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Group Title: Parker Dexter Howe Library
Title: The Parkman Dexter Howe Library
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Title: The Parkman Dexter Howe Library
Physical Description: 10 v. : ill., facsims., port. ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Howe, Parkman Dexter, d. 1980
Ives, Sidney
Rheault, Charles A
Goodspeed, George T
Stoddard, Roger E
Borst, Raymond R
Myerson, Joel
O'Neal, David L
O'Neal, Mary T
MacDonnell, Kevin B
Baum, Rosalie Murphy
Pickard, John B
Tanselle, G. Thomas ( George Thomas ), 1934-
Crane, Joan St. C
Lancaster, John, 1943-
Hurff, Carmen Russell
Tilton, Eleanor Marguerite, 1913-
Winship, Michael
University of Florida
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville
Publication Date: 1983-
Subject: American literature -- Bibliography -- Catalogs -- New England   ( lcsh )
Genre: government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
bibliography   ( marcgt )
catalog   ( marcgt )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Statement of Responsibility: Sidney Ives, general editor.
General Note: Limited edition of 500 copies.
General Note: Includes index.
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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
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    Title Page
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    Half Title
        Half Title
    Table of Contents
        Table of Contents
    List of Illustrations
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        Foreword 1
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    Honorary curators and donors
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    The collector and the collections
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Parkman Dexter Howe






Parkman Dexter Howe




The Collector and the Collections
Charles A. Rheault George T. Goodspeed
Parkman Dexter Howe

A Descriptive Catalogue
of the Early .New England Books
Roger E. Stoddard


he South part of Ncw-England,

Planted this year, 6 34

as it is

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Raymond Gay-Crosier, Chairman; Professor of French
Alistair M. Duckworth, Professor of English
T. Walter Herbert, Emeritus Professor of English
Sidney Ives, Librarian, Rare Books & Manuscripts
Aubrey Williams, Graduate Research Professor of English

John Alden, Emeritus Keeper of Rare Books
Boston Public Library

John Lancaster
Special Collections, Archives, Amherst College
Ruth Mortimer
Rare Books, Smith College
Roger E. Stoddard
The Houghton Library, Harvard University

o 198s The University of Florida

All rights reserved


Honorary Curators and Donors 3

Preface 9


Charles A. Rheault: P.D.H.-The Book Collector at Home 17
George T. Goodspeed: P.D.H.-The Book Collector Afield 22

Parkman Dexter Howe: My New England Authors 29


Roger E. Stoddard
Foreword 41
Key to Bibliographic Citations 42
Early New England Books 45
Index: Provenances 73
Index: Authors and Titles 74


ENDPAPERS: "The South part of New-England ... 1634."
Woodcut folding map, William Wood,
New Englands Prospect

FRONTISPIECE: Parkman Dexter Howe in 1946,
photograph by Fabian Bachrach

PLATE I: Roger Williams, A Key into the Language of facing page 56

PLATE II: John Josselyn, NVew-Englands Rarities 56

PLATE III: Anne Bradstreet, Several Poems 57

PLATE IV: William Hill Brown, The Power of Sympathy 57

PLATE V: Noah Webster, A Brief History of Epidemic and
Pestilential Diseases 64

PLATE VI: Increase Mather, KOMHTOrPAPIA 65

August of 1980 was a mensis mirabilis at the University of
Florida. In thirty days, supporters of the University replied
to my letter of appeal with the funds needed to buy Parkman
Howe's library and to support publication of these catalogues.
The promptness and generosity of those donations was one of
the most gladdening experiences of my life.
This publication expresses our gratitude to our donors and
to Mr. Howe's heirs. I had the privilege of being with the
collector's four children when we celebrated our acquisition in
December 1981. I'd like to thank them again, and to dedicate
these catalogues to Marietta, Maude, Parkie, and David.

The University of Florida


The acquisition of Parkman Dexter Howe's library of New England
literature means a great deal to the University of Florida Libraries. We
are a research library, and any opportunity to establish and make avail-
able an extraordinary research resource for the academic community
satisfies our most fundamental raison d'etre.
Henry Saltonstall Howe, Parkman Dexter Howe's father, started
such a research collection in 1864, long before the University of Florida
Libraries came into existence. For more than a century these two men
accumulated and generously shared with scholars the books and manu-
scripts that are the beginnings of a native American literature. We can
do no better than to emulate that tradition.
This catalogue acknowledges the collectors whose percipience cre-
ated the Howe library, the contributors who made the acquisition pos-
sible, and the bibliographers who have organized and written the de-
scriptive entries. The catalogue, however, does something more, of
equal importance: it establishes the dedication of the Libraries to the
maintenance and enhancement of this type of research resource for the
academic community. It is this dedication that truly honors the past and
encourages our present endeavor.
Director of Libraries
The University of Florida



Gifts from the following corporations, foundations, and friends enabled
the University of Florida to purchase the Howe Collection. Each donor
is named on the bookplate in an important manuscript or printed work.
Exceptional gifts are recognized by honorary curatorships of complete
author collections.


Mr. and Mrs. Jean P. Ahrano Robert Frost
in appreciation of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Archibald Robertson and Misses
Marjorie and Ruth White

Mr. and Mrs. Shepard Broad

Henry David Thoreau

Mr. and Mrs. James D. Camp, Jr.
Louisa May Alcott, William Cullen Bryant
.N'athaniel Hawthorne, Francis Parkman

Mr. Thomas Chastain

Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Danker

John Greenleaf Whittier

John Lothrop Motley

Mr. and Mrs. William M. Goza James Russell Lowell
in memory of William M. Goza, Sr., and Edna Webb Goza

Mrs. Donald F. Hyde

Mr. H. E. Johnson
in memory of Howard Phillips

Dr. and Mrs. Robert Q. Marston

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Henry Adams

Emily Dickinson


Mr. and Mrs. William E. Minshall
Miss Mildred Overstreet
Hon. and Mrs. Bryan Simpson
Gen. and Mrs. James A. Van Fleet
Dr. and Mrs. E. T. York, Jr.

Edwin Arlington Robinson
Amy Lowell
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Richard Henry Dana, Jr.


ABC Liquors, Inc.
ABC Research Corporation
Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson
Alico, Inc.
W. S. Badcock Corporation
The Estate of Ralph R. Bailey
Belk Lindsey Stores
The George P. Bickford
The Shepard Broad Foundation
Charity, Inc.
The Chastain Foundation
Connecticut General Insurance
The Continental Group
Foundation, Inc.
The Jack Eckerd Corporation
Exposition Foundation, Inc.
Fidelity Federal Savings and
Loan Association, West Palm
First Federal Savings and Loan
Association of Orlando

Florida Federal Savings and
Loan Association
The Florida Times-Union
Food Ranch, Inc.
The Gainesville Surgical Group
Great American Book Fairs
Ben Hill Griffin, Inc.
The John M. Hammer
International Media Systems,
George W. Jenkins Foundation,
Foundation of Jewish
Johnson and Higgins
Jay I. Kislak Philanthropic Fund
Noah and Nina Liff Family
M & H Foods, Inc.
Metal Industries Foundation,
Miller Enterprises, Inc.
News-Journal Corporation


Overstreet Foundation
W. M. Palmer Co., Inc.
The Bank of Pasco County
A. P. Phillips Foundation
The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation
Racal-Milgo, Inc.
Richardson Foundation, Inc.
Sav-A-Stop Foundation, Inc.

Schopke Construction
Sentinel Star Association, Inc.
Sycamore Creek, Inc.
Betty Keene Thomas Trust
United States Sugar Corporation
The Wentworth Foundation,
Wilhelm Veterinary Clinic


Hon. Alto Lee Adams, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. Alto Lee Adams, Jr.
Mr. Mark A. Ahrano
in honor of Edwina Lovelle Ahrano
Mr. William Y. Akerman
Mrs. Martin Andersen
in honor of T. Picton Warlow and
Martin Andersen
Dr. and Mrs. Clyde O. Anderson
Dr. Jere W. Annis
in honor of Sidney Ives
in memory of U. S. "Preacher"
Mr. Fred W. Barber
Dr. Jean Lester Bennett
Ms. Donna K. Berger
Mr. and Mrs. George P. Bickford
Dr. and Mrs. Hal G. Bingham
Mr. and Mrs. John B. Boy
Dr. Yvonne Brackbill
Mr. Daniel B. Bronson
Dr. William L. Brown

Mrs. Louise R. Butler
in honor and memory of her
husband, Byron N. Butler
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Carter
in memory of Clarence Reid
McMaster, Jr.
Mrs. Emory L. Cocke
in memory of her husband, Emory
Logan Cocke
Mr. and Mrs. William G.
Mr. Francis P. Conroy
Mr. Alec P. Courtelis
Mr. Anthony W. Cunningham
Mrs. Snead Y. Davis
Mr. Henry Dawes
in honor of Frazar B. Wilde
Mr. Herbert M. Davidson, Sr.
Dr. and Mrs. Allen Y. DeLaney
Mr. Sam T. Dell, Jr.
in honor of his parents, Sam T. Dell,
Sr., and Ollie W. Dell
Mr. William H. Dial
in honor of John C. Dial, brother
and alumnus, University of Florida


Ms. Mary K. Dixon
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Donahoo
Mr. and Mrs. Atwood Dunwody
Mr. George T. Eidson, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Ervin
Mr. Frederick E. Fisher
Mr. William Snow Frates
in memory of his mother,
Susan Snow Frates
Dr. and Mrs. Leonard T.
Furlow, Jr.
in memory of Dr. and Mrs.
Leonard T. Furlow, Sr.
Mrs. Marjorie A. Gay
Mr. W. W. Gay
Mr. Philip E. Gerlach, Jr.
Mr. Delbridge L. Gibbs
Mr. M. Carr Gibson
in memory of Lt. Hutch Gibson,
killed in action, 1969
Hon. Fred S. Gilbert, Jr.
in honor of Mabel Parker Gilbert
Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh W.
Greene, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh W.
Greene, III
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hill Griffin, Jr.
Mr. James Thomas Gurney
Mr. John M. Hammer, Sr.
Mr. John David Harris, Jr.
in memory of Peggy Harris and
Dr. Rowland E. Wood
Mr. Mack V. Hart
Mr. Frederick A. Hauck
Mr. C. H. Hickox, Sr.
Mrs. Betsy M. Holloway
in honor of Dr. Rufus M.
Holloway, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. John D. Holloway
Mr. Robert M. Howard, Sr.
in memory of his brother, Julian D.
Mrs. Dora Donner Ide
Mrs. Hazel O. Jacobs
Mr. George W. Jenkins
Mr. Hjalma E. Johnson
Mrs. Vera W. Judge
in honor of her mother, Charity P.
Wilder, and sisters Evangeline
and Hanoiese Wilder
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Kahn
in appreciation to the University of
Florida for the years 1933 to 1938
Mr. Marvin D. Kahn
Mr. Kenneth K. Keene
Mrs. Mary G. Keene
Hon. D. Burke Kibler, III
Mr. Jay I. Kislak
Mr. William Bryan Leath
Mr. David H. Levin
Mr. and Mrs. P. Scott Linder
Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Lykes
Mr. Mitchell S. Magid
in remembrance of Dr. C. Archibald
Robertson, my esteemed mentor
and great, good friend
Mr. Raymer F. Maguire, Jr.
Mr. William S. Maurer
Mr. Michael M. McFall
in remembrance of Anna W. McFall
Dr. Thomas B. McGinty
in honor of Theresa McGinty and
Joan Diamond
Mr. Alfred A. McKethan
Dr. and Mrs. Emanuel Merdinger
Mrs. Esther Gatlin Miller


Mr. George C. Miller, Jr.
in honor of George C. Miller, Sr.
Mr. Paul L. Minshall
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Y.
Hon. John H. Moore, II
Mr. Albert C. O'Neill, Jr.
Mr. Fareed T. Ossi
Mr. Whitfield M. Palmer, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Parrish
Mr. Fred P. Pettijohn
in honor of Phil and Mark Pettijohn
Mr. Alton G. Pitts
Mr. Fred Wallace Pope, Jr.
Drs. Nell W. and James M.
in honor of Mrs. Wendell C. Potter
Mrs. Annie C. Pound
Mr. Earl P. Powers
Dr. Frederick N. Rhines
Mr. and Mrs. Dan K. Richardson
Mr. Dwight L. Rogers, Jr.
Mr. J. William Rood
Dr. and Mrs. Melvin L. Rubin
Mr. Johnson S. Savary
in honor of Mrs. Mary T. Savary
Mr. Gert H. W. Schmidt
Mr. E. Neil Schopke
Mr. Paul T. Selle
Mr. Donald T. Senterfitt
Mr. Marshall C. Sewall
Mr. William Paul Shelley, Jr.
Mr. Frederick Buren Smith
Mr. Lloyd Smith, Jr.

Mrs. Tybel Spivack
in loving memory of her husband,
A. H. Spivack
Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin L.
Stalnaker, Jr.
Mr. John Hardwick Stembler
in honor ofU. S. "Preacher" Gordon
Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell P. Stiles
Mr. and Mrs. Howard
Stoughton, Jr.
Mrs. Betty Keene Thomas
in loving memory of Bette W.
Dr. James B. Tobias
Mr. Henry S. Toland
in honor of Belva Sutton Toland
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E.
Mr. David L. Turley
Mr. J. T. Walker, Sr.
in honor of Mrs. Alliday Walker
Dr. Paul F. Wallace
in memory of Helen Freeman
Holmes, 1900-1976
Mr. Alfred C. Warrington, IV
Mr. and Mrs. Welcom H.
Mr. P. A. B. Widener, III
Mrs. Amy S. Wilcox
Dr. and Mrs. Ralph S.
Wilhelm, Jr.
Mr. James Y. Wilson
Mr. Richard S. Wolfson
in memory of Maurice and
Julia Wolfson
Mr. Ben D. Wood
Mr. Leo Wotitzky


A N IMPORTANT PART of the University of Florida's negotia-
tions for Mr. Parkman Howe's library was a promise to publish a
catalogue recording the collection, memorializing the collector, and
honoring the donors who made the purchase possible. The collections
are now accessioned, and the time has come to publish.
In May of 1982 I asked three distinguished bibliographers to spend
a weekend examining the collections and drawing up guidelines for the
catalogue. Roger E. Stoddard is Associate Librarian of the Houghton
Library, Harvard, chairman of the Bibliographical Society of America's
supervisory committee for the Bibliography of American Literature
(BAL), and bibliographer of American poetry printed before 1821;
John Lancaster is the Special Collections Librarian at Amherst College
and co-editor, with Ruth Mortimer, of the Papers of the Bibliographical
Society of America; Miss Mortimer is also Curator of Rare Books at
Smith College and the author of monumental bibliographies of Italian
and French sixteenth-century illustrated books.
We worked with several goals in mind: opening this celebrated li-
brary for research, noting the provenances of these special copies, and
making the catalogue of maximum use to scholars both as a finding
guide and as a guide to the inscriptions and marginalia in many of the
We agreed that the catalogue should be published in separate sec-
tions, with each author or subject field edited by an acknowledged
authority. For that reason, we could not publish in a predetermined
order, nor in one or two volumes, without a long delay. Publication in
fascicles gives us flexibility in finding scholars who can fit the work
into their individual schedules and commitments.


