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Books contributed by the Boston Public Library. Established in 1848 by an act of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large free municipal library in the United States. In 1839, French ventriloquist M. Nicholas Marie Alexandre Vattemare became the original advocate for a public library in Boston when he proposed the idea of a book and prints exchange between American and French libraries. The Mayor of the City of Boston, Josiah Quincy, Jr., ...



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As long as there has been a Boston Public Library, works on local and family history have been collected. While many libraries have family and local history collections for the town in which they are located, Boston Public Library’s collection is unique in that it includes all of Massachusetts and most of New England. The Local and Family History Collection includes more than 30,000 wide-ranging materials from the 17th–21st centuries. Close to 6,000 items relate to individual families, and...
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
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The Interlibrary Loan Department at the Boston Public Library serves as headquarters for interlibrary loan activity in the Boston Regional Library System. The Department receives requests from the six regional libraries in Massachusetts. These libraries send requests on behalf of their member libraries. These libraries send in requests for books and journal articles. They also can send reference and subject requests. The staff of the Interlibrary Loan Department searches for these requests in...
Topic: BPL Interlibrary Loan
Boston Public Library Anti-Slavery Collection
Boston Public Library Anti-Slavery Collection
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Anti-Slavery collection (approximately 40,000 pieces). In the late 1890's, the family of William Lloyd Garrison, along with others closely involved in the anti-slavery movement, presented the library with a major gathering of correspondence, documents, and other original material relating to the abolitionist cause from 1832 until after the Civil War. The major holdings consist of the papers of William Lloyd Garrison, Maria Weston Chapman and Deborah Weston, Lydia Maria Child, Amos Augustus...
Topics: Anti Slavery, William Lloyd Garrison, Abolition
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The Thomas Pennant Barton Collection is acknowledged as one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in a public institution focusing on the writings of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The collection was the first in the United States to include the first four folios of the collected works of William Shakespeare, as well as some 45 early quarto editions of individual plays, many published during Shakespeare’s lifetime. As the preeminent Shakespeare collection from...
Topics: shakespeare, Thomas Pennant Barton, Boston Public Library
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The Houghton Mifflin Company Trade Book Archival Collection is comprised of Trade Division materials that were originally kept in the Park Street building, which the company occupied from 1880 to 1994, before being donated to the Boston Public Library. The company’s editors used this collection as their working library. The collection includes adult and juvenile titles as well as reference materials, audio, and kits from Houghton Mifflin, Clarion, and other Houghton Mifflin Harcourt imprints.
Early English Playbooks, 1594-1799
Early English Playbooks, 1594-1799
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174,233
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Comprised chiefly of individual editions of English stage plays issued between 1594 and 1799, the Boston Public Library's collection of early English playbooks is extensive and diverse. Numbering well over 1,500 items, the collection also includes masques, pageants, and other dramatic entertainments. Critical funding to support long-term preservation of and enhanced public access to Boston Public Library collections, including this one, was provided by the Associates of the Boston Public...
Incunabula
Incunabula
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The BPL’s incunabula collection embodies the varied output of the 15th-century European printing press. As of February, 2020, the collection is comprised of 583 physical items printed during the 15th century, the majority of which are books (issued either individually or as parts of multi-volume sets). The collection also contains a small number of single-sheet publications, blockbooks, and fragments of books that merit individual cataloging. In total, there are 555 discrete 15th-century...
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
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342,905
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The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center   at the Boston Public Library cares for more than a quarter million cartographic and geographic objects, ranging from the fifteenth century to the present, with a global scope and a focus on Boston and New England. Created in 2004 as a private-public partnership between the philanthropist Norman B. Leventhal and the Boston Public Library, the LMEC is located in the McKim Building at the BPL ’ s Central Library in Copley Square. The LMEC features a...
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The Boston Public Library has an extensive collection of original manuscripts from the American Revolutionary War era. The letters and documents were drafted by John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, James Otis, Joseph Warren, George Washington and other important Revolutionary War figures. The materials are mostly of American origin, but also include British, European, and West Indian sources. Some of the topics covered include the war’s political origins, the unfolding of military and...
