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Thomas Jefferson's Library Book Explorer

Learn more about the books in Thomas Jefferson's Library from his catalogue, compiled with annotations by E. Millicent Sowerby.

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History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution

Examine the featured book in the “Memory” (History) section and view the pages of History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution, which chronicles events of that period.

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Sir Thomas More's Utopia

Examine selected books in the “Reason” (Philosophy) section and view the pages of Sir Thomas More’s 1516 Utopia, which describes a fictional ideal society.

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Opere di Niccolò Machiavelli

Examine the featured book in the “Reason” (Philosophy) section and view the pages of Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince, which describes ways in which a ruler might obtain and maintain political power.

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The Builder’s Dictionary

Examine the featured book in the “Imagination” (Fine Arts) section and view the pages of The Builder’s Dictionary, an eighteenth-century handbook that details aspects of building design, construction, and finishes.

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The Architecture of A. Palladio

View the pages of Andrea Palladio’s The Architecture of A. Palladio; in Four Books, which presents his architectural principles and practices. Palladio’s books had a profound influence on Jefferson’s designs for Monticello and the University of Virginia campus.

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Sections: Memory | Reason | Imagination