A major strength of the library is the accumulation in one place of
different versions of an author's texts. In American publication, and
especially in the nineteenth century, a piece of poetry or prose was often
printed and reprinted in different formats. A poem might appear in a
separate broadside or leaflet, as did Emerson's "Concord Hymn"; then
in a newspaper, or in an Order of Exercises; in a magazine; in antholo-
gies and gift books; in a book of the author's selected poems; and finally
in an author's collected works.
Our catalogue will record all the versions of texts that are available
in the Howe Library: in manuscripts, leaflets, newspapers, sheet music,
annuals, anthologies, first and revised printings in books and maga-
zines. Scholars may learn that time, expense, and travel can be saved
by a single visit to Gainesville.
Great research potential resides in the many inscribed and annotated
books in the collection. Inscriptions may establish otherwise uncertain
relations between the author and his friends, dates of publication, or
otherwise unascertainable sequences of printing or binding. In some
copies, authors have revised or corrected printed texts by hand. Some-
times annotations prove the authorship of works published anony-
mously. George D. Prentice's Biography of Henry Clay is partly by
Whittier, but his exact contributions would be unknown except for the
Howe copy, in which Whittier himself indicated the parts he had writ-
ten. Important biographical data are established by inscriptions in the
collection. James Russell Lowell's poems to his fiancee, Maria White,
scribbled on the flyleaves of a book while he and Maria summered at
Nantasket in 1841, shed new light on the poet's private life.
Scholars will find an index to personal names in inscriptions, book-
plates, documents, and other sources outside the printed texts. Auto-
graph letters and authors' manuscripts will be fully authenticated, de-
scribed, and indexed, so that users of the catalogue can know what
kinds of bibliographical and biographical information may be derived
from them.
The bibliographical work will be done by scholars with particular
knowledge of the problems in American printing. For convenience and
economy, standard descriptions such as those in the BAL will be cited,


rather than repeated, but the citations will be valuable, of course, only
if the Howe copy has been compared in physical make-up, text, and
appearance with the standard description of the work. Agreement of the
cited description with the copy in hand will be rigorously verified by an
authority in whom confidence can be reposed. In effect, bibliographical
specialists will describe copies so that local scholars can work with the
books, and distant scholars with the catalogue.
All of us involved with planning the catalogue agreed that we would
like to see the titles reproduced in full, but when we were working in
the collections last summer, it became plain that we could not go all the
way with photographic reproductions of the titles; we also determined
that it would be impossible to be consistent in quasi-facsimile transcrip-
tion of materials printed over a span of 350 years, in many different
formats. Because a good bibliographical base exists for the collection
(the facsimiles in the Church catalogue, for example, reproduce many
titles in the Early New England section), we decided to use simplified
titles and regularized capitalization and punctuation.
Bibliographers have been generally instructed to follow the Chicago
Manual of Style, to record collational variants from standard descriptions
of books, to describe bindings, and to note all manuscript inscriptions and
signs of provenance. Printed pieces are entered chronologically from the
earliest publication, and the initials of authors or subjects are combined
with numerals, beginning with "1," for entry codes (e.g., the Early New
England books are numbered ENE 1-78).
Letters and manuscripts will form a second section coded with authors'
initials and the letters "MS." For example, H[enry] W[adsworth]
L[ongfellow] =HWL MS 1, etc.
Each collection will be indexed by author and title and by such per-
sonal names as occur in ownership inscriptions and marginalia. These
indices will be combined in the final fascicle. Subscribers can, of course,
bind up the whole series in any sequence they choose.
A few books have already been added to Mr. Howe's library. Early
works previously acquired by the University are designated "UF copy."
At the conclusion of our fund drive a nucleus of donors formed the Howe
Society to publicize and support the library. Other friends have since


joined us, and their dues have enabled us to fill some lacunae in the
collections-designated "Gift of the Howe Society" in the catalogues-
and to enjoy an annual bibliophilic dinner. At the first of these, George
Goodspeed and Charles Rheault gave the addresses printed in this vol-
ume, later repeating them before the Club of Odd Volumes in Boston,
where they and Mr. Howe and I talked books for a quarter of a century.
Mr. Howe's own account of his library is reprinted from The Book Col-
lector (1963).
The Early New England shelves in the library, described in this first
fascicle, represent the final phase of Mr. Howe's collecting and differs
from all the others. He bought only the most important books of that
period as the background for his author collections from the next two
centuries. Mr. Stoddard has described this section of the library and
noted any variations from our general bibliographical principles caused
by the special nature of his section.
John Alden, distinguished bibliographer and Americanist, now at
Brown University, Emeritus Keeper of Rare Books at the Boston Public
Library, has agreed to serve as bibliographical consultant to the entire
project and will describe our collections of Henry Adams, Bronson Al-
cott, and Louisa May Alcott in future fascicles.
Miss Mortimer is working on the Edna St. Vincent Millay and Harriet
Prescott Spofford collections, and Mr. Lancaster, who has recently cata-
logued Amherst's Robert Frost holdings, on our manuscripts and print-
ings by that poet.
Other collections will be described by Eleanor M. Tilton, Barnard
College professor and bibliographer of Whittier and Holmes; G. Thomas
Tanselle, bibliographer, and vice-president of the John Simon Guggen-
heim Memorial Foundation; Michael Winship, editor of the BAL; Pro-
fessor Joel Myerson of the University of South Carolina, who has just
published extensive bibliographies of Emerson and Emily Dickinson;
Raymond R. Borst, collector and bibliographer of Thoreau; C. E. Frazer
Clark, Jr., Hawthorne collector and bibliographer; Kevin MacDonnell,
collector, and bibliographer for the Jenkins Company; David O'Neal,
bookseller, and bibliographer, under Jacob Blanck, of the Longfellow
section of the BAL; and Melvyn New, general editor of the University


of Florida's edition of Laurence Sterne, and John B. Pickard, editor of the
Harvard edition of Whittier's letters, both professors in the English
department at the University of Florida. We are deeply indebted to all
these scholars.
An editor's last duty is the most pleasant one, that of pulling back the
curtains and asking the cast to take a bow.
First comes George Goodspeed, who suggested I try to secure Mr.
Howe's collections for the University of Florida and acted thereafter as
an intermediary with the heirs. Charles Rheault, Mr. Howe's son-in-law
and executor, and I worked out the agreement to keep the library intact
and to produce a catalogue memorializing the collector and honoring
our donors.
Next is Gustave Harrer, Director of Libraries at the University of
Florida. Dr. Harrer saw immediately the research value of Mr. Howe's
library, and his enthusiasm aroused that of Dr. Robert Q. Marston, our
president, who repeatedly spread the word to Gator fans on radio and
TV at football half-time. With time growing short, Samuel Gowan,
Assistant Director for Special Resources, brought in a large gift from
William Goza, trustee of the Wentworth Foundation, that paid for a
purchase agreement with Mr. Howe's heirs. J. Ardene Wiggins and
William K. Stone, of the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, took
over in a whirlwind campaign to round up funds before our option ran out
in September. Mrs. Lilla Moye, of that office, was our superb liaison.
On the first of August 1980, President Marston wrote eloquently to
all members of the Presidents Council (friends to the University), de-
scribing the collections, to which he had made a personal contribution,
and appealing for help. Almost immediately a trickle of letters became a
flood of checks-some of them large. Before the end of August we had
the money in hand for a first down payment, and additional pledges for
the second payment next September. At that time the president could
announce that the contract was secure. This first number of the catalogue
records the individuals and corporations who joined us.
Since that "marvelous adventure," as one vice-president called it, we
have completed accessioning all parts of Mr. Howe's library-sheet mu-
sic, magazines, serials, tickets, bills of fare, programs-all the scarce and


often unique ephemeral printings that will tell so much to scholars. We
had advice from Michael Winship, who spent a weekend looking over
the collections and suggesting how best to record them. All the books
and manuscripts have also been recorded, and the trophies of our adven-
ture are within bibliographical control.
Accessioning so enormous a range and quantity of unusual materials
has been long and difficult. We had to adopt a system that would main-
tain some kind of order while work went on. We numbered the pieces
according to the box (there were 117) in which they were shipped-
the boxes were lettered "SALVAGE" to discourage curiosity-then by
their places on the shelves. We thus have a temporary call number and
shelf position for every piece.
This task went on for two years. Fortunately I had the help of three
wise ladies: Miss Linda Huntoon, marvelously sweet-natured and a
tireless typist; Miss Elizabeth Vandiver, of seemingly limitless knowl-
edge and invention; and Miss Carmen Russell, who imposes order and
form on our inconsistencies, our false starts, and the ornate diction that
is to me a fatal Cleopatra.
The members of the Editorial Board have spent many hours reviewing
and improving printers' copy. Professors Raymond Gay-Crosier, Alis-
tair Duckworth, Walter Herbert, and Aubrey Williams worked with a
grace and a trenchancy that made our meetings as pleasant as they were
valuable. I think we all look forward to collaboration on future publi-
cations in the series.
General Editor
The Parkman Dexter Howe Library






H AVING thoughtfully foreseen the possibility that some users of
this catalogue might inquire what sort of man had collected all
these books, Sidney Ives kindly suggested that I might provide some
background information about Parkman Dexter Howe, a man of great
scope, widely varied interests, and remarkable energy.
As one who was fortunate enough to have known him as my father-in-
law for a third of a century, I find on recollection that one of the most
astonishing aspects of Mr. Howe's life is that he could have collected
even a few hundred-never mind several thousand-books, for he was
so continuously busy in so many varied pursuits that there would hardly
be the time, the interest, and the perseverance to do it all.
First and foremost, Parkman Howe was a family man, fond of his
children and grandchildren, and devoted to his wife. His other great pas-
sion was sailing, whether in a Herreshofftwelve-footer or in a ten-metre
racing sloop; he was a first-rate navigator in cruising the farthest shores
of downeast Maine; he was a highly competitive helmsman in the often
stormy waters of Buzzards Bay; and he was even a noted cook in the
galley when called upon. He was also a considerable collector of silver-
ware, and would sweep up several trophies each summer.
When the sailing season was over, Mr. Howe's chief weekend delight
was in pruning and clearing the woods and flowering shrubs surrounding
his Needham home; he was an ardent and skillful woodsman and, beyond
that, a self-taught horticulturist who was equally adept in the art of
establishing espaliered fruit trees, or in the planting and cultivating of an

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extensive rose garden. As yet another hobby, he took up woodcarving,
and then the making of fine furniture; his skill can still be attested by four
superior pieces which have been passed on to his children.
In business, Parkman Howe was involved for most of his life with the
manufacture of textile machinery, and it is fair to say that he was emi-
nently successful: in each of three firms he became either treasurer or
president. During this strenuous period, he still found time to take an
active part in civic affairs: he was a selectman for three years; he was
chairman of the local draft board during World War II; he was a vestry-
man and senior warden for his church for nine years; and after leaving
business affairs, he became first treasurer and then president of the Chil-
dren's Hospital in Boston, for a ten-year period.
Collecting books was not one of Mr. Howe's interests until he was in
his early forties, when he became seriously involved. Later, he would
find it hard to describe the process by which he began to collect; he would
usually shrug his shoulders, give a sheepish grin, and admit that it had
become an "addiction." From what I have learned from various frag-
ments of family history, I venture to offer a reasonable hypothesis for the
First, he grew up in a book-collecting environment where his father,
Henry Saltonstall Howe, accumulated a truly vast library; the senior
Howe collected notable association and presentation copies, first editions
of Austen, Hardy, and Eliot, over one hundred books about Napoleon
and his times, one book each from the libraries of the presidents of the
United States, many multi-volume sets in fine bindings, and a host of
other items. Parkman was the youngest of five children, and I dare say
he was the closest to his father, and especially so in his book-collecting
period; certainly he was the only one of the children who went on to
collect seriously.
Second, when Henry S. Howe died in 1931, the huge library was di-
vided up by his five heirs and the individual collections were dismantled.
Except for the association copies and the presidential library books,
which were bequeathed to Harvard, the rest of the books were widely
dispersed, with children taking by turns individual books out of an author
collection. This, Parkman Howe mentioned to me much later, was a
great pity.


With his share of his father's library, Mr. Howe received a number of
books by New England authors, and particularly interesting were those
by John GreenleafWhittier, who was a friend and neighbor of his grand-
father in the Haverhill days. Parkman Howe felt the pull of his father's
interest, and after some reflection, decided to collect a few more books in
the New England field. From Whittier it was an easy leap to Longfellow
and Holmes; and soon Hawthorne, Emerson, and Thoreau; eventually,
his interests went all the way back to the literary beginnings of New
England history. He began first by trying to fill some evident gaps, and
would try to exchange or purchase books which his brothers or sister
had. Then he began to inquire where other needed titles could be found,
and by a rather happy coincidence there was, readily at hand in Boston,
Goodspeed's Book Shop-where he began an active and cordial asso-
ciation that persisted for almost fifty years.
Mr. Howe's "addiction" grew apace in the nineteen thirties. Although
much of his correspondence was not preserved, he did decide to keep
three large letterfiles for the years 1933-1936, years during which he
was a selectman; the files were full of town affairs, of course, but when I
went through the attic after his death in 1980, I found at the end of each
file a thick folder of correspondence about books. It was astonishing to
see that hardly a week went by without one or two letters being written
-to booksellers, to fellow collectors, to scholars, to descendants of New
England authors who might have a clue as to where a long-lost eight-
page pamphlet might be hidden.
As the trickle of books became a steady stream, Mr. Howe's den in
Needham began to overflow; to make shelf space available for New Eng-
land authors, other books were moved to the living room and the bed-
rooms; then even some of the New Englanders had to be relegated to the
attic and, by the nineteen fifties, even to the basement. He bought a
summer cottage in Wellfleet whose shelves were soon filled; now in
retirement and busily gardening eight hours a day, he still could not
resist temptation when he dropped into a bookstore and found that a
Cape Cod author had written some forty novels. Over several years, he
found them all, first editions, of course, and was delighted with his finds,
even though he did not consider them as properly part of his collection of
New England authors.


A recurring theme in Mr. Howe's conversation about books was al-
ways "the sheer fun of it." He enjoyed pursuing an elusive title, finding a
previously unknown publication, discovering by chance an autograph
letter tucked into an old book. He derived an immense amount of pleasure
from talking and writing to fellow collectors, booksellers, bibliogra-
phers, and anyone who shared his love for books. He would never,
though, force his own interest upon a general conversation, and he was
so modest in everything that very few people knew him as a book col-
lector. Mr. Howe was extremely diffident about the size and quality of
his collection, insisting that other collectors had done a much better job.
It was only with some reluctance that he was willing to write a short
article for The Book Collector, and he brought the first draft to Sidney Ives
(then working at the Houghton Library) only with the most grievous
As did his father before him, Parkman Howe derived a special kind of
thrill from association copies. He never claimed to be a scholar, nor did
he ever claim to be deeply read in the literature of the authors whom he
collected, but nonetheless the possession of a book once held in hand by
its author, who had then inscribed his name, gave him an immediacy, a
feeling that he had met the author himself. For almost all of the New
England authors whom he collected, the association copy was the closest
he could get to the author; but in the case of Robert Frost, there was a
living poet not very far away and, one day in the late nineteen fifties, Mr.
Frost was invited to Sunday luncheon in Needham. At that time, Frost
was almost at the crest of his fame and popularity; Mr. Howe had been
collecting his books for many years, had often corresponded with him,
and had a very complete collection of the works, and most of the ephem-
era as well.
The usual Sunday luncheon, as practiced by Mr. and Mrs. Howe, was
a considerable event which included not only children but numerous
grandchildren. Matters would begin with the insidious Howe cocktail,
shaken up in a large silver milk pitcher (a trophy awarded to Henry S.
Howe in his days as an eminent breeder of dairy herds). Luncheon was of
formidable size; while the patriarch carved the roast of beef, a succession
of enticing dishes were passed until all the plates were full to the
brim. Afterwards, the ladies retired to the living room and the gentle-


men, in the book-lined den, sipped coffee and lit up excellent cigars.
What Robert Frost made of all this, I cannot say, except that he was
gracious, affable, and voluble. I wish I could report that I had written
down every word uttered by the poet, but I cannot; I do vividly remem-
ber Frost's often unusual choice of words and the cadences of his speech,
so markedly different from ordinary small talk. The whole event was
memorable in every way, and the host remarked that night that it was
the high spot in his love affair with books.
As time rolled on into the nineteen sixties, Parkman Howe had to face
a problem which eventually besets all collectors: what to do with the
collection after he has gone. Although he had been a member of the
Overseer's Visiting Committee to the Harvard University Library, he
felt that he would not leave his books to Harvard; as he told me, "Har-
vard already has most of what I have, and perhaps some college far from
New England, which has not widely collected New England authors,
would be more interested." His decision, finally, was to leave the entire
collection to his children in his will.
The four children in turn had to decide: would the large collection be
divided into four collections, with each author's work kept intact, to be
treasured by succeeding generations? Or were the books to be sold sepa-
rately over a period of time for a new generation of collectors? Or should
the collection be kept intact and made available to an institution which
could care for it? There was, as can be imagined, considerable discussion,
but with three generations' vivid memories of book collecting, a strong
undercurrent developed towards keeping the collection intact. When the
University of Florida evinced a strong interest, Sidney made an ex-
cellent presentation of its real need for the Howe Library, of its concern
for the careful conservation of the books, and of the scholarly use to which
the books would be put.
A final decision was soon reached, and the heirs unanimously accepted
the proposal by the University of Florida, where the Howe collection has
now found a good home, not only to be treasured but also to be well
utilized; and now, many, many others may share the inspiration and
enjoyment which were those of Parkman Dexter Howe.



