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Tableau Général de l'Empire Othoman, Paris, Imp. de monsieur [Firmin Didot] 1787-1820.

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Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 239
  Washington, D.C. 20540-4740
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Early Copyright Records Collection 1790-1870

The documents in this collection are the result of the first federal copyright laws in 1790 and 1831 (as amended) and contain the early copyright records and material held by the federal district courts and numerous government offices in Washington, DC.


The unique materials of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, now totaling over 800,000 items, include books, broadsides, pamphlets, theater playbills, prints, posters, photographs, and medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. At the center is Thomas Jefferson's book collection, which was sold to Congress in 1815.
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  July 20, 2020
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