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1 Abbott, Jno. S. C. The History of Maine, from the Earliest
Discovery of the Region by the Northmen until the Present
2 Acrelius, Israel. Beskrifning Om De Swenska | För
samlingars Forma och Närwarande | Tilstand, Uti | Det sa
Stockholm, Tryckt hos Harberg en Hesselberg, 1759
copy. . This important work is hardly less scarce than that of Campanius, especially when in good condition; it has, besides, the merit of being much more extensive and of reproducing a large number of documents, partly unpublished. The author stayed a long time in America as Provost to the Swedish Congregations, and in his leisure hours he collected the materials for his history. Among his sources we find the Archives of New York, an unpublished Manuscript (evidently very valuable) of A. Rudman, who was Superintendent at Wicacoa in 1697, and who collected all relating to the early history of the Swedish colonies in America; further the Royal Archives at Stockholm, and, besides the Swedish historians; Campanius (of whom he speaks in high terms), Swedberg, Biörck, etc., also the early English works on Virginia of J. Smith and others. He even cites more than once Van der Donck, manifesting thus uncommonly extensive reading.
3 Adams, Jno. Q. An Eulogy on the Life and Character of
THE CELEBRATED AITKEN BIBLE.
The First Bible in English Printed in America.
Aitken. The Holy Bible, | Containing the Old and New Testaments: Newly translated out of the Original Tongues; | And with the former | Translations | Dilegently compared and revised. / [Arms of the State of Pennsylvania] Philadelphia : | Printed and Sold by R. Aitken, at Pope's Head, Three Doors above the Coffee | House, in Market Street M.DCC.LXXXII.
The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour | Jesus Christ: Newly Translated out of the Original Greek; | And with the former | Translations | Dilegently compared and revised. | Floral Ornament | Philadelphia; | Printed and Sold by R. Aitken, Bookseller, | Opposite the Coffee-House, Front Street. | M.DCC.LXXXI. 2 vols. 12mo, full morocco, red edges. The collation corresponds with that given by Mr. Hildeburn in his ad
mirable bibliography of the “Issues of the Press of Pennsylvania," with the “Resolutions of Congress.”
It is a well-known historical fact, that, in consequence of the embargo laid upon American commerce during the Revolutionary War, the Bible became an exceeding scarce book. Mr. Robert Aitken, a patriotic printer and bookseller of this city, undertook at his private expense to supply the constant and urgent demand for the work, by publishing the edition that is now popularly known as “The Aitken Bible.” The circumstances attending the publication of this edition, and the discouraging obstacles encountered by Mr. Aitken in accomplishing his laborious task, are vigorously described by an anonymous author of the following interesting article published in the "Freeman's Journal," for November 26, 1782:
I can hardly express the feelings I experienced when I found that a complete edition of the Holy Scriptures, in our vernacular tongue, has been printed amongst us. The circumstances attending this arduous task are so extraordinary that the faithful historian cannot fail to rank it, both in its design and execution, amongst the most remarkable civil events of the present Revolution. What may we not expect from the abilities of this country in respect to literary undertakings, when we consider that this design has been executed in the midst, as it were, of con flagration, murder, brutality, and a general destruction of the works of nature and art?
This Edition of the Holy Scriptures is the only one, that was ever undertaken in America at the expense of an individual, unless we except the German Bible, printed some years ago by Mr. Sower, at a time when this country enjoyed a profound peace. As to Mr. Eliot's 'Indian Bible, printed many years ago in New England, it is well-known that the whole expense was borne by the corporation for promoting the Gospel in New England. How great then are the public indebted to Mr. Aitken, who, at the most imminent risque of his private fortune, with very little support and patronage, and actuated by a generous zeal for the advancement of the moral interests of mankind, engaged solely in this very expensive and laborious task. What discouraging prospects for the completion of his work must the editor have had from time to time in the course of this cruel and desolating war?—More than twenty towns and villages of note have been made fuel for the flames which British inhumanity has kindled; the avarice of our enemies has plundered a much greater number; and no less than nine of the capital cities of these states have been in possesison of the enemy; amongst them was Philadelphia, and yet, under all these disadvantages, a complete, an accurate, and elegant edition of the Bible was published in this very city, in four years from the time of the evacuation by the British.
The very paper that has received the impression of these sacred books, was manufactured in Pennsylvania, the whole work therefore, is Purely American, and has risen, like the fabled Phoenix, from the ashes of that pile in which our enemies
supposed they had consumed the liberties of America. 5 Allen, Chas. Dexter. American Book-Plates; a Guide to
their Study with Examples. With a Bibliography by Eben Newell Hewins. Illustrated. Square 12mo, cloth.
New York, 1894
6 1777. Poor Will's Pocket Almanack for the Year 1777.
Fitted to the Use of Pennsylvania and the Neighboring Provinces. 24mo, half calf.
Philadelphia, 1776 Interleaved. Has interesting Memoranda throughout, such as: "Oct. 22, Hessians Defeated, Donat killed," "23rd, Au
gusta blown up," etc. 7 1778. Poor Will's Pocket Almanack for the Year 1778. 24mo, half calf.
Philadelphia, 1777 Interleaved. Has interesting Memoranda throughout:
June 18th, the English Army left Philadelphia.” 8 1779. Poor Will's Pocket Almanack for the Year 1779. 24mo, half calf.
Philadelphia, 1778 Interleaved. Has interesting Memoranda throughout.
9 1780. Poor Will's Pocket Almanack for the Year 1780. 24mo, half calf.
Philadelphia, 1779 Interleaved. Has interesting Memoranda throughout. 10 1781. Poor Will's Pocket Almanack for the Year 1781. 24mo, half calf.
Philadelphia, 1780 Interleaved. Has interesting Memoranda throughout.
11 1782. Poor Will's Pocket Almanack for the Year 1782. 24mo, half calf.
Philadelphia, 1781 Interleaved. Has interesting Memoranda throughout.
12 1783. Poor Will's Pocket Almanack for the Year 1783. 24mo, half calf.
Philadelphia, 1782 Interleaved. Has interesting Memoranda throughout.
13 1784. Poor Will's Pocket Almanack for the Year 1784. 24mo, half calf.
Philadelphia, 1783 Interleaved. Has interesting Memoranda throughout.
14 1795. Poor Will's Pocket Almanack for 1795 and 1796. 2 vols. 24mo, half calf.
Philadelphia, 1794-5 Interleaved. Has interesting Memoranda throughout.
All the above Poor Will's Almanacks have the Original Covers bound in, and all belonged to Edward Penington, the Memoranda throughout being in his hand,
1801-1832. Poor Will's Pocket Almanacks for 1801, 1803, 1808, 1809, 1810, 1815, 1819, 1822, 1823, 1824, 1825, 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829, 1830, 1831 and 1832. 18 vols. 24mo, half calf.
Philadelphia, v. d. All with the Original Covers bound in.
16 1777. Father Abraham's Pocket Almanack for the Year
17 1778. The Philadelphia Almanack for the Year 1778.
Calculated for Pennsylvania and the Neighboring Parts, with Plans of Philadelphia. 24mo, full blue calf, gilt.
Philadelphia, 1777 Excessively rare. The whole work engraved and interleaved. With a View of the Prison in Walnut Street on Title and the Plan of the City. See fac-simile title.
Pennsylvania Pocket Almanac for 1805, 1806, 1807 and 1814 4 vols. 24mo, half calf.