P ARKMAN D. HOWE was born in Brookline, Massachusetts,
in 1889, of old Essex County stock. A grandfather, Nathaniel Sal-
tonstall Howe, and John Greenleaf Whittier were schoolmates at the
Haverhill Academy. His father, Henry Saltonstall Howe, was active for
many years in the textile industry and was a bibliophile. After graduat-
ing from Harvard in 1911, the son followed his father into the textile
business, in which he continued until his retirement in 1946.
The P. D. Howe collection was forty years in the making. For the first
thirty of those years it was limited to books and manuscripts of the more
important New England authors, mainly of the nineteenth century. In
1963 Mr. Howe was able to write that "with a very few exceptions [I]
have all of the first book editions of the principal authors of my period."
Having reached this happy state of satiety, he began to collect the earlier
New England writers.
The bulk of the collection, then, is in the writers of the nineteenth
century. It follows, with minor variations, the pattern of its predecessors,
those of J. C. Chamberlain, Stephen H. Wakeman, W. T. H. Howe (no
relation), and Carroll A. Wilson. The influence of Wakeman and Wil-
son is particularly evident.
Having begun buying books in a small way in 1931, Mr. Howe com-
menced collecting seriously in the last quarter of 1932. He had recently
come into his inheritance, and opportunities for the collector were many.
The Wakeman collection had been dispersed, W. T. H. Howe was be-
coming inactive, Wilson's buying was curtailed as a result of the stock
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market crash, and Waller Barrett was yet to appear on the scene. Family
libraries were still being broken up in Boston's Back Bay. Segments of
James Russell Lowell's library, rich, of course, in association copies,
were coming on the market. Valuable remnants of the Wakeman collec-
tion were still in the hands of dealers like P. K. Foley, C. E. Goodspeed,
and Lathrop C. Harper. And with the depressed state of the economy,
there was little serious competition among collectors.
In addition to the classic New Englanders-Bryant, Emerson, Haw-
thorne, 0. W. Holmes, Longfellow, Lowell, Thoreau, and Whittier-
the Howe collection takes in a baker's dozen more: Henry Adams, Louisa
May Alcott, T. B. Aldrich, R. H. Dana, Jr., Harriet Beecher Stowe,
Emily Dickinson, Mary Baker Eddy, Robert Frost, Herman Melville,
Edna St. Vincent Millay, and E. A. Robinson. Later on a few more con-
temporary New England writers, his friend David McCord, and his
classmate Conrad Aiken, to name but two, were added.
I have remarked on the extent to which the example of the Wakeman
and Wilson collections is reflected in Mr. Howe's library. Three years
Howe's senior, Wilson had begun as a collector in 1925 and thus had
half a dozen years' start on his younger rival. It was Wilson's nature to
cultivate the companionship of like-minded bibliophiles, and in the case
of Howe, this developed into friendship, to the extent that in his will
Wilson made a bequest: "To my friend Parkman D. Howe with
whom for so many years I have enjoyed friendly competition in the
collection of American literature, such five items as ... he may select
from my Whittier collection. .. ."
The Howe collection was thus enriched with five pieces of outstanding
rarity: the broadside first printing of The Quakers Are Out, The Song of
the Vermonters broadside of 1843, the presentation copy of Snowbound in
white cloth (only one other in this binding is recorded), The Pennsylvania
Hall Address on thick paper, and the copy of Prentice's Life of Henry Clay
inscribed by Whittier to his uncle, with evidence of the extent to which
he was a collaborator in what was in a sense his first book.
These were, indeed, but frosting on the cake. Perhaps partly because
of earlier family associations with Whittier, that Quaker poet was one of
Mr. Howe's major enthusiasm, and, even without the Wilson bequest,


this collection would have been preeminent. Inscribed copies of Justice
and Expediency to his cousin Daniel, and Moll Pitcher to his schoolmate
Harriet Minot, are but two sensational examples of the treasures which
go to make up the eighty-odd pages in Mr. Howe's Whittier catalogue.
The Holmes collection was also strengthened by acquisitions from the
Wilson estate. It had been Wilson's hope that his great collection of the
poet-physician might be kept together in the library of Williams Col-
lege, his alma mater, but the trustees of that institution found themselves
unable to comply with the terms laid out in the will, and the collection
was sold. From it Mr. Howe was able to add an impressive total of
sixty-three items which had previously eluded him. Some of these were
unique, and all were of very great rarity. Among them were Holmes's
first book, Illustrations of the Athenaeum Gallery of Paintings, the com-
plete file in parts of The Collegian, including the original separate issue
of Part IV (there is no other known), the only complete file known of
The Amateur, 1830, containing the first printing of fifteen pieces by
Holmes; one of two recorded copies of the first issue of the Fourth of
July Oration and of the poem for the dedication of the new Boston city
library (1888). The other copy of this last is properly entombed in the
cornerstone of the Boston Public Library, where, one may assume, it is
likely to remain for some time. In all, the Holmes section contains nine
pieces which appear to be unique.
In a way the Emerson collection is the most impressive in the library,
including as it does both issues of The Letter to the Second Church and
Society, marking Emerson's break with organized religion. We have
here both forms in which this historic document appeared: the pamphlet
(one of six known) and the large broadside printed on satin. And perhaps
most important, the little leaflet of Emerson's "Concord Hymn." This
last, the first printing of the famous lines "By the rude bridge that arched
the flood," was handed out to the crowd gathered for the dedication of
the monument at the North Bridge in Concord on the Fourth of July,
1837. Young Henry Thoreau was one of the choir participating in the
ceremonies. Robert Frost used to say that this was the finest example of
so-called occasional verse in the language, but Emerson's fellow towns-
men on hand for the occasion were insufficiently impressed with the hymn


to preserve its original printing in any great quantity. Only three other
copies are known to survive.
The Emerson collection is especially rich in presentation copies, of
which there are sixteen. The Phi Beta Kappa Oration of 1837 and the
Divinity College Address of 1838 are inscribed to Elizabeth Hoar, the
Poems of 1847 and Society and Solitude to James Russell Lowell, The
Conduct of Life, as well as a second copy of the Poems, were gifts to his
farmer friend Edmund Hosmer. The Emersons include even the pocket-
sized second edition of Whitman's Leaves of Grass flaunting on its spine
the famous words "I greet you at the beginning of a great career. R. W.
Emerson," surely the most conspicuous blurb in the annals of publishing.
The other author collections are hardly less remarkable. Mention may
be made of Henry Adams's Memoirs of Marau Taaroa, 1893 (the only
other copies are at Harvard and the Massachusetts Historical Society),
with the queen's own ink corrections of the spelling of Tahitian names;
Melville's John Marr, 1888, and Timoleon, 1891, each one of twenty-five
copies; the first issue of Longfellow's Evangeline in the original boards;
and the unique copy of the preliminary issue of the same author's first
book, Outre-Mer.
The roster of authors' first books is substantially complete. In addition
to those I have mentioned, we have Bryant's Embargo, 1808, published
in his fourteenth year; Dana's Two Tears Before the Mast, a presentation
copy to the physician under whose prescription the famous voyage was
undertaken; and Robinson's Torrent and the Night Before.
The only known copy of Frost's first book, Twilight, is at Charlottes-
ville, but the rest of Frost's first editions are present, together with a
very large collection of periodical appearances of his poems. There are
many presentation copies, a number of them inscribed by the poet to Mr.
Howe himself. The Order of Exercises for the Forty-First Anniversary of
the Lawrence High School July 1st, 1892 contains the Class Hymn by
Robert Frost. The Howe collection includes the copy of this leaflet pre-
served for many years by Frost's high school classmate Harriet Carter.
When another copy appeared (we know of only five in all) it also was
acquired by Mr. Howe, who generously gave it to the Houghton Library
at Harvard.


Wary of getting too deep in the collecting of manuscripts, Mr. Howe
limited himself to not more than one holograph of each author. Within
that limit, however, he was properly choosy, and the library is adorned
with suchjewels as Hawthorne's Celestial Railroad, Lowell's The Courtin',
Holmes's Parson Turell's Legacy (a bit from the Autocrat of the Breakfast
Table), and the commencement part read by Thoreau at Harvard in 1837.
This essay, on The Commercial Spirit of Modern Times Considered in Its
Influence on the Political, Moral and Literary Character of a Nation, deals
with the subject in a predictably negative way. And appropriately
enough, the youthful prodigy William Cullen Bryant is represented by a
"Poem Composed by a Lad of Twelve Years Old."
Some mention must be made of the collection of Mary Baker Eddy's
Science and Health, formed to show the evolution of the text of that
enormously influential treatise. Its cornerstone is the copy of the first
edition of 1875, inscribed by Mrs. Eddy to her son, and it includes
twenty-three subsequent editions, three of them inscribed.
By the late forties most of the gaps in the collection were filled and
little new material was turning up. Coincidentally, Mr. Howe retired
from business at that time, devoting much of the next decade and a half
to the service of the Children's Hospital in Boston. His urge to collect,
however, continued unabated and he now turned his attention to the
New England writers of an earlier era.
His first venture back into the seventeenth century was a singularly
happy one, when he bought Anne Bradstreet's Tenth Muse Lately Sprung
up in America, or Severall Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and
Learning, London, 1650. In acquiring this copy Mr. Howe obtained for
his collection at once the earliest collection of secular poetry written in
this country and the first published literary efforts of any American
woman. It is, possibly, the most important book in his collection.
The previous history of this copy may be worth recounting. Its earliest
known owner was Sir Mark Masterman Sykes (1771-1823), whose col-
lection was sold by auction in the year following his death. It was next
acquired (probably at the same auction) by William Henry Miller,
founder of the Christie-Miller collection at Britwell Court. In March of
1924 the Bradstreet book, with others from Britwell Court, was sold at


Sotheby's. The buyer must have returned it (or it may have been bought
in), for it reappeared three years later in a sale of "valuable books unsold
or returned as imperfect at the Sales of the Britwell Court Library,"
where, despite minor imperfections, it is described as "A VERY FINE
COPY." It was there bought by Quaritch, acting for Sir Leicester Harms-
After Sir Leicester's death his library in turn was sold at Sotheby's
over a term of years. The Tenth Muse duly appeared in the sale rooms on
21 February 1949. It was bought by Henry Stevens for Goodspeed's
Book Shop who sold it to Mr. Howe a month later.
A second collection of Mrs. Bradstreet's poems was printed in Boston,
in 1678. It contains poems not previously printed, and as a rare product
of the colonial press, it is highly prized by collectors. Ernest J. Wessen,
a well-known bookseller in Mansfield, Ohio, found a fine copy of it in
1958 and sold it to the Boston bookseller from whom Mr. Howe got it
on New Year's Eve.
When he turned to the seventeenth century, Mr. Howe became more
of a high spot collector. He commenced by making up a list of what he
considered the most significant books of colonial New England and based
his collection on it. We must not speak lightly of any collection which
includes the two Bradstreets, Mourt's Relation of 1622, a large-paper
copy of Mather's Magnalia, with the errata (the only part of that famous
book to be printed in this country), Wood's New Englands Prospect,
1634, Roger Williams's Indian Grammar, 1643, and other great rarities
described by Roger Stoddard.
Our collector was a generous patron of booksellers in New York and
Boston. One thinks particularly of P. K. Foley in Boston and John Knox
and David Randall in New York, to name but three, but he was not
dependent on them. Some of his great treasures were secured by direct
treaty with private owners. He has told how he pursued Whittier's
Sycamores from Nantucket Island to Manhattan to Atlanta, before run-
ning it to earth in Seattle. The best of the Henry Adams books came
through his membership in the Massachusetts Historical Society. His
close relationship through the years with the Harvard Library gave ac-
cess to rarities by Emerson; and social connections with prominent fam-


ilies in Boston made bits and pieces out of Beacon Street and Common-
wealth Avenue attics available to him. The collecting instinct ran deep.
He has said of his father, "I don't know what his first purchase was,
but I well remember the last." I can say the same of the son. His last was
a presentation copy of Hawthorne's Twice-Told Tales inscribed by the
author to Senator Ruel Williams of Maine. The senator was a family
connection of Horatio Bridge, Hawthorne's friend and Bowdoin class-
mate who helped finance publication of the Tales. It was a fitting capstone.
It was fifty years ago that I first met Parkie Howe, and from then on I
was intimately involved in the building of his library. As time went on, I
became privileged to count him among my friends. He was a genial com-
panion, whose sunny countenance and gentle humor made every visit
with him a happy experience. He was one of the most uncomplicated
people I have ever known. And over all the years I cannot recall a single
instance when there was any trace of difference or misunderstanding
between us. I shall always remember him with the deepest affection.
They don't make many like him.


ISUPPOSE a collector begins for any one of a thousand reasons, and
each probably thinks his own is the best. I know that I do, for I
inherited the disease from my father. He started his book collection while
a Harvard freshman in 1864, and often went without lunches to buy a
book which struck his fancy. I don't know what his first purchase was,
but I well remember the last. He had collected at least one book from the
library of each President of the United States with the exception of Wil-
liam Henry Harrison. Harrison's house with all his belongings had
burned to the ground a short time before his death, and the search seemed
almost hopeless. But one day he received a letter from a lady living in
California saying that she had heard of his collection from the widow of
President Benjamin Harrison and would like to sell a book given to her
grandfather by William Henry, containing a statement in Harrison's
hand that it had come from his library. My father immediately wrote to
her that he would take it. The book arrived at his house two days after
his death. This collection, with other of his books, is now in the Hough-
ton Library at Harvard University.
During his later years my father told me much about his collecting
experiences, but most important to me were his anecdotes about New
England authors of the 19th century, many of whom he had known (he
was closest to John G. Whittier, who had been his father's classmate at
Haverhill Academy in Haverhill, Massachusetts). This is why I started
to collect the important authors in that field.
With great good luck, I began in 1932 when times were not good and

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people were selling books they had cherished for many years. Mr.
Charles E. Goodspeed was still active, Mr. P. K. Foley was just retiring,
and the younger men-Mr. George T. Goodspeed, Mr. John S. Van E.
Kohn, and Mr. David A. Randall-were coming along fast. My chief
competitor was Mr. Carroll A. Wilson, who had a ten-year head start,
but it was easy to begin with the commoner books of the writers I was
Early in the game, I was confronted with letters and manuscripts, and
had to decide whether to collect books or autographs. I felt that each was
a full-time job-to say nothing about the financial side-so I determined
to be content with books. Later I amended this policy by trying to get
one manuscript of each author. Inevitably a better one would come along,
and I would fall for that too, promising to dispose of the first one later on.
This worked in some cases, and in others I just haven't got around to it.
So far as letters are concerned, I have stuck fairly well to my guns.
I have now been collecting for some thirty years and with a very few
exceptions have all the first book editions of the principal authors of my
period. Of course many leaflets and pamphlets containing first printings
are missing. Some are known by but one copy, locked up forever in an
institution. This is a problem, but the almost-impossible has happened
once in a while.
One acquisition I like to remember is The Sycamores (Nantucket,
1857), by Whittier. The ballad tells of an Irishman, Hugh Tallant, who
was the first immigrant of his nationality in Haverhill (Whittier refers
to him as "the rustic Irish gleeman"). Shortly after his arrival in the
early 1700's, he planted a number of Sycamore trees along the Merri-
mack River. These prospered, and some of them were pointed out to me
when I was visiting relatives there in the early 1900's.
The poem first appeared in the 11 June 1857 number of the National
Era, a weekly newspaper published in Washington, D.C. It was seen by
Miss Caroline L. Tallant, a schoolteacher in Hartford, Connecticut, who
had migrated from Nantucket and was one of Hugh's descendants. She
asked Whittier's permission to have a few copies printed for friends and
relatives and he agreed.
Miss Tallant was planning to visit her relatives in Nantucket on


Thanksgiving Day, and she set about having twelve copies printed. The
result was a frail little book in wrappers, measuring 3" by 2". It is in
fact so frail that it is amazing that
four copies of this first book print-
ing are still extant.
So much for the book itself. Now
SYCAM RE 0 S. let us turn to the chase. The first
copy that I saw was in the library
B of the Nantucket Historical Society,
where it was greatly prized. I in-
JOHN G. WHITTIER. quired about the Tallant family and
discovered that the last member had
left the island a few years earlier. I
N A N T U C K ET: continued my search wherever there
185 7. seemed to be a chance of success.
Finally I heard of an architect named
Hugh Tallant living in New York
City. Could he be a descendant of the immigrant? On my next trip there I
got his address from the city directory. Arriving in a taxi, I found that he
had departed ten days before, leaving no forwarding address.
After further search, I discovered that he had moved to Atlanta, Geor-
gia. I wrote to him describing the book, listing its few recorded sale
prices, and saying what I would give for a copy in good condition. He
answered that while he knew of it, he did not own a copy. He added,
however, that he had forwarded my letter to his sister on the West Coast,
who might have one. After what seemed an interminable time, I had a
letter from Dr. Alice W. Tallant of Seattle, Washington, announcing
that she had a copy of the book, would accept my offer, and was sending
it on to me. The book arrived and to my great delight proved in excellent
Another time I was in my favorite haunt, Goodspeed's Book Shop,
passing the time of day with George T. Goodspeed, when a man came in
with books to sell. Mr. Goodspeed excused himself and asked me to wait.
On his return he showed me a copy of the so-called second issue of the
first edition of Longfellow's Outre-Mer: A Pilgrimage Beyond the Sea,


J'o. 1 (Boston, 1833), which he had bought. I had a copy of what was
then considered the first issue, and he persuaded me that I really needed
the second also.
A year or so later one of my collector friends asked to see my copies
of Outre-Mer. I handed him the "first issue" from the shelves. While he
was looking it over I took down the "second issue," and discovered to my
amazement that the publisher's name, Hilliard, Gray, & Co., was miss-
ing from the front wrapper, the title-page, and the copyright notice.
Later I found some minor textual differences.
The explanation is found in Mr. Lawrance Thompson's book Young
Longfellow. It seems that Longfellow, in his youthful enthusiasm, had
five hundred copies printed in Brunswick, Maine, before he had found a
publisher. With the help of Griffin, the printer, he got Hilliard, Gray to
publish it and their name was filled in at the required places. But at least
one copy went astray without the imprint, and it seems likely that I
inadvertently acquired the very copy Griffin took to Boston to inveigle a
On one of my frequent trips to New York during the 1930 depression
years, I had lunch with a book collecting friend who specialized in Whit-
tier. He mentioned having called on Mrs. J. Chester Chamberlain,
widow of the great collector of New England authors whose books were
sold by the Anderson Auction Company in 1900. He said she had pur-
chased a number of her husband's books at the sale and was considering
selling them. Immediately after lunch I telephoned her and was invited
to her apartment. Mrs. Chamberlain showed me with understandable
pride her copy of Longfellow's The N7ew England Tragedy (Boston,
1860). She explained that this had been her husband's favorite book, and
she could not bear to see it sold. She, therefore, bid it in at the sale. I left
with it tucked under my arm.
The book was the prose forerunner of the first part of The New Eng-
land Tragedies (Boston, 1868). In his journal Longfellow wrote: "Mch.
14, 1859. Fields came out and I read him two acts ofWenlock Christison,
with which I do not think he was much struck." Only two copies are
known, this and one in the Longfellow collection in the Houghton


