GOODSPEED’S BOOK SHOP
An enormous run of Goodspeed’s rare book and manuscript catalogues. Vols. 1-360 and 391-575. Boston: Goodspeed's Book Shop, 1899-1973
Founded in 1898, Goodspeed’s published its first catalogue in 1899. For decades to come the firm would be a dominant force in American bookselling. These catalogues are a witness to that golden age.
(LEWIS AND CLARK)
A collection of newspapers concerning the expedition of Lewis and Clark. Various places, 1803-1838
A collection of newspapers from the Louisiana Purchase through reports on the expedition and the publication of the account.
Full length portrait of Alexander Crummell. No place, ca. 1861-1862
Alexander Crummell (1819-1898) was a pioneering African American minister, academic, author, and pan-Africanist. Denied admission to General Theological Seminary because of his race, he went on to be an ordained Episcopal minister. From 1849-53, he studied at Queen’s College Cambridge, becoming its first Black graduate. There he developed his theories of pan-Africanism. He arrived in Liberia in 1853 with dreams of combining colonization with conversion in hopes of Christianizing the continent.
(WASHINGTON, BUSHROD.) [Ballow, Henry.]
A Treatise of Equity … with the addition of marginal references and notes by John Fonblanque. Volume the Second. Dublin: Byrne, Moore, Jones, and Watts, 1795
Bushrod Washington’s copy, with his signature on the title-page. George Washington’s favorite nephew, Bushrod (1762-1829) was executor of his uncle’s estate and inherited Mount Vernon. He inherited Washington’s library and papers, and this volume was surely shelved side-by-side with those books at Mount Vernon. Bushrod Washington gave John Marshall access to Washington’s papers when the chief justice was writing his Life of Washington.
(U.S. CAPITOL.) Photographer unidentified
East Front of the Capitol. Washington, August 31, 1864
This rare photograph shows the East Front of the U.S. Capitol during construction. Sawhorses and construction debris are visible in the foreground, while a number of figures, perhaps builders and the architect, stand at the head of the main stairs beneath Thomas Crawford’s pediment of The Progress of Civilization.
(U.S. CAPITOL.) Alexander Gardner
East Front of the Capitol. Washington, c. 1864
This photograph by Alexander Gardner shows the Capitol as it was during Lincoln’s presidency. Scaffolding, cranes, ladders, and other construction equipment are visible. The East Front of the Capitol was the site of Lincoln’s inaugurations in 1861 and 1865.
“the first attempt at a comprehensive dictionary of Americanisms” - presentation copy with annotationsBARTLETT, JOHN RUSSELL
Dictionary of Americanisms: A Glossary of Words and Phrases, Usually Regarded as Peculiar to the United States. New York: Bartlett & Welford, 1848
FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY inscribed and signed by Bartlett to S. A. Hammett in the year of publication, with a presentation letter and with Hammett’s copious annotations.
This is one of the first great books devoted to American English. Mencken called it “the first attempt at a comprehensive dictionary of Americanisms.” This fascinating dictionary incudes a very early entry on the game of poker (“a favorite game of cards among Southern gamblers.”
(PHILADELPHIA.) REED, JOHN
An Explanation of the Map of the City and Liberties of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Printed for the Author and sold by Nicholas Brooks, 1774
FIRST EDITION. This pamphlet was published in conjunction with “Reed’s Plan of First Purchasers,” a large and now rare landownership map, documenting the “First Purchasers” of Pennsylvania. The text includes copies of the original abstracts of communications from William Penn to the “first adventurers and purchasers in Pennsylvania,” abstracts of the charter of the city, reasons why the plan of the city was altered by Benjamin Eastburn, an alphabetical list of the first purchasers, and the courses, distances and dates of surveys of all the lots in the city of Philadelphia. Reed prepared this valuable document to bolster his family’s claims to land in the Philadelphia area.