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Books contributed by the Boston Public Library. Established in 1848 by an act of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large free municipal library in the United States. In 1839, French ventriloquist M. Nicholas Marie Alexandre Vattemare became the original advocate for a public library in Boston when he proposed the idea of a book and prints exchange between American and French libraries. The Mayor of the City of Boston, Josiah Quincy, Jr., ...



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Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
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The Interlibrary Loan Department at the Boston Public Library serves as headquarters for interlibrary loan activity in the Boston Regional Library System. The Department receives requests from the six regional libraries in Massachusetts. These libraries send requests on behalf of their member libraries. These libraries send in requests for books and journal articles. They also can send reference and subject requests. The staff of the Interlibrary Loan Department searches for these requests in...
Topic: BPL Interlibrary Loan
Boston Public Library Anti-Slavery Collection
Boston Public Library Anti-Slavery Collection
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1.6M
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Anti-Slavery collection (approximately 40,000 pieces). In the late 1890's, the family of William Lloyd Garrison, along with others closely involved in the anti-slavery movement, presented the library with a major gathering of correspondence, documents, and other original material relating to the abolitionist cause from 1832 until after the Civil War. The major holdings consist of the papers of William Lloyd Garrison, Maria Weston Chapman and Deborah Weston, Lydia Maria Child, Amos Augustus...
Topics: Anti Slavery, William Lloyd Garrison, Abolition
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The Thomas Pennant Barton Collection is acknowledged as one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in a public institution focusing on the writings of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The collection was the first in the United States to include the first four folios of the collected works of William Shakespeare, as well as some 45 early quarto editions of individual plays, many published during Shakespeare’s lifetime. As the preeminent Shakespeare collection from...
Topics: shakespeare, Thomas Pennant Barton, Boston Public Library
Incunabula
Incunabula
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The BPL’s incunabula collection embodies the varied output of the 15th-century European printing press. As of February, 2020, the collection is comprised of 583 physical items printed during the 15th century, the majority of which are books (issued either individually or as parts of multi-volume sets). The collection also contains a small number of single-sheet publications, blockbooks, and fragments of books that merit individual cataloging. In total, there are 555 discrete 15th-century...
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
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354
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318,388
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The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center   at the Boston Public Library cares for more than a quarter million cartographic and geographic objects, ranging from the fifteenth century to the present, with a global scope and a focus on Boston and New England. Created in 2004 as a private-public partnership between the philanthropist Norman B. Leventhal and the Boston Public Library, the LMEC is located in the McKim Building at the BPL ’ s Central Library in Copley Square. The LMEC features a...
Early English Playbooks, 1594-1799
Early English Playbooks, 1594-1799
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154,761
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Comprised chiefly of individual editions of English stage plays issued between 1594 and 1799, the Boston Public Library's collection of early English playbooks is extensive and diverse. Numbering well over 1,500 items, the collection also includes masques, pageants, and other dramatic entertainments. Critical funding to support long-term preservation of and enhanced public access to Boston Public Library collections, including this one, was provided by the Associates of the Boston Public...
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This collection provides access to materials published by the Boston Public Library, critical administrative records of the library, and collection documentation, including printed finding aids, card catalogs, procedural guidelines, etc.
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The Houghton Mifflin Company Trade Book Archival Collection is comprised of Trade Division materials that were originally kept in the Park Street building, which the company occupied from 1880 to 1994, before being donated to the Boston Public Library. The company’s editors used this collection as their working library. The collection includes adult and juvenile titles as well as reference materials, audio, and kits from Houghton Mifflin, Clarion, and other Houghton Mifflin Harcourt imprints.
Boston Public Library Cookbook Collection
Boston Public Library Cookbook Collection
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226,081
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Material for this collection has been contributed by the Boston Public Library.
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The Boston Public Library has an extensive collection of original manuscripts from the American Revolutionary War era. The letters and documents were drafted by John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, James Otis, Joseph Warren, George Washington and other important Revolutionary War figures. The materials are mostly of American origin, but also include British, European, and West Indian sources. Some of the topics covered include the war’s political origins, the unfolding of military and...