But not all my collecting turned out so well. Once when I was still a
novice I had an urgent call from a Boston dealer. I dropped everything
and went to his shop where he showed me about twenty first editions of
Emerson, each inscribed to his next-door neighbor and close friend, Ed-
mund Hosmer. I had ordinary copies of them all, but I picked out two of
the cheapest for their association interest. The dealer urged me to recon-
sider and include the Essays (Boston, 1841) and Essays: Second Series
(Boston, 1844). In my innocence I told him that the price was much too
high. He sold these two within the hour to somebody else who put them
up for sale at the Parke-Bernet Galleries, where they fetched twelve
times the price at which they had been offered to me.
However, I profited from this experience a few years later when de-
scendants of James Russell Lowell decided to dispose of part of his li-
brary. I was given the first opportunity at them, and was able to get
several most interesting association copies. Among them are three first
editions ofT. B. Aldrich containing presentation inscriptions to Lowell.
The Story ofa Bad Boy (Boston, 1870) is inscribed "A very humble little
book for Mr. Lowell" and is a particular favorite of mine. Other inscribed
presentation copies are three from Ralph Waldo Emerson, three from
Oliver Wendell Holmes, and two from Henry W. Longfellow. One of
the Longfellow books is the privately printed edition of twelve copies of
his translation of Dante. The three volumes were published in 1865,
1866, and 1867, and each is inscribed to Lowell. In addition to these I got
the Quinti Horatii Flacci Opera (Boston, 1833), which is quite evidently
a text book used by Lowell at Harvard. The fly-leaves and margins are
completely covered with notes, remarks, and sketches. Then, of a slightly
later period, The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley (London, 1839);
The Complete Poetical Works of William Wordsworth (Philadelphia,
1837); The Complete Poems of William Shakespeare (London [n.d.]); and
The Seraphim, and Other Poems, by Elizabeth B. Barrett (London, 1838),
all with many notes and poems written to or about his future wife, Maria
White, on the margins and fly-leaves. I particularly like his Homer
(Basle, 1551). In a letter of 13 June 1840 (see H. E. Scudder's James
Russell Lowell, A Biography, Boston, 1901, vol. I, pp. 77-78), to his
friend and Harvard classmate George B. Loring, he mentions Maria


White, whom he had visited in Watertown the day before, and goes on
to say: "On the mantel is a moss rose she gave me and which when it
withers I shall enshrine in my Homer." The moss rose is still enshrined
"in my Homer," but now in my library.
One of the rarities I was especially lucky to find is a copy of William
Cullen Bryant's The Embargo, or Sketches of the Times: A Satire. By a
routh of Thirteen (Boston, 1808). So far as I know, this is the only copy
now in private hands. Another is Emerson's Letter from the Rev. R. W.
Emerson, to the Second Church and Society (Boston [ 1832 ), in both vari-
ants. One is an eight-page leaflet, self-wrappered, and the other a broad-
side measuring 181/s" by 12", printed on satin within an ornamental
border. Both were printed by I. R. Butts of Boston. Yet another is the
first printing, after that in the Atlantic Monthly (October 1863), of
Whittier's Barbara Frietchie. Apparently only two copies of this four-
page pamphlet were printed-if the imprint means what it says: "Pub-
lished at the Book Rooms, 200 Mulberry-street, N.Y. Fifth Series. No.
14. Two Copies."
My primary collecting interest has been in association copies, and I
list below some unusual ones.
Little by little I have garnered all the privately-printed Henry Adams
books. The one that appeals to me most is Memoirs ofMarau Taaroa Last
Queen of Tahiti ([n.p.] 1893). Having printed them "ultrissimo-pri-
vately," Adams sent the copies to her for correction. There were prob-
ably ten copies in all, of which I have located five in the United States.
My copy has her corrections in the margins. Whether any copies are
still in Tahiti is anybody's guess.
In my Richard H. Dana, Jr., collection is the first issue of Two Tears
Before the Mast (New York, 1840), presented to Dr. G. C. Shattuck, the
family physician, who prescribed a long sea trip for Dana's illness. There
is also a copy of the first English (Moxon) edition presented to Miss
Sarah Watson, his fiancee, and a copy of the second American edition
(Boston, 1869), presented to Mrs. Sarah Watson Dana, his wife.
Another of my great favorites is the first edition of Science and Health
(Boston, 1875), presented by Mary Baker Glover to her son George W.
Glover, whom she had not seen or heard of for many years. Accompany-


ing this are presentation copies of the second and sixth editions to two of
Mrs. Eddy's early followers.
Among the Emerson books are copies of An Oration Delivered Before
the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Cambridge, August 31, 1837; An Address
Delivered Before the Senior Class in Divinity College, Cambridge, Sunday
Evening, 15 July, 1838; and Nature: Addresses, and Lectures (Boston,
1849)-all presented to his late brother's fiancee, Miss Elizabeth Hoar.
I have the first English edition of Transformation. Or, the Romance of
Monte Beni (London, 1860), inscribed "William D. Ticknor from his
friend Nath' Hawthorne" in Vol. I and with similar inscriptions in Vols.
II and III. These are apparently the proof sheets sent by Hawthorne
from England for simultaneous American publication as The Marble
Faun, and bound in Boston by the recipient.
In the Holmes section is a copy of Songs in Many Keys (Boston, 1862),
the dedication of which reads: "To the most indulgent of readers, the
kindest of critics, My Beloved Mother, all that is least unworthy of her in
this volume is dedicated, by her affectionate son." The copy is inscribed
"Mother from OWH."
The inscription in Longfellow's first book of poems, Voices of the Night
(Cambridge, 1839), reads: "To my mother, with my most affectionate
remembrance, December 8, 1839." With this is one of four known copies
of The Hanging of the Crane (Boston, 1874), original sheets, unstitched,
as issued, uncut, in the original wrappers, inscribed to Longfellow's
wife's half-brother, W. S. Appleton.
My copy of Uncle Tom's Cabin: or, Life Among the Lowly (Boston and
Cleveland, 1852) is inscribed "Dr. Hitchcock from his friend the au-
thor." Dr. Roswell Dwight Hitchcock succeeded Mrs. Stowe's husband
as Professor of Natural and Revealed Religion at Bowdoin College in
1852. I know of but one other presentation copy of this book.
Of my two copies of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (Bos-
ton and Cambridge, 1849) one was Thoreau's own and the other is in-
scribed: "To the 'Unknown' (but guessed at) Critic of the Harvard
Magazine, from the Author, Jan. 15th 1855." The recipient, E. Morton,
has written underneath "Sent me by Mr. Thoreau in consequence of a
screed in The Harv. Mag. for Dec. 54."


Among the Whittier books is Moll Pitcher, a Poem (Boston, 1832). It
is the only presentation copy I have heard of, and is inscribed "Miss
H. Minot, from the author." Miss Harriet Minot was a classmate of
Whittier's at Haverhill Academy, and remained a close friend for many
years. Whittier published the book anonymously, and it was a long time
before he would acknowledge it. Accompanying the book is a letter from
him to Miss Eliza Page, a friend of his and of Miss Minot's, vehemently
denying his authorship. My copy of the Biography of Henry Clay, by
G. D. Prentice (Hartford, 1831), is inscribed: "Jos. E. Hussey, from his
nephew John G. Whittier, 11th of 8th Mo. 1832." It was this copy which
confirmed the suspicion that Whittier wrote a substantial part of the
book (see T. F. Currier's A Bibliography of John Greenleaf Whittier,
Cambridge, 1937, pp. 12-16). In 1835 Whittier and the English aboli-
tionist George Thompson were mobbed in Concord, New Hampshire,
and took shelter in the house of his old friend George Kent. My copy of
Mogg Megone, A Poem (Boston, 1836) is inscribed to Kent. The book is
scarce even without association, since Whittier attempted to suppress it.
When I had acquired first editions of most of the books of my chosen
authors, my collecting slowed almost to a standstill, and after taking
thought I decided to branch into some of the earlier New England writers.
I spent a good deal of time studying them and prepared a list of their
outstanding works.
While my books in this field are small in number, I have been able to
get some of the important ones. Two are Anne Bradstreet's The Tenth
Muse Lately Sprung up in America (London, 1650) and the much rarer
first American edition, Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit
and Learning (Boston, 1678) containing a number of poems not in the
English edition. The authoress came with the Puritans to the Massachu-
setts Bay Colony in 1630 and her book was the first collection of verse
written in America. Among her descendants were Richard H. Dana,
Wendell Phillips, and Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Another desirable book is Cotton Mather's Magnalia Christi Ameri-
cana: or, the Ecclesiastical History of New-England (London, 1702).
Mine is a large-paper copy with the Boston errataa" laid in. In addition
to his fame as preacher and author, Mather is remembered for his part in


the persecution of the Salem witches, and as a result of his perseverance
my seven-times-great-grandmother went to the gallows. That he had
one of the largest collections of scientific books in America, numbering
some four thousand volumes, is of interest to bookmen.
In addition to the excitement of the chase and the pleasure of handling
good books, there is a more rewarding side of the book game in the
associations and friendships one makes. As I look back, the late Carroll
A. Wilson comes first to my mind. He was my mentor, guide, and friend
for many years. He taught me much about collecting in general and the
New England authors in particular, and I could always call on him for any
information I needed. To cap his kindnesses, he left me by his will the
choice of any five of his Whittier books. I shall always have a very deep
feeling for him.
Mr. C. Waller Barrett, who has brought together that wonderful col-
lection of American literature at the University of Virginia, is another
great collector whom I have been privileged to know. Once when he
heard that his order for a Bryant first edition I needed very badly had
arrived an hour before mine, he gallantly stepped aside in my favor. Not
all collectors are so gracious.
My association with the bibliographical fraternity has been of great
value. My first contact was with the late T. Franklin Currier, Associate
Librarian of Harvard College, while he was working on his Whittier
bibliography. We spent many happy days checking and re-checking
Whittier first editions. When he started on a Holmes bibliography, I
again worked with him and, after his death, with Miss Eleanor M. Til-
ton, who finished the bibliography. My pleasure is continuing in my
association with Mr. Jacob Blanck, who is now in the midst of his monu-
mental Bibliography of American Literature.
Various organizations to which I have belonged have given added zest
to my collecting. They include the American Antiquarian Society, the
Boston Athenaeum, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Visit-
ing Committee to the Harvard Library, all possessing priceless and irre-
placeable books, manuscripts, and memorabilia. The directors, the li-
brarians, and the staffs of each have been an inspiration, a source of
expert knowledge, and a pleasure to me. In a lighter vein, the Club of


Odd Volumes has furnished much enjoyment to me as one of the Boston
fraternity of collectors.
These last thirty years have been full of wonderful experiences, and
I hope for a continuation of my Odyssey for a while.

-reprinted from "Contemporary Collectors XXXVI:
New England Authors," in The Book Collector,
Winter 1963.



U N I QUE among collectors of New England authors, Parkman D.
Howe sought the roots of his beloved nineteenth-century heroes
and heroines in the published journals and first-hand narratives by New
Englanders of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. To such classic
Americana, he had begun to add novels and poems of the Federal pe-
riod, as well as the school books that educated the authors of the first
flowering of New England literature.
These Yankee incunabula require a bibliographical program some-
what different from the balance of the collection. Subsequent catalogues
will identify more succinctly the rich resources of each author collection
by reference to the full bibliographical descriptions published in the
Bibliography of American Literature and in other reliable references. For
the early New England books some twenty bibliographies have been
brought into play so that Howe copies could be verified against their
signature and paginary collations. Even so, there are some books for
which no reliable collations could be found. For these, collations are
provided here, together with the height of the leaf to the nearest tenth
of a centimeter. In the short titles, internal omissions are represented
by three dots.
The early New England books are so diverse in content and their
titles so obscure that comments have been added. Books are arranged
alphabetically by author, then by imprint date, and they are followed by
an index of provenances and of authors and titles. I am indebted to John
Alden for identifying some of the little-known early owners who left
only their signatures in the books and to John Cushing and Peter
Drummy of the Massachusetts Historical Society who were able to shed
new light on items 32 and 58.

C 41


Jacob Blanck. Bibliography of American Literature. New Haven, Yale
University Press, 1955- V. 1-7.

John F. Campbell. History and Bibliography of the NEW AMERICAN
Peabody Museum, 1964.

George Watson Cole. A Catalogue of Books Relating to the Discovery and
Early History of N'orth and South America, Forming a Part of the Library
of E. D. Church [1482-1884]. New York, Dodd, Mead, 1907. 5 v.

Grolier Club
One Hundred Influential American Books Printed Before 1900; Catalogue
and Addresses. New York, The Grolier Club, 1947.

Holmes, Cotton Mather
Thomas J. Holmes. Cotton Mather: A Bibliography of His Works.
Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1940. 3 v.

Holmes, Increase Mather
Thomas J. Holmes. Increase Mather: A Bibliography of His Works.
Cleveland, 1931. 2 v.

Holmes, Minor Mathers
Thomas J. Holmes. The Minor Mathers: A List of Their Works.
Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1940.

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Rachel McMasters (Miller) Hunt. Catalogue of Botanical Books in the
Collection of Rachel McMasters Hunt. Pittsburgh, Hunt Botanical
Library, 1958-1961. 2 v. in 3.

Louis Charles Karpinski. Bibliography of Mathematical Works Printed in
America before 1850. Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 1940.

Joseph Sabin. Bibliotheca Americana. A Dictionary of Books Relating to
America,from Its Discovery to the Present Time. New York, 1868-1936.
29 v.

Emily Ellsworth Ford Skeel. A Bibliography of the Writings of Noah
Webster. Edited by Edwin H. Carpenter, Jr. New York, New York
Public Library, 1958.

Alfred W. Pollard and Gilbert R. Redgrave. A Short-Title Catalogue of
Books Printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English Books
Printed Abroad 1475-1640. London, The Bibliographical Society, 1926.

STC (2)
Same. Second Edition, Revised & Enlarged. Begun by W. A. Jackson &
F. S. Ferguson. Completed by Katharine F. Pantzer. London, The
Bibliographical Society, 1976. V. 2, I-Z.

Julius H. Tuttle. "Writings of Rev. John Cotton." In Bibliographical
Essays; A Tribute to Wilberforce Eames. [Cambridge, Harvard
University Press] 1924, pp. [363]-380.

R. W. G. Vail. "Susanna Haswell Rowson ... A Bibliographical Study,"
Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, n.s. 42 (1932), 47-160.

Vail, Old Frontier
R. W. G. Vail. The Voice of the Old Frontier. Philadelphia, University of
Pennsylvania Press, 1949.


Oscar Wegelin. Early American Poetry; a Compilation of the Titles of
Volumes of Verse and Broadsides by Writers Born or Residing in JNorth
America .North of the Mexican Border [1650-1820]. Second Edition,
Revised and Enlarged. New York, Peter Smith, 1930. 2 v. in 1.

Donald Wing. Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland,
Ireland [etc.] ... 1641-1700. New York, Index Society, 1945-1951. 3 v.

Wing (2)
Same. Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged. New York, Modern
Language Association, 1972- V. 1, 2 only.

Richard J. Wolfe. Secular Music in America, 1801-1825: A Bibliography.
New York, New York Public Library, 1964. 3 v.


JOHN ADAMS, 1735-1826
ENE 1 A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States
of America. V. 1: London, 1787; v. 2: London, 1787;
v. 3: London, 1788.
V. 1: 7rl a-b8 B8 (B1 excised or B1 = 7l) C-Z8 Aa-Bbs Cc4; [1], xxxi, [3]-
392 p. Press figures: vi, 7; xviii, 3; xx, 1; 9, 4; 11, 11; 25, 1; 26, 10; 46, 5;
48, 9; 60, 10; 63, 12; 79, 2; 86, 1; 102, 1; 118, 10; 130, 11; 158, 6; 175, 8;
178, 4; 194, 11; 204, 8; 219, 11; 237, 5; 255, 3; 256, 4; 268, 10; 271, 8; 280,
1; 282, 8; 298, 7; 304, 12; 308, 8; 319, 1; 330, 1; 336, 1; 338, 6; 352, 2; 358,
5; 368, 4; 370, 8; 389, 1.
V. 2: 71 20rl B-Z8 Aa-Ff8 Gg2; [iii], 451 p.; p. 131 misprinted 231. Press
figures: 6, *; 22, 9; 34, 5; 48, 4; 64, 8; 70, 10; 88, 3; 91, 1; 111, 8; 123, *;
128, 5; 139, 7; 150, 6; 162, 6; 190, 1; 198, 7; 221, 1; 223, 7; 234, 1; 236, 3;
250, 10; 258, 10; 274, 10; 302, 10; 320, 3; 330, 1; 336, 7; 351, 10; 363, 7;
394, 6; 414, *; 418, *; 446, *.
V. 3: ir1 B-Z8 Aa-Gg8 ( 'Gg7') Hh-Nn8 002; [i), 528, [529-564] p.;
p. 137 misprinted 107, 253 not printed. Press figures: 9, 2; 14, *; 18, 1; 32,
*; 47, *; 62, 4; 79, 4; 94, 7; 96, *; 106, 7; 122, 4; 130, 3; 158, 7; 171, 4;
182, 9; 200, 10; 214, *; 234, 2; 254, 6; 266, *; 282, 2; 288, 6; 299, 1; 306, *;
322, 8; 351, 10; 354, 10; 364, 2; 370, 4; 386, 1; 411, 7; 416, 1; 431, 7; 445,
10; 450, [dagger]; 462 [cancel], 7; 479, 8; 490, 1; 498, 7; 518, 4; [538], 4;
[558], 2.
21.2, 21, 21 cm. Calf, rebacked, with the signature "Rich H Morris" on
title-page of v. 1 and the half-title of v. 2, the signature "Jabez Kimball" on
the front endpaper of v. 3, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania release
stamp, dated 1964, on the paste-down back endpapers of v. 1 and 2; another
copy of v. 1, not collated, is bound in original blue-gray boards, paper spine,
printed label; 22.6 cm.
This is the 8vp edition; also printed in 12mo. Written while Adams was in

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London as Minister to the Court of St. James's, the work sets forth Adams's
views on the principles of Government, taking as its text Turgot's "Lettre
... au docteur Price sur les legislation americaines," first printed in Mira-
beau's Considerations sur l'ordre de Cincinnatus, 1784. The Defence is in the
form of letters addressed to William Stephens Smith, the Revolutionary
leader, who in 1786, when secretary to Adams, married his daughter Abigail

ENE 2 The Jubilee of the Constitution. A Discourse Delivered at the
Request of the New York Historical Society ... on Tuesday, the
30th of April 1839; Being the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Inauguration of
George Washington. New York, 1839.
BAL 1614n, wanting the half-title and printed tan wrappers. Modern half
morocco binding. "The Celebration," pp. [121]-136, includes additional re-
marks by Adams and the texts of odes written for the occasion by W. C.
Bryant, G. Mellen, and W. Cutter.

