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Books contributed by the Boston Public Library. Established in 1848 by an act of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large free municipal library in the United States. In 1839, French ventriloquist M. Nicholas Marie Alexandre Vattemare became the original advocate for a public library in Boston when he proposed the idea of a book and prints exchange between American and French libraries. The Mayor of the City of Boston, Josiah Quincy, Jr., ...



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by Hall, A. Neely (Albert Neely), b. 1883; Hall, Norman P., ill
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''Published, August, 1911.''
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Topics: Woodwork, Toys, Amusements
"List of works consulted": v. 1, p. [iii]-iv
Topics: Antigua -- Genealogy, Antigua -- History
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xvi, 236 p. ; 20 cm
Topic: Erotic literature
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Boston Public Library
by Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910; Chertkov, V. G. (Vladimir Grigorevich), 1854-1936
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Russian edition edited by V. Chertkov
Topics: Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910, Novelists, Russian
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by Barrie, J. M. (James Matthew), 1860-1937; O'Connor, Daniel, 1880-1951; Woodward, Alice B., ill
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Title vignette; illustrated end-papers
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Paged continuously
Topics: Phelps family, Phelps, William, 1599-1672
123 p. ; 12mo
Topic: Cooking, Indic
691, [7] p. 27 cm
Topics: Boone family, Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820
2 v. 24 cm
Topics: Brewster, William, 1566 or 7-1644, Brewster family, Allerton family
A triglot New Testament, interlinear text, intended primarily for the use of schools
Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts
Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts
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The major part of this distinguished collection is comprised of religious and devotional texts, but there are also a number of secular and scientific titles. Many are superbly illuminated with exquisite miniatures illustrating the codices and single leaves. Some noteworthy volumes include a 10th-century Lectionary from the Benedictine Abbey of St. Allyre in Clermont, the earliest codex in New England; a Spanish Psalter consisting of 14 miniatures on vellum by Simon Bening, the most famous...
Title from incipit on a1 recto.
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"List of authorities quoted": p. [xiii]-xiv
Topics: English language -- Irish, Irish language -- English
Boston Public Library
by Jensen, Frøken (Kristine Marie), b. 1858
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iii, 386 p. ; 22 cm
Topics: Cookery, Danish, cbk
"List of works consulted": v. 1, p. [iii]-iv
Topics: Antigua -- Genealogy, Antigua -- History
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This collection contains scans of the Boston Public Library Rare Books & Manuscripts Dept. manuscript chronological file. The chronological file is one of the three primary manuscript card catalogs in the Rare Books Dept. The chronological file lists manuscripts by date only.
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OCLC number: ocm03549000
Topic: Fairy tales
Boston Public Library
by Mesureur, G
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Consists of designs for embroidery on linen
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Topic: Embroidery
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by Fabre, Jean-Henri, 1823-1915; Bicknell, Florence Constable
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OCLC number: ocm00992656
Topics: Science, Industrial arts
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by Joyce, James, 1882-1941; Rodker, John, 1894-1955, publisher; Darantière, Maurice, printer; Egoist Press, publisher
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"This edition is limited to 2000 copies on handmade paper numbered from 1 to 2000"--Prelim. p. [9]
Topics: City and town life, Married people, Jewish men, Artists
Boston Public Library
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The plates are mounted chrome-lithographs, each preceded by leaf with descriptive letterpress
Topics: Nares, George S. (George Strong), 1831-1915, Alert (Ship), Discovery (Ship)
Source: folio
Wing
Topics: Occultism, Alchemy, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
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Boston Public Library
by Crollalanza, G. B. di (Giovanni Battista di), 1819-1892
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Reprint of 1886-1890 ed
Topics: Heraldry, Nobility
414 p. 23 cm
Topics: Chapman family, Chapman, Robert, 1616-1687, Chapman, William, d. 1699, Chapman, Edward, d. 1675,...
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
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428 p. : 26 cm
Topic: Hibbert family
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by Culbertson, Lewis R. (Lewis Rogers), b. 1867
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Blank pages for "Family records" ([468]-478)
Topics: Culbertson family, Culberson, John, fl. 1712
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US Government Documents
by United States. Bureau of the Census; United States. Bureau of the Census. Statistical abstract of the United States
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"A statistical abstract supplement."
Topic: Cities and towns
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The John Adams Library at the Boston Public Library
by Lucretius Carus, Titus; Creech, Thomas, 1659-1700, tr; Adams, John, 1735-1826, former owner. MB (BRL); John Adams Library (Boston Public Library) MB (BRL)
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by Crollalanza, G. B. di (Giovanni Battista di), 1819-1892
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Reprint of 1886-1890 ed
Topics: Heraldry, Nobility
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by Crooke, William; Crooke, William, 1848-1923
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4 v. : 25 cm
Topics: Ethnology -- India, Caste -- India
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by Porta, Giambattista della, approximately 1535-1615; Gaywood, Richard, active 1650-1680, engraver; Young, Thomas, active 1658, publisher; Speed, Samuel, -1681, publisher
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Two states are noted. State 1 has pages misnumbered as follows: p. 113 misnumbered 120; p. 120 misnumbered 113; p. 129 misnumbered 131; p. 385-392 misnumbered 381-388. In state 2, the first 2 errors have been corrected
Topics: Science, Industrial arts, Magnetism, Magic tricks, Alchemy
Incunabula
by Colonna, Francesco, -1527; Alberti, Leon Battista, 1404-1472; Colonna, Francesco, approximately 1453-1517; Guidobaldo, da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino, 1472-1508; Scytha, Johannes Baptista; Maro, Andreas, active 15th century-16th century; Manuzio, Aldo, 1449 or 1450-1515, printer; Crasso, Leonardo, publisher; Gottschalk, Paul, 1880-, former owner.