Boston Public Library
by Jacobs, Harriet A. (Harriet Ann), 1813-1897; Child, Mrs. (Lydia Maria), 1802-1880, ed
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Preface signed: Linda Brent
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Boston Public Library Cookbook Collection
Boston Public Library Cookbook Collection
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Material for this collection has been contributed by the Boston Public Library.
City of Boston Tax records, 1780 through 1821
City of Boston Tax records, 1780 through 1821
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Covering the years 1780 through 1821, this collection of Boston tax records is organized by year and ward. Beginning in 1802, the records for each year are generally divided into three main categories: taking books, tax books, and transfer books. Taking books (referred to as “valuation books” beginning in 1818) follow the order of the tax assessors' progress through each ward, street-by-street, and record names of individual residents or businesses, assessed values of realty and personalty,...
US Government Documents
by Parks, Roger N; Hall, David D; Taylor, Alan, 1955-; Committee for a New England Bibliography
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topic: Union catalogs
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The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese literature is a 10,000-volume collection that covers many aspects of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American literature and history, including books on art, science, law, and theology. As a collection, the Ticknor Collection is remarkable for its completeness in all that pertains to Spanish literature and belles lettres. Many of these volumes are first editions and handwritten manuscripts that are exceedingly rare. The materials are primarily in...
Defoe & Defoeana
Defoe & Defoeana
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Defoe & Defoeana The William P. Trent Collection of Defoe and Defoeana is one of the most comprehensive collections of Daniel Defoe and his contemporaries. In addition to writing some of the first English novels, Defoe was a prolific political pamphleteer and is considered by many to be a founder of modern journalism. The nucleus of this 30,000-volume collection is a set of first editions of Defoe’s works, bound in 77 volumes and formerly owned by Henry Labouchère. There are hundreds of...
Catholic Directories at the Boston Public Library
Catholic Directories at the Boston Public Library
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These Catholic directories provide information about the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, including names, addresses, and telephone numbers.
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This collection provides access to materials published by the Boston Public Library, critical administrative records of the library, and collection documentation, including printed finding aids, card catalogs, procedural guidelines, etc.
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OCLC number: ocm07014379
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Books for People with Print Disabilities
by Arango MejiÌa, Gabriel; Arango Mejía, Gabriel, 1872-1958, author
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2 volumes ; 24 cm
Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Colombia -- Antioquia (Department), Registers of births, etc. --...
Boston Public Library Anti-Slavery Collection
by Society for the Mitigation and Gradual Abolition of Slavery Throughout the British Dominions; Denison, Charles Wheeler, 1809-1881, former owner
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Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) ex libris (inscription): C.W. Denison
Topics: Antislavery movements, Slavery
Boston Public Library
by Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745; Kirk, Maria Louise, b. 1860, ill
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Illustrated lining-papers
Index: p. 227-235
Topic: Wright family
Boston Public Library
by Falls, C. B. (Charles Buckles), 1874-1960
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[30] p. : 31 cm
Boston Public Library
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OCLC number: ocm07397140
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Topic: Yoruba (African people)
Book of Common Prayer
Book of Common Prayer
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The Benton Collection of Editions of the Book of Common Prayer was bequeathed by Josiah H. Benton in 1919. Benton was a trustee of the Boston Public Library from 1894 until his death on February 6, 1917, and served for many years as President of the Trustees of the Library. He bestowed much of his fortune to purchase books of “permanent value and authority, desirable for scholarly research and use,” and an equal amount of money for additions and improvement to the Library building. In...
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Lemoine, Henry, 1786-1854
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v. : 23 cm
Topics: Sight-singing, Singing -- Studies and exercises
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by Hannigan, Francis James, b. 1880
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"An index, by author and by title, under one alphabet ... of all the short stories published in ... American magazines."--Preface
Topic: Short stories
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Boston Public Library Local and Family History Collection
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Preface signed: Joseph S. Harris
Topic: Smith family
Boston Public Library
by Pigafetta, Antonio, ca. 1480/91-ca. 1534. Primo viaggio intorno al globo terraqueo. English; Stanley, Henry Edward John Stanley, Baron, 1827-1903
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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Topics: Magalhães, Fernão de, d. 1521, Voyages around the world
Source: bplgrhum
Boston Public Library Local and Family History Collection
by Harris, Gideon Dowse, 1846-
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107 p. ; 25 cm
Topic: Harris family
Philip Hale Scrapbook Collection
Philip Hale Scrapbook Collection
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The Philip Hale scrapbooks contain letters and programs, along with clippings with reviews and criticisms written by Hale and others, all compiled by Hale. There are 60 volumes organized by year, as well as two separate index volumes.
