Pennsylvania Publishers in our PA Imprints Collection – G

Here is the preliminary list of imprints from places in Pennsylvania that start with the letter “G.” And, again, we have a mix of printers and publishers here.  We’ve got quite a variety of spelling for Saur from Germantown, and my predecessor(s) combined father and son under one heading.  And some cataloger(s) in the past here differentiated between the Neinstedts in Gettysburg, although I rather think that’s all one person.  I’ll get to cleaning that up later.  Remember: this is a preliminary list.

Germantown – C. Saur; Christoph Sauer; Christophor Sowr; Christopher Sower; Chr. Sower; Christop Saur; C. Saur, dem jungern – 1738-1777
Germantown – Michael Billmeyer; M. Billmeyer – 1787-1830
Germantown – P.R. Freas – 1840
Germantown – Peter Leibert – 1788-1796
Germantown – Leibert und Billmeyer – 1785
Germantown – Printed by W. F. M’Laughlin for John Phillips – 1802
Germantown – John Phillips – 1802
Germantown – Zachariah Poulson, junior – 1799
Germantown – at the Office of the Telegraph – 1850
Gettysburg – Robert Harper; Robert G. Harper – 1803-1827
Gettysburg – L. Johnson – 1834
Gettysburg – R. W. Middleton – 1835
Gettysburg – H. C. Neinstedt – 1843
Gettysburg – H. C. Neinstedt; Heinrich C. Neinstedt – 1830-1834
Gettysburg – H. C. Neinstedt – 1838
Gettysburg – Henry C. Neinstedt – 1827-1829
Gettysburg – Press of the Theol. Seminary, H.C. Neinstedt, printer – 1827
Germania – [anon.] – 1829
Greensburg – J.G. Steck – 1836

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Published in: on 25 April 2007 at 10:54 am  Leave a Comment  

Pennsylvania Publishers in our PA Imprints Collection – D, E, and F

Here is the preliminary list of imprints from places in Pennsylvania that start with the letters “D,” “E,” and “F”. After further research and later editing, I imagine that some of the Hütter references in Easton will be combined. And, again, we have a mix of printers and publishers here.

Doylestown – Asher Miner – 1815
Downingtown – Charles Mowry pr. – 1818
Doylestown – J. Jung – 1838-1839
Doylestown – Jung und Löb – 1848
Easton – John M. Burnside – 1811
Easton – Heinrich Held – 1826, 1843
Easton – Josiah P. Hetrich – 1830
Easton – Chr. Jac. Hütter – 1809-1812
Easton – J. Hütter und sohn – 1819
Easton – C. J. Hütter; Christian Jac. Hütter – 1806-1816
Easton – Hen. und Wm. Hütter; Heinrich und Wilhelm Hütter – 1824
Easton – [anon.] – 1829
Easton – “on the college press by Charles Priest” – 1839
Easton – T. J. Rogers – 1813-1824
Easton – James St. John … Printer – 1810
Easton – Henry W. Gibbs – 1810
Easton – Weygandt & Innes – 1827
Ebensburg – Canan & Scott – 1834
Ebensburg – Thomas Foley – 1820
Economy [Oekonomie] – 1826-1827
Elizabethtown – Wm. M. Baxter; W. M. Baxter – 1831-1834
Ephrata – J. Baumann; Johannes Baumann – 1800-1818
Ephrata – Joseph Bauman – 1819-1828
Ephrata – Brüderschaft; der Brüderschafft – 1745-1792
Ephrata – Bauman & Cleim; Bauman und Cleim – 1804
Ephrata – Salomon Mäyer – 1795
Ephrata – Benjamin Mayer; Benjamin Meyer – 1795-1797
Ephrata – [anon.] – 1791-1792
Ephrata – J. Ruth – 1811-1812
Ephrata – J. George Zeisiger – 1763
Frankford – Coale & Gilbert – 1811
Fulton County – [anon.] – 1786
Frankford – Joseph Sharpless – 1812
Frankford – Joseph Rakestraw, printer, see Sharpless – 1812
Frankford – T. & G. Palmer, printers; see Sharpless – 1812

Published in: on 23 April 2007 at 7:38 am  Comments (2)  

Lithographed Translation of the Rosetta Stone

A couple of days ago I was looking at a rare book dealer’s catalog online and, seeing a listing for a Pennsylvania imprint, began to wonder whether we had this interesting-sounding item. So I checked our catalog and voila! Except that it said we had the 2nd edition … 3 copies of it … and all were supposedly “autographed and mounted.”

