Monthly Archives: November 2011

Lecture tonight!

Tuesday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the American Antiquarian Society Carolyn Eastman will be talking about Books and the Imagined World of Travel in the Eighteenth Century. For more information, including directions, click here. In the eighteenth century, lavishly illustrated travel narratives quickly became one of the most popular book genres for American readers. These books ...

Isaac and Ella

AAS intern Katrina Ireland (Simmons College GSLIS program) recently came across a wonderful letter as she was processing our collection of Isaac Shepard Papers.  Shepard (1816-1889) was a Harvard graduate and a commander of the 52nd US Infantry during the Civil War.  In addition to his military life, Shepard was also a poet, author, and a ...

Boston Book Fair, Nov. 11-13, 2011

This weekend bibliophiles from all over will be converging in Boston, and those of us at AAS will be among the first in line.  Join us this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Boston Book Fair. Friday (11/11): 5pm-9pm Saturday (11/12): 12pm-7pm Sunday (11/13): 12pm-5pm There will be a number of fair activities, including a collectors' roundtable and tips on ...

The Acquisitions Table: Dialogue on Slavery

A very rare self-published collection of poems by Holmes, a farmer in Greene County, OH east of Dayton. Most of the poems are short and predominantly religious in theme. Preceding these is Holmes’s 20-page “Dialogue on Slavery,” which offers an unusual poetic recapitulation of the religious, economic, and political arguments for and against slavery. Firmly ...

Can You Read This Image?

Recently, I was catching up on cataloging the nineteenth-century editions of Isaac Watts’ Divine Songs given to us by the great collector of early American and English children’s books Wilbur Macey Stone (1862-1941).  One of them, a well-worn edition issued by New York publisher Mahlon Day in 1830, contains a mutilated frontispiece depicting this interesting ...

The Acquisitions Table: Mathematics Exercise Book

This mathematic exercise book belonged bears the name of Samuel Geer, who was probably from Groton, Connecticut. The book is filled with mathematical calculations and problems, as well as solutions, written in a very neat hand. Questions involve liquid, cubic, long and square measurements, time (“How many minutes since the creation of the world...”), percentages, ...