US Government Documents
by Boston (Mass.). Listing Board
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Issued in multiple vols. arranged by wards
Topic: Voting registers
The John Adams Library at the Boston Public Library
by Meulen, Willem van der, 1658-1719; Adams, John, 1735-1826, former owner. BRL; Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848, former owner. BRL; Boston Public Library (John Adams Library). BRL
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Title vingettes
Topics: Law, Law, Law
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Boston Public Library
by United States. War Dept
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270 p. :
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Topics: Cookery, Military, cbk
Boston Public Library
by Boston (Mass.). Election Dept
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...the alphabetical list begins in 1985, prior to that date the volumes are arranged by ward and precinct; the Microtext Dept. has the years 1861-1897, 1904, 1906, 1909 (ward 10, precinct 1, and ward 11, precinct 9), 1911-1930 available on call number: JS617.A5; the Elections Dept. in Boston City Hall may be able to provide 1996, 1997 and 1999...
Topics: List of Residents -- Massachusetts Boston, Voting Lists -- Massachusetts Boston
US Government Documents
by United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities; Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
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Vol. 3-6 lack subtitle
Topics: Intelligence service, Civil rights
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The John Adams Library at the Boston Public Library
by Shaw, Thomas, 1694-1751; John Adams Library (Boston Public Library) BRL; Adams, John, 1735-1826, former owner
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John Adams Library copy includes separate 3.5" x 4.5" card inscribed with poem [not in Adams's hand] inserted at p. 344, which has been removed and stored separately.
Topics: Geography, Ancient, Natural history -- Africa, North, Middle East -- Description and travel, Middle...
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Bannerman, Helen, 1862-1946; Neill, John R. (John Rea), ill
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Also includes ''The story of Topsy'' from Uncle Tom's Cabin
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The John Adams Library at the Boston Public Library
by Bodin, Jean, 1530-1596; Knolles, Richard, 1550?-1610; Adams, John, 1735-1826, former owner. BRL; John Adams Library (Boston Public Library) BRL
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Engraved t.p
Topics: Political science, State, The
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Willner, Robert E.; Willner, Robert E., 1929-
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xxxiii, 266 pages ; 23 cm
Topics: AIDS (Disease) -- Popular works, AIDS (Disease) -- Treatment, AIDS (Disease) -- Miscellanea
Boston Public Library Booklists
Boston Public Library Booklists
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A collection of book lists created and curated by Boston Public Library librarians. It includes: Black Is... (1973-), published in observance of Black History Month and featuring books concerning the African American experience; Latinx Life (2003-), published in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month and featuring books concerning the Latinx experience; We Are Pride (2017-), published in observance of Pride Month and featuring books concerning the diverse experiences of the LGBTQ+...
Includes directions to the binder, v. 1
Topic: Voyages and travels
Includes bibliographical references
Topics: Legislative veto -- United States, Administrative procedure -- United States
Boston Public Library
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Photocopy
Topics: Barnstable County (Mass.) -- History, Barnstable County (Mass.) -- Biography
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Lockwood, Ingersoll, b. 1841
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Bound in green cloth; stamped in green and gold; decorated endpapers
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Dumont, Theron Q
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First published in l9l8 by L. N. Fowler, London and Advanced Thought Pub. Co., Chicago
Topic: Attention
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Stumpp, Karl; Stumpp, Karl, author
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1,018 pages : 25 cm
Topics: Germans -- Soviet Union, Germany -- Emigration and immigration -- 18th century -- 19th century,...
iv, 111 p. : 24 cm
Topics: Visitors' centers -- Guam War in the Pacific National Historical Park Finance, War in the Pacific...
