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1 MAP: A New Chart of the Vast Atlantic Ocean Exhibiting the Seat of War Both in Europe and America 1755

Black and white map, printed on 18" x 24" paper., Reproduction map of original
Originally produced by Emmanuel Bowen about 1755, our reprint is a fascinating example of 18th century mapmaking. Centered on the Atlantic Ocean, the map shows the eastern coast of North America, from New France to the West Indies. Western Europe and West Africa are also depicted from Ireland to the Slave Coast. Early settlements in North America are identified as well as the usual shipping routes from the Old World to the New. For those interested in pre-Revolutionary America and the early migration routes from Europe this map will be most helpful.
Price: 7.95 USD



2 MAP: British North America: 1777

Black and white map, printed on 18" x 24" paper., Reproduction map of original
Entitled "The British Colonies in North America", this map was originally published in 1777 in London by William Faden for inclusion in his North American Atlas. Showing the continent from present-day Canada to Florida and as far west as present day Texas and the Plains States, this map locates Indian nations, British colonies, early settlements and natural features such as mountains and rivers. The province of Quebec extends well into the upper Mississippi Valley. A fascinating cartographic portrait of the continent at the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
Price: 7.95 USD

Through Colonial Doorways, Anne Hollingsworth Wharton

3 Through Colonial Doorways
Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
(1893), 2005, 5½x8½, paper, indices, 248 pp, Heritage Books
The author invites the reader to enter "through the broad doorways of some Colonial homes into the hospitable life within" in order to gain insight into the social and domestic life of Colonial days revealed by correspondence, journal entries, and anecdotes. Numerous brief excerpts from letters and diaries enliven these pages, and every page is generously peppered with names and vivid detail. Glimpse the festivities of the Meschianza; drop in at New York balls and receptions; or join Dr. Franklin's American Philosophical Society whose object was to bring into correspondence all scientists, philosophers and inventors from this country and Europe. "Prominent among the portraits of early officers is an interesting picture of Thomas Jefferson, who was third president of the Philosophical Society, as well as of the United States." Mingle with Philadelphia society at the exclusive Wistar Parties, or visit the Philadelphia Dancing Assemblies. "Some of the old names run down the Assembly list through all the years to our own time, as Chew, Shippen, M'Call, Hopkinson, McIlvaine, White, Barclay, Cadwalader, Coxe, Lardner, and many more, while others have quite disappeared from Philadelphia society." Finally, sneak a peak at a few old love letters, including some tender words from William Penn and Rev. Elias Keach. Illustrated chapter headings and closings add considerable charm to this volume, and a fullname plus subject index augments its value to researchers.
Price: 24.00 USD

The American Family in the Colonial Period, Arthur W. Calhoun

4 The American Family in the Colonial Period
Arthur W. Calhoun
352 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/2, paperback, Dover Publications
"... profound sociological study."--American Economic Review
The result of years of research, analysis, and thought
The most complete, fundamental, and authoritative treatment of the subject--a classic
First published in the early twentieth century, this book contributed significantly to an understanding of the forces at work in the evolution of family institutions in the United States. The first of a three-volume series, the text describes the American family as a product primarily of European folkways, economic transition to modern capitalism, and its distinctive environment--a virgin continent. Exhaustive in its use of primary and secondary sources, The American Family in the Colonial Period will be invaluable to students of early American history and of interest to all who enjoy reading about America's past and its early settlers. Unabridged republication of A Social History of the American Family: Vol. 1: Colonial Period, originally published by The Arthur H. Clark Company, Cleveland, Ohio, 1917
Price: 16.95 USD



5 Woman’s Life in Colonial Days
Carl Holliday
319 pages, 8 1/4 x 11, paperback, Dover Publications
What was life like for women in the American colonies? This classic study suggests that, in spite of hardships, many colonial women led rich, fulfilling lives. Drawing on letters, diaries and contemporary accounts, the author thoroughly depicts the lives of women in the New England and Southern colonies. Thoughtfully written, well-documented account.
Price: 11.95 USD

Down and Out in Early America, edited by Billy G. Smith.