I got suspicious of my predecessors in cataloging.

A bit of research that led me to our copy of Adams, Randolph G., “A Translation of the Rosetta Stone,” in Bibliographical essays; a tribute to Wilberforce Eames. [Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press], 1924, p. 227-241. And there the story unfolded before me.

What we actually have are 3 copies of the 1st edition of the Report of the committee appointed by the Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania to translate the inscription on the Rosetta stone. It was published in Philadelphia in 1858. And one of the neat things about it is that it is said to be one of the few books printed in America entirely by lithography.

AND as the main contributor (Henry Morton) writes at the very end of the volume:

Another circumstance in connection with our present work which may be of interest to our readers is the fact that the large sheets, containing eight pages each, on which it is printed are folded into their present form, not by human hands, as one would suppose they must be, but by the iron fingers of a machine, and that too with a rapidity and accuracy which defies the most expert human manipulation.  These machines, invented by my friend Mr. Cyrus Chambers, will fold 30 sheets per minute in any required form, with a precision which will serve to detect the least deviation in the adjustment of the forms.  The whole of our edition (400 copies) will thus occupy one of these machines less than four hours.  Three of these ‘folders’ are at work at the Harper’s establishment in New York, two at Lippincott’s of this city, two at Wrightson & Co. Cin., and some 20 others in various parts of the Union.

The text itself is also a bit of a wonder.  Three undergrads undertaking to translate the hieroglyphs of their plaster cast of the Rosetta Stone!  And then, apparently as a kind of afterthought to having submitted this report to their college club, deciding to learn how to produce color lithographs, getting the book printed and bound, selling out the first edition, and having to make up new stones for about half the pages in the second edition.  Well, why not!

Footnote: our “copy 1” has tipped in at the back the Alexander von Humboldt letter that is usually found in the 2nd edition.  Since Humboldt is responding to the appearance of the book, it is odd that it is in the 1st edition.  Neither our “copy 1” nor our “copy 3” are in the original binding, so it’s hard to say how or when the letter got in there.

I’ve also corrected our catalog to reflect what we actually have on the shelves.

Published in: on 20 April 2007 at 9:03 am  Leave a Comment  

Pennsylvania Publishers in our PA Imprints Collection – C

Here are the imprints from places in Pennsylvania that start with the letter “C”.  As with the earlier list, please note that this is preliminary, not by any means final.  I am just mining our catalog and reporting out what I have found.  There probably should be some combining (the various “Reformed” publishers in Chambersburg), some splits (the various “Harper” publishers in the same place), and some clarification (is “A. London” and “A. Loudon” – both of Carlisle – the same publisher?).  That understood, here is the list:
Town/City – Publisher/Printer Name – Active Dates as Represented in our Collection

Carlisle  – Alexander Phillips – 1806-1809
Carlisle  – E. Cornman – 1853
Carlisle – G. Fleming – 1830-1833
Carlisle – Fleming & Geddes – 1823
Carlisle – Herald office; Herald Press; office of the “Herald” – 1824-1831
Carlisle – George Kline – 1791-1810
Carlisle – Kline and Reynolds – 1786
Carlisle – A. Loudon; Archibald Loudon – 1805-1816
Carlisle – A. London – 1806-1813
Carlisle  – John McFarland – 1818
Carlisle  – H. C. M – 1824
Carlisle – Moser und Peters – 1823-1827
Carlisle  – Alexander Magee and John Scott, Printed at the Volunteer Office – 1815
Carlisle – Volunteer Office – 1815
Carlisle – [anon.] – 1817, 1826, 1845
Carlisle – G. Phillips – 1816-1822
Carlisle – I. Daniel Rupp – 1834
Carlisle – F. Sanno; Sannoischen Buchdruckerey – 1808-1810
Carlisle – Sanno & Loudon – 1813
Carlisle – J. Tizzard and J. Crever – 1826
Carlisle – William B. and James Underwood – 1822-1823
Canonsburgh – Andrew Munro – 1827
Chambersburg – Druckerei der “Christlichen Zeitschrift” – 1840
Chambersburg – Druckerei der Deutsch Reformirten Kirche – 1841
Chambersburg – Dover & Harper for Mathew Carey – 1796-1797
Chambersburg – Publication Office of the German Reformed Church – 1834
Chambersburg – Robert Harper; Robert & Geo. K. Harper; George Kenton Harper; Harper; G.K. Harper; Geo. K. Harper – 1799-1828
Chambersburg – Joh. Herschberger – 1810-1812
Chambersburg – Druckerei der Hochdeutsch Reformirten Kirche – 1842
Chambersburg – Hickok & Blood – 1836
Chambersburg – M. Kieffer – 1850
Chambersburg – Merklein – 1834
Chambersburg – [anon.] – 1824, 1829, 1846
Chambersburg – Pritts – 1834
Chambersburg – J. Pritts – 1839
Chambersburg – Henry Ruby – 1830-1839
Chambersburg – Victor Scriba – 1835-1837
Chambersburg – F. W. Schöpflin – 1816
Chambersburg – Thomas J. Wright – 1835-1839
Chambersburg – M. Kieffer & Co. – 1856
Chestnut Hill – Samuel Saur – 1791-1794
Chester – Y.S. Walter – 1844
Clearfield – D.W. Moore – 1839
Columbia – William Greer, printer – 1819
Columbia – [anon.] – 1824
Conyngham – [anon.] – 1832
Creagerstaun? – [anon.] – 1828