ENE 3 The American Coast Pilot; Containing the Courses and Distances
between the Principal Harbours, Capes and Headlands, from
Passamaquoddy through the Gulpb of Florida ... with the Latitudes and
Longitudes of the Principal Harbours on the Coast. Together with a Tide
Table. By Capt. Lawrence Furlong. Corrected and Improved by the Most
Experienced Pilots in the United States Second Edition, Largely
Improved. Newburyport, 1798.
[A] B-U W-X4 X22 Y-Z Aa-Ff4; "Take Notice" [etc.], pasted down as the
front endpaper, refers to the matter printed on signature "X2"; xvi, [17]-
172, [8], [177]-239, [1] p.; p. 142 misprinted 242; 20.5 cm. Campbell
2, with numbering of p. 239 given as 299; Sabin 26219. Original dark calf,
double gilt rules across the spine, signature of "Wm. McLellan Jr." on the
title-page and paste-down endpaper.
The work was reprinted prior to 1867 in 23 editions under the name of its
publisher and reviser Edmund M. Blunt. It provides instructions for navigat-
ing ports in the United States. Copyright to it was acquired by the Treasury
Department in 1867 for $20,000, and in modern revised editions the work has
remained in print to the present day as the United States Coast and Geodetic
Survey's Atlantic Coast Pilot.


JOEL BARLOW, 1754-1812
ENE 4 The Vision of Columbus; a Poem in JVine Books. Hartford, 1787.
BAL 865, blank leaf Kk4 excised. Original sheep, decorative gilt rules across
spine, red label, edges stained green.
The second American epic (the first having been Timothy Dwight's Con-
quest of Candan, ENE 24 below), a text that Barlow expanded and revised
during most of his life. The list printed at the end shows that 769 subscribers
from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jer-
sey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Vermont signed up for 1157 copies.

ENE 5 The Vision of Columbus; a Poem in NJine Books ... The Second
Edition. Hartford, 1787.
A-Y6; 258, [5] p.; 16.3 cm. Mottled calf, gilt rules across spine, red label,
edges stained yellow, with the dated signature "H. Dow. 1790 m/2" on the
free front endpaper.
A new setting of the text, with a five-page list of subscribers at the end.
UF copy.

ENE 6 The Hasty-Pudding: a Poem, in Three Cantos Canon.]
[New Haven, 1796]
BAL 890. Disbound and pasted into blue-gray wrapper, signed on title:
"Benjamin. Eand in another hand] Woolsey Dwight." B. W. Dwight (1780-
1850), Yale 1799, was the son of President Timothy Dwight of Yale.
The presumed first separate edition of the most popular poem of its day,
printed in twenty chapbook editions before 1821.

ENE 7 The Foresters, an American Tale: Being a Sequel to the History
of John Bull the Clothier Canon.] Boston, 1792.
BAL 929, first state of the frontispiece before revisions including the engrav-
er's name ("Seymour de. Sc."); second state of the footnote on p. 77. Con-
temporary (publisher's?) sprinkled sheep, gilt rules across spine, red label,
edges sprinkled brown; with dated signatures "Christr Toppan's 1792" and
"Sarah Thayer 1820" on the title-page. The Hon. Christopher Toppan (1735-
1818), of Hampton, N.H., was the father of Sarah (b. 1775), wife of the Rev.
Nathaniel Thayer.
Political allegory, often claimed as a pioneering work of American literature.
UF copy.


ENE 8 The Foresters, an American Tale The Second Edition,
Revised and Considerably Enlarged [anon.]
Boston, Nov. 1796.
BAL 938. A new binding of marbled boards, calf spine.
This edition adds a key to the characters satirized and Letters 17 and 18.
UF copy.

ENE 9 American Biography. V. 1: Boston, 1794;
v. 2: Boston, July, 1798.
B AL 934, 942, thick paper copies, without the leaf announcing Belknap's death
that is bound in some copies ofv. 2. Untrimmed copies in original blue boards,
rebacked, with the typographic bookplate of the "First Church in Sandwich.
Dr. Hersey's [i.e., Abner Hersey] Donation." Hersey (1721-1787), of Barn-
stable, Mass., was an eccentric but highly regarded physician who in his will
divided his estate amongst the several churches of Barnstable County.
The first important collection of American historical biography, by the
founder of the Massachusetts Historical Society. UF copy.

ENE 10 The New American Practical Navigator; Being an Epitome
of Navigation ... First Edition. Newburyport, 1802.
[A] B-Z Aa-Hh '[A Journal]'-'[B Journal]' '(A) Tab.'-'(K) Tab.'4 '(L)
Tab.'6 '(M) Tab.'-'(Z) Tab.' '(Aa) Tab.'-'(Rr) Tab.'4; folding engraved
frontispiece and engraved plates facing pp. 45, 73, 75, 83, 136, 225, and
[529]; xvi, 17-589, [4] p., [3] p. ads.; NB: pp. 247-532 are not numbered;
21.9 cm. Campbell, 3. Original mottled sheep, double gilt rules across spine,
red label, with the inscriptions "John Munro's Book" and "By Roland Bunker
Nantucket Presented to Joseph Jenks" on the front endpaper. A variant im-
print, Blunt for B. & J. Loring, Boston, not in Karpinski (pp. 142-143).
This third revision of J. H. Moore's New Practical Xavigator, first pub-
lished in London, 1772, incorporated so many corrections that Bowditch as-
sumed full responsibility, establishing the standard American navigational
manual. "Often termed the greatest book in all the history of navigation, this
intellectual achievement of our early culture was indispensable to the maritime
and commercial expansion of the nineteenth century"-Grolier Club, 25.


ENE 11 History of Plymouth Plantation ... N. ow First Printed from
the Original Manuscript, for the Massachusetts Historical
Society. Boston, 1856.
,2 d-e 1-594 60-612; xix, [I], 476, [1] p., 3 blank p.; 24.5 cm.; original
black cloth, blocked in blind, title gilt on spine.
Edited by Charles Deane. Three issues were printed from the same plates
in 1856: the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 4th ser., v. 3;
a fifty-copy private edition, so identified in the imprint; and this trade edition
on thick paper.
Used by Morton, Prince, and Hutchinson, the MS disappeared until 1855
when it was discovered in the Fulham Palace Library of the Bishop of London,
who permitted its publication here. Returned to the Commonwealth of Massa-
chusetts in 1897, the MS was republished in 1898 together with its history and
the proceedings of its presentation.

ENE 12 The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung up in America. Or Severall
Poems, Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning,
Full of Delight .. By a Gentlewoman in Those Parts [anon.]
London, 1650.
Church 498, lacking leaf Al as usual; Wing (2) B4167. The Sir M. M. Sykes-
Heber-Britwell Court-Harmsworth copy, rebound in calf with "MMS" blind-
stamped on the covers and inscribed "Cat VI R91. M M S Sledmere." on the
front paste-down endpaper.
The first collection of verse to be published from the New World and the
first collection of verse by an Englishwoman since Isabella Whitney's Sweet
NJosgay (1573; STC [2] 25440). Written in Massachusetts by the daughter of
one colonial governor, Thomas Dudley-to whom the volume is dedicated-
and wife of another, Simon Bradstreet, this is the cornerstone of New England
belles lettres.

ENE 13 Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learn-
ing, Full of Delight... by a Gentlewoman in New-England.
The Second Edition, Corrected by the Author, and Enlarged by an Addition
of Several Other Poems Found Amongst Her Papers after Her Death
[anon.] Boston, 1678.


Wegelin 29, p. 117 misprinted 11, 160 misprinted 166, and 243 misprinted
234; without the errata leaf (found complete only in a single copy, in the
Thomas Prince Library at the Boston Public Library); Wing (2) B4166.
Original calf binding over scabbord, double blind rules around the covers and
across the spine, decorated roll on the board edges, with the signature "E:
Hough" on the title-page and the inscription "Ralph Darwin Boston Sept 21st
1729" on the first (blank) leaf.
Among the poems printed here for the first time are Mrs. Bradstreet's
elegy for her father, John Norton's elegy for her, and her "Contemplations"
on the natural beauty of Massachusetts.

ENE 14 The Power of Sympathy: or, The Triumph of Nature. Founded
in Truth [anon.] 2 v. Boston, 1789.
BAL 1518, but the frontispiece is in an hitherto unlocated preliminary state
before the addition of the engraver's signature, the final blank leaf in each
volume is absent, and the reading at p. 150, v. 2, is: E T E R LXIV.
Modem binding of calf, marbled boards.
An epistolary romance, often called the first American novel, formerly
attributed to Mrs. Sarah W. Morton, whose tragic family history supplied
the plot.

ENE 15 Seasonable Thoughts on the State of Religion in JNew-England.
Boston, 1743.
A b-c B-V W-Z Aa-Cc8 Dd4; xxx, 18, 424 p.; p. 296 misnumbered 280; 19.5
cm. Original calf, double gilt rules around the sides and across the back, brown
label, edges sprinkled red; with the inscription "Benja Pickman's Sepr. 16th
1743:" (a subscriber) on the free front endpaper. Benjamin Pickman (1708-
1773) was a wealthy Salem merchant and ship owner, member of the Massa-
chusetts General Court, 1744-1748, and holder of other public offices.
Chauncy led the "Old Light" party in New England in opposition to the
"Great Awakening," and this work replies to Jonathan Edwards's Some
Thoughts Concerning the Present Revival of Religion in .New England, 1742.
UF copy.


ENE 16 Entertaining Passages Relating to Philip's War ... also of
Expeditions More Lately Made against the Common Enemy,
and Indian Rebels, in the Eastern Parts of Nfew-England .. By T.C.
Boston, 1716.
Church 862. Modern full red morocco, gilt extra, by Riviere; inscribed on
the free back endpaper "1903 $nin.ax(bound)." The Frederic R. Halsey copy,
sold by the Huntington Library in 1944.
Thomas Church (1674-1746) edited these memoranda of his father, Col.
Benjamin Church, who defeated King Philip. Col. Church vouches for his son's
accuracy in the preface "To the Reader."

ENE 17 The Choice: a Poem, after the Manner of Promfret [sic]. By a
young Gentleman [anon.] Boston, 1757.
Wegelin 67. Modem half morocco, cloth sides, title-leaf washed.
Fashionable verse, on a life of "Natural Reason."

ENE 18 The Times[.] A Poem [anon.] [Boston, 1765]
Wegelin 71, but the title is taken here from p. [1]. Modem half morocco,
cloth sides, with the bookplate of Matt B. Jones (1871-1940), the eminent
Boston collector of early New England history.
A satire on the Stamp Act.

JOHN COTTON, 1585-1652
ENE 19 Gods Promise to His Plantation .. As It Was Delivered in a
Sermon, by lobn Cotton, B.D. and Preacher of Gods Word in
Boston. London, 1630.
A4 (Al excised) B-C4 D2; [vi], 20 p.; 17.8 cm. STC 5854.2; Tuttle 1. Mod-
em green morocco. The Britwell Court-Harmsworth copy with Christie-
Miller's inscription on the front flyleaf: "C & P W.H.C.M. 12 Oct. 1882.
Riviere-binding 1. 4s/-."
Cotton's farewell sermon to the Puritans leaving for America, whither he
followed in 1633. Hitherto only a copy in the British Library was known to
have this variant imprint which omits reference to the "three Golden Lyons."


ENE 20 A Letter of Mr. John Cottons Teacher of the Church in Boston,
in New-England, to Mr. Williams a Preacher There. Wherein
Is Shewed, That Those Ought To Be Received into the Church Who Are
Godly, Though They Doe Not See, nor Expressly Bewaile All the Pollutions
in Church-Fellowship, Ministery, Worship, Government. London, 1643.
A-B4; [i], 13, blank page; 18.1 cm. Wing (2) C6441; Tuttle 27. Modern
binding of brown half morocco, cloth sides.
This work began the printed controversy in which Cotton opposed Roger
Williams on the issue of religious freedom. See ENE 21, ENE 22, ENE 76.

ENE 21 The Controversie Concerning Liberty of Conscience in Matters
of Religion .. by Way of Answer to Some Arguments to the
Contrary Sent unto Him. London, 1646.
A-B4; [i], 14 p.; 17.5 cm. Wing (2) C6420; Tuttle 48. Modern binding of
quarter morocco, cloth sides.
A reply to Roger Williams's Scriptures and Reasons, reprinted on pp. 1-6;
Cotton opposes religious tolerance with scriptural theocracy.

ENE 22 The Bloudy Tenent, Washed, and Made White in the Bloud
of the Lambe Wherein the Great Questions of This Present
Time Are Handled, Viz. How Farre Liberty of Conscience Ought To Be
Given to Those That Truly Feare God? ... Whereunto Is Added a Reply to
Mr. Williams Answer, to Mr. Cottons Letter. London, 1647.
Church 479; Wing (2) C6409; Tuttle 55. Modern red morocco by Rivibre,
with the bookplates of Edward N. Crane (1902) and the Rev. Roderick Terry,
of Newport, R.I.
Cotton's strongest statement of the case against tolerance, answering
Williams's The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution for the Cause of Conscience, 1644.

ENE 23 A Dissertation on the History, Eloquence, and Poetry of the
Bible. Delivered at the Public Commencement, at New-Haven
[anon.] New-Haven, 1772.
BAL 5034. Stitched, unbound, not seen thus by Blanck; with the signatures of
David and Abner Judson on the title-page. Abner (d. 1774?), of Stratford,


Conn., was father to David (1757-1843), Yale 1778, who lived in Fairfield,
The first publication of a youthful candidate for the master's degree, who
served as president of Yale from 1795 to 1817. UF copy.

ENE 24 The Conquest of Canian; a Poem, in Eleven Books.
Hartford, 1785.
BAL 5040, p. 178 misprinted 17, 279 printed upside down, without the errata
leaf, but with signature mark L present. Original calf, red label, edges stained
yellow, with the signature "Eliphalet W Gilbert" on the free front endpaper.
Eliphalet Wheeler Gilbert (1793-1853), Union College 1813, Presbyterian
clergyman, was the first President of Delaware College, today the University
of Delaware. Another copy already at Gainesville shows the same misprints,
includes the errata leaf, is bound similarly, and is inscribed on the title-page:
"G H Atwoods Book Bought at Auction March 19th 1859."
The first American epic, heroic couplets comparing Washington with
Joshua at Canaan.

ENE 25 The Triumph of Infidelity: a Poem [anon.] [n.p.] 1788.
BAL 5041A, but the second recto is signed "a2." Modem cloth.
Dedicated to "Mons. de Voltaire" who "opposed truth, religion, and their
authors and taught that the chief end of man was, to slander his God,
and abuse him forever."

ENE 26 Greenfield Hill: a Poem, in Seven Parts. New-York, 1794.
B AL 5048. Nineteenth-century half calf, marbled boards, inscribed on the free
front endpaper "Mrs Murray with the respects of George Gibbs," perhaps
the mineralogist (1776-1833) whose geological collection was acquired by
Yale in 1825.
This lengthy poem, dedicated to Vice-President John Adams, carries the
reader through "The Flourishing Village," "The Burning of Fairfield," and
"The Destruction of the Pequods" to "The Vision, or Prospect of the Future
Happiness of America."


ENE 27 Travels; in Vew-England and New-Tork [anon.]
V. 1-2: New-Haven, 1821; v. 3-4: New-Haven, 1822.
BAL 5075. Original blue-gray boards, paper spines, printed labels.
A thoroughly researched and useful reference, and Dwight's most cele-
brated prose work. Gift of the Howe Society.

ENE 28 A Careful and Strict Enquiry into the Modern Prevailing
Notions of That Freedom of Will, Which Is Supposed to Be
Essential to Moral Agency, Vertue and Vice, Reward and Punishment,
Praise and Blame. Boston, 1754.
A4 aa2 B8 C-Z Aa-Pp4 Qq2; [1], vi, [4], 294, [14] p.; without the errata
slip pasted over the "Advertisement" on p. [299]; 19.1 cm. Original mottled
calf, double rule blind-stamped around the covers, decorated roll blind-stamped
beside the hinges; with the signature "J Quincy jun" on the title-page. Josiah
Quincy, Jr. (1744-1775), Harvard 1763, though a supporter of the patriot
cause, in concert with John Adams successfully defended the British officer
Captain Preston when he was tried for his part in the Boston Massacre of
March 1770.
Edwards's most celebrated work and the philosophical basis of Calvinism
in America.

