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Historisk bibliotek: Union College

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Elements of the conic sections, ... The first three books, translated from the Latin original. For the use of students of mathematics af Robert Simson

The history of the arts and sciences of the antients, under the following heads: in three volumes. Vol. I. Agriculture, commerce, architecture, sculpture, painting, music, the art military. Vol. II. Art military, grammar, philology, rhetoric, poetry. Vol. III. Poetry, history, eloquence, philosophy, civil law, metaphysics and physics, physic, botany, chymisty [sic], anatomy, mathematics, geometry, astronomy, arithmetic, geography, and navigation af Charles Rollin

The description and use of the pocket case of mathematical instruments: wherein are particularly explained the nature and use of all the lines contained on the plain scale, the sector, the Gunter, and proportional compasses: also, their practical application, exemplified in a variety of mathematical problems. The whole illustrated by copper plate figures af Benjamin Martin

Elements of the philosophy of the human mind af Dugald Stewart

Lectures on natural and experimental philosophy : considered in it's [sic] present state of improvement : describing, in a familiar and easy manner, the principal phenomena of nature, and shewing, that they all co-operate in displaying the goodness, wisdom, and power of God af George Adams

The American Remembrancer, and universal tablet of memory: containing a list of the most eminent men, whether in ancient or modern times, with the atchievements [sic] for which they have been particularly distinguished: as also the most memorable events in history, from the earliest period till the year 1795, classed under distinct heads, with their respective dates. ... af James Hardie

The description and use of a new, portable, table air-pump and condensing engine. With a select variety of capital experiments, which, together with the different parts of the apparatus and glasses, are illustrated by upwards of forty copper-plate figures af Benjamin Martin

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SamlingerDit bibliotek (245), Donated by Schenectady Academy, 1795 (2), Donated by John Glen, Esq., 1795 (1), Donated (donor unknown), 1795-96 (1), Purchased from George & Charles Webster (Albany), 1795 (20), Purchased from William Young (Philadelphia), 1795-96 (135), Purchased from David Pinkerton (New York City), 1795-99 (1), Ordered for import, 1796 (117), Imported, 1796 (99), Original source unknown (8), 1799 Catalogue (258), 1815 Catalogue (232), Original copy (139), Replacement copy (106), No copy (50), Alle samlinger (297)


NøgleordEssays Poetry Morals &c. (92), Divinity (53), History (53), Nat. Philosophy & Mathematics (45), Miscellanies (17), Travles and Voyages (13), Agriculture (7), Law (7), Biography (5), Novels (4) — se alle nøgleord

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Om migThis catalog documents the first library of Union College, known as the "First Purchase." Acquired between 1795 and 1799 from booksellers in Albany, Philadelphia, and London, this library marks one of the first times that an American educational institution actively collected a library, as compared to earlier institutional collections, which were mostly accumulated by donation. This distinction is vitally important in understanding the content of Union’s library. The men responsible for its creation sought current books of immediate educational and practical relevance to the students and faculty; Union’s library, quite intentionally, looks much different from its colonial predecessors and even from most of its early national contemporaries.

The source records for this catalogue include minutes of Union College trustee meetings, correspondence between Union's first president and Philadelphia bookseller William Young, invoices and packing lists, and a manuscript catalogue of the library made in 1799.

In June 1933, 167 volumes from the original library were collected by Codman Hislop, and further titles were identified in the 1960s. In 1998, Union librarian T.G. McFadden began a concerted effort to identify additional titles, and to begin the recreation of the library by purchasing copies of titles which had been lost from the original collection. That effort continues, and currently just 52 titles remain to be added.

Union's first library is the subject of Jeremy Dibbell's "'A Library of the Most Celebrated & Approved Authors': The First Purchase Collection of Union College, An Introduction and Bibliographic Catalogue" (Masters' Thesis, Simmons College, 2007 - electronic version), which was published in part in the November 2008 issue of Libraries & the Cultural Record. The bibliographic data included in the original catalogue is now being enhanced and augmented using LibraryThing (the online records here should be considered more up-to-date than the 2007 version).

If you have additional information about Union's first library, or any questions/comments/concerns/&c., please contact Jeremy Dibbell.

Om mit bibliotekCollections: The collections used here are intended to show the sources of the books in the first library, their presence in the 1799 Catalogue, and whether the current copy is original or a replacement (or if a replacement copy is still sought). You'll notice some overlaps or areas of non-overlap; certain books that were ordered didn't arrive, while others arrived that weren't ordered.

Tags: The tags used are the subject headings in the first catalogue of the library, made on 30 October 1799: History, Agriculture, Divinity, Nat. Philosophy & Mathematics, Travles & Voyages, Biography, Law, Novels, Miscellanies, and Essays Poetry Morals &c..

Again here you may notice some oddities: why is John Bruce's Elements of the science of ethics, on the principles of natural philosophy listed under Divinity, for example? In cases where the title does not appear in the 1799 Catalogue, tags have been added as appropriate.

Bibliographic Data: In the Comments field for each title you'll find a wealth of data, including the "First Purchase" number, information on the format and binding of the volume(s), the original source of the title and provenance of the current copy, notes on original prices, how the title appears in the various records, and any marginalia or other evidence of readership found in the original volumes. References to ESTC and information on other editions of the work are also included.

A note on abbreviations: TM refers to the Union College Trustees' Minutes; FP is "First Purchase."

Evidence of Readership: More than two thirds of the original copies contain some marks left by generations of Union College students, from small tick marks, underlining, signatures, corrections, textual commentaries, manicules, doodles and drawings, mathematical exercises, ribaldry, and even a poetic denunciation of Shakespeare for the tragic end of Romeo and Juliet. Full notes on these are included in the Comments field for each work; there are also selected images in the photo gallery.

GrupperLibraries of Early America

FødenavnUnion College

StedSchenectady, NY

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