In the Spring, Prof. Peter Mancall's History class on Historical Scholarship on Pre-1860 North America visits the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library to view materials from USC's Special Collections. The following books are discussed and examined. They are in chronological order. Questions regarding items listed on this page may be referred to Melinda K. Hayes, Librarian in Special Collections, USC.
[Epistola de insulis nuper inventis. Latin]
Epistola Christofori Colom: cui etas nostra multum debet: de insulis Indie supra Gangem nuper invetis. ... Leander de Cosco ab Hispano idiomate in Latinum couertit: tertio kalen[das] Maij. M.cccc.xciij. Pontificatus Alexandri Sexti anno primo. Rome: Stephan Plannck, after 29 april 1493.
Hennepin, Louis, 17th cent.
A new discovery of a vast country in America: extending above four thousand miles, between New France & New Mexico; with a description [!] of the Great lakes, cataracts, rivers, plants, and animals. Also, the manners, customs and languages of the several native Indians; and the advantage of commerce with those different nations; with a continuation giving an account of the attempts of the Sieur de la Salle upon the mines of St. Barbe, &c. The taking of Quebec by the English; with the advantages of a shorter cut to China and Japan; both illustrated with maps, and figures; and dedicated to His Majesty King William; by L. Hennepin now resident in Holland; to which are added, several new discoveries in North America, not published in [!] the French edition. London: Printed by [!] for Henry Bonwicke, 1699.
Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797.
An account of the European settlements in America: in six parts ... Each part contains an accurate description of the settlements in it, their extent, climate, productions, trade, genius and disposition of their inhabitants; the interests of the several powers of Europe with respect to those settlements, and their political and commercial views with regard to each other. The third edition, with improvements. London: Printed for R. and J. Dodsley..., 1760.
E101.B92 1760 (2 volumes)
Benezet, Anthony, 1713-1784.
A caution and warning to Great Britain and her colonies: in a short representation of the calamitous state of the enslaved Negroes in the British dominions. Philadelphia: Printed by D. Hall and W. Sellers, 1767.
Robertson, William, 1721-1793.
The history of America... Leipzig: printed for E.B. Schwickert, 1786.
E143.R62 1786 (3 volumes)
Treatise on the justice, policy, and utility of establishing an effectual system for promoting the progress of useful arts, by assuring property in the products of genius: to which are added observations on the deficiency of, and exceptions to the bill reported in March 1792. With notes, tending to demonstrate, that no property is secured in the products of genius, under the existing patent system. Also, the principles upon which a bill ought to be formed, to be effectual and equitable. Philadelphia: printed by Francis Bailey, No. 116, High-Street, M DCC XCII [i.e. 1792]
First of ten pamphlets bound in this order:
The triumph of infidelity: a poem. 1788
The age of reason, being an investigation of true and of fabulous theology / Thomas Paine. Boston: T. Hall, 1794
Thoughts upon female education / Samuel Magaw. Boston: S. Hall, 1787
The Catechism of man. London: D. Humphreys, 1794
An examination of the age of reason... by Thomas Paine / Gilbert Wakefield. London: G. Forman, 1794
A poetical epistle to the enslaved Africans... Philadelphia: J. Crukshank, 1790
A friendly dialogue between a scripturian and an athanasian... 1785
Oration upon religious worship, delivered by Citizen Godineau... on the 20th of November 1793. Philadelphia: at no. 112, Market-Street, 
Extracts from an humble inquiry into the scripture account of Jesus Christ / Thomas Emlyn. Boston: S. Hall, 1790.
Spine title from the name of the original owner of this collection, George Thacher, member of the Continental Congress.
A letter to the preacher of liberal sentiments: containing among other important matters, A liberal man's confession of faith. [Philadelphia: s.n.], 1792.
First of 16 pamphlets bound in this order:
Letters from General Washington, to several of his friends in the year 1776... 1778
Remarks on the report of the Secretary of the Treasury to the House of Representatives of the United States / by a friend to the Public. 1790
A short sketch of the evidence for the abolition of the slave trade... Philadelphia: D. Lawrence, 1792
A serious expostulation with the members of the House of Representatives of the United States. Philadelphia, 1793
A guide to reason, or an examination of Thomas Paine's Age of reason... New York: J. Buel, 1794
An account of the slave trade on the coast of Africa / Alexander Falconbridge. London: J. Phillips, 1788
Occurrences of the times, or, The transactions of four days: a farce in two acts. Printed for the purchasers
A plan for encouraging agriculture, and increasing the value of farms in the midland and more western counties of Pennsylvania...
An essay on civil and religious liberty... / by a friend to civil and religious liberty. London: T. Durham, 1777
The trial of Jeremiah Hill, esq. for heresy, before the Church of Christ in Biddeford, May 2, 1793
The administrations of parochial bishops valid, but those of Diocesans invalid: a supplement... / by Josiah Sherman. Fairfield: by Forgue and Bulkeley, 1789
The grounds and reasons of Christian regeneration, or, The new-birth... / by William Law. 7th ed. Boston: Mills and Hicks, 1774
Peace: a sermon... / by James Wilson. New York: J. and A. McLean, 1788
Some observations on the situation, disposition, and character of the Indian natives of this continent... Philadelphia: J. Crukshank, 1784.
General note: Spine title from the name of the original owner of this collection, George Thacher, member of the Continental Congress.
