unpublishable Memoirs is not a personal memoir, but a work of fiction. It consists of eleven mystery stories about Robert Hooker, a bibliophile who is tired of being snubbed for his lack of cash and so wreaks his revenge by snookering the rich out of their rare books and art.
|Oliver Herford, "Bibliofiends." pencil and ink. ca. 1917. 1954.660. Collection of the Rosenbach.|
|A.S.W. Rosenbach, Unpublishable memoirs. New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1917. Ro1 917u copy 4. Collection of the Rosenbach.|
The Unpublishable Memoirs was published in 1917 and Dr. Rosenbach sent gratis copies to his friends, clients, and collectors. Henry Huntington noted “it will be a pleasure to add it to the Library,” but another friend, Walter Hart Blumenthal, responded less kindly with a page of typographical errata. A London edition came out in 1924, and in 1925, more surprisingly, there was a version in Czech, which only printed the first of the eleven stories.
|A.S.W. Rosenbach, Neueřejnitelné memoáry Unpublishable memoirs. Prague: Method Kaláb, 1925. Ro1 925. Collection of the Rosenbach.|