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The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese literature is a 10,000-volume collection that covers many aspects of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American literature and history, including books on art, science, law, and theology. As a collection, the Ticknor Collection is remarkable for its completeness in all that pertains to Spanish literature and belles lettres. Many of these volumes are first editions and handwritten manuscripts that are exceedingly rare. The materials are primarily in...
City of Boston Tax records, 1780 through 1821
City of Boston Tax records, 1780 through 1821
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Covering the years 1780 through 1821, this collection of Boston tax records is organized by year and ward. Beginning in 1802, the records for each year are generally divided into three main categories: taking books, tax books, and transfer books. Taking books (referred to as “valuation books” beginning in 1818) follow the order of the tax assessors' progress through each ward, street-by-street, and record names of individual residents or businesses, assessed values of realty and personalty,...
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The plates are mounted chrome-lithographs, each preceded by leaf with descriptive letterpress
Topics: Nares, George S. (George Strong), 1831-1915, Alert (Ship), Discovery (Ship)
Source: folio
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Arango MejiÌa, Gabriel; Arango Mejía, Gabriel, 1872-1958, author
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2 volumes ; 24 cm
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Colombia -- Antioquia (Department), Registers of births, etc. --...
Defoe & Defoeana
Defoe & Defoeana
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Defoe & Defoeana The William P. Trent Collection of Defoe and Defoeana is one of the most comprehensive collections of Daniel Defoe and his contemporaries. In addition to writing some of the first English novels, Defoe was a prolific political pamphleteer and is considered by many to be a founder of modern journalism. The nucleus of this 30,000-volume collection is a set of first editions of Defoe’s works, bound in 77 volumes and formerly owned by Henry Labouchère. There are hundreds of...
OCLC number: ocm07014379
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Topic: Drawing
Philip Hale Scrapbook Collection
Philip Hale Scrapbook Collection
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The Philip Hale scrapbooks contain letters and programs, along with clippings with reviews and criticisms written by Hale and others, all compiled by Hale. There are 60 volumes organized by year, as well as two separate index volumes.
Book of Common Prayer
Book of Common Prayer
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The Benton Collection of Editions of the Book of Common Prayer was bequeathed by Josiah H. Benton in 1919. Benton was a trustee of the Boston Public Library from 1894 until his death on February 6, 1917, and served for many years as President of the Trustees of the Library. He bestowed much of his fortune to purchase books of “permanent value and authority, desirable for scholarly research and use,” and an equal amount of money for additions and improvement to the Library building. In...
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These Catholic directories provide information about the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, including names, addresses, and telephone numbers.
US Government Documents
by Parks, Roger N; Hall, David D; Taylor, Alan, 1955-; Committee for a New England Bibliography
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topic: Union catalogs
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Boston Public Library
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OCLC number: ocm07397140
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Topic: Yoruba (African people)
Boston Public Library Booklists
Boston Public Library Booklists
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A collection of book lists created and curated by Boston Public Library Librarians. It includes: Black Is... (1973-), published in observance of Black History Month and featuring books concerning the African American experience; Latinx Life (2003-), published in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month and featuring books concerning the Latinx experience; We Are Pride (2017-), published in observance of Pride Month and featuring books concerning the diverse experiences of the LGBTQ+...
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Stumpp, Karl; Stumpp, Karl, author
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1,018 pages : 25 cm
Topics: Germans -- Soviet Union, Germany -- Emigration and immigration -- 18th century -- 19th century,...
The Improper Bostonian
The Improper Bostonian
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The Improper Bostonian was a glossy lifestyle magazine first published in August 1991 "highlighting the people and places that make Boston a world-class city." After 28 years, publisher Wendy Semonian Eppich announced that the magazine ceased publication effective April 25, 2019. The magazine came out bi-weekly and reported on the area trends in a young and entertaining way. The magazine was a staple in Greater Boston, distributed free at kiosks within city limits, and available via a...
The John Adams Library at the Boston Public Library
by Guicciardini, Francesco, 1483-1540; Adams, John, 1735-1826, former owner. MB (BRL); John Adams Library (Boston Public Library) MB (BRL)
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"The life of Francesco Guicciardini, taken chiefly from Signior Domenico Manni of Florence": v. 1, p. i-xxxii
Topic: Italy -- History -- 1492-1559
''Book reference list'':p. [192-193]
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Topics: Printing, Book ornamentation, Decoration and ornament
Early English Printers
Early English Printers
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The Boston Public Library holds a significant collection of books from the earliest years of English printing, including works from the presses of William Caxton, Richard Pynson, Wynkyn De Worde, and others.