6 Down and Out in Early America
edited by Billy G. Smith.
327 pages, 6 x 9 1/4, maps, paperback, Pennsylvania State University Press
It has often been said that early America was the "best poor man's country in the world." After all, wasn't there an abundance of land and a scarcity of laborers? The law of supply and demand would seem to dictate that most early American working people enjoyed high wages and a decent material standard of living. Down and Out in Early America presents the evidence for poverty versus plenty and concludes that financial insecurity was a widespread problem that plagued many early Americans.
The fact is that in early America only an extremely thin margin separated those who required assistance from those who were able to secure independently the necessities of life. The reasons for this were many: seasonal and cyclical unemployment, inadequate wages, health problems (including mental illness), alcoholism, a large pool of migrants, low pay for women, abandoned families. The situation was made worse by the inability of many communities to provide help for the poor except to incarcerate them in workhouses and almshouses. The essays in this volume explore the lives and strategies of people who struggled with destitution, evaluate the changing forms of poor relief, and examine the political, religious, gender, and racial aspects of poverty in early North America.
Down and Out in Early America features a distinguished lineup of historians. In the first chapter, Gary B. Nash surveys the scholarship on poverty in early America and concludes that historians have failed to appreciate the numerous factors that generated widespread indigence. Philip D. Morgan examines poverty among slaves while Jean R. Soderlund looks at the experience of Native Americans in New Jersey. In the other essays, Monique Bourque, Ruth Wallis Herndon, Tom Humphrey, Susan E. Klepp, John E. Murray, Simon Newman, J. Richard Olivas, and Karin Wulf look at the conditions of poverty across regions, making this the most complete and comprehensive work of its kind.

About Author
Billy G. Smith is Professor of History at Montana State University. He has edited two Penn State Press books: The Infortunate: The Voyages and Adventures of William Moraley, an Indentured Servant (with Susan Klepp; 1992) and Life in Early Philadelphia: Documents from the Revolutionary and Early National Periods (1995).

"Billy Smith brings together an impressive group of scholars who examine poverty in a wide range of settings. The resulting essays are remarkable not only for their inclusiveness but also for the way they give a truly human face to the poor. Down and Out in Early America is an important contribution to the scholarship on early America." —John K. Alexander, University of Cincinnati
Price: 27.00 USD



7 Colonial Living
Edwin Tunis
160 pages, 143 pages w/ art, paperback, Johns Hopkins University Press
Colonial Living is EdwinTunis's a vigorous re-creation of 17th- and 18th-century America--of the everyday living of those sturdy men and women who carved a way of life out of the wilderness. In lively text and accurate drawings we see the dugouts and wigwams of New England's first settlers and the houses they learned to build against the cruel winters; the snug Dutch and Flemish farmhouses of Nieuw Amsterdam; the homes of the early planters in the South which would one day be kitchens for the houses they dreamed of building when tobacco had made them rich.
Long research and love for his subject gave Tunis an intimate knowledge of the details of daily living in colonial times, from the period of tiny coastal settlements to the flourishing, interdependent colonies which fought a major war for independence. He shares all with his reader--the building of houses, with their trunnels, girts, and hand-hewn beams, the spinning of yarn and its weaving and dyeing, the making of candles and soap, and the intricate business of cooking on the open hearth with lug poles, cranes, bake kettles, and spits. He describes the early crops, and pictures the implements and animals used to produce them; in detailed pictures we see again the tools and products of the craftsmen--the blacksmith, the cooper, the miller, the joiner, and the silversmith.
Edwin Tunis has brought the significant past to life with consummate skill. Rich in enjoyment, rich in information, with more than 200 drawings, his book is a warm, lively, and authentic panorama of a lost way of life.

About Author
Edwin Tunis was a well-known artist, illustrator, and muralist. His work has appeared at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Society of American Etchers, National Academy of Design, and Victoria and Albert Museum. Colonial Living won the 1958 Thomas Alva Edison Foundation Children's Book Award. His other books include Colonial Craftsmen and Weapons, are also available in paperback from Johns Hopkins.

