In Pursuit of a Vision > Case 9 > Haven > Bibliography of Books


The Details:

Samuel F. Haven, Jr. Working slips for a “Bibliography of Books Published in America before the Revolution,”compiled 1858-1861. [catalog record]

Bequest of Samuel F. Haven, Jr., 1862.

The Story:

Isaiah Thomas’s checklist lay untouched until the late 1850s, when the son of AAS librarian Samuel Foster Haven revisited it. Samuel, Jr. compiled slips with titles found in library catalogues and advertisements. The checklist was well advanced when, in 1862, Haven was killed at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia. His work was published by AAS in 1874, fittingly as an appendix to the second edition of Thomas’s The History of Printing.

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