Boston Public Library
by Pigafetta, Antonio, ca. 1480/91-ca. 1534. Primo viaggio intorno al globo terraqueo. English; Stanley, Henry Edward John Stanley, Baron, 1827-1903
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Topics: Magalhães, Fernão de, d. 1521, Voyages around the world
Source: bplgrhum
Boston Public Library
by United States. War Dept
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270 p. :
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Topics: Cookery, Military, cbk
"List of works consulted": v. 1, p. [iii]-iv
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Topics: Antigua -- Genealogy, Antigua -- History
Source: bplill
[4] p., 130 leaves of plates : 37 cm
Topics: Monograms, Initials
691, [7] p. 27 cm
Topics: Boone family, Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820
Boston Public Library
by Boston Public Library
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Title from cover
Topics: Boston Public Library, Bibliography, Classified catalogs, Catalogs
Boston Public Library
by Caslon, William, 1754-1833
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Issued with: 'A specimen of cast ornaments', London, 1798
Topic: Printing
Boston Public Library
by Boston Public Library
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Title from cover
Topics: Boston Public Library, Bibliography, Classified catalogs, Catalogs
414 p. 23 cm
Topics: Chapman family, Chapman, Robert, 1616-1687, Chapman, William, d. 1699, Chapman, Edward, d. 1675,...
Boston Public Library Manuscript Catalog
Boston Public Library Manuscript Catalog
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This collection contains scans of the manuscript main entry catalog for the Boston Public Library Rare Books & Manuscripts Department. The main entry catalog is the best place to search for manuscripts. It contains approximately 130,000 cards, filed in alphabetical order by author name. Where no author is known, cards are filed alphabetically by title. Manuscripts related to certain special subjects, like “abolitionism,” or “music” are filed under author's name, as well as subject....
Boston Public Library
by Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles, 1871-1928
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Photocopy
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Topic: Heraldry -- Great Britain
Index: p. 227-235
Topic: Wright family
540 p. 24 cm
Topics: Carr family, Carr, William, 1597-1672
Boston Public Library
by Jacobson & Company
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On cover: Architectural and decorative ornaments
Topics: Plaster, Decoration and ornament, Architectural
Source: BPL_scan_for_me
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
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Translation of: L'âme humaine
Topics: Soul, Aura
Source: bplill
305 p. 19 cm
Topics: Cycling, Bicycles
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US Government Documents
by United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities; Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
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Vol. 3-6 lack subtitle
Topics: Intelligence service, Civil rights
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Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts
Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts
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The major part of this distinguished collection is comprised of religious and devotional texts, but there are also a number of secular and scientific titles. Many are superbly illuminated with exquisite miniatures illustrating the codices and single leaves. Some noteworthy volumes include a 10th-century Lectionary from the Benedictine Abbey of St. Allyre in Clermont, the earliest codex in New England; a Spanish Psalter consisting of 14 miniatures on vellum by Simon Bening, the most famous...