ENE 29 The Coquette; or, The History of Eliza Wharton; a Novel;
Founded on Fact. By a Lady of Massachusetts. Boston, 1797.
A-U W-X6 (blank X6 excised); 261, [1] p.; including the half-title; p. 184
misprinted 148; first gathering signed B2 on third leaf; 17 cm. Original
mottled calf, rebacked, with the bookplate of Jean Hersholt. Albeit generally
known as a film star, Danish-born Hersholt (1886-1956) was also an ardent
book collector.
An immensely popular epistolary novel of domestic tragedy, based on
the love affairs of Pierrepont Edwards, Joseph Buckminster, and Elizabeth

ENE 30 Pietas et Gratulatio Collegii Cantabrigiensis apud Novanglos.
Boston, 1761 [i.e., 1762]


Wegelin 711, a copy on ordinary paper, with the errata slip; proper spacing
at 24.14 and with the readings "videt haud Georgo" and "Nepotes" at 72.14
and 15. Modern half calf, marbled boards, with Ms attributions throughout.
Greek and Latin verse by Harvard faculty and students on the death of
George II and accession of George III, intended to show the advance of
civilization in the colonies.

ABIEL HOLMES, 1763-1837, ed.
ENE 31 A Family Tablet: Containing a Selection of Original Poetry
[anon.] Boston, 1796.
Wegelin 584. Original mottled calf, double gilt rules across the spine, red
leather label, edges stained yellow, with the signature of Mary Rodman on
the free front endpaper.
A collection of poems by members of the Holmes and Stiles families-joined
by the marriage of Abiel Holmes to Mary Stiles, daughter of President Ezra
Stiles of Yale-and friends. All are signed with pseudonyms: Louisa = Ruth
Stiles Gannett (wife of Caleb Gannett, Harvard 1783), Myra = Mary Stiles
Holmes (Mrs. Abiel Holmes), Myron = Abiel Holmes, Eugenio = Ezra
Stiles, Jr., St. John = St. John Honeywood (1763-1798).

ENE 32 A General History of New England, from the Discovery to
MDCLXXX .. Published by the Massachusetts Historical
Society. Cambridge, 1815.
[1] b 2-844 852; vi, [8], [7]-676 p.; p. 399 misprinted 39; 21.1 cm. Original
mottled sheep, gilt rules across the spine, red label, with the ink stamp of
Henry W. Fuller on the free front endpaper.
The first publication of a manuscript used in their histories by Cotton
Mather (ENE 39), Thomas Prince (ENE 51), and Thomas Hutchinson (ENE
33), and one based in part on Governor John Winthrop's MS Journal (ENE
77). The scribal copy, with author's corrections, on which Abiel Holmes and
Joseph McKean based this edition, was donated to the Society in 1791 by Dr.
John Eliot. Upon petition by the Historical Society, the General Court or-
dered 600 copies at two dollars each, directing that one copy "be sent to the
Clerk of each town in the Commonwealth, for the use of the inhabitants
thereof." The Society distributed broadside subscription proposals, printed
1000 copies of the book, and supplied copies as v. 5-6, 2nd ser., in its "Col-


elections It was republished by the Society in 1848 as revised by William
Thaddeus Harris. In 1878 a sheaf of new and revised texts was distributed and
bound into some copies, based on newly discovered transcriptions by Judge
Peter Oliver.

ENE 33 The History of the Colony of Massachusets-Bay, from the
First Settlement Thereof in 1628. Until ... 1691.
Boston, 1764.
7,2 A-Z Aa-Nn8 (Nn6-8 excised); [4], iv, 566 p.; A2-3 missigned As-4,
pen cancels on p. 411 (the rest of the sentence after "Mr. Locke,") and on
p. 478 (the last two lines of the footnotes); 20.1 cm. Original calf, edges
sprinkled red.

The History of the Province of Massachusets-Bay, from .
1691, until ... 1750. Boston, 1767.
a4 B-Z Aa-L18 Mm4 Nn2; [4], iv, 539 p.; 19.8 cm. Original calf, double gilt
rules across the spine, red label, edges sprinkled red, with the signatures
"S. Dexter's" and "A. Ward's" on the title-page and the bookplate of W. S.
Appleton. Samuel Dexter (1726-1810) of Dedham and Mendon, Mass., had
a daughter, Catharina Maria, who married Artemas Ward (1762-1847),
Harvard 1783, a judge and Chief Justice in Boston and son of the Revolution-
ary general Artemas Ward. William Sumner Appleton (1874-1947), Har-
vard 1896, was founder of the Society for the Preservation of New England

The History of the Province of Massachusetts [sic] Bay, from
the Tear 1750, until June, 1774... Vol. III. London, 1828.
Church 1032, but title-page varies, and signature b (eight leaves, including
the dedication and preface) is not present. Untrimmed, bolts for the most
part unopened, in original unprinted dull brown wrapper. 22.6 cm. This form,
also found at Harvard, may represent the U.S. issue, but see Charles Deane,
Bibliographical Essay, 1857.
The first general history, valuable to this day. The expulsion of Hutchinson
from the colonies and his death in 1780 delayed appearance of the third volume
until the manuscript was edited by his grandson.

14 Of Zmting and Estertaipew,
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or roe~.e
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I Cate?
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cop ,im y the only plant whii men labour
in; the women managing all the reft : they
fay they take Tobce for two caufe; firft,
against the rheume,which cavieth the tooth-
ake, which they are impatient of: fecondly,
to revive and refreh them, they drinking no-
thing but water. Squttame.

PLATE I: Roger Williams,
A Key into the Language of America

rT -T -?~e

PLATE II: John Josselyn,
New-Englands Rarities

Hfieo LeW'diLaveder. FPge 4


A Dialogue eween Old En.
glia and New;,conctrningtheir
S- pref& Troubles,4x*o, 1442.

a w-EBlugid. ^
A L~s dear Motber, fie Qu I Bw and bef,
, With honour, alth, and peace, hpppy and
blef t; ..
What ails thge hang thbllad,& crofsthine arms
And fit Yth' duftto igh ttAfe fad arms ?
What deluge of new wc gils ovtr-w4nIme
The glories of thy ever famouRealme ?
What means this willing tonethis mournful guifc?
Ah, tell thy daughtr,ihcmay fnpathize..

Art ignorant indeed of thee my woes ?
Or muft my forced tongue thee griefs difclofe?
And muft my fclf difftemy tatter'd ftate,
Which 'mazed Chriftendome stands wondering at?
And thou a Child, a Limbe, and doft nobfeel
My fainting wealicd body now to rel ?

PLATE III: Anne Bradstreet,
Several Poems


PLATE IV: William Hill Brown,
The Power of Sympathy

" "-/ / (K "-,


ENE 34 A History of JNew-England. From the English Planting in
the Teere 1628. until the Teere 1652 [anon.]
London, 1654 [i.e., 1653]
Church 532; made up with signatures R-Hh from one source, D-Q from
another, A-C being washed but possibly from the former source. Old mottled
calf, rebacked and repaired.
Known by its running title of "Wonder-Working Providence of Sions
Saviour, in New England," this rambling firsthand account, including "The
great encouragements to increase trade ... [with] Old England," was meant
to entice settlers to the colonies.

JOHN JOSSELYN, fl. 1630-1675
ENE 35 New-Englands Rarities Discovered: in Birds, Beasts, Fishes,
Serpents, and Plants of That Country ... Illustrated with Cuts.
London, 1672.
Church 618; Wing (2) J1093. Modem green morocco, by Birdsall.
One of the earliest illustrated accounts of flora and fauna, with a folding
plate, "Hollow Leav'd Lavender," and large woodcuts in text, such as "A
branch of the Humming Bird Tree ... made (after the English manner) into
an unguent with Hogs Grease ... for bruises."

ENE 36 An Account of Two Voyages to JNew-England. Wherein You
Have the Setting out of a Ship, with the Charges; the Prices
of All JNecessaries for Furnishing a Planter and His Family at His First
Coming; a Description of the Countrey, JNatives and Creatures, with Their
Merchantil and Physical Use [etc.] London, 1674.
Church 627, B3 signed; Wing (2) J1091. Contemporary panelled calf, re-
backed, with five pages of contents in MS on the endleaves and with marginal
MS captions throughout the text.
Josselyn's visits were in 1638-1639 and 1663-1671; the manuscript "Con-
tents" picks out what was interesting to the English reader, e.g., Flying
Squirril described, p. 87; Some of their merchants are damnably rich, p. 180;
The mischief of a drink called Rum-bullion, p. 139, etc.


THOMAS LECHFORD, 1590?-1644?
ENE 37 Plain Dealing: or, N.ewes from NJew-England A Short
View of New-Englands Present Government, Both Ecclesias-
ticall and Civil. London, 1642.
Church 454; Wing (2) L810. Modern brown morocco, gilt extra, green on-
lays, by Riviere; inscribed on the paste-down back endpaper "1902 $ctx.
binding a.a.x." The Frederic R. Halsey copy, sold in the auction of Hun-
tington Library duplicates in 1919.
The note on p. 20 concerning the "eleven or twelve Commandements" has
been corrected in ink as in the Church copy. The sheets were reissued, with a
new title-page, as .7'ew England's Advice to Old-England, London, 1644.
According to James Hammond Trumbull, it is a book "nearly indispensable
to the study of New England institutions."

COTTON MATHER, 1663-1728
ENE 38 Johannes in Eremo. Memoirs, Relating to the Lives, of... Mr.
John Cotton ... Mr. John Norton ... Mr. John Wilson ...
Mr. John Davenport ... Ministers of the Gospel ... in Boston; and Mr.
Thomas Hooker ... at Hartford. [Boston] 1695.
Holmes Cotton Mather 188-A, but without the two medial blank leaves.
Modern calf with ink stamps of Brown University and John Carter Brown
(1797-1874), the great collector and founder of the library of Americana that
bears his name, on the title-page and the bookplate of John Carter Brown
cancelled with the release stamp of the library.
"Advertisement [for] Church-History of New-England ... [and] A
Scheme of the Whole Work," pp. 28-32, first series, is the first printed
announcement of Mather's Magnalia, wherein these texts were collected in
1702. UF copy.

ENE 39 Magnalia Christi Americana: or, The Ecclesiastical History
of JNew-England from Its First Planting in the Tear 1620.
unto the rear of Our Lord, 1698. London, 1702.
Holmes Cotton Mather 213-A; large-paper copy with the folding engraved
map and the Boston-printed errata leaves; without the blank leaf 6M2; p. 29
in Book VI misprinted 37; the title-leaf to Book I bound after the principal
title and the second leaf of advertisements ("A6") bound between signatures


A and B; a rule, fallen across the forme, has printed on p. 35 in Book VI.
Original sprinkled panelled calf, red label, edges sprinkled red, board edges
gilt-tooled with a decorated roll. With the bookplate of Henry Labouchere:
Queen Victoria's "horrible lying Labouchere" and Edward VII's "viper."
Mather's greatest published work and the most celebrated American book
of colonial times. It contains the history of the settlement of New England;
the lives of its governors and magistrates; the lives of "Sixty Famous
Divines"; a history and roll of Harvard College; the history of the New Eng-
land Church; and the "Wars of the Lord" against the devil and others.

ENE 40 The Christian Philosopher: a Collection of the Best Discoveries
in JNature, with Religious Improvements.
London, 1721 [i.e., 1720]
Holmes Cotton Mather 52-A. Original sprinkled panelled calf, edges sprinkled
red, board edges gilt-tooled with a decorated roll.
A fellow of the Royal Society in London, Mather affirms that "Philosophy
[i.e., natural science] is no Enemy but a mighty and wondrous incentive to
Religion"; the book illustrates Mather's interest in science and reveals the
state of scientific knowledge in New England at the time.

ENE 41 Ratio Disciplinae Fratrum Nov-Anglorum. A FaithfulAccount
of the Discipline Professed and Practised; in the Churches of
JNew-England [anon.] Boston, 1726.
Holmes Cotton Mather 318, lacking the contents leaf and final blank. Modern
marbled boards, calf spine.
The doctrines of Congregationalism in New England and a reaffirmation
of the "Cambridge Platform." UF copy.

ENE 42 KoplroyjpacKta. Or a Discourse Concerning Comets As
also Two Sermons Occasioned by the Late Blazing Stars.
Boston, 1683.
Holmes Increase Mather 67-A and 62-B (blanks Al and K8 excised). Nine-
teenth-century gilt-panelled red morocco by F. Bedford, the three title-leaves
and their conjugates remargined; with the bookplate of the Rev. Anson Phelps


Stokes (1874-1958), Yale 1896, stating that the book came to him from the
library of Anson Phelps Stokes (1838-1913), his father, the New York
banker. Once owned by Caleb Fiske Harris (1818-1881), the eminent Provi-
dence, R.I., bibliophile.

SAMUEL MATHER, 1706-1785
ENE 43 The Life of the Very Reverend and Learned Cotton Mather,
D.D. & F.R.S. Late Pastor of the North Church in Boston.
Who Died, Feb. 13. 1727, 8. Boston, 1729.
Holmes Minor Mathers 76-A, lacking the three blank leaves. Original sprinkled
panelled calf, board edges gilt-tooled with a decorated roll. Dedicated to the
University of Glasgow, prefaced by Thomas Prince, its ten-page list of sub-
scribers headed by Governor Burnet and his lieutenants William Dummer
and John Wentworth, this biography concludes with a list of 383 books pub-
lished by Cotton: this early bibliography of a New England author is preceded
only by the list of works by Samuel Willard in his Compleat Body of Divinity,

ENE 44 Geography Made Easy ... Calculated Particularly for the Use
and Improvement of Schools in the United States.
New-Haven [1784]
A-S6; colored engraved frontispiece of the hemispheres and colored folding
engraved map of the United States facing p. 24; 214, [1] p.; 15.5 cm. Original
sheep, repaired, front flyleaf inscribed "Mary Anne Griswold Chandler Book
Distributed to her in the division of her Fathers personal Estate Out of Date,
of No use to any One, even to A Student" and "Charles Lanman From My
Grandfather's Library." Mary Anne (otherwise Marian) Chandler (1774-
1817), daughter of Charles Church Chandler of Woodstock, Conn., married
in 1794 James Lanman of Norfolk, Conn. The book may have had personal
interest for Charles Lanman (1819-1895), Mary Anne's grandson, who
achieved distinction as the author of American travel books and as an artist.
Morse's geography and Noah Webster's speller were the most important
texts in the early development of American public education. Their aggres-
sive nationalism reformed colonial elementary and secondary schooling.


ENE 45 NJew-Englands Memoriall: or, A Brief Relation of the Most
Memorable and Remarkable Passages of the Providence of God,
Manifested to the Planters of JNew-England in America; with Special
Reference to ... .NJew-Plimouth. Cambridge [Mass.] 1669.
Church 606, with p. 96 misprinted 69. Modem brown morocco, gilt extra,
by Riviere, with considerable paper restoration throughout.
Drawing largely on his uncle William Bradford's manuscript History
(written 1630-1651, printed 1856; see ENE 11), Morton extends the work
down to 1668. This first history to be printed in New England includes verse
by Bradford, Josias Winslow, the Reverends John Norton and John Cotton,
Benjamin Woodbridge, et al., making it one of the first collections of American

ENE 46 Beacon Hill. A Local Poem, Historic and Descriptive. Book I
[anon.] Boston, 1797.
Wegelin 276, calling in error for a frontispiece. New green cloth, untrimmed,
preserving the original blue-gray wrappers which are inscribed "The Property
of Mrs Morton."
An elegant piece of federal typography on imported wove paper. UF copy.

THOMAS MORTON, 1575-1646
ENE 47 New English Canaan or New Canaan. Containing an Abstract
of New England .. the Originall of the Natives the
Natural Indowments of the Country ... What People Are Planted There.
Amsterdam, 1637.
Church 437, but G3 signed correctly and the line breaks between "the" and
"Land" on p. 59; STC (2) 18202, with the usual cancel title-leaf. Modern
green morocco by Riviere.
Morton ran the low establishment at "Merry Mount," where he put up the
maypole and was twice ejected by the Plymouth Pilgrims. He retaliated with
this book, which had to be printed in Holland because of its point of view. He
always refers to Myles Standish as "Captain Shrimp," for example.


ENE 48 A Relation or lournall of the Beginning and Proceedings of the
English Plantation Setled [sic] at Plimouth in JNew England,
by Certain English Aduenturers Both Merchants and Others .. .As also a
Relation of Fovre Seuerall Discoueries Since Made In a journey to
Pvckanokick In a Voyage Made by Ten of Them to the Kingdome of
JNawset In Their Iourney to the Kingdome of Jamaschet ... Their
Voyage to the Massachusets [anon.] London, 1622.
Church 393, "second issue"; STC (2) 20074. Leaf C1 is a cancel beginning
"A Relation or"; quire B was reissued in 1627 as part of the Council of New
England's An Historicall Discoverie and Relation of the English Plantations, in
.New England, otherwise a reissue with cancel title-page of the Council's A
Briefe Relation of the Discovery of .New England, also of 1622. Panelled
calf, rebacked and restored, board edges gilt-stamped with a decorated roll;
with inscriptions on the endpapers: "Randall Cook 1738" and "John
Thatcher His Book 1768."
The book was edited by George Morton, or Mourt (1585-1628), but
appears to be the work of Bradford and Winslow, in the form of a journal
from 20 September to 11 December 1621; it and Winslow's Good .Newes are
the earliest accounts of the Mayflower voyage, the settlement of Plymouth,
and the heroic deeds of Myles Standish.

