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These are exemplary materials of general historical primary materials available in RBSC through the nineteenth century, primarily European and American. Students have an opportunity to learn the proper handling of early materials. Specific topics may yield more materials. To request a class visit, please email the Curator.
Ptolemy, 2nd cent.
Tavola Nuova de Germania. [Venetia : V. Valgrisi, 1561]. From Ptolemy's Geographia, edited by Girolamo Ruscelli, 1561. Text in Italian on the verso.
Map Collection G 6081 .S2 1561 .P788
Locke, John, 1632-1704.
An essay concerning humane understanding. In four books. Written by John Locke, gent. The second edition, with large additions.
London, Printed for Awnsham and John Churchill, and Samuel Manship MDCXCIV .
Rare Books Collection B1290 1694
Locke, John, 1632-1704.
Two treatises of government: in the former, the false principles, and foundation of Sir Robert Filmer, and his followers, are detected and overthrown. The latter is an essay concerning the true original, extent, and the end of civil government.
London, A. Churchill, 1690.
Rare Books Collection JC153 .L8 1698
Sacheverell, Henry, 1674?-1724.
A defence of Her Majesty's title to the crown, and a justification of Her entring [sic] into a war with France and Spain: as it was deliver'd in a sermon preach'd before the University of Oxford on the 10th day of June, 1702. Being the fast appointed for imploring a blessing on Her Majesty and allies engag'd in the present war. By Henry Sacheverell ... Being the discourse referr'd to in the Doctor's answer to the articles of impeachment against him.
The 2d ed. ... London: Printed for Henry Clements, at the Half-Moon in St. Paul's Church-yard. 1710.
About the Spanish War of Succession, 1701-1714.
Rare Books Collection DA496 1710A .S23X
Pufendorf, Samuel, Freiherr von, 1632-1694.
[Einleitung zur Geschichte der vornehmsten Staaten Europas. English.] An introduction to the history of the principal kingdoms and states of Europe by Samuel Puffendorf [i.e. Pufendorf] ; made English from the original High-Dutch.
7th ed. / corr. and improved. London [Eng.] : Dan. Midwinter and Maurice Atkins, 1711.
Rare Books Collection D103 .P971711
An essay upon the civil wars of France, : extracted from curious manuscripts. : And also upon the epick poetry of the European nations, from Homer down to Milton. By Mr. de Voltaire ...
The second edition, corrected by himself. London; : Printed for N. Prevost and Comp. ..., 1728.
Rare Books Collection PQ2086 .E8 1728
The Spectator. London: 1712-
Rare Books Oversize PR1365 .S7 1711 no.1-446
The Gentleman's magazine.
Published: London, [s.n.], 1731-1907
Rare Books Collection AP4 .G3
Marana, Giovanni Paolo, 1642-1693.
The eight volumes of letters writ by a Turkish spy, who liv'd five and forty years undiscover'd at Paris: giving an impartial account to the Divan at Constantinople of the most remarkable transactions of Europe: and discovering several intrigues and secrets of the Christian courts, (especially of that of France) continued from the year 1637, to the year 1682.
Written originally in Arabick. Translated into Italian, from thence into English. And now published with a large historical preface and index to illustrate the whole. By the translator of the first volume.
London, G. Strahan, [etc.] 1734. 8 v. front. (port.) 17 cm.
Rare Books Collection D246 .M311734
Notes: Vols. 2-8, with special t. p. only, are 10th ed.
Authorities agree that the first part of the work, published in Paris in 1684, was written by Marana. The remainder has been ascribed to different Englishmen, among them D. Robert Midgley and William Bradshaw. It is probable however that Midgley simply edited the English translation, made by Bradshaw, of the original Italian manuscript. cf. Gentleman's magazine, 1840-41; also, Dict. of nat. biog., v.6, p. 185; v.37, p.366.
Bolingbroke, Henry St. John, Viscount, 1678-1751.
Letters on the study and use of history. By the late Right Honorable Henry St. John, lord viscount Bolingbroke.
New edition, cor. London, Printed for A. Millar, 1752.
Rare Books Collection D16 .B665 1752
Three letters appended: A plan for a general history of Europe; Of the true use of retirement and study: To the Right Honorable Lord Bathurst; Reflections upon exile.
Encyclopédie. English. Selections.
Select essays from the Encyclopedy, being the most curious, entertaining and instructive parts of that very extensive work, written by Mallet, Diderot, d'Alembert and others, the most celebrated writers of the age.
London, Printed for S. Leacroft, 1772.
Rare Books Collection AE25 .E5321772A
Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809.
Common sense ; addressed to the inhabitants of America, on the following interesting subjects : I. Of the origin and design of government in general, with concise remarks on the English constitution ; II. Of monarchy and hereditary succession ; III. Thoughts on the present state of American affairs ; IV. Of the present ability of America, with some miscellaneous reflections. A new edition with several additions in the body of the work ; to which is added an appendix ; together with an address to the people called Quakers. N. B. ; the new addition here given increases the work upwards of one-third.
Philadelphia printed; London : Re-printed, for J. Almon, 1776.
Rare Book Collection E211.P1311776 ATITLEA
Morse, Jedidiah, 1761-1826.
The American gazetteer, exhibiting, in alphabetical order, a much more full and accurate account, than has been given, of the states, provinces, counties, cities, towns ... on the American continent, also of the West-India islands ... with a particular description of the Georgia western territory ... Collected and comp. by, and under the direction of, Jedidiah Morse. Illustrated with seven maps.
Printed in Boston, At the Presses of S. Hall, and Thomas & Andrews, and sold by E. Larkin, and the other booksellers in Boston; by Gaine & Ten Eyck, and S. Campbell, New-York; [etc.,etc.] 1797.
Rare Books Collection E14 .M84
Robertson, William, 1721-1793.
The works of William Robertson : to which is prefixed an account of his life and writings by Dugald Stewart.
A New ed. London : T. Cadell, [etc.], 1821. 10 v. : ill., fold. maps, port. ; 22 cm.
Rare Books Collection D7 .R7 1821a
v.1-3. Account of the life and writings of William Robertson [by Dugald Stewart] The history of Scotland.--v. 4-6. The history of the reign of the Emperor Charles V. A view of the progress of society in Europe.--v. 7-9. The history of America.--v. 10. An historical disquisition concerning the knowledge which the ancients had of India.
Church, Benjamin, 1639-1718.
The history of Philip's war, commonly called the great Indian war, of 1675 and 1676. Also, of the French and Indian wars at the eastward, in 1689, 1690, 1692, 1696, and 1704. By Thomas Church, esq. With numerous notes to explain the situation of the places of battles, the particular geography of the ravaged country, and the lives of the principal persons engaged in those wars. Also, an appendix containing an account of the treatment of the natives by the early voyagers, the settlement of N. England by the forefathers, the Pequot war, narratives of persons carried into captivity, anecdotes of the Indians, and the most important late Indian wars to the time of the Creek war. By Samuel G. Drake.
2d ed. ... Exeter, N.H., J. & B. Williams, 1829.
Special Collections E83.67 .C573 1829B
Stephens, Ann S. (Ann Sophia), 1810-1886.
Malaeska : the Indian wife of the white hunter by Mrs. Ann S. Stephens.
London : Beadle and Company, 44, Paternoster Row ; New York : Beadle and Company, 141 William St., . Beadle's Dime Novels No. 1.
Coryell, John Russell, 1851-1924.
Nick Carter in Philadelphia, or, Night Hawks of the Quaker City by the author of "Nick Carter." Nick Carter library ; no. 6.
New York : Street & Smith, 1891.
Johannsen Collection PS1449.C378 N53 1891a