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Camden, William, 1551-1623; Philipot, John, 1589?-1645; Hovenden, Robert, 1830-1908; Harleian Society
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Includes index
Topics: Visitations, Heraldic, Heraldry
Boston Public Library
by Babcock, Stephen, 1832-1916, comp
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xxx, 640 p. 24 cm
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Topics: Babcock family, Babcock, James, 1612?-1679
Boston Public Library
by Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles, 1871-1928
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Title in red and black
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Topic: Heraldry
Source: Gen Ref
Boston Public Library
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Preface signed: Joseph S. Harris
Topic: Smith family
Boston Public Library
by Joyce, James, 1882-1941; Rodker, John, 1894-1955, publisher; Darantière, Maurice, printer; Egoist Press, publisher
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"This edition is limited to 2000 copies on handmade paper numbered from 1 to 2000"--Prelim. p. [9]
Topics: City and town life, Married people, Jewish men, Artists
Attribution to Defoe is based on internal textual relationship to his works of proven authorship together with supporting external evidence. Cf. J.H. Moore. Defoe in the pillory. Bloomington, Ind., 1939, p. 126-188
Topic: Pirates
Source: bplsc
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
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xvi, 236 p. ; 20 cm
Topic: Erotic literature
Source: bplill
Boston Public Library
by Baldwin, C. C. (Charles Candee), 1834-1895
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974 p. 24 cm
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Topic: Baldwin family
Boston Public Library
by Abbe, Cleveland, 1838-1916; Nichols, Mary Josephine Genung, b. 1876, joint comp
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viii, 511 p. 27 cm
Topics: Abbe, John, ca. 1613-ca. 1669, Abbey family
Boston Public Library
by Mesureur, G
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Consists of designs for embroidery on linen
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Topic: Embroidery
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Abizaid, John George, 1868-, author, translator; Abizaid, John George, 1868-, donor. MB
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"This book contains proof that the earth is flat and stationary, while the usn, moon and stars are in constant motion. Also letters howing the testimony of Scripture on the subejct."
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Topics: Geodesy, Pseudoscience
Boston Public Library
by Nesfield, John Collinson
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Includes index
Topic: English language
Includes index
Topics: Gentry, Nicholas, fl. 1709, Gentry family
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2 v. 24 cm
Topics: Brewster, William, 1566 or 7-1644, Brewster family, Allerton family
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Barrie, J. M. (James Matthew), 1860-1937; O'Connor, Daniel, 1880-1951; Woodward, Alice B., ill
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Title vignette; illustrated end-papers
Boston Public Library
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Special collection -- Munsell imprints
Topics: Albany (N.Y.) -- Genealogy, United States -- Genealogy, Columbia County (N.Y.) -- Genealogy
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Bannerman, Helen, 1862-1946; Neill, John R. (John Rea), ill
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Also includes ''The story of Topsy'' from Uncle Tom's Cabin
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Source: bplill
This, the first edition of the collected plays of William Shakespeare, is commonly known as the First Folio. Printed in London and issued in 1623 by Isaac Jaggard and Edward Blount, the First Folio contains 36 plays, 18 of which had never before appeared in print, including Macbeth, The Tempest, and Julius Caesar. Before the First Folio, a number of Shakespeare's plays had been published in various smaller formats that frequently contained significant textual divergences between editions.
"List of works consulted": v. 1, p. [iii]-iv
Topics: Antigua -- Genealogy, Antigua -- History
Source: bplill
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Willner, Robert E.; Willner, Robert E., 1929-
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xxxiii, 266 pages ; 23 cm
Topics: AIDS (Disease) -- Popular works, AIDS (Disease) -- Treatment, AIDS (Disease) -- Miscellanea
Boston Public Library
by Culbertson, Lewis R. (Lewis Rogers), b. 1867
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Blank pages for "Family records" ([468]-478)
Topics: Culbertson family, Culberson, John, fl. 1712
Source: bplsocsci
Boston Public Library
by Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles, 1871-1928
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Topic: Heraldry -- Great Britain
Boston Public Library Booklists
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Topics: Bibliography, Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973, Fantasy literature
Boston Public Library
by Briggs, Samuel, b. 1841
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xiv, 264 p. 24 cm
Topics: Briggs family, Briggs, John, fl. 1638
Boston Public Library
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810 p. 24 cm
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Topics: Bliss family, Morris, Oliver Bliss, Bliss, Sylvester, 1814-1863
US Government Documents
by United States. Adjutant General
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This register is also issued, later, in the Congressional Documents series, kept in the Special Libraries, wherin particular volumes can be found by means of the indexes and checklist kept in the Statistical Department. One copy of the latest issue is kept in the Information Office
Topic: United States. Army and Navy
Source: bplgovdocs
Boston Public Library
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Paged continuously
Topics: Phelps family, Phelps, William, 1599-1672
Boston Public Library
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180 p. 19 cm
Topic: Sandwiches
Boston Public Library
by Avery, Elroy McKendree, 1844-1935; Avery, Catherine Hitchcock Tilden, 1844-1911
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2 v. 25 cm
Topics: Avery, Christopher, 1590-1679, Avery, James, 1620?-1700, Avery family