ENE 49 The Gleaner. A Miscellaneous Production. In Three Volumes.
By Constantia pseudd.] 3 v. Boston, Feb. 1798.
1: A-U W-Z Aa-Ee6; xii, [13]-348 p.; 17.2 cm.
2: [A]2 B-U W-Z Aa-Cc6 Dd4; iv, 5]-3821, s blank p.; 17.2 cm.
3: [A]2 B-U W-Z Aa-Dd6; iv, [5]-328 p.; 17.2 cm.
Tree calf, double gilt rules across spine, black title label, oval red volume
label, board edges gilt with a decorative roll, edges stained light green;
attributed to the Boston binder Henry Bilson Legge largely on the basis of
the flower and dart roll gilt across the title label.
Dedicated to President John Adams and concluding with a ten-page list of
subscribers, The Gleaner collects fugitive writings from the Massachusetts
Monthly Museum and two plays that had been produced at the Federal Street
Theatre in Boston. Gift of the Howe Society.


ENE 50 Heaven the Residence of the Saints. A Sermon Occasioned by
the Sudden and Much Lamented Death of the Rev. George
Whitefield Delivered at the Thursday Lecture at Boston, in America,
October 11, 1770 ... To Which Is Added, an Elegiac Poem on His Death,
by Phillis, a VNegro Girl, of Seventeen Tears of Age, Belonging to Mr
J. Wheatley of Boston. London, 1771.
Wegelin 431. Modem dark morocco, extra gilt, repaired.
Phillis Wheatley's poem, collected here, had been printed separately at
Boston and Newport in the preceding year. See ENE 73. Gift of the Howe

THOMAS PRINCE, 1687-1758
ENE 51 A Chronological History of JNew-England in the Form of
Annals... Vol I. Boston, 1736.
Church 925, but signature b is in eight, there is a colon after "22" on p. 2[8 1j,
and there is no punctuation after "22" on p. 213. Modern half morocco,
marbled boards, with the signature on the title-page and inscription on front
flyleaf "Samuel Johnson 1737" (not the Samuel Johnson, but the president of
Kings College, now Columbia University). Another copy is the same, except
that there is a point after "22" on p. 213 and S2 is signed R2; it is bound
with Prince's Annals as described below. Early sheep, rebacked, with the sig-
nature "Jona Tucker" on the title-page. Another copy, with signature b in
eight, and a period after "22" on p. 2[81J and after "22" on p. 213, has
lost its front cover, but its spine and back cover are original calf, with double
gilt rules around the cover, gilt corner-pieces, and double gilt rules and red
label on the spine.

Annals of New-England. By Thomas Prince, A.M. Vol. II.
JNumb. 1[-3j. Boston [1755]
Irl B-E4 27r1 3r71 F-I4 471 K-N4; [ii], 32, [4), 33-64, [2], 65-96 p.; 17 cm.
Title-pages occur before the first and second sequence of thirty-two pages,
but the title-leaf and final leaf of the third number are wanting; at the foot
of each title-page is the notice "(Price Six Pence Lawful Money each Num-


ber)." The project was abandoned in the middle of a sentence, and no further
numbers were issued.
Having started at the creation of the world, Prince was able to bring his
history down no further than 1630, and his annals to 1633.

ENE 52 Charlotte. A Tale of Truth. 2 v. in 1. Philadelphia, 1794.
BAL 16997, first state of EA] 1, with the quotation from a review pasted on the
first blank leaf; Vail 2. Early calf, rebacked and repaired, inscribed "Wm.
Ripton's boock bought in Philadelphia 12th May AD 1794 Price 4/8," "Nancy
Connell," and "John Fridley."
First American edition of the biggest seller before Uncle Tom's Cabin.

ENE 53 An Abridgment of Universal Geography, Together with
Sketches of History. Designed for the Use of Schools and
Academies in the United States. Boston C1806]
BAL 17010, "Advertisement" leaf present; Vail 159. Original mottled sheep,
gilt rules across the spine, red label, edges sprinkled blue; with the signature
"Miss Lucy Davis 1812" on the free front endpaper and the bookplate of the
Beverly Public Library.
Mrs. Rowson opened her school for girls in 1797 and continued it until her
death; she published this and the following dictionary for her own use. Gift
of the Howe Society.

ENE 54 A Spelling Dictionary, Divided into Short Lessons... Selected
from Johnson's Dictionary,for the Use of Her Pupils.
Boston, 1807.
BAL 17011, Vail 209; p. 55 not numbered, 73 printed upside down. Original
blue-gray paper over scabbord, reverse calf spine, sewn with cloth tapes
stabbed through the book; inscribed "Caira Robbins" on the title-page. Gift
of the Howe Society.

ENE 55 Will Tou Rise My Belov'd by Mu Rowson. Adapted to the
Musick of Will Tou Come to the Bower. Boston Printed and
Sold by G Graupner. jNr 6 Franklin-Street. Boston [1811?]
A variant of BAL 17064, Wolfe 6061 and Vail 252. Sheet music, unbound.

lam am Wermed-Of the fpeau of Olifoor. amte fiblil
ptratie~ p ollonis 666.
In 1668. appeared aego-ewithn LApeador. This
was aeeded~y a wosvety hot Ir. and aeltee da
eat. uAamus IiNow-Towk Asth epadmie -6felu d-
~-Mwww~pahinplaoesbepwme 'th moent. 7%is w
urdm~bmuc mA-Uwei*mh" Le On

the bonds v~k lla I 16 i 111 L
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timd wad). Yan B01611 MILv apehnIsg towede

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in ady; a wt aid eel (sums, the hlnrmpsulm
Earope with the ike] irnpauea. js Itay wi-e~e &iY
eebre bell, fron the iorthanQ 5Ud* Srb~a uhethr LI
AkrWdca wia co lldsJ thnufi

203 23/.

.Th lummerf d 7< b EiL ld au cold. Mea.a a.d
fma ft prevailedianm phm. .A gpna
In 1677 was feen a cometin April and May; an earthquake/ -
was eperienced in Eagland and in Chareftown, Mafchu.
feta, raged the nall-pox with the mortality of a plague.
Map b. 48. a {.
The fiamer of 1678 rvery hot and dry. There was a
oaet and ecanrthqiuaki Lims. Fevers and afeition of the M P
throat wn epidemic in ta oaf Europe. The plague raged .
with moA d i Iy in Algiea and Morocco. Authors re.
' ate thi fourmillion of people peiied, and that the wafie of,
ppulatio has ot ce been repaired.
Chlreice Morocco, rol. a. zot
On the athd of Januar occared in Englanda mol extraor.
diary darkaefe as noo. .
Norwithhanding the bahrrenef of my material, this piles.
eial period nay be very clearly ditiagiled, by the m llesfiom
1669 to 1671 with the fa llpox, the eater of 1675, the
faucquent malignant feer and a&io& of the throat, and
fially the pellilence of 1678.
The fame deeteriou principle extended to America. Our
annals relate that the feafons were unfavorable and the fruits
blafted, while malignant difeafes prevailed among the people.
The ficknefs and bed feafon. were atibuted, by our piou an .
ceonrs, to the irreligion of the times, and to their difuke offat-
ig. On thb occalio a liod was conuved to ianeigat the
tcaes of God's judgmem, and to propole a plan of reform-
tic. Tbe laell-pq prevailed at Bofon in 1678, and a fie.
Ir epidemic in England, France and Holland.
ce Mal'i Hi N. EnL. v 3s. Malg. k. 5 8.
Htech. voL I. 3 Doug. voL I. 44. short, voL r.
The comet f 1678 was followed by avery cold winter, after
a rainy aramo, with an epidemic cough. A comet is mention
ed in 1679, ad theplague was in Vienna.
The year 168o w diiangoilhed alfo for a fevere winter, and
the nod coe that hd appeared in Juotinian's rei. In
Olreien ragd the p6ge. The fUmmer u hat d fikly

PLATE V: Noah Webster, A Brief History of Epidemic and Pestilential Diseases

j- s KOMHTOrPA(IpA. _
K0 f A W
a Difcourfe Concerning

S*b-rethritathur of S LAZING STARS J
is Enquired into: &
With an Hiflorical Account of all the COMETS
which have appeared from the Beginning of the
Worldunto this present ear, M.DC.LXXXIII.
The place inthe Heavens, where they were leen,
Their Motion, Forms, Duration i and the Re-
S markable Events-which have followed
in the World, fo far as they have been
by Learned Wn Obferved. -
As aIfo two SER MONS
Occafioncd by the late Blarin .Stars.
S By INC4EASE MATHBPn Teacherofa ChurcbE
at Boftso in New-F.gladd.
Pfal. i 1. 2. The worky of the Lord are great, j/ugbit
South of all them thbat ve pleaf cfureieres.
S Amos 9.6. He buildehb his fories i the fires.
| Printed by S. G. for S. S. And fold by Browmeg
At the corer of the Prifon Lane next the Towgd.
X Houfe 16 83.



ENE 56 Come Strike the Silver String[.] A Sacred Song Written by
Mr Rowson. Composed with an Accompanimentfor the Piano
Forte or Organ by Oliver Shaw. Providence [ 1817-1823]
BAL 17031, sheet music, Wolfe 7935, first issue. Unbound, repaired.

ENE 57 Peace and Holy Love [,] a Sacred Song; Sung by Master
Ayling, at the Handel & Hayden Society: Written by Mrs.
Rowson, the Music Composed by John Bray. Boston [1820]
BAL 17056, first issue, sheet music, Wolfe 1323, first issue. Unbound, with the
retailer's ink stamp of the"Franklin Music Warehouse No. 6 Milk St. Boston."

SAMUEL SEWALL, 1652-1730
ENE 58 Diary of Samuel Sewall, 1674-1729. In: Collections of the
Massachusetts Historical Society, 5th ser., v. 5-7.
V. 1: Boston, 1878; v. 2: Boston, 1879; v. 3: Boston, 1882.
5: v6 [a] b 1-338 342; 1 blank leaf, x, [1], [xi]-xl, 532 p.; engraved frontis-
piece portrait with tissue guard and printed slip giving its provenance. With-
out the errata slip tipped into some copies.
6: [1-9]8 1-298; 1 blank leaf, [5], iii, iii, [7*]-131*, [1], 462 p., blank leaf.
7: r4 1-368; 1 blank leaf, [5], 572, 1 blank leaf, final leaf mounted beneath
paste-down endpaper. 24.3 cm. Original black cloth, printed paper labels.
The most famous American diary, and the best description of the Puritans'
daily life and thought. Even so, subscriptions proved inadequate so the Society
voted to pay for publication with the funds provided for its "Collections," and
some sets were probably issued in parts, pasted in the printed dull green
wrappers of the series. As a member of the Committee of Publication, James
Russell Lowell read the galley proofs, insisting on a literal reproduction of
the Ms.

EZRA STILES, 1727-1795
ENE 59 Oratio Inauguralis Habita in Sacello Collegii Talensis .
Hartford, 1778.
[A] B-E4; 40 p.; 22.1 cm. Stitched, unbound, bolts unopened.
Stiles was president of Yale from 1778 to 1795. UF copy.


ISAIAH THOMAS, 1749-1831
ENE 60 The History of Printing in America. With a Biography of
Printers, and an Account of Newspapers ... In two Volumes.
2 v. Worcester, 1810.
1: [A] B-U W-Z 2A-2U 2W-2Z 3A-3N4; vi, [7]-487 p.; folding engraved
plate opposite p. 70 signed "Callender Sct" and unsigned engraved plates
facing pp. 127 and 137.
2: r2 A-U W-Z 2A-2U 2W-2Z 3A-3U SW-3Y4 3Z2; iv, [5]-576 p.;
unsigned folding engraved plate opposite p. 190 and unsigned plate opposite
p. 534. Original mottled sheep, gilt rules across spine, board edges gilt with
a decorative roll; red leather title and volume labels, edges stained yellow;
21.6 cm. With the early owner's signature, "F: F: Van Deusen Class 72"
and the modern bookplate of Frank L. Hadley, of Moundsville, W.Va., whose
library was sold at auction, 1923-1924.
The engraver was Joseph Callender, whose plate opposite p. 190 was signed
when it appeared in the Royal American Magazine, 1774. Georgia B. Bum-
gardner, Curator of Graphic Arts at the American Antiquarian Society, re-
ports that the Society owns two of the original copperplates: one for the
engraving at I, 70 and another for the three engravings at I, 127, I, 137, and
II, 504.
The earliest history of American printing, still in use, by one of the most
successful printers of the day and the founder of the American Antiquarian

JOHN TRUMBULL, 1750-1831
ENE 61 An Essay on the Use and Advantages of the Fine Arts.
Delivered at the Public Commencement, in New Haven,
September 12th, 1770 [anon.] New-Haven [1770]
[A] B4; 16 p.; about 17 cm. Stitched, unbound, cropped unevenly; in a cloth
case with the bookplate of Clifton Waller Barrett, the eminent contemporary
American book collector.
This commencement piece defends Polite Literature and concludes in song:
Thus o'er the happy Land shall Genius reign,
And fair Yalensia lead the noble train.


ENE 62 M'Fingal: a Modern Epic Poem, in Four Cantos [anon.]
Hartford, 1782.
Church 1192. Later half calf, marbled boards, inscribed "C. Booth's. 13" on
the free front endpaper.
The first authorized and the first complete edition of the second most pop-
ular poem of its time. A satire on the Revolutionary heroes (in Hudibrastic
verse), but predicting future glories for America.

ENE 63 The Simple Cobler of Aggawam ... By Theodore de la Guard
pseudd.] London, 1647.
Church 484, treated there as the second edition, but now regarded as the
first; for discussion see Sabin 101326n; side-notes on pp. 27 and 31; "of" is
on a line by itself in the heading of p. 1. Nineteenth-century calf, rebacked, by
Riviere, with the bookplate of James William Ellsworth (1849-1925), the
New York collector.
High-flown but amusing satire on religious toleration and Ward's other
pet peeves.

ENE 64 The Simple Cobler of Aggawam in America By Theodore
de la Guard pseudd.] London, 1647.
Church 483, treated there as the first edition, but now regarded as the second;
for discussion see Sabin 101326n; p. 15 misprinted 5, the final blank leaf prob-
ably supplied; modern red morocco by Riviere.

MERCY (OTIS) WARREN, 1728-1814
ENE 65 History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American
Revolution. Interspersed with Biographical, Political and
Moral Observations. In Three Volumes. 3 v. Boston, 1805.
V. 1: jr4 a2 A-U W-Z "2 .... A"-"2 .... U" "2 ... .W"-"2 ... ..Z"
"3 . A"-"3 . H"4; xii, 447 p.
V. 2: 7r A-U W-Z "2 .... A"-"2 .... U" "2 . W"-"2 .... Z"
"3 . A"-"3 . C"4 "3 . D"2; vii, 412 p.
V. 3: 7r A-U W-Z "2 .... A"-"2 ... U" "2 .... .W"-"2 .... Z"


"3 .... A"-"3 .... L"4 "3 .. .. M"2; vi, one blank leaf, 476 p.; 20.8, 21,
20.9 cm.; mottled sheep, worn, edges stained yellow; each volume inscribed:
"To her dear Pelham W Warren from his affectionate Grand Parent, The
Author" and "Mrs Pelham W. Warren to her nephew P.W.W." The initial
recipient, the author's grandson Pelham Winslow Warren (named for his
maternal grandfather), graduated from Harvard in 1815. The Winslows and
Warrens (apart from the author) were residents of Plymouth, Mass.
Valuable record of the Revolution by a woman who knew and corresponded
with many of its leaders.

NOAH WEBSTER, 1758-1843
ENE 66 A Grammatical Institute, of the English Language, Com-
prising, an Easy, Concise, and Systematic Method of Educa-
tion, Designed for the Use of English Schools in America. In Three Parts.
Part II. Containing, a Plain and Comprehensive Grammar... and an Essay
Towards Investigating the Rules of English Verse. Hartford, 1784.
Skeel-Carpenter 405; original blue-gray paper over scabbord, roan spine;
"Smuel Gardner price 1/6" on title. Skeel-Carpenter's note 5 is misleading:
"Cicero" appears on the title of the first edition as well as the second. In the
Yale copy (facsimilied by Scolar Press, 1968) that name is ruled through in
ink and "Hor." inserted.
First edition of Webster's first grammar, one of the most influential of
American textbooks. The essay on prosody is by John Trumbull.
Part I of this work, a speller, has not yet been acquired. This part was
given by the Howe Society.

ENE 67 A Grammatical Institute of the English Language; Com-
prising, an Easy, Concise and Systematic Method of Educa-
tion; Designedfor the Use of Schools in America. In Three Parts. Part III.
Containing the Necessary Rules of Reading and Speaking.
Hartford, 1785.
Skeel-Carpenter 450, lacking pp. 5-8. Original blue-gray paper over scab-
bord, repaired and rebacked.
Among the readings are selections from Barlow's "Vision of Columbus"
and Dwight's "Conquest of Canian," first printings of both. Three of the
anonymous prose pieces are by Webster himself.


ENE 68 An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal
Constitution Proposed by the Late Convention Held at Philadel-
phia ... By a Citizen of America [anon.] Philadelphia, 1787.
Skeel-Carpenter 718. Modem half morocco, signed "R. Alden's" on the title-
Webster published twelve political pamphlets, 1785-1838. This is the
second, dedicated to Benjamin Franklin and intended to influence the makers
of the Constitution; it compares the proposed form with the Roman and
British constitutions, favoring its adoption.

EN E 69 Dissertations on the English Language... To Which Is Added
S. An Essay on a Reformed Mode of Spelling, with Dr.
Franklin's Arguments on That Subject. Boston, 1789.
Skeel-Carpenter 651, but 376 misprinted 37. Original mottled sheep, gilt
rules across the spine, red label, edges sprinkled red.
Webster's lecture series, dedicated to Benjamin Franklin, printed for the
author by Isaiah Thomas.

