Collection Items

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    Algonquin Grammar or on the Natives of North America, with the Description of the Country, Journals of Voyages, Memoirs, Remarks on Natural History, Et Cetera, Et Cetera.
    Grammaire algonquine ou des sauvages de l'Amerique septentrionale, avec la description du pays, journaux de voyages, memoires, remarques sur l'histoire naturelle &etc., &etc.
    Louis Nicolas (active 1667-75) was a French Jesuit who in 1664 was sent to Canada as a missionary, where he remained until 1675. He traveled widely and developed a keen interest in the people, languages, flora, and fauna of New France. He wrote three major works, none of which was published in his lifetime but which survived in manuscript form: Histoire naturelle des Indes...
    • Contributor: Nicolas, Louis, Active
    • Date: 1672
    • Resource: - 131 pages
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    England's effort, six letters to an American friend,
    • Contributor: Ward, Humphry
    • Date: 1916
    • Resource: - 264 pages
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    The preaching of Islam; a history of the propagation of the Muslim faith, The Preaching of Islam: A History of the Propagation of the Muslim Faith is an important early work by the British Orientalist and historian of Islamic art Sir Thomas Walker Arnold (1864-1930). Arnold was born in Devonport, Devon, England, and graduated from Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 1888 he moved to British India, where he taught philosophy at the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College (present-day Aligarh Muslim...
    • Contributor: Arnold, Thomas Walker
    • Date: 1913
    • Resource: - 482 pages
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  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Departure of Soldiers to a Battle. Originally, this unsigned wash drawing of soldiers leaving for battle was attributed to Johann-Philipp Lembke, but it is now considered to be the work of Jacques Courtois (1621-76). Courtois was a French painter who lived most of his life in Italy; he is also known as Il Borgognone. Following his training as an artist, Courtois served in the French military. He is widely recognized...
    • Contributor: Courtois, Jacques
    • Date: 1659
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    First footsteps in East Africa, or, An exploration of Harar Appendices: 1. Diary and observations made by Lieutenant Speke, when attempting to reach the Wady Nogal -- 2. Grammatical outline and vocabulary of the Harari language -- 3. Meteorological observations in the cold season of 1854-5 / by Lieutenants Herne, Stroyan, and Burton -- 5. A condensed account of an attempt to reach Harar from Ankobar / [by William Barker] Includes index.
    • Contributor: Burton, Richard Francis - Barker, William C. - Speke, John Hanning - Burton, Isabel
    • Date: 1894
  • Book/Printed Material
  • Map
    Dai Nihon enkai yochi zenzu
    大日本沿海輿地全図 / | Inō daizu | [Inō taizu] | [Japan, Hokkaido to Kyushu]
    "This map was created by Tadataka Inō (1745-1818), an amateur astronomer and surveyor who produced maps of extraordinary accuracy and had a great impact on cartography in Japan. Spanning a total of 214 sheets, Inō's large map of Japan shows the coastal outlines of the entire archipelago along with rivers and major roads. To complete the map, Inō and his team took a total...
    • Contributor: Inō, Tadataka
    • Date: 1800
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Royal Farewell to the Imperial Yeomanry: the Prince of Wales Shaking Hands with the Officers. This wash drawing on paper, mounted on board, is by Henry Marriott Paget (1856-1936), who created it for the British illustrated weekly newspaper, the Graphic, where it appeared on February 3, 1900. The drawing shows Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII), saying farewell to the soldiers of the Imperial Yeomanry, a volunteer cavalry regiment established to fight in the...
    • Contributor: Paget, Henry Marriott
    • Date: 1900
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Book/Printed Material
    Eastern Siberia. In preparation for the peace conference that was expected to follow World War I, in the spring of 1917 the British Foreign Office established a special section responsible for preparing background information for use by British delegates to the conference. Eastern Siberia is Number 55 in a series of more than 160 studies produced by the section, most of which were published after the...
    • Contributor: Great Britain. Foreign Office. Historical Section
    • Date: 1920
    • Resource: - 112 pages
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    Vita et Fabulae. This is the second Augsburg edition of the Fables of Aesop, translated from Latin into German by Heinrich Steinhöwel. It is illustrated with 208 woodcuts, cut in the Augsburg style, which is characterized by thick contour lines outlining the figures, a reliance on white space rather than highly detailed embellishment to decorate the image, and little background or landscape to create perspective. The publishing...
    • Contributor: Petrus Alfonsi - Rinuccio - Sorg, Anton - Romulus - Bracciolini, Poggio - Aesop - Wyle, Niklas Von - Avianus - Bruni, Leonardo - Bozérian - Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress) - Steinhöwel, Heinrich
    • Date: 1479
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    The countries and tribes of the Persian Gulf. The Countries and Tribes of the Persian Gulf is a collection of the notes of S.B. Miles, longtime British official in the Persian Gulf generally and Oman in particular. They were compiled and published posthumously, first in 1919, and reprinted several times later. This account of Oman's political history is still widely consulted and quoted. Miles covers pre-Islamic history, pointing out that from the...
    • Contributor: Miles, Samuel Barrett
    • Date: 1919
    • Resource: - 671 pages
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    The strangling of Persia; a story of the European diplomacy and oriental intrigue that resulted in the denationalization of twelve million Mohammedans, a personal narrative, William Morgan Shuster (1877-1960) was an American lawyer and financial expert who served as treasurer general to the government of the Persian Empire in 1911. In 1910, the Persian government asked U.S. president William Howard Taft for technical assistance in reorganizing its financial system. Taft chose Shuster to head a mission of American experts to Tehran. The Strangling of Persia is Shuster's account of...
    • Contributor: Shuster, W. Morgan (William Morgan)
    • Date: 1912
    • Resource: - 502 pages
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    Buch der Natur. Das Buch der Natur (Book of nature) is a Medieval Latin compendium of science that was edited and translated into German in the 14th century by Konrad von Megenberg, a German scholar and writer who was probably born at Mainberg (Megenberg), near Schweinfurt, Bavaria, in 1309, and died at Ratisbon (Regensburg) in 1374. He studied at Erfurt and then at the University of Paris,...
    • Contributor: Thomas - Konrad - Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress) - Bämler, Johann
    • Date: 1481
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    Arabic authors.
    • Contributor: Arbuthnot, F. F.
    • Date: 1890
    • Resource: - 276 pages
  • Book/Printed Material
    A memoir of India and Avghanistaun, with observations on the present exciting and critical state and future prospects of those countries ...
    Memoir of India and Afghanistan
    Josiah Harlan (1799-1871) was an adventurer and soldier of fortune who possibly was the first American to travel to Afghanistan. Born in Pennsylvania into a large Quaker family, he went to Asia in 1823, where he found employment as a surgeon with the British East India Company. In 1827 he entered the service of Shah Shooja-ool-Moolk, the former leader of Afghanistan who had been...
    • Contributor: Joseph Meredith Toner Collection (Library of Congress) - Harlan, Josiah
    • Date: 1842
    • Resource: - 238 pages
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    Kinship and marriage in early Arabia.
    • Contributor: Smith, W. Robertson (William Robertson)
    • Date: 1885
    • Resource: - 366 pages
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    Panama and the canal in picture and prose ... Published in 1913, Panama and the Canal in Picture and Prose is a comprehensive overview of Panama and the Panama Canal in the year before it was opened to commerce. Organized in 20 chapters, the book begins with an introductory chapter about Jamaica, "the front door to Panama." Chapters two through six give an overview of the history and geography of Panama. Chapter 15...
    • Contributor: Abbot, Willis John
    • Date: 1913
    • Resource: - 468 pages
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    A voyage round the world : including an embassy to Muscat and Siam in 1835, 1836, and 1837 In 1832, U.S. president Andrew Jackson, acting on the advice of Secretary of the Navy Levi Woodbury, dispatched Edmund Roberts as a "special agent of the government," empowered to negotiate treaties of amity and commerce with countries in Asia. The objective was to expand trade between these countries and the United States. Between early 1832 and May 1834, Roberts circumnavigated the globe. In the...
    • Contributor: Ruschenberger, W. S. W. (William Samuel Waithman) - Joseph Meredith Toner Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1838
    • Resource: - 1 page

