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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.
Risky Business: Winning and Losing in the Early American Economy, 1780-1850: Catalogue of an Exhibition Drawn from the Collections of The Library Company of Philadelphia
Poor Richard’s Books: An Exhibition of Books Owned by Benjamin Franklin Now on the Shelves of the Library Company of Philadelphia
Bibliothesauri: or, Jewels from the Shelves of the Library Company of Philadelphia.
Negro History, 1553-1903: An Exhibition of Books, Prints, and Manuscripts
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