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Territorial Library: Natural Philosophy; Ethics, Logic, Rhetoric and Criticism

By: Ardis E. Parshall - June 21, 2008

See here for John M. Bernhisel’s assembly of the original Utah Territorial Library. See the comments to previously posted sections of the catalog for discussion on our plans for linking the titles in this catalog to their Google Books scans – and see here for one section of the catalog that has been almost entirely linked to images (thanks, Researcher, for your work on that section. Edje has made contributions to other sections – and anyone else who is interested in helping, a lot or just a little, is welcome to join the fun. Contact me at keepapitchinin dotAOLdotcom.)

(Some links here may not yet be functional, if they lead to sections that I have drafted for posting but not yet published.)

Catalogue of Books, Maps, &c. Belonging to the Utah Territorial Library, October, 1852.

Theology, Ecclesiastical History and Law.

Law, Government, Political Economy, Statistics, &c.

Medicine, Surgery, Anatomy and Physiology.

Natural Philosophy.

[“Natural Philosophy” was the objective study of nature and the physical universe.
It is now called natural science, and physics in particular.]

Arnott, Neill. Elements of Physics. (Philadelphia, 1848).

Bartlett, W.H.C. [William Holms Chambers]. Elements of Natural Philosophy. [Section I.] Mechanics. (New York: [A.S. Barnes and Co.], 1850)

Bird, Golding. Elements of Natural Philosophy. (Philadelphia, 1848).

[Brewster, David, and Alexander Dallas Bache]. [A Treatise on] Optics. New ed. (Philadelphia, 1850).

[Chambers, William, and Robert Chambers]. Chambers’ Elements of Natural Philosophy. (New York, 1849).

Comstock, [John Lee]. Natural Philosophy. (New York 1850).

— . Primary Lesson in Natural Philosophy. (New York, 1851).

Draper, J.W. [John William]. Text Book on Natural Philosophy. (New York, 1850).

Euler, [Leonhard, David Brewster, and John Griscom]. [Euler on Different Subjects in] Natural Philosophy [Addressed to a German Princess]. 2 vols. (New York: [J. & J. Harper, 1833]).

[Good, John Mason]. Good’s Book of Nature. (Hartford, 1849).

Goodrich, S.G. [Samuel Griswold]. Glance at Philosophy. (Philadelphia, 1846).

Gray, A. [Alonzo]. Elements of Natural Philosophy. (Boston, 1850).

Johnston, [John]. Natural Philosophy. 2 vols. (Philadelphia, 1850).

Muller, J. [Johann Heinrich Jacob]. Principles of Physics and Meteorology. (London: [Hippolyte Bailliere], 1847).

Olmstead, D. [Denison]. Rudiments of Natural Philosophy [and Astronomy: Designed for the Younger Classes in Academies, and for Common Schools]. (New York, 1849). 6 copies.

[Parker, Richard Green]. Juvenile Philosophy [or, Philosophy in Familiar Conversations]. (New York, 1848).

— . [First Lessons in] Natural Philosophy. (New York, 1850). Presented by the author. 6 copies.

— . [A School Compendium of Natural and Experimental] Philosophy, [Embracing the Elementary Principles of Mechanics, Hydrostatics, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Acoustics, Pyronomics, Optics, Electricity, Galvanism, Magnetism, Electro-magnetism, Magneto-electricity, and Astronomy]. (New York, 1850). 3 copies.

P[ei]rce, Benjamin. [An Elementary Treatise on] Sound; [Being the Second Volume of a Course of Natural Philosophy, Designed for the Use of High Schools and Colleges]. (Boston: [James Munroe and Co.], 1836).

Quekett, John. [Practical] Treatise on the [Use of the] Microscope. (London: [Hippolyte Bailliere], 1848).

Smith, H.[S]. [Hamilton Lanphere]. Natural Philosophy: [For the Use of Schools and Academies]. 4th ed. (New York, 1846).

Ethics, Logic, Rhetoric and Criticism.

Abercrombie’s Intellectual Powers. (New York).

Abbott, J. Abercrombie’s Moral Feelings. (New York, 1851).

— . Abercrombie’s Moral Feelings. (New York, 1848).

Abbott, J.S.C. Child at Home. (New York, 1833).

— . Kind Familien, Das. (New York, 1850).

— . Mother at Home. (New York, 1833).

— . Mutter Familien, Die. (New York).

Abbott, Jacob. Intellectual Powers. (New York, 1850).

Addison, Joseph. Spectator. (London, 1840).

Beattie, James. Essay on Truth. (London, 1827).

Blair, – . Rhetoric and Belle Lettres. 4th ed. 3 vols. (London, 1840).

Boyd, J.R. Eclectic Moral Philosophy. (New York, 1849).

— . Elements of Rhetoric. (New York, 1850).