"A book that anyone would pick up and pursue for enjoyment, this is also a volume that no American school should be without."--Wisconsin Library Journal"
Price: 21.95 USD

Some Cursory Remarks Made by James Birket in His Voyage to North America, 1750-1751, James Birket

8 Some Cursory Remarks Made by James Birket in His Voyage to North America, 1750-1751
James Birket
(1916) reprint, paper, index, 78 pp, Heritage Books
Little is known about the author other than what can be gleaned from this journal. He communicated with merchants of the mainland American colonies, and probably acted as correspondent and factor for them in their commercial dealings with residents of the island of Antigua in the Caribbean. His observations show the mercantile bent of his mind and contain information that is not easy to obtain elsewhere. Birket notes the weather, as was typical of diarists of the time, but he is also a keen observer of the environment: “I observed a flock of Gray Plover which came close by the Ship and Seamd to fly directly to the So Et we being then in the Lato of Bermudas and abt 2 [degrees] to the westward of it.” He identifies ships and people, describes buildings and navigable rivers, and comments on business: “The exports of this province are Chiefly Lumber, as Boards, Plank, Joists, Staves, Shingles &C…. Their present Price Currt Seems to be for Boards Plank & Joists 16 @ 18 [pounds] pms….” He not only recounts the facts as he sees them but also ventures his opinion on occasion: “The trade of Boston Seems to be upon the decline in my Opinion….” This volume provides a brief but informative and fascinating look at nearly one year’s time in the life of an intelligent, informed, and observant man of the mid-eighteenth century.
Price: 13.50 USD

The Cultural Life of the American Colonies, Louis B. Wright

9 The Cultural Life of the American Colonies
Louis B. Wright
320 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/2, paperback, Dover Publications
A sweeping survey of 150 years of colonial history (1607-1763), this volume offers authoritative, perceptive views on developments in religion, literature, education, and social thought. Written with wit and panache by a brilliant scholar and specialist in the colonial era, it covers such topics as the colonies' agrarian society and leadership; influence of non-English elements; variety of religions and zeal for education; reading habits and the desire for learning; literary production in the North and South; drama, music, and other diversions; architecture and the decorative arts; scientific interests and observations; and much more. Unabridged republication of a Harper & Row paperback reprint of their original 1957 edition. 33 black-and-white illustrations.
Price: 15.95 USD

The Germans in Colonial Times, Lucy Forney Bittinger

10 The Germans in Colonial Times
Lucy Forney Bittinger
(1901), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 312 pp, Heritage Books
This excellent book gives a fine presentation of German history in America down through the American Revolution. Chapter headings include: Conditions in Germany which led to Emigration; Germantown; The Labadists in Maryland; The Woman in the Wilderness; German Valley, New Jersey; Kocherthal's Colony; The Great Exodus of the Palatines; Pequae and the Mennonites; The Dunkers and Ephrata; The Schwenkfelder and Christopher Dock; The Progress of Settlement in the Valley of Virginia and Maryland; The Germans in South Carolina; German Colonization in New England; The Salzburgers in Georgia and the Pennsylvania Germans in North Carolina; The German Press; The Moravians; Conrad Weiser and the Frontier Wars; The "Royal American" Regiment; The Redemptioners; The Germans as Pioneers; The Germans in the Revolution; and more.
Price: 25.50 USD

The American Colonies: From Settlement to Independence, R. C. Simmons

11 The American Colonies: From Settlement to Independence
R. C. Simmons
438 pages, 5 x 7 1/2, paperback, W. W. Norton

About Author
R.C. Simmons is Professor of American History at the University of Birmingham, England.

"An extraordinarily judicious and intelligent synthesis of a vast literature." —Jack P. Greene

"The American Colonies brings the burgeoning scholarship on early America under control and provides students with a graceful, rigorous introduction to American colonial history." —Robert M. Calhoon, Journal of American History

"A considerable achievement which must be approached with respect and even awe. . . . The writing is lively, the narrative line propelling, the organization balanced." —J. M. Bumstead, William and Mary Quarterly

"All praise must be given to Dr. Simmons for the success with which he has surmounted [the problems of selection and compression] without losing the qualities of clarity and readability . . . [he] skillfully deploys essential information on one important facet after another—imperial policy, internal political development, constitutional tradition, culture and religious experience, the impact of war, economic growth and social circumstance—with a careful concern for the strategic importance of the material for his general theme." —Ian R. Christie, English Historical Review

"This is a very good book—very learned, intelligent, and sensible." —John Shy, University of Michigan
Price: 14.95 USD


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