Boston: Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 1996,
First Edition. octavo, cloth in dust jacket. 738pp. Colonial Society of Massachusetts, New. Item #31475
"The 1723 Catalogue is the first printed public or university library catalogue of an American collection. Though almost all the books it describes were destroyed by fire in 1764, it remains an incomparable record of New England books of the 17th and 18th centuries. It describes about 3,000 volumes arranged alphabetically by author and title. Though the strength of the collection is in divinity and classical philology, the subjects of law, medicine and science are also prominent. The 1773 Catalogue is a brief undergraduate reading list, mainly of interest for the history of the College and its curriculum. The 1790 Catalogue describes the roughly 9,000 volumes acquired between 1764 and 1790, categorized by subjects which range much more widely than those of the earlier library due to the intellectual interests of its chief donor, Thomas Hollis. An index of authors and titles allows the user to locate the catalogue entries in modern references such as the British Museum Catalogue or the pre-1956 National Union Catalogue and conversely, to check Harvard's 18th-century holdings of particular titles. The facsimiles and index have been prepared by William H. Bond, Librarian Emeritus of The Houghton Library and authority on Thomas Hollis, along with the help of Hugh Amory, Senior Rare Book Cataloguer at the Harvard College Library." The catalogues are reproduced in digitized facsimile with enhanced legibility. Spine of jacket faded. Tiny tear to front panel.