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Rare printed items from Library Company of Philadelphia enhance a venerable resource

Posted on 05/21/2010

To enrich the digital edition of Early American Imprints, Readex is offering Supplements from the Library Company of Philadelphia, a unique resource featuring newly discovered materials. These rare holdings from the Library Company form the largest collection of early American imprints to have been identified and cataloged during the last 40 years.

Spanning from 1670 to 1819, these remarkable printed items, particularly valuable for studying popular culture, offer new terrain for exploration and teaching. Available now are sample documents in such categories as Death, Captivity, Ballads, X-Rated, Entertainment, Politics and more. Faculty in English and American History departments are eagerly awaiting the pending release of the new collection: "Broadside elegies composed to honor a person suffering a tragic death, ballads sold by street hawkers, political petitions and handbills and Indian captivity narratives are among these rare materials that lead us into the lives and thoughts of ordinary Americans." — Gary B. Nash, Professor of History Emeritus and Director, National Center for History in the Schools, University of California, Los Angeles

"...this Supplement...will gain immediate attention and use by literary and cultural historians, especially those engaged in researching (the often under-studied) literatures and cultures of middling and common folk." — Philip Gould, Professor of English, Brown University "Undergraduate research in early American history just got a whole lot easier. Somewhere Ben Franklin is smiling." — John Fea, Associate Professor of American History, Messiah College.

These Supplements are available in two series, corresponding to Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans and Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker.  For more information or to request a free trial for your institution, please complete this brief form.

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