Letters and documents of New York book dealer George D. Smith dealing with the formation of the George D. Smith Book Co.
George D. Smith (1870-1920) was a New York book dealer. He was born in Brooklyn in 1870. He began his career in the book business
as a stock boy in a publishing house. In 1885, he joined William E. Benjamin who had begun his own rare book business. In
time Smith created the George D. Smith Book Co., to accommodate Robert La Rose's financial backing when Smith purchased large
amounts at the Robert Hoe Sale. Later, La Rose would accuse Smith of dishonest and fraudulent tactics. George D. Smith also
acted as chief buyer and advisor of Henry E. Huntington. Smith died in 1920.
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