Boston Public Library
by Carmichael, Andrew Blair, ca. 1780-ca. 1854, supposed author; Norcott, William, 1770?-1820?, supposed author
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A satire in verse variously ascribed to Andrew Carmichael, William Norcott and others. cf. Dict nat. bio.; O'Donoghue's The poets of Ireland
Topic: Law
US Government Documents
by United States. Bureau of the Census; United States Civil Service Commission
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Imprint varies: 1917-1932, by the Bureau of the Census; 1933-1959, by the Civil Service Commission
Topics: United States -- Registers, United States -- Officials and employees Periodicals
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Boston Public Library
by Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles, 1871-1928
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Title in red and black
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Topic: Heraldry
Source: Gen Ref
Boston Public Library
by Luiken, Caspar, 1672-1708, artist; Luiken, Jan, 1649-1712, artist; Weigel, Christopher, fl. 1712, engraver
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This is the first edition of the famous "Elizabethan Bible" published during the reign of Empress Elisabeth Petrovna (1709-1761) and represents the so-called "corrected text" of the first edition of the Bible issued in Slavonic characters by Ivan Fedorov in Ostrog, (Volhynia) in the year 1581. See Darlowe and Moule
The Improper Bostonian (1991-2019)
The Improper Bostonian (1991-2019)
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The Improper Bostonian was a glossy lifestyle magazine first published in August 1991 "highlighting the people and places that make Boston a world-class city." After 28 years, publisher Wendy Semonian Eppich announced that the magazine ceased publication effective April 25, 2019. The magazine came out bi-weekly and reported on the area trends in a young and entertaining way. The magazine was a staple in Greater Boston, distributed free at kiosks within city limits, and available via a...
''Book reference list'':p. [192-193]
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Topics: Printing, Book ornamentation, Decoration and ornament
Boston Public Library
by United States Strategic Bombing Survey. Morale Division
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"June 1947."
Topics: World War, 1939-1945, Bombing, Aerial, World War, 1939-1945, Morale, World War, 1939-1945
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Boston Public Library
by Gay, John, 1685-1732; Williams, W. H. (William Henry), 1852-1941; Chiswick Press
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With reproduction of original t.p
Topic: London (England) -- Social life and customs -- Early works to 1800
Includes bibliographical references
Topics: Endangered species -- Law and legislation United States, Wildlife conservation -- Law and...
Caption title
Topics: Pacheco, José Ramón, Lhuys, Drouyn de, Diplomats
Source: BPL_scan_for_me
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Lockwood, Ingersoll, b. 1841; Edwards, George Wharton, 1859-1950, ill
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Bound in gold cloth ; stamped in gold and brown ; decorated endpapers
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Paged continuously
Topics: Phelps family, Phelps, William, 1599-1672
[4] p., 130 leaves of plates : 37 cm
Topics: Monograms, Initials
"Hitchcock's banjo collection"--At head of title
691, [7] p. 27 cm
Topics: Boone family, Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
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xvi, 236 p. ; 20 cm
Topic: Erotic literature
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Signatures: A-E(last verso blank)
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Boston Public Library
by Jacobs, Joseph, 1854-1916, ed; Batten, John Dickson, 1860-1932, ill
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OCLC number: ocm02530838
Topics: Fairy tales, Folklore
Boston Public Library
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Latin and English in parallel columns
Topics: Latin language, Natural history, Picture books for children
Source: bplsc
Boston Public Library
by Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862; Carew, Thomas, 1595?-1639?
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Title vignette (Thoreau's hut at Walden Pond); the plan is a water depth chart of Walden Pond, 1846, opposite p. 307
Topic: United States. Massachusetts. Boston. 1854
Boston Public Library
by Caslon, William, 1754-1833
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Issued with: 'A specimen of cast ornaments', London, 1798
Topic: Printing
US Government Documents
by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
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146 p.; maps and charts ; cm
Topics: Local transit -- Massachusetts -- Boston Metro Area, Railroads -- Massachusetts -- Boston Metro Area
Boston Public Library
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Includes bibliographical references
Topics: Irish -- Massachusetts Boston, Catholics -- Massachusetts Boston, Boston (Mass.) -- Biography
Boston Public Library
by Nesfield, John Collinson
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Includes index
Topic: English language
Boston Public Library
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383 p. ; 23 cm
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Topics: Cookery, American, cbk
Boston Public Library Anti-Slavery Collection
by Female Anti-slavery Society
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Caption title
Topic: Slavery