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Library Co. of Phila.
Intellectual Heritage of the Constitution Era: The Delegates’ Library
Jack P. Greene (au); John C. Van Horne (fr)
The 55 men who came together in Phila, PA, to construct the Fed. Constitution during the summer of 1787 brought an impressive array of learning & experience to their task. Down the street from Independence Hall, the Library Co. of Phila. (LCP), already about a half-century old, contained an impressive collection of books. Except perhaps for the college libraries of Harvard & Yale, this growing & vital institution was almost certainly the largest library in English-speaking America. Around 5,000 titles were listed in its 1789 published “Catalogue.” To commemorate the Bicentennial of the Constitution, the LCP presented an exhibition of the books that are known to have been influential in framing the minds of the Framers, & it commissioned the writing of this document. Illus.
African American Miscellany: Selections from a Quarter Century of Collecting, 1870-1995: An Exhibition, February 5 through September 27, 1996
Philadelphia ReVisions: The Print Department Collects: The Library Company of Philadelphia, March 28-August 26, 1983
Made in America: Printmaking, 1760-1860
Every Man His Own Doctor: Popular Medicine in Early America
Naturally Fond of Pictures: American Illustration of the 1840s and 1850s
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