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Kennett, White, 1660–1728

Bibliothecae Americanae primordia : an attempt towards laying the foundation of an American library, in several books, papers, and writings, humbly given to the Society for Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts for the perpetual use and benefit of their members, their missionaries, friends, correspondents, and others concern'd in the good design of planting and promoting Christianity within Her Majesties colonies and plantations in the West-Indies / by a member of the said Society.

Additional Title(s):

Attempt towards laying the foundation of an American library

London : Printed for J. Churchill, at the Black Swan in Pater-Noster-Row, 1713 [i.e. 1714].
Physical Description:
[2], iii, [1], xvi, 3-132,125-275, [225] p. ; 22 cm. (4to)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Z1203 .K46 1714
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
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BEIN 111 So29 1713k: Signature 2K duplicated. Forms part of the Benjamin Franklin Collection.
The entries are arranged chronologically by date of publication; "extracts" from Purchas and Hakluyt are entered under date of voyage described.
The greater part of the library has been lost. "The remnant, now carefully guarded, consist of about 300 volumes, chiefly historical, theological, and polemical works." -- Classified digest of the records of the S. P. G. London, 1873. p. 816.
Dedication signed: White Kennett.
The preface signed: Robert Watts, and dated Nov. 1, 1714.
The earliest published bibliography devoted exclusively to Americana. Cf. Sowerby.
Only 250 copies printed.
"Advertisement," "Auctarium Bibliothecæ americanæ. An addition of some other books and papers humbly given to the Society ..." and "Index," by Robert Watts.
Signatures: pi1 *² a-d² [A]1 B-6M².
Paging irregular: no. 125-132 (sig. Ll-Mm) repeated. Index (pages not numbered) sig. Cccc-Mmmmmm in twos.
Library of Congress. Catalogue of the library of Thomas Jefferson, 472
English short title catalogue, T132811
Advertisement and Dedication are bound in either order. Cf. ESTC.
Text and register are continuous despite errors in pagination.
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in contemporary calf. Armorial bookplate: Magens Dorrien Magens Esqr.
Subject Terms:
America -- Bibliography.
Magens, Magens Dorrien, former owner.
Rare books -- England -- Bibliography -- Catalogs -- Early works to 1800.
Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (Great Britain) -- Library.
Library catalogs.
Armorial Bookplates (Provenance)
Churchill, John, active 1690-1714, publisher.
Benjamin Franklin Collection (Yale University. Library)
Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (Great Britain)

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