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The Adventures of Captain Gulliver in a Voyage to the Islands of Lilliput and Brobdingnag.

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GULLIVER'S TRAVELS FOR CHILDREN. A crude woodcut image of voyager Lemuel Gulliver serves as the frontispiece to an abridged version of Gulliver’s Travels for children, and the little book contains charming illustrations throughout. AAS was delighted…

Boston Committee of Correspondence. Boston, April 17, 1783. Gentlemen, by the inclosed [sic] Resolve... [printed on the same sheet as] At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston...

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BROADSIDES PREVIOUSLY NOT KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN PRINTED TOGETHER. This pair of broadsides on a single sheet was sent by the Boston Committee of Correspondence to towns around the Commonwealth and urged town authorities to bar the return of Tories to…

[Bahama Almanac for the Year 1789.]

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EARLIEST BAHAMIAN BOOK AT AAS. This exceedingly rare West Indian almanac is now the earliest non-newspaper printing from the Bahamas in the Society’s collection by a couple of decades. It was likely edited and printed by John Wells of South…

Music book, 1799.

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MANUSCRIPT MUSIC AND LIBRARY BOOK LIST. Phineas Messer (1762–1836) was a resident of Methuen, Massachusetts, when he owned this manuscript music book in 1799. Perhaps the most interesting feature of this book is Messer’s list of books in the Methuen…

Affiches Américaines (65 issues)
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Gazette de Saint-Domingue (24 issues)

EXTENSIVE CACHE OF RARE EARLY HAITIAN NEWSPAPERS. The Gazette de Saint-Domingue was published for only less than a year (from January 1 to November 19, 1791) amid the French Revolution and in the year the Haitian slave revolt erupted. Affiches…

Adresse de l'assemblée provinciale de la partie du Nord de Saint-Domingue, à l'Assemblée Nationale...

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UNRECORDED ST. DOMINGUE IMPRINT URGES CALM DESPITE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND SLAVE REVOLTS. This apparently unrecorded St. Domingue imprint was an official colonial document issued by the Assemblée Provinciale addressed to the Assemblée Nationale. The…

The Gosport Tragedy, or The Perjured Ship-Carpenter. Tune, Peggy’s Gone over Sea.

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PREVIOUSLY UNRECORDED EDITION OF 18TH CENTURY BALLAD. This sheet ballad contains the words to a well-known circa 1750 English song about a tragic and gruesome murder committed by a ship-carpenter. The tune was reprinted continuously in England and…

A Relation of Some Remarkable Deaths among the Children at Haverhil.

1737 DIPHTHERIA EPIDEMIC, IN "THEIR OWN WORDS, BY WHICH THEY BEING DEAD YET SPEAK." This copy lacks the first two leaves, but comparison with the only other copy known to exist (held in a private library), has allowed AAS to create an accurate…

Diary, 1728.

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MINISTER'S DIARY IN INTERLEAVED ALMANAC. This almanac diary was owned by John Townsend (1608–1762), a Harvard graduate who became the first minister of Needham, Massachusetts, in 1719. Townsend records events that one would expect a minister to…

A New Practical System of Human Reason.

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"WALKING JOHN STEWART." Written by eccentric philosopher and traveling lecturer John Stewart (1747–1822), A New Practical System of Human Reason did not appear in Evans and was not digitized by Readex. Stewart was an English traveler and philosopher…