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American Imprint Collection; 1640-1800

Books and pamphlets printed in the United States between 1640 and 1800, (16,990 titles).

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A Partial Listing of Digitized Materials from the American Imprint Collection
Philadelphia Spelling Book Barry, John. The Philadelphia spelling book: arranged upon a plan entirely new, adapted to the capacities of children, and designed as an immediate improvement in spelling and reading the English language... Philadelphia: Printed by Joseph James, 1790.
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Bay Psalm Book

Bible. O.T. Psalms. English. Bay Psalm book. [The Whole Booke of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into English Metre. Whereunto is Prefixed a Discourse Declaring Not Only the Lawfullnes, But Also the Necessity of the Heavenly Ordinance of Singing Scripture Psalmes in the Churches of God] ... [Cambridge, Mass.]: Imprinted [by S. Daye, 1640]
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British gentleman. An enquiry into the value of Canada and Guadaloupe: in answer to a late pamphlet... called The interest of Great Britain consider’d with regard to her colonies, and the acquisitions of Canada and Guadaloupe. [Philadelphia? : James Rivington?, 1761].

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Carter, Susannah. The frugal housewife, or complete woman cook.London: Printed for F. Newbery, at the corner of St. Paul's Church-Yard. Boston: Re-printed and Sold by Edes and Gill, in Queenstreet [1772]

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Laws, etc. Charleston (s.C.) Laws, etc. Charleston : Printed for A. Timothy ..., 1789.
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A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible

A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible, or, Select Passages in the Old and New Testaments, Represented with Emblematical Figures, for the Amusement of Youth... The first Worcester edition. [Worcester]: Printed at Worcester, Massachusetts, by Isaiah Thomas and sold ... at his bookstore, 1788
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This curious children’s Bible, certainly the most ambitious illustrated American book up to its time, contains nearly 500 woodcut images.  It was produced by the pioneer publisher of children’s books and preeminent early American printer, Isaiah Thomas (1749-1831). A hieroglyphic Bible replaces some of the words of the text with pictures in an attempt to tell a story in a direct and interesting way.  Such Bibles were quite popular in the eighteenth century as a device for teaching the Scripture, as well as reading, to youth.

Fraisier, M. J. C. The Scholars Companion: Containing a Choice Collection of Cotillons & Country-Dances. / Boston: Printed By D. Bowen, at the Columbian Museum Press, for the author, 1796?
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Freeman, Bernardus, 1660-1743. De Spiegel der Zelfkennis, of Een Bundel Leerspreuken. [Nieuw-York, Gedrukt bij W. Bradford, 1720]
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Gereformeerde Kerk in de Nederlanden. Classis van Amsterdam, Brief van de Weleerwaarde Classis van Amsterdam, aan de Weleerwaarde Vergaderinge van Predikanten & Ouderlingen der Herformde Kerken in de Provincien van Nieuw-York, en Nieuw-Jersey. Nieuw-York: Gedruckt by John Holt, na by het coffie-huis. 1772.
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Hammon, Briton. A Narrative of the uncommon sufferings, and surprizing deliverance of Briton Hammon, a negro man. Boston, Printed and sold by Green & Russell, 1760.
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Ledyard, John, 1751-1789. A Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, and in Quest of a North-West Passage Between Asia & America, Performed in the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, and 1779. Hartford: Printed and sold by Nathaniel Patten, 1783.
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Discourse concerning unlimited submission and non-resistance to the higher powers. Mayhew, Jonathan, 1720-1766. Discourse concerning unlimited submission and non-resistance to the higher powers. Boston, Printed D. Fowle 1750.
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Phillips, John. Familiar Dialogues on Dancing, Between a Minister and a Dancer... / New-York: Printed by T. Kirk ..., 1798.
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Account of the College of New-Jersey. Princeton University. Account of the College of New-Jersey. Woodbridge, in New-Jersey: Printed by James Parker, 1764.
Page Turner - PDF (18 MB) - Bibliographic Information The Prodigal Daughter. Hartford: Printed for the travelling booksellers, 1799.
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Randolph, Edmund, 1753-1813. A vindication of Mr. Randolph's resignation. Philadelphia : Printed by Samuel H. Smith ..., 1795.
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