New Supplements to Early American Imprints from Library Company of Philadelphia

August 26, 2010 – 7:32 pm

Recently the Mason University Libraries added new supplements to the Early American Imprints Collections from Readex. (See announcement from Readex.)
These collections are supplements to the Evans and Shaw-Shoemaker and add nearly 2,000 additional titles to this indispensable collection. Mason users may access the combined holdings from the Libraries database page under the title America’s Historical Imprints.

The collection is based on Charles Evans’ American Bibliography and contains the full text of all known existing books, pamphlets, and broadsides printed in the United States (or British American colonies prior to Independence) from 1639 through 1800. It reproduces every nonserial item listed in Evans and an additional 1100 titles from Bristol’s supplement to Evans. Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819 provides a comprehensive set of American books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the early part of the 19th century. It is based on the noted “American Bibliography, 1801-1819″ by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker. With more than four million pages from over 36,000 items—including 1,000 catalogued new items unavailable in previous microform editions.

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