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For information about incunabula at the Boston Public Library, consult the library's incunabula research guide . The initial letters of successive chapters in this work form an acrostic that includes the author's name: Poliam frater Franciscus Columna permauit.
Topic: Architectural writing
Boston Public Library
by Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles, 1871-1928
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Topic: Heraldry -- Great Britain
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by Boston (Mass.). School Committee
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51 volumes : 37 x 26 cm or smaller (fol.)
Topics: Boston (Mass.). School Committee -- Records and correspondence, Education -- Massachusetts --...
Source: folio
Boston Public Library
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Topics: Devices (Heraldry), Heraldry
Boston Public Library
by Hannigan, Francis James, b. 1880
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"An index, by author and by title, under one alphabet ... of all the short stories published in ... American magazines."--Preface
Topic: Short stories
Source: bplgrsci
"This copy is no. 674."
Topics: Brewster, William, 1566 or 7-1644, Brewster family, Allerton family
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xxviii p., 1 |., 892 p. 30 cm
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Topic: Green family
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"350 copies, octavo. 10 copies quarto."
Topics: Conant family, Conant, Roger, 1592-1679
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Latin and English in parallel columns
Topics: Latin language, Natural history, Picture books for children
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The Thomas Pennant Barton Shakespeare Collection at the Boston Public Library
by Holinshed, Raphael, -1580?; Stanyhurst, Richard, 1547-1618; Harrison, William, 1534-1593; Fleming, Abraham, 1552?-1607; Stow, John, 1525?-1605; Thynne, Francis, 1545?-1608; Hooker, John, 1526?-1601; Boece, Hector, 1465?-1536. Historia Gentis Scotorum; Giraldus, Cambrensis, 1146?-1223? Expugnatio Hibernica; Denham, Henry, -1589?, printer; Harrison, John, -1617, bookseller; Bishop, George, -1611, bookseller; Newbery, Ralph, -1604, bookseller; Woodcock, Thomas, -1594, bookseller; Barton, Thomas...
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The edition statement follows the statement of responsibility on the title page of vol. 1
John Adams Library copy has bookplate, v. 1: William Glanville Boscawen. John Adams's signature on title page: "John Adams."
Topics: Spanish language -- French, French language -- Spanish
This, the first edition of the collected plays of William Shakespeare, is commonly known as the First Folio. Printed in London and issued in 1623 by Isaac Jaggard and Edward Blount, the First Folio contains 36 plays, 18 of which had never before appeared in print, including Macbeth, The Tempest, and Julius Caesar. Before the First Folio, a number of Shakespeare's plays had been published in various smaller formats that frequently contained significant textual divergences between editions.
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by Willner, Robert E.; Willner, Robert E., 1929-
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xxxiii, 266 pages ; 23 cm
Topics: AIDS (Disease) -- Popular works, AIDS (Disease) -- Treatment, AIDS (Disease) -- Miscellanea
Boston Public Library
by Bailey, Gertrude E; Ellsworth, Abbie F; Reed, William H; Bailey, Hollis R. (Hollis Russell), 1852-1934
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vi, 479 p. ; 24 cm
Topic: Bailey family
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Topics: Barnstable County (Mass.) -- History, Barnstable County (Mass.) -- Biography
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by Paine's Furniture Co. (Boston, Mass.); Frizzell, C.T., Paine's Salesman
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Cover title
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Topic: Furniture
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
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Index has title page: Alphabetishches namenverzeichnis zur neunten, von grund aus neubearbeiteten und neugestochenen auflage von Stielers hand-atlas
Topics: Atlases, Atlases, German
Page [238] numbered CCXXXVIII ; p. [237] unnumbered ; pp. [239-240] are pub. ads
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Topic: Astrology
Source: bplsc
"List of works consulted": v. 1, p. [iii]-iv
Topics: Antigua -- Genealogy, Antigua -- History
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City of Boston Tax records, 1780 through 1821
by Boston (Mass.). Assessing Dept
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The 57th reel from a set of 63 microfilm reels containing extant Boston town tax records from 1780 through 1821, organized by year and ward. Beginning in 1802, the records for each year are generally divided into three main categories: taking books, tax books, and transfer books. This reel contains: 1. 1819  tax  books: wards 1-12, set A 2. 1819  tax  books: wards 1-12, set B Taking books (referred to as “valuation books” beginning in 1818) follow the order of the assessors' progress...
