Pennsylvania Publishers in our PA Imprints Collection – Philadelphia “L”

All the usual caveats, warnings, apologies, explanations, and so on regarding this – as usual – preliminary list.  (The first item on this list, by the way, is a little problematic. I haven’t been able to inspect it, but the catalog record suggests that it might actually be from Paris; and I’m not sure if the catalog accurately describes the item on our shelf.)

Philadelphia – Imprimerie de La fourcade – 1795
Philadelphia – T. Lang – 1791
Philadelphia – Lang & Ustick; by Lang & Ustick, for M. Carey; for Thomas Stephens, by Lang and Ustick; by Lang and Ustick, for T. Ustick – 1795-1796
Philadelphia – Latimer and co. – 1832
Philadelphia – J. Laval & S.F. Bradford, P.K. & C. pr. – 1829
Philadelphia – Daniel Lawrence; D. Laurence – 1792-1806
Philadelphia – Lea and Blanchard – 1838-1850
Philadelphia – W.A. Leary – 1839-1850
Philadelphia – Leary & Getz – 1850
Philadelphia – Richard Lee – 1797
Philadelphia – Leineweber und Rex – 1840
Philadelphia – Hubbard Lester – 1809
Philadelphia – H.C. Lewis – 1818
Philadelphia – Enoch Lewis, ed. – 1828
Philadelphia – Lindsay & Blakiston – 1844-1852
Philadelphia – J. Lippincott – 1840
Philadelphia – E. Littell; John S. Littell – 1822-1840
Philadelphia – Littell & Henry – 1818
Philadelphia – by E. Littell and by Thomas Holden – 1833
Philadelphia – by B. Graves for T. Lloyd and B. Graves – 1806
Philadelphia – James Locken – 1832
Philadelphia – Samuel Longcope – 1798
Philadelphia – H. Longstreth – 1850
Philadelphia – J. Lyon – 1799

Published in: on 18 June 2008 at 2:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pennsylvania Publishers in our PA Imprints Collection – Philadelphia “J” and “K”

This is the next installment of the preliminary list of imprints from Pennsylvania cities and towns. This post includes printers and publishers from Philadelphia whose names start with the letters “J” or “K.” (We have none that start with “I”.)  This list comes from the online catalog of the “Pennsylvania Imprints to 1865″ collection in the Rare Collections Library at the State Library of Pennsylvania.  Think of the dates as ‘flourished’ dates.  The dates represent only the span of examples from the particular presses that are on the shelves there; while printers/publishers came and went, many would have been in business longer that the date span shown here.

Note, too, in this list that there is (or can be) considerable confusion when it comes to names like Kimber, Kite, or Johnson (for the latter, e.g., “Benjamin,” “Jacob,” and then “Benjamin & Jacob” with overlapping date spans).  At the moment, I’m trusting the catalog, but these entries all must be verified by actually looking at the books to see how it is printed, something I cannot do while the collection is still in the midst of being moved.

As always: this is a preliminary list.  Printers and publishers are mixed together here.

Philadelphia – Joseph James – 1787-1789
Philadelphia – Dr. D. Jayne & Son – 1898
Philadelphia – Enoch Johnson – 1814
Philadelphia – Benjamin Johnson – 1792-1807
Philadelphia – Jacob Johnson – 1795
Philadelphia – Benjamin & Jacob Johnson – 1797-1800
Philadelphia – Johnson – 1803
Philadelphia – Robert Johnson – 1806
Philadelphia – L. Johnson – 1832
Philadelphia – G.W. Loammi Johnson – 1844
Philadelphia – T. & J.W. Johnson & Co – 1858
Philadelphia – Johnston, Megraw, Boileau, & Harrison – 1812
Philadelphia – M. Jones – 1809
Philadelphia – J.H. Jones, printer – 1849
Philadelphia – Jones, Hoff, & Derrick – 1793-1794
Philadelphia – James & Johnson – 1790-1791
Philadelphia – Johnson & Warner – 1808-1815
Philadelphia – J. C. Kayser – 1823-
Philadelphia – James Kay, Jun. and Brother – 1829-1846
Philadelphia – S. Keimer; Samuel Keimer – 1724-1728
Philadelphia – S. Keimer, a D. Harry – 1730
Philadelphia – Key and Biddle – 1833-1852
Philadelphia – Key, Mielke & Biddle – 1832
Philadelphia – Key & Simpson – 1796
Philadelphia – Kiderlen and Stollmeyer – 1837-1838
Philadelphia – Emmor Kimber – 1824
Philadelphia – Kimber, Conrad – 1804-1814
Philadelphia – Kimber & Richardson – 1812
Philadelphia – Kimber and Sharpless; Kimber & Sharpless; Kimber und Sharpless – 1816-1841
Philadelphia – King & Baird – 1840-1865
Philadelphia – B. & T. Kite; Benjamin and Thomas Kite – 1807-1827
Philadelphia – T. Kite; Thomas Kite; T. Kite & co. – 1828-1833
Philadelphia – Joseph and William Kite; Joseph Kite & Co. – 1834-1842
Philadelphia – Nathan Kite – 1835
Philadelphia – B. & T. Kite, and S. Pike – 1811
Philadelphia – Kite & Walton – 1848-1850
Philadelphia – J.G. Klemm – 1824

Published in: on 17 June 2008 at 9:40 am  Comments (2)  

The “study of the man of intellect”

I came across the following paragraphs today on the opening pages of Father and Daughter: a Portraiture from the Life by Fredrika Bremer. Translated by Mary Howitt. Philadelphia: T.B. Peterson and Brothers, [ca. 1860].  The book was recently cataloged into the Pennsylvania Imprints collection at the State Library of Pennsylvania’s Rare Collections Library.

“There is one class of room which, ever since I was quite young, has appeared to me more beautiful, more to be desired, than any other whatever; it is the silent working-room or study of the man of intellect.  How quiet, and yet how full of life is this sanctuary of thought, in which noiseless combats are fought out, bloodless victories are won; victories sometimes more important in their results to the world than all the Waterloos or Sebastpols; in which a lamp burns whose quiet flame prepares light for future generations, because it lights him, the genius of the room, the silent thinker, who in the work-room of his brain measures the heavens, searches through the depths, weighs stars and grains of sand in search of the eternal ideas, the fundamental laws and truths of all things, and questions and proves, and does not stop until he perceives the scattered sounds or lights arrange themselves harmoniously, and he can exclaim, “I have found it!”


“Many who have thus sought and found have been hailed as the world’s light-bearers.  More numerous are they who only open the path for these silent sincere workers, but who never enjoy the honor and the glory which fall to their lot.  Nevertheless, they participate with them in the happiness of seeking and finding, in so far as they do it.  The solitary thinker knows that future generations will be benefited by the results of his labor, of his lonely watching; knows that he is the herald of a better day on earth.  That is his life and his reward.  And even though he be poor, and of little esteem in the world, yet in his silent study he knows himself to be rich, knows himself to be monarch over a vast realm.”


I just like that description.

Published in: on 10 June 2008 at 1:26 pm  Leave a Comment