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After nearly four years' labor, in arranging and claslifying the material which had accumulated on my
hands in the course of some fifteen years of research, I am at last able to publish the following specimen of my projected “BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DicTIONARY OF Books RelATING TO AMERICA.”
Had the magnitude and extreme difficulty of the undertaking been presented to my mind in full proportions at the outset, I should never have attempted it, and indeed, I may remark, that I have more than once almost determined upon its abandonment, but a deep sense of its importance, however imperfe&ly executed, and a strong partiality for bibliographical pursuits, have stimulated me to continue my labor, until the work has attained such a degree of completeness as to justify publication, and render its final conclusion a task of comparative ease; and I now present this sheet as a fair specimen of what the work is intended to be, and respectfully invite a candid examination.
The plan I have adopted is briefly this: An alphabetical arrangement under the names of authors, and in the case of anonymous writers, under the most obvious subject or title.
In the arrangement of the Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Dutch proper names, I have followed the best authorities, but, as they differ, I have made free use of Cross References, and remark, with Plutarch,* “On the subject of names, however, the irregularity of custom, would we insist upon it, might furnish us with discourse enough.”
Anonymous works are arranged with more difficulty. The subject most obvious to one mind is obscure to another. Books having reference to a State or City have generally been placed under the name of that State or City. Colleations, Proceedings and Transactions of Societies, will be found under the name of the Society; "A Letter to the Earl of Abingdon,” will be found under Abingdon, and so on; as for the rest, they will usually be found under the first word of the title-page, particles excepted. The last volume will consist of an Index of Subjects, which will obviate some of these difficulties.
Review Notices of the more important books will be referred to, and in the case of a rare book, a capital letter preceding the number will indicate some Public Library in which it may be found.
The words “Relating to America" are used with a wide meaning, and it is probable that serious and proper objection may be taken to some titles of books introduced; as, for example, the vavarious works by the early New England Divines. It must not be forgotten, however, that in many [v]
* Article « Caius Marius.”
respects the New England Government was a Theocracy, and the works of these old Divines had much to do with shaping its institutions; at all events, they are books fought for with avidity and at high prices by the collectors of “Americana,” and, if only for that reason, have a right to appear here.
I shall not attempt to anticipate the many other points which may be criticised.
be criticised. I shall be glad to have errors pointed out and improvements suggested, and respectfully solicit the co-operation and aslistance of any gentlemen who may have given their attention to any or many particular authors.
I conclude this preliminary notice with the remark, that, whenever possible, I have examined the books for myself, and have described them with all necessary minuteness.
Of those not within my reach, I have been compelled to content myself with such descriptions, as have come under my notice in the list of authorities quoted, on the cover of Part One of this work, or sometimes from a less trustworthy source—a Bookseller's Catalogue. Had I waited in all cases to reach those points of an exact and careful bibliography, which I trust will have been generally accomplished in this work, I should never have completed it.
It will, perhaps, save inquiry, if I here state that the number of parts of which the work will confift is a question I cannot answer; yet while I design to make it as complete as poslible, my own remarks on the books will be distinguished by their brevity.
The Parts will be issued with all convenient speed, and subscriptions will not be received for anything less than the entire work.
Part I will be ready on January 1st, 1867, and subscribers are requested to be particular in designating how the work may be sent, as, in the event of loff, separate parts cannot be supplied.
Joseph Sabin. New York, December 5th, 1866.
A DICTIONARY OF BOOKS
RELATING TO AMERICA.
(B.) See A[ntrobus] (B[enjamin]).
A. (G.) The Young Traveller in South America. A popular Introduction to the History and Resources of the Country. London, 1835. 12mo.
A. (G. A.) Tecumseh; or the Death of the Shawnee Chief. With other Original Poems. By G. A.
A. [ynge). Weymouth, 1830. 12mo, pp. 78. 2
[AA (P. VAN DER)]. Naaukeurige versameling der gedenkwaardigste Reysen naar Oost en West-Indien, Mitsgaders andere Gewesten gedaan ; Sedert De Jaarer 1246. tot op desen tijd. Alles breeder te fien, in, en agter het Voorberigt. [This is the half title preceding Engraved Frontispiece, and a very long descriptive Title, finishing thus]: In het ligt gegeven Te Leyden, Door Peter Vander Aa. 1707. 8vo, 30 vols.
3 This collection of the most memorable Voyages to the East and West Indies, from 1246 to 1696, contains translations of all the early voyages to this continent, and is illustrated by a profusion of copper plates. As each voyage has a separate pagination, the work is sometimes found bound up in 28, 29 or 30 volumes, and is worth about $20. There is also an edition in folio, 8 vols. Leyde. This indefatigable publisher, who united within himself the functions of author, editor and publisher, also issued the plates to the above work separately, under the following title: “Atlas nouveau et curieaux des plus celebres itineraires; ou rec .eil de nouvelles cartes geograph. des voiages modernes de long cours, de depuis l'an 1246 jusqu'a l'an 1696." 2 vols., folio. Leyde. He also published “Grand Theatre Historique, ou Nouvelle Histoire Universelle tant sacrée que profane.” 5 vols., folio. Leyde, 1703; and “La Galerie Agréable du Monde." 66 parts bound in 33 or 22 vols. folio., of which Vol. XVII, relates to America.