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Topics: Gentry, Nicholas, fl. 1709, Gentry family
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by Vermont; Goodrich, John E. (John Ellsworth), 1831-1915; Knapp, Chauncey L
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Topics: Vermont. Militia, Vermont -- History Revolution, 1775-1783 Registers
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by New Plymouth Colony; Shurtleff, Nathaniel Bradstreet, 1810-1874; Pulsifer, David, 1802-1894
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[1] v.1.- Court orders 1633-1640, v.2 - Court orders 1641-1651; [2] v.3 - Court orders 1651-1661, v.4 - Court orders 1661-1668; [3] v.5 - Court orders 1668-1678, v. 6 - Court orders 1678-1691; [4] V.7 - Judicial arts.1636-01692, v.8 - Misc. records 1633-1689; [5] v.9 - Acts of the Commissioners 1643-1651, v.10 - Acts of the Commissioners 1653-1679; [6] v. 11 - Laws 1623-1682, v.12 - Deeds & c. 1620-1651
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Massachusetts, Indians of North America -- Massachusetts History...
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by Worcester, Joseph E. (Joseph Emerson), 1784-1865
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354 p. : 17 cm
Topic: English language
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T.p. printed in red and black
Topics: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, French, French language, Latin language
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414 p. : 24 cm
Topic: Tucker family
The John Adams Library at the Boston Public Library
by Bellegarde, M. l'abbé de (Jean Baptiste Morvan), 1648-1734; Adams, John, 1735-1826, former owner. BRL; John Adams Library (Boston Public Library) BRL
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Head-pieces; tail-pieces; initials; vignettes
Topics: Conduct of life, Courtesy
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810 p. 24 cm
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Topics: Bliss family, Morris, Oliver Bliss, Bliss, Sylvester, 1814-1863
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by Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894; Gutmann, Bessie Pease, ill
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1st published in 1885. This is the first edition with illustrations by Bessie Collins Pease
Topic: Children's poetry
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At head of title: First letter foundry in New England. Established 1817
Topic: Printing
Source: bplsc
Boston Public Library
by Crollalanza, G. B. di (Giovanni Battista di), 1819-1892
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Reprint of 1886-1890 ed
Topics: Heraldry, Nobility
Relief shown by hachures
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by Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791; Wallace, Grace, Lady, d. 1878, tr; Nohl, Ludwig, 1831-1885, ed
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OCLC number: ocm00510397
Book of Common Prayer
by Church of England; Baskett, John, 1666 or 1667-1742, licensee; Sturt, John, 1658-1730, engraver; Tinney, John, 1706?-1761, printseller; Ware, Richard (Bookseller); Parkyn, Jonathan C., former owner. MB; Benton, Josiah H. (Josiah Henry), 1843-1917, former owner. MB
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All text and images are engraved
Topic: Church of England
Incunabula
by Balbi, Giovanni, -1298; Gutenberg, Johann, 1397?-1468, printer
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For information about incunabula at the Boston Public Library, consult the library's  incunabula research guide . Title from first line of text, printer's name from Needham, date of printing from colophon
Topic: Latin language
Source: folio
Incunabula
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For information about incunabula at the Boston Public Library, consult the library's  incunabula research guide . [12], lvij, [5], lix-cccl, [2] leaves : 31 cm (fol.)
Topics: Printing -- History -- Origin and antecedents, Cologne (Germany) -- History, Germany -- History --...
654 p. : 26 cm
Topic: Fisk family
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Incunabula
by Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375; Husner, Georg, -1505, printer; Maggs Bros., former owner. MB
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Title from incipit ([1]₂ recto); imprint from ISTC.
Topic: Kings and rulers
John Adams Library copy inscribed on inside back cover: hand drawing of ship. Inscribed on inside front cover: "L6 -J/D." Inscribed on first leaf: "In page 751 mention is made of the river St. Croix..." John Adams's signature on title page: "J. Adams."
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Topics: Religions -- History, Religions, Geography, Geography -- History 17th century, Voyages and travels...
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by Avery, Elroy McKendree, 1844-1935; Avery, Catherine Hitchcock Tilden, 1844-1911
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2 v. 25 cm
Topics: Avery, Christopher, 1590-1679, Avery, James, 1620?-1700, Avery family
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xiv p., 1 |., 518 p. : 29 cm
Topics: Upton, John, 1620?-1699, Upton family
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by Müller, Hermann Alexander, 1814-1894; Singer, Hans Wolfgang, b. 1867
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5.Bd. (separately paged), Nachträge und Berichtigungen; 6.Bd., Zweiter Nachtrag mit Berichtigungen
Topic: Artists
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by Lockwood, Ingersoll, b. 1841
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Bound in green cloth; stamped in green and gold; decorated endpapers
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by Howard, Cecil Hampden Cutts, b. 1862
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658 p. 22 x 19 cm
Topics: Cutt, John, d. 1681, Cutts family, Cutt, Richard, d. 1676, Cutt, Robert, d. 1674
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