Notable Titles from
Early American Imprints, Series I: Supplement from the American Antiquarian Society, 1652-1800

Books & Pamphlets:

Crisp, Stephen, 1628-1692. A short history of a long travel; from Babylon to Bethel. Written in the ninth month, 1691. 10th ed. Philadelphia, 1754.

Volunteer in the said expedition. A genuine account of the late grand expedition to the coast of France, under the conduct of the Admirals Hawke, Knowles, and Broderick, General Mordaunt, &c. To which is added, several humorous songs, epigrams, &c. wrote on the mock-expedition, French-fright, &c. 5th ed. New York, 1758.

Forrester, James, -1765. The polite philosopher: or, An essay on that art, which makes a man happy in himself, and agreeable to others. Boston, 1762.

Dayton, Ebenezer. A serious poem on various subjects, written for the perusal of children. 2nd ed. [Newport, RI?], 1769.

Occom, Samson, 1723-1792. A sermon, preached at the execution of Moses Paul, an Indian, who was executed at New-Haven, on the 2d of September, 1772, for the murder of Mr. Moses Cook, late of Waterbury, on the 7th of December, 1771. Preached at the desire of said Paul. Boston, 1773. Variant ed. “printed and sold by John Boyles in Marlborough-Street.”

A Melancholy narrative of the late unhappy Samuel Brand, who was executed at Lancaster, in the province of Pennsylvania, on the 18th day of December, 1773. For the barbarous and inhuman murder, of his only brother. Containing a succinct account of his person, parentage, principles and temper:--Interspersed with some interesting reflections, moral and religious. Translated from the German. Lancaster, 1774. [AAS copy lacks p. 7-10, but is the only recorded copy of the only English language edition of this title.]

Wesley, John, 1703-1791. Thoughts upon slavery. Philadelphia, 1784.

O'Keeffe, John, 1747-1833. The poor soldier, a comic opera, in two acts, with the words, songs, duets, &c. as performed with universal applause at the theatre, New-York. New York, [1787?].

The Miscellany. Containing, among other matters of entertainment, some extraordinary stories of great men; in which are displayed the various capacities, virtues and vices of the human mind. Boston, 1788. [AAS copy lacks all after p. 24, but is the only recorded copy of this title.]

Brown, John, 1735-1788. The elements of medicine; or, A translation of the Elementa medicinae Brunonis. : With large notes, illustrations, and comments. Vol. I[-II]. Philadelphia, 1791. Imprint variant: “Printed by William Spotswood.”

Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820. Adventures of Colonel Daniel Boon, one of the original settlers of Kentucky; containing the wars with the Indians on the Ohio, from 1769 to the present time, and the first establishment and progress of the settlements on that river. Windsor, Vt., 1793.

United States. Treaties between the United States & Great-Britain (with the accompanying documents) and the United States & France. To which is added, a copy of the United States' Federal Constitution. West Springfield, Mass., 1795.

Chetwood, W. R. (William Rufus), -1766. The voyages and adventures of Captain Robert Boyle, in several parts of the world. Intermixed with the story of Mrs. Villars, an English lady, with whom he made his surprising escape from Barbary. Likewise including the history of an Italian captive, and the life of Don Pedro Aquilio, &c. Describing various and amazing turns of fortune. New York, 1796. [A few pages mutilated and AAS copy lacks all after p. 254.]


The Gosport tragedy, or The perjured ship-carpenter: Tune, Peggy's gone over sea, 1776-1805.

A poem, descriptive of the terrible fire, which made such shocking devastation in Boston, on Friday evening…, Boston, 1787. 

The last words & dying speeches of John Bly & Charles Rose who were executed at Lenox, in the county of Berkshire, 1788 (Shay’s Rebellion).


W. McMurray. The United States according to the definitive treaty of peace signed at Paris, 1784.

E. Ruggles, Map of the world drawn from the latest discoveries and best authorities, 1788.

Sheet Music:

The Ladies patriotic song, 1798.

The moment was sad Erin go Bragh and Ellen O'Moore, 1800.


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