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[Vernacular Manuscript Library Catalogue]
Manuscript Inventory of a late-19th century Library containing approximately 800 volumes, mainly dating from the 1850s to the 1870s
Alabama (?), 1870. Very Good. Small 4to (245 x 190 mm). 26 pp. of manuscript entries on lined paper, bound with brads along the top edge (worn). Evidence of what may have been a cover sheet at front and back. Overall toning and soiling. Preserved in a lig-free phase box. Postbellum manuscript catalogue of a private library located in the American South, likely Alabama. Vernacular library catalogues such as this one provide incredible insight into what people were actually reading. Our manuscript provides a glimpse into an as-yet unidentified collection in which were contained a wide variety of genres and subjects beyond those influenced by contemporary events (e.g. works on Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee). The library contained three bookcases, numbered 1-3; the catalogue is well arranged according to Subject, and records the literary genres contained within each bookcase. Bookcase no. 1 contains works of fiction (Dickens, Thackery, Twain, Jules Verne, etc.), memoirs and biographies, classics, works and writings, history and travels, poems, and miscellaneous titles. Bookcase no. 2 contains much of the same, though adding more novels, memoirs, and some humerous works, as well as some books on religion. Bookcase no. 3 adds more travel, history, and memoirs while also adding scientific works, farmers' books, and books in politics, medicine, and housewifery. Most of the works were published between the 1850s and mid-1870s. The last numbered entry is "797." It would appear that the collection contained 797 volumes, not titles. Provenance: Acquired from the estate of Belzo … [Click Below for Full Description]
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