Boyle, J.P. Brown’s Philosophy of Human Mind. (Dublin, 1849).

Chapone, Mrs. – . Letters on the Improvement of the Mind. (Hartford, 1846).

Coleridge, – . Aids to Reflection. 7th ed. (New York, 1850).

Colton, – . Lacon; or Many Things in Few Words. (New York, 1849).

Combe, – . Moral and Intellectual Science. (New York, 1848). Presented by Fowlers & Wells.

Dymond, – . Essays on Morality. (New York, 1844). 6 copies.

— . Essays on Morality. 2d ed. (New York, 1850).

Easy Lessons on Reasoning. (Boston, 1848).

Edwards, Justin. Manual of Temperance. (New York).

— . Manual sur la Temperance. (Boston, 1849).

— . Manuel de Temperancia. (Boston).

Ellis, Mrs. – . Women of England. (New York, 1843).

Everett, A.H. Critical and Miscellaneous Essays. (New York, 1849).

— . Critical and Miscellaneous Essays. 2d series. (Boston, 1846). Presented by author.

Filon, M. Elements de Rhetorique. (Paris, 1849).

Foster, John. Decision of Character. (New York, 1850).

Graves, Mrs. A.J. Woman in America. (New York, 1847).

Guardian, The. (Dublin, 1754).

Johnson, Samuel. Rambler. (London, 1825).

Kavanagh, Julia. Woman in France. (Philadelphia, 1850).

Live and Let Live. (New York, 1837).

Mahan, – . Intellectual Philosophy. (New York, 1847).

Mahan, A. Moral Science of Philosophy. (Oberlin, 1848).

Mill, J.S. System of Logic. (New York, 1850).

Mills, – . Kane’s Elements of Criticism. (New York, 1850).

Montgomery, J. Illustrations of the Law of Kindness. (New York, 1849).

Moore, G. Body and Mind. (New York, 1849).

— . Man and His Motives. (New York, 1848).

Newman, – . Rhetorique. 50th ed. (New York, 1846). 2 copies.

Opie, A. Lying, In All Its Branches. (Boston, 1841).

Osgood, S. DeWitt’s Human Life. 2 vols. (Boston, 1842).

Paley, – . Moral and Political Philosophy. (New York, 1849).

Potter, A. Bacon & Locke. (New York, 1847).

Preceptes de Rhetorique. (Paris, 1847).

Reid, Mrs. H. Woman: Her Education and Influence. (New York, 1851). Presented by Fowlers & Wells.

Tappan – . Elements of Logic. (New York, 1844).

Tattler. (London, 1849).

Taylor, J. Elements of Thought. 9th ed. (London, 1849).

Trall, R.T. Philosophy of the Temperance Reformation. (New York).

Trego, C.B. Prison Discipline and Philanthropy. (Philadelphia). 3 copies.

Watt’s Essay on the Mind. (New York, 1849).

Wayland, F. Elements of Moral Science. (Boston, 1844).

— . Elements of Moral Science. (Boston, 1850).

Whateley, – . Elements of Logic. (Boston, 1850).

— . Elements of Rhetoric. (New York, 1849).

— . Elements of Rhetoric. (Boston, 1843).

Whewell, – . Elements of Morality. (New York).

White, P.S., and D.S. Ely. Indication of the Sons of Temperance. (Boston, 1850).

Zimmerman, – . Solitude. (New York, 1844).



Astronomy, Navigation, and Surveying.

Mechanics, Hydraulics, and Hydrostatics.

Chemistry, Meteorology, Electricity, &c.

Natural History.

Mineralogy and Geology.


Domestic Animals, and Veterinary.

Agriculture and Gardening.

Arts, Manufactures, and Domestic Economy.

Trade and Commerce.

Architecture, and Engineering.

Drawing, Painting, Engraving, Sculpture, and Music.

Encyclopaedias and General Dictionaries.

Memoirs, Transactions, and Publications of Literary, and Scientific Institutions.

American History.

European History.

Asiatic and African History.

General, and Literary History, and Chronology.

Geography and Topography.

Maps, Atlases, Globes and Busts.

Voyages and Travels.


Antiquities, Ethnology, Genealogy, Heraldry, Mythology, Numismatics.

Collective Authors, and Polite Literature.

Poetry and Drama.

Orations, Addresses, Eulogies, Speeches, Lectures, and Letters.

Dictionaries, Grammars, and Alphabets.

Novels, Tales, Games and Sports.

Periodicals and Newspapers.




  1. Wow. I don’t have much to say about Natural Philosophy or Ethics in general; I don’t do much theory, but there were some interesting works on this list.

    Here is one of the earliest important works in the Woman’s Suffrage Movement:

    Reid, Mrs. H. Woman: Her Education and Influence. (New York, 1851). Presented by Fowlers & Wells.