ENE 70 A Brief History of Epidemic and Pestilential Diseases; with
the Principal Phenomena of the Physical World, Which Precede
and Accompany Them, and Observations Deduced from the Facts Stated.
2 v. Hartford, 1799.
Skeel-Carpenter 748. Mottled sheep, red and black spine labels, gilt rules
across the spine, with the signature of Webster's daughter, "Mrs Julia W
Goodrich," on the free front endpapers; Webster's own copy, heavily annotated
with new data and citations, particularly through the first volume.
The second volume opens with bills of mortality 1600-1799 for London,
Augsburg, Dresden, Boston, Philadelphia, Paris, and Dublin. Sir William
Osler called this "the most important medical work written in this country by
a layman."

EN E 71 A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language. In Which
Five Thousand Words Are Added to the NJumber Found in the
Best English Compends. Hartford, 1806.
Skeel-Carpenter 577. Original sheep, double gilt rules across the spine, red
label, free front endpaper inscribed "1.50 Charles Bunces Book June 1813."
First edition of the first dictionary published in this country.


ENE 72 Letters to a roung Gentleman Commencing His Education:
To Which Is Subjoined a Brief History of the United States.
New-Haven, 1823.
Skeel-Carpenter 553. Sprinkled sheep, gilt-decorated spine, black label, edges
sprinkled brown; inscribed by the author on the free front endpaper "An
affectionate father presents this to his beloved [piece torn out] Julia-" i.e.,
Julia (Webster) Goodrich.

ENE 73 Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.
London, Boston, 1773.
Church 1101 describes the first printing. This is the second, chain-lines ver-
tical, second state of the frontispiece portrait with diagonal cross-hatchings
added in the upper right quadrant. Original blue paper boards, white paper
spine, untrimmed; "Nuneaton Society No 141" inscribed on the front cover.
The first book of verse by an American black and the first published por-
trait of any American poet. Gift of the Howe Society.

JOHN WHITE, 1575-1648
ENE 74 The Planters Plea. Or The Grovnds of Plantations Examined,
and Vsuall Objections Answered. Together with a Manifestation
of the Causes Mooving Such as Have Lately Vndertaken a Plantation in
JNew-England [anon.] London, 1630.
Church 418, and, like that copy, closely cropped with the date in the imprint
and many page numbers cut into; STC (2) 25399, according to which the
printing was divided among W. Jones, M. Flesher, and J. Dawson (probably
to get the book out in a hurry). Modem green morocco by W. Pratt, with
the bookplate of the Rev. Roderick Terry; the final leaf is remargined at the
back and top with several letters added in pen facsimile; at the foot of p. 10 a
piece of type (probably a space), fallen on the forme and inked, has printed.
White promoted the Dorchester Company of Adventurers, a Puritan joint
stock company that attempted to colonize Cape Ann in 1623 and later became
the Massachusetts Bay Company. The settlers under that patent arrived in
Salem aboard the Arbella in June of 1630; White stayed home.


ROGER WILLIAMS, 1604?-1683
ENE 75 A Key into the Language of America: or, An Help to the
Language of the Natives in That Part of America, Called
Niew-England. Together, with Briefe Observations of the Customes, Man-
ners and Worships, &c. of the Aforesaid Natives, in Peace and Warre, in
Life and Death. London, 1643.
Church 460. Early vellum wrappers, endpapers renewed; inscribed on the
free front endpaper in pencil "Belonged to Simon, Earl Harcourt" and in ink
"A. W. Kennedy '93." The first Earl Harcourt (1714-1777) was variously
British ambassador at Paris and Viceroy of Ireland.
A vocabulary of the Massachusetts language and the first English-Indian

ENE 76 The Bloody Tenent Yet More Bloody: by Mr Cottons Endevour
to Wash It White in the Blood of the Lambe In This Re-
joynder to Mr Cotton, Are Principally .. The Nature of Persecution ...
The Power of the Civill Sword in Spirituals Examined... The Parliaments
Permission of Dissenting Consciences Justified. London, 1652.
Church 520, signature [A] unsigned, p. 102 misprinted 201, "To the Reader"
is headed "To he Merciful and Compas-/nate Reader." A fresh copy in original
sheep, double blind rules around the covers, across the spine, and up the
covers 1 in. from the hinge; catchwords cut away on B3 & 4. The Harmsworth
Williams replies to Cotton's Bloudy Tenent, Washed (1647; ENE 22), and
the controversy ends.

JOHN WINTHROP, 1588-1649
ENE 77 A Journal of the Transactions and Occurrences in the Settlement
of Massachusetts and the Other New-England Colonies,from
the rear 1630 to 1644 ... And Now First Published from a Correct Copy
of the Original Manuscript. Hartford, 1790.
Skeel-Carpenter 781. Edited and published by Noah Webster from the Ms,
once in the Boston library of the Rev. Thomas Prince, which during the


Revolution strayed into the hands of the Connecticut branch of the Winthrop
family. Original sheep, gilt rules across the spine, red label, edges stained
green, inscribed "Bar. Deane 1790" on the title-page.
Winthrop arrived on the Arbella as a member of the Massachusetts Bay
Company and for the rest of his life was either governor or deputy governor
of the colony, the doings of which he recorded in minute detail.

WILLIAM WOOD, 1580-1639
ENE 78 'ew Englands Prospect. A True, Lively, and Experimentall
Description of That Part of America, Commonly Called NJew
England... Laying Downe That Which May Both Enrich the Knowledge
of the Mind-Travelling Reader, or Benefit the Future Voyager.
London, 1634.

Church 427, with the woodcut folding map (reproduced on the endpapers of
this catalogue); STC (2) 25957. Modern green morocco by Riviere.
This useful book includes much Indian lore, including a five-page "Nomen-
clator, with the Names of their chief Kings, Rivers, Moneths, and dayes. ."
The first part includes verse; the map is the most complete up to the time
of publication.



Autograph initials, signatures, and notes of ownership are transcribed here as
they are written, although they may be identified and expanded in the bib-
liographical notes.

Alden's, R., ENE 68
Appleton, W. S., ENE 33
Atwoods, G H, ENE 24
Barrett, Clifton Waller, ENE 61
Beverly Public Library, ENE 53
Booth's, C., ENE 62
Britwell Court, ENE 12 (see also
C[hristie]-M [iller])
Brown, John Carter, ENE 38
Brown University, ENE 38
Bunces, Charles, ENE 71
Bunker, Roland, ENE 10
Chandler, Mary Anne Griswold,
ENE 44
C.-M., W.H., ENE 19 (see also
Britwell Court)
Connell, Nancy, ENE 52
Cook, Randall, ENE 48
Crane, Edward N., ENE 22
Darwin, Ralph, ENE 13
Davis, Miss Lucy, ENE 53
Deane, Bar., ENE 77
Dexter's, S., ENE 33
Dow., H., ENE 5
Dwight, Benjamin. Woolsey, ENE 6
Ellsworth, James William, ENE 63

Fridley, John, ENE 52
Fuller, Henry W., ENE 32
Gardner, Smuel, ENE 66
Gibbs, George, ENE 26
Gilbert, Eliphalet W, ENE 24
Goodrich, Mrs. Julia W., ENE
70, 72
Hadley, Frank L., ENE 60
Halsey, Frederic R., ENE 16, 37
Harcourt, Simon, Earl, ENE 75
Harmsworth, Sir R. Leicester, ENE
12, 19, 76
Harris, Caleb Fiske, ENE 42
Hersey's, Dr., ENE 9
Hersholt, Jean, ENE 29
Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
Hough, E., ENE 13
H. E. Huntington Library, ENE
16, 37
Jenks, Joseph, ENE 10
Johnson, Samuel, ENE 51
Jones, Matt B., ENE 18
Judson, Abner and David, ENE 23
Kennedy, A. W., ENE 75
Kimball, Jabez, ENE 1

E 73 ]



Labouchere, Henry, ENE 39
Lanman, Charles, ENE 44
M., W.H.C., see C.-M., W.H.
Morris, Rich H., ENE 1
McLellan, Wm., Jr., ENE 3
Morton, Mrs., ENE 46
Munro's, John, ENE 10
Murray, Mrs, ENE 26
Nuneaton Society, ENE 73
Pickman's, Benja, ENE 15
Quincy, Josiah, Jr., ENE 28
Ripton's, Wm., ENE 52
Robbins, Caira, ENE 54
Rodman, Mary, ENE 31
Sandwich, First Church, ENE 9

Stokes, Anson Phelps, 1838-1913,
ENE 42
Stokes, Rev. Anson Phelps,
1874-1958, ENE 42
S, M. M., ENE 12
Terry, Rev. Roderick, ENE 22, 74
Thatcher, John, ENE 48
Thayer, Sarah, ENE 7
Toppan's, Christr, ENE 7
Tucker, Jona, ENE 51
Van Deusen, F: F:, ENE 60
Ward's, A., ENE 33
Warren, Mrs. Pelham W., ENE 65
Warren, Pelham W., ENE 65
Webster, Noah, ENE 70


An Abridgment of Universal
Geography, ENE 53
An Account of Two Voyages to
JNew-England, ENE 36
Adams, John, 1735-1826, ENE 1
Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848,
American Biography, ENE 9
American Coast Pilot, ENE 3
Annals of JNew-England, ENE 51
Barlow, Joel, 1754-1812, ENE
4-6, 67n
Beacon Hill. A Local Poem, ENE 46
Belknap, Jeremy, 1744-1798,
ENE 7-9
The Bloody Tenent Tet More
Bloody, ENE 76
The Bloudy Tenent, Washed and
Made White, ENE 22
Blunt, Edmund M., pub., ENE 3

Bowditch, Nathaniel, 1773-1838,
ENE 10
Bradford, William, 1588-1657,
ENE 11
Bradstreet, Anne (Dudley),
1612?-1672, ENE 12, 13
A Brief History of Epidemic and
Pestilential Diseases, ENE 70
Brown, William Hill, 1766-1793,
ENE 14
Bryant, William Cullen,
1794-1878, ENE 2
Callender, Joseph, engr., ENE 60
A Careful and Strict Enquiry into ...
Freedom of Will, ENE 28
Charlotte. A Tale of Truth, ENE 52
Chauncy, Charles, 1705-1787,
ENE 15
The Choice: a Poem, ENE 17
The Christian Philosopher, ENE 40


A Chronological History of N'ew-
England in the Form of Annals
... Vol. I [II], ENE 51
Church, Benjamin, 1639-1718,
ENE 16-18
Church, Benjamin, 1734-1776,
ENE 17, 18
Come Strike the Silver String, ENE 56
A Compendious Dictionary of the
English Language, ENE 71
The Conquest of Candan, ENE 24
The Controversie Concerning Liberty
of Conscience, ENE 21
The Coquette; or, The History of
Eliza Wharton, ENE 29
Cotton, John, 1585-1652, ENE
Cutter, William, 1801-1867,
ENE 2n
Deane, Charles, ed., ENE 11
Defence of the Constitutions of
Government, ENE 1
Diary of Samuel Sewall,
1674-1729, ENE 58
A Dissertation on the History,
Eloquence, and Poetry of the
Bible, ENE 23
Dissertations on the English
Language, ENE 69
Dwight, Timothy, 1752-1817,
ENE 23-27, 67n
Edwards, Jonathan, 1703-1758,
ENE 28
Entertaining Passages Relating to
Philip's War, ENE 16
An Essay on the Use and Advantages
of the Fine Arts, ENE 61
An Examination into the Leading
Principles of the Federal Consti-
tution Proposed by the Late
Convention, ENE 68

A Family Tablet: Containing a
Selection of Original Poetry,
ENE 31
The Foresters, ENE 7; 2nd ed., ENE 8
Foster, Hannah (Webster),
1759-1840, ENE 29
Furlong, Lawrence, comp., ENE 3
Gannett, Mary Stiles, ENE 3 In
Gannett, Ruth Stiles, ENE 3 n
A General History of New England,
ENE 32
Geography Made Easy, ENE 44
The Gleaner ... By Constantia,
ENE 49
Gods Promise to His Plantation,
ENE 19
A Grammatical Institute, of the
English Language ... Part II.
Containing, a Plain and
Comprehensive Grammar, ENE 66
A Grammatical Institute of the
English Language ... Part III.
Containing the Necessary Rules of
Reading and Speaking, ENE 67
Greenfield Hill, ENE 26
Harvard University, ENE 30
The Hasty-Pudding: a Poem, ENE 6
Heaven the Residence of the Saints...
To Which Is Added, an Elegiac
Poem ... by Phillis... Wheatley,
ENE 50
A History of New-England. From
the English Planting in the Teere
1628, ENE 34
History of Plymouth Plantation,
ENE 11
The History of Printing in America,
ENE 60
The History of the Colony of
Massachusets-Bay, ENE 33


History of the Rise, Progress and
Termination of the American
Revolution, ENE 65
Holmes, Abiel, 1763-1837, ENE
31, 31n
Holmes, Mary (Stiles), ENE 31n
Honeywood, St. John, 1763-1798,
ENE 31n
Hubbard, William, 1621-1704,
ENE 32
Hutchinson, Thomas, 1711-1780,
ENE 33
Johannes in Eremo. Memoirs,
Relating to the Lives, of ...
Mr. John Cotton [and others],
ENE 38
Johnson, Edward, 1599-1672,
ENE 34
Johnson, Samuel, ENE 54
Josselyn, John, fl. 1630-1675,
ENE 35, 36
A Journal of the Transactions and
Occurrences in the Settlement of
Massachusetts, ENE 77
The Jubilee of the Constitution, ENE 2
A Key into the Language of America,
ENE 75
Kou7ro7par~a. Or a
Discourse Concerning Comets,
ENE 42
Lechford, Thomas, 1590?-1644?,
ENE 87
Legge, Henry Bilson, binder,
ENE 49
A Letter of Mr. John Cottons ... to
Mr. Williams, ENE 20
Letters to a Young Gentleman
Commencing His Education,
ENE 72
The Life of the Very Reverend and
Learned Cotton Mather, ENE 43

Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891,
ENE 58
M'Fingal: a Modern Epic Poem,
ENE 62
Magnalia Christi Americana, ENE 39
McKean, Joseph, 1776-1818,
ENE 32
Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728,
ENE 38-41
Mather, Increase, 1639-1723,
ENE 42
Mather, Samuel, 1706-1785,
ENE 43
Mellen, Grenville, 1799-1881,
ENE 2n
Moore, John Hamilton, d. 1807,
ENE 10
Morse, Jedediah, 1761-1826,
ENE 44
Morton, George, 1585-1628, see
"Mourt's Relation," ENE 48
Morton, Nathaniel, 1613-1685,
ENE 45
Morton, Sarah Wentworth
(Apthorp), 1759-1846, ENE 46
Morton, Thomas, 1575-1646,
ENE 47
"Mourt's Relation," ENE 48
Murray, Judith (Sargent) Stevens,
1751-1820, ENE 49
The JNew American Practical
NVavigator, ENE 10
J'ew-Englands Memoriall, ENE 45
.New Englands Prospect, ENE 78
.New-Englands Rarities Discovered,
ENE 35
JNew English Canaan or JVew
Canaan, ENE 47
Oratio Inauguralis Habita in Sacello
Collegii ralensis, ENE 59


Peace and Holy Love [,] a Sacred
Song, ENE 57
Pemberton, Ebenezer, 1704-1777,
ENE 50
Pietas et Gratulatio Collegii Canta-
brigiensis apud .Novanglos, ENE 30
Plain Dealing: or, .Newesfrom
JNew England, ENE 37
The Planters Plea, ENE 74
Poems on Various Subjects, Religious
and Moral, ENE 73
The Power of Sympathy, ENE 14
Prince, Thomas, 1687-1758,
ENE 51
Ratio Disciplinae Fratrum JNov-
Anglorum, ENE 41
A Relation or lournall of the Begin-
ning and Proceedings of the
English Plantation Setled at
Plimoth, ENE 48
Rowson, Susanna (Haswell),
1762-1824, ENE 52-57
Seasonable Thoughts on the State of
Religion in JNew-England, ENE 15
Several Poems Compiled with Great
Variety of Wit and Learning ...
Second Edition, ENE 13
Sewall, Samuel, 1652-1730, ENE 58
Seymour, Joseph H., engr., ENE 7
The Simple Cobler of Aggawam,
ENE 63, 64
A Spelling Dictionary, ENE 54

Stiles, Ezra, 1727-1795, ENE 59
Stiles, Ezra, Jr., ENE 31n
The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung up
in America, ENE 12
Thomas, Isaiah, 1749-1831, ENE 60
The Times [.] A Poem, ENE 18
Travels; in .New-England and
New-Tork, ENE 27
The Triumph of Infidelity, ENE 25
Trumbull, John, 1750-1831, ENE
61, 62, 66n
The Vision of Columbus, ENE 4;
2nd ed., ENE 5
Ward, Nathaniel, 1580-1652,
ENE 63, 64
Warren, Mercy (Otis), 1728-1814,
ENE 65
Webster, Noah, 1758-1843, ENE
66-72; ed., ENE 77
Wheatley, Phillis, 1753?-1784,
ENE 50, 73
White, John, 1575-1648, ENE 74
Will Tou Rise My Belov'd, ENE 55
Williams, Roger, 1604?-1683,
ENE 75, 76
Winslow, Edward, 1595-1655,
ENE 48
Winthrop, John, 1588-1649,
ENE 77
Wood, William, 1580-1639,
ENE 78

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