Published in: on 12 April 2007 at 12:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pennsylvania Publishers in our PA Imprints Collection

I am compiling a list of printers and publishers represented in our “Pennsylvania Imprints to 1865” Collection. What follows is a preliminary list those we have from locations beginning with the letters A and B. More to come, as I get them pulled together.

Town/City – Publisher/Printer Name – Active Dates as Represented in our Collection

Allentown – A. und W. Blumer; A. A. und W. H. Blumer; A. W. Blumer – 1834-1841
Allentown – Blumer und Busch – 1846-1850
Allentown – Brobst und Blumer’s – 1839
Allentown – Henrich Ebner und Co – 1821-1826
Allentown – Henrich Ebner; Heinrich Ebner – 1819-1829
Allentown – J. Ehrenfried und comp; J. Ehrenfried – 1813-1814
Allentown – Gräter und Blumer – 1833
Allentown – Carl Ludwig Hutter – 1820
Bethlehem – J. and W. Held – 1848
Bethlehem – Heinrich Held – 1835
Bellefonte – Henry Petriken – 1821
Bath – Samuel Siegfried – 1838
Bedford – Charles M’Dowell – 1813
Beula – Ærial Office of the “Western Sky” – 1811
Bloomfield – P. Sturtevant – 1836
Brownsville – W. Jackman – 1829
Bristol – [anonymous] – 1830
Butler – [anonymous] – 1828
Beaver – W. Henry – 1836
Byberry – J. and I. Comly – 1841

Published in: on 12 April 2007 at 9:20 am  Leave a Comment  

Flying Machines in Your Own Backyard

Here’s the start of the chapter “Learning to Fly” from a book in our collection: “Don’t be too ambitious at the start. Go slow, and avoid unnecessary risks. At its best there is an element of danger in aviation which cannot be entirely eliminated, but it may be greatly reduced and minimized by the use of common sense.”  What good advice!  And applicable to other areas of life as well.

The source: Flying Machines: Construction and Operation ; a Practical Book Which Shows, in Illustrations, Working Plans and Text, How to Build and Navigate the Modern Airship by W.J. Jackson and Thos. H. Russell, with an introductory chapter by Octave Chanute. Chicago: Charles C. Thompson, 1910.

If the date doesn’t make it obvious, the “modern airships” under discussion all pretty much look like Wright brothers airplanes.  There’s a wonderful spirit of ‘you, too, can build and fly your own air machine’ in this text.

Published in: on 9 April 2007 at 7:23 am  Leave a Comment  

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Article

Well, we made the news out in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has an article about our rare books in its 2 April 2007 issue (the online version, anyway) , written by Mike Wereschagin under the headline “Treasures from Pa.’s past abound in rare books room.”

One thing, though … we didn’t get any $3 million from NARA. Not sure where that comes from, unless the reporter misunderstood something one of the other people in the interview said about possible savings at NARA if they think that our architect’s design with fewer air exchanges per day actually works. The point would be that in the stacks it’s okay to bring in less fresh air each day — resulting in less gross heating (in winter), less gross cooling (in summer), and less running the fans to move the air in and out. Could point to huge savings on the utility bills for NARA and others.

But we didn’t get $3 million from NARA for the renovation project.

Thanks to Lee Jay Stoltzfus for pointing out the article in his Rare Book News blog yesterday.

Published in: on 3 April 2007 at 6:58 am  Leave a Comment