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    Trailing the Bolsheviki : twelve thousand miles with the allies in Siberia,
    • Contributor: Ackerman, Carl W. (Carl William)
    • Date: 1919
    • Resource: - 1 page

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    The bondage and travels of Johann Schiltberger : a native of Bavaria, in Europe, Asia, and Africa, 1396-1427 On spine: Travels of Schiltberger. Translation of: Reisen in Europa, Asien, und Afrika von 1394-1427. Includes bibliographical references (p. [vii]-xiv) and index.
    • Contributor: Schiltberger, Johannes
    • Date: 1879
    • Resource: - 337 pages
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    Arabia; the cradle of Islam; Samuel Zwemer (1867-1952) was an American Protestant missionary who lived for nine years in Bahrain and became a student of the Arab world and, especially, the Arabian Peninsula. Published in New York in 1900, Arabia: The Cradle of Islam contains detailed chapters on the geography of Arabia; the holy cities of Mecca and Medina; the Prophet Muhammad and the rise of Islam; the contemporary...
    • Contributor: Zwemer, Samuel Marinus
    • Date: 1900
    • Resource: - 510 pages
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    Klondike : the Chicago record's book for gold seekers. The Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 began in earnest within 18 months of a major gold strike on Bonanza Creek, a tributary of the Klondike River near Dawson City, Canada. Tens of thousands of prospectors from around the world streamed north to Alaska and the Yukon in a feverish search for fortune. Klondike: The Chicago Record's Book for Gold Seekers was rushed into print...
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    Central Asian questions; Demetrius Charles Boulger (1853-1928) was a British orientalist who wrote prolifically on topics mainly related to the British Empire. With Sir Lepel Henry Griffin (1840-1908), a British administrator in India, he co-founded the Asiatic Quarterly Review, which he edited for a time. An unapologetic imperialist with strongly anti-Russian views, Boulger criticized the British government for its lack of assertiveness, as he saw it, in...
    • Contributor: Boulger, Demetrius Charles
    • Date: 1885
    • Resource: - 481 pages
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    The cradle of the war, The Cradle of the War: The Near East and Pan-Germanism is a study of the origins of World War I. The author, Henry Charles Woods (1881-1939), argues that the main cause of the conflict was "the Pan-German desire for domination from Hamburg to the Persian Gulf." The book offers an overview of political and military developments in the Near East (defined as the Balkan...
    • Contributor: Woods, Henry Charles
    • Date: 1918
    • Resource: - 432 pages