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Library Co. of Phila.
China On Our Shelves: An Exhibition of Books about China acquired by the Library Company of Philadelphia mostly before and during the Heyday of the American China Trade, 1784-1840
by Edwin Wolf 2nd, curator.
The exhibition was intended to be a complement to the Philadelphia Museum of Art's "Philadelphians and the China Trade, 1784-1844." It provides an intellectual base to a display of artifacts. The books represent a desire for information, what Franklin and his friends spoke of as "useful knowledge." It may well be that this information helped the trade. Many of Philadelphia's China traders were members of the Library Company, among them Robert Walk, a long-time Director, Stephen Girard, Nathan Dunn, Charles N. Bancker, Thomas Cope, and Mordecai Lewis. (Philadelphia: The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1984.)
Legacies of Genius: A Celebration of Philadelphia Libraries
Chess Collection of George Allen
Made in America: Printmaking, 1760-1860
Bibliothesauri: or, Jewels from the Shelves of the Library Company of Philadelphia.
Naturally Fond of Pictures: American Illustration of the 1840s and 1850s
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