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Ohio Imprints from Richard P. Morgan

Richard P. Morgan is the preeminent collector and bibliographer of Ohio imprints. His collection encompasses books, pamphlets, and broadsides printed in Ohio from 1796 through 1850.

Morgan also compiled and maintains the Morgan Bibliography of Ohio Imprints, 1796-1850. The bibliography currently contains 9,784 titles, many of which were originally held in his private library and now are held at AAS.

A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Mr. Morgan is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. While he was on the faculty of Clemson University in the 1960s, he compiled a biography of South Carolina imprints from 1731-1800, which was published with a foreword by Marcus McCorison.

American Cookery
  The first cookbook by an American written strictly for an American audience, Amelia Simmons's American Cookery was originally published in 1797 in Hartford, Conn. Much of the work plagiarized English recipes for American readers with few concessions to the availability of ingredients in the New World. It does contain the first printed recipes for corn meal and includes three for Indian Pudding, one for "Johnny Cake or Hoe Cake," and one for "Indian Slapjacks."

When Mr. Morgan moved to Ohio and established himself in the business world, he turned his attention from South Carolina imprints and became the foremost collector of Ohioana.

Mr. Morgan was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1992, and in 1999 he entered into an ongoing partnership with AAS that has allowed the Society to acquire many of his collected imprints. In this manner, his extensive collection can be preserved and accessed by researchers for years to come.

Farmer's Farrier

H.L. Barnum's Farmer's Farrier, Illustrating the Peculiar Nature and Characteristic of the Horse, and the Diseases to which He is Liable (Cincinnati, 1831). This first edition of an Ohio original is the earliest western farrier. Barnum was also the author of the first cookbook by an American as far west as Cincinnati, Family Receipts, or Practical Guide for the Husbandman and Housewife, Containing a Great Variety of Valuable Recipes (Cincinnati, 1831), and he was the editor of the United States Agriculturalist and Farmer's Reporter.

Baldwin "One day I am visited by a collector of ordination sermons; the next, by a collector of 4th of July orations; then comes a collector of geography; another wants religious newspapers; another wants every book printed in New York before 1700. I accommodate myself to all; for I want every thing and collect every thing, and I have more zeal than the whole of them: and in this way I am kept very busy."
~Christopher Columbus Baldwin
 3rd Librarian of AAS

For almost two hundred years the librarians at the Antiquarian Society have worked to build collections by purchase and by donation. This page displays a recent product of our zeal.
~Nancy Burkett
 The Marcus A. McCorison Librarian of AAS (and 13th in the line of AAS librarians)


Additional Information

The Morgan Bibliography of Ohio Imprints, 1796-1850 describes books, pamphlets, and broadsides printed in Ohio, from the earliest in 1796 through 1850.
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