Bartram, William, 1739-1823.
Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, east and west Florida, the Cherokee country, the extensive territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek confederacy, and the country of the Chactaws: containing an account of the soil and natural productions of those regions: together with observations on the manners of the Indians: embellished with copper-plates. The second edition in London. [London]: Philadelphia: printed by James and Johnson, 1791. London: reprinted for J. Johnson in St. Paul's church-yard, 1794.
Whipple, Oliver, 1744-1813.
The historic progress of civil and rational liberty, and order, triumphant over faction: a poem ... by a farmer. Portsmouth [N.H.]: printed at the United States' Oracle Press, by W. Treadwell & Co., 1802.
First of 12 pamphlets bound in this order:
Four letters: being an interesting correspondence between... John Adams... and Samuel Adams... Boston: Adams & Rhoades, 1802
A collection of state papers relative to the first acknowledgment of the sovereignty of the United States of America... / by an American... London: J. Fielding, 1782
Thoughts on the lawfulness of war... / by a clergyman of the Church of England. Philadelphia: D. Humphreys, 1796
Observations on the dispatch written the 16th January 1797 by Mr. Pickering... / by C.C. Tanguy de la Boissière. Philadelphia: Moreau de Saint-Mery, 1797
The Federalist... part the second. Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1796
A letter to George Washington, President of the United States, containing strictures on his address... / by Jasper Dwight. Philadelphia: for the author, 1796
Letters of Helvidius, written in reply to Pacificus... Philadelphia: S.H. Smith, 1796
The pretensions of Thomas Jefferson to the presidency examined... part the second. United States, 1796
The federalist [part one] Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1796
The pretensions of Thomas Jefferson to the presidency examined... [part one] United States, 1796
Observations on Paine's Rights of man in a series of letters / by Publicola. Edinburgh: J. Dickson, J and J Fairbairn, [1791?]
Spine title from the name of the original owner of this collection, George Thacher, member of the Continental Congress.
Subject: Liberty--Poetry--Early works to 1800.
Genre index term: Poetry--United States--19th century.
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Scott, Joseph, geographer.
A geographical dictionary; of the United States of North America. Containing a general description of each state. With a succinct account of Indiana, and upper and lower Louisana territories. Philadelphia: Printed by A. Bartram for T. Armstrong, 1805.
James, William, d. 1827-
A full and correct account of the chief naval occurrences of the late war between Great Britain and the United States of America, preceded by a cursory examination of the American accounts of their naval actions fought previous to that period: to which is added an appendix; with plates. London, Printed for T. Egerton, 1817.
Torrey, Jesse, fl. 1787-1834.
A portraiture of domestic slavery, in the United States: with reflections on the practicability of restoring the moral rights of the slave, without impairing the legal privileges of the possessor; and a project of a colonial asylum for free persons of colour: including memoirs of facts on the interior traffic in slaves, and on kidnapping. Illustrated with engravings. Philadelphia: published by the author. John Bioren, printer, 1817.
Cobbett, William, 1763-1835.
A year's residence, in the United States of America. Treating of the face of the country, the climate, the soil, the products, the mode of cultivating the land, the prices of land, of labour, of food, of raiment; of the expenses of house-keeping, and of the usual manner of living; of the manners and customs of the people; and of the institutions of the country, civil, political, and religious. In three parts. London, Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1818-1819.
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Bristed, John, 1778-1855.
[Resources of the United States of America]
America and her resources: or, A view of the agricultural, commercial, manufacturing, financial, political, literary, moral and religious capacity and character of the American people. London: H. Colburn, 1818.
Beecher, Edward, 1803-1895.
Narrative of riots at Alton: in connection with the death of Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy. Alton [IL]: G. Holton, 1838.
Catlin, George, 1796-1872.
Letters and notes on the manners, customs, and condition of the North American Indians; written during eight years' travel amongst the wildest tribes of Indians in North America, in 1832, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, and 39: in two volumes, with four hundred illustrations, carefully engraved from his original paintings. London: The author, 1841 (London: Tosswill and Myers)
Long, George, 1800-1879.
America and the West Indies, geographically described. By Professor Long, George Richardson Porter, George Tucker. London, C. Knight and Co., 1845.
Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890.
Report of the exploring expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the year 1842: and to Oregon and North California in the years 1843-44. Printed by order of the Senate of the United States. Washington: Gales and Seaton, printers, 1845.
Series: Senate executive document (United States. Congress. Senate); 174
Hughes, John Taylor, 1817-1862.
Doniphan's expcontaining an account of the conquest of New Mexico; General Kearney's overland expedition to California; Doniphan's campaign against the Navajos; his unparalleled march upon Chihuahua and Durango; and the operations of General Price at Santa Fé; with a sketch of the life of Col. Doniphan. Cincinnati: J.A. & U.P. James, 
Apuntes para la historia de la guerra entre México y los Estados Unidos. México: Tip. de M. Payno (hijo) 1848.
Bryant, Edwin, 1805-1869.
What I saw in California:: its soil, climate, productions, and gold mines. London:: G. Routledge and Co., Soho Square., 1849.
Clavigero, Francesco Saverio, 1731-1787.
Historia de la Antigua ó Baja California, Obra postuma del padre Francisco Javier Clavijero ... Tr. del italiano por el presbitero don Nicolas Garcia de San Vicente. Méjico: Impr. de J.R. Navarro, 1852.
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