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Henry Kerr Van Siclen
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Birth: 1842
Cold Spring
Putnam County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 24, 1909
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

New York Press, 26 Jan 1909


Recognized Authority of Rare Books Gloried in Title of Bibliopole.

Death came yesterday to Henry Kerr Van Siclen, known here and abroad as a collector of rare books, in his home in No. 413 West Twenty-second street. He was born in Cold Spring, N. Y., in 1842, and was the son of Matthew Van Siclen and Eleanor Clark West Van Siclen, both of whom traced their descent to the first settlers of Gravesend, L. I., in 1643.

Henry Kerr Van Siclen was one of the most prominent of New York's older citizens, and his judgement concerning valuable books, prints and manuscripts was such that for many years he had been recognized as one of the city's most famous "bibliopoles". He took particular pride in the title itself and always tried conclusions with too knowing friends who insisted that "bibliophile" and not "bibliopole" was the right term for a lover and dealer of rare books. He always had a dictionary within reach to prove his contention.

Van Siclen started in the book business in 1871. In that year he opened a store in No. 133 Nassau street. In 1886 he removed to No. 95 Fifth avenue. He fell from a street car in 1889 and received injuries from which he never entirely recovered. Thereafter he was forced to conduct his business from home. So prominent did he become under the title he used to describe his business that many letters from foreign countries addressed "Bibliopole, New York City," were delivered to him by the postal authorities with as much promptness as if they had borne his name and address.

Van Siclen's mother was a daughter of Dr. David West, whose name is closely connected with the history of Hudson, N. Y. Henry Kerr Van Siclen was a Mason and a Knight Templar. He was also a member of the Seventh Regiment Veteran Association and Lafayette Post, G.A R. He left a widow and two children.
Family links: 
  Matthew Van Siclen (1817 - 1867)
  Eleanor Clark West Van Siclen (1817 - 1854)
  George West Van Siclen (1840 - 1903)*
  Henry Kerr Van Siclen (1842 - 1909)
  Rebecca Van Siclen (1843 - 1843)*
  Ellen E. Van Siclen (1847 - 1848)*
  Josiah W. L. Van Siclen (1863 - 1927)**
*Calculated relationship
Created by: The Genealogy Genie
Record added: Oct 06, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98387991

- The Genealogy Genie
 Added: Oct. 6, 2012

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