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The Pioneer Americanists: Early Collectors, Dealers, and Bibliographers
The Pioneer Americanists: Early Collectors, Dealers, and Bibliographers

Edited by Brian Leigh Dunnigan, J. Kevin Graffagnino, Jayne Ptolemy, Terese M. Austin. University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library/ Oak Knoll Press, 2017 (Hardcover, 230 pages).

The Pioneer Americanists is a captivating look at the lives and careers of eight generations of outstanding Americanists prior to 1900. Here are autobiographical and contemporary biographical sketches of White Kennett, Isaiah Thomas, James Lenox, Joseph Sabin, John Carter Brown, Lyman Copeland Draper, George Brinley, Jr., and the other noteworthy specialists who created and nurtured the Americana field from the late seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. Illustrations from the remarkable collections of the William L. Clements Library and other leading institutional archives complement the texts to provide a panoramic window on the early story of Americana appreciation, collecting, and description. Anyone with a professional or avocational interest in antiquarian Americana will find The Pioneer Americanists a fascinating treasury of information, enlightenment, and inspiration.

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