Guide to the Research Collections

- Section -- I -- GENERAL MATERIALS
- PART TWO
- 15 -- RARE BOOK DIVISION
- RESOURCES
- Books Printed in North America and the West Indies Through 1800 (Billings *KD)

Books Printed in North America and the West Indies Through 1800 (Billings *KD)

Early American printing is well represented.16 Books in English before 1801 number over 9,100 titles. These include such rarities as the Bay Psalm Book. Good collections of German-Americana printed before 1801 include the Saur Bible of 1743 and Braght's Der blutige Schau-Platz (1748). Early printing in New York is of great interest to the library, and many fine examples

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are in the collection,17 including an important representation of seventeenth-and eighteenth-century sermons, 1660 to 1800. In American literature, the library has a fine collection of literary works written in America before 1800, such as those of Anne Bradstreet (first three editions), Edward Wigglesworth, Timothy Dwight, and others. Checked copies of Oscar Wegelin's Early American Plays (1905) and Early American Poetry (1930) in the division indicate its holdings. The Theodorus Bailey Myers collection of books and manuscripts, received in 1900, included some rare and valuable Americana of the eighteenth century.18