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
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
The first cookbook by an American written strictly for an American
audience, Amelia Simmons's American Cookery was originally
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
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.
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
the United States Agriculturalist and Farmer's Reporter.
"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.
The Marcus A. McCorison Librarian of AAS
(and 13th in the line of AAS librarians)
The Morgan Bibliography of Ohio Imprints, 1796-1850 describes
pamphlets, and broadsides printed in Ohio, from the earliest in 1796
Visit the bibliography online at: http://olc7.ohiolink.edu/morgan
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