PORTRAIT OF A PHILADELPHIA COLLECTOR WILLIAM McINTIRE ELKINS (1882-1947). BY ELLEN SHAFFER. WITH A CHECK-LIST OF THE ELKINS AMERICANA, 1493-1869 NOW IN THE FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA. COMPILED BY HOWELL J. HEANEY. Philadelphia: The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1956. A limited edition of 750 copies. Wrappers. The contents include a short biographical account of Elkins plus a bibliographical list of 281 items in his collection dating from 1493-1869. For Beatrix Potter enthusiasts, there is an account of how Mr. Elkins approached Mabel Zahn, of Sessler's bookshop, and how she was able to obtain what turned out to be his last purchase - that of Beatrix Potter's ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT of THE TAILOR OF GLOUCESTER (see enlargement 4 for a portion of the account). In excellent condition.