    About a year after Scotswoman Marion Kirkland married Hugo Reid, she attended the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London. She watched as the women delegates from America were refused seats in the convention but were allowed as spectators, hidden from the men by draperies.

    After that experience, she sat down and wrote a book called A Plea for Women. You can find an excerpt here:

    While similar to William Thompson and Anna Wheeler’s 1825 book Appeal of One-half of the Human Race, Women, Against the Pretensions of the Other Half, Men, to Retain Them in Political, and Thence in Civil and Domestic Slavery, Reid’s book was a work whose time had come. It sold heavily in America, where in subsequent editions it was published as Woman: Her Education and Influence. This is the book that the publisher, Fowlers and Wells, presented to Bernhisel.

    Little else is known about Mrs Reid.

    On the other hand, plenty is known about Fowlers and Wells. Besides being a publishing house dealing in rather liberal titles for the time, they were the leading phrenologists in the United States. Any books of phrenology in the collection?

    Ellis, Mrs. – . Women of England. (New York, 1843).

    This work babbles on about Woman in her Sphere. Sarah Stickney Ellis seems to be the voice of Victorian womanhood and from a brief reading on google books, it seems to be an early version of Fascinating Womanhood. “I would strenuously recommend that women should be sent home from school with fewer accomplishments, and more of the will and the power to perform the various duties necessarily devolving upon them.” (45) Women should be always charming, not too educated, never demanding of their Friend and Protector. (Husband or father or whoever the dominant male was in their Sphere.) It is not enough for the home to provide for the basic needs of its inhabitants; women must ensure that no element of the home ever disturbs the male inhabitants, from her children and her housekeeping to her own behavior.

    Graves, Mrs. A.J. Woman in America. (New York, 1847).

    Ann Baker Graves’ book is cataloged elsewhere as Woman in America: Being an Examination into the Moral and Intellectual Condition of American Female Society. This book has been called the first “comprehensive assessment of women’s situation in the United States.” (Eldred and Mortenson). Graves was writing about the ideal “type” of woman, be that wife, servant, or intellectual or fashionable woman. It was a guide to how women could best fulfill their gender roles. However, she also gave a nod to the early suffragists, realizing that in many instances, women had cause to suffer under this system and that perhaps it could be improved, but probably not in the way that the suffragists were proposing.

    Kavanagh, Julia. Woman in France. (Philadelphia, 1850).

    Julia was an Irish novelist. This book, called Woman in France during the 18th Century, with its fleurs-de-lix on the cover, is a discussion of French society framed by the lives of its prominent women including Pompadour, du Barry, etc.

    Did I miss any of the other books written by or dealing with women?

    (Besides John S C Abbott’s book Mother at Home, which is still in print and I will pass over as a relic of its time. Let’s just say that it’s about things like how the bad little boy dies and his mother weeps on his grave that she had not taught him Obedience. At least terms like “mutilated corpse” [I’m not kidding] are no longer de rigueur in child rearing books. If you don’t believe me, you can find it in its entirety on google books. Or $12.59 from Amazon.)

    Comment by Researcher — June 21, 2008 @ 10:41 am

  2. [Blush.] Sorry for that long comment. Typing in the little box, I sometimes don’t realize how long I’ve been going on.

    Comment by Researcher — June 21, 2008 @ 10:42 am

  3. Researcher, you have standing permission to post as many and as lengthy essays as you want to, in connection with these catalog posts or just about anything else. Without your sharing the results of your morning’s research, the catalog is a sterile relic. The value added by your remarks is not only interesting in itself, but also helps me to imagine why Bernhisel selected a particular book — or wonder why he accepted such a donation from somebody else.

    While I haven’t yet run across any books on phrenology, I have typed the section on atlases, globes and busts, which lists THREE phrenological heads donated by Fowlers & Wells.

    This is simply a wonderful contribution, Researcher. Thanks!

    Now I’m searching for coins in the cushions to send my $12.59 to Amazon. That should be worth a few discussions with my visiting teachers when I leave it lying around on the table.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 21, 2008 @ 11:39 am

  4. […] comments. Let’s start this week with Ardis and her blog. There’s a great post listing philosophical and criticism books at the Utah Territorial library as well as theology, ecclesiastical history and law. Useful for […]

    Pingback by Best of the Week 3: Academic LDS : Mormon Metaphysics — June 22, 2008 @ 8:23 pm

  5. Just a note after reading the Mormon Metaphysics pingback link: when I’ve gone to google books, I’ve been able to find about half of these books in their entirety online. They are all out of copyright and are part of google’s efforts to “create a comprehensive, searchable, virtual card catalog of all books in all languages.” A project on a different scale from Dr Bernhisel’s but in the same spirit.

    Comment by Researcher — June 23, 2008 @ 6:02 am

  6. That gives me an idea — how ’bout we create links between the titles on these lists and their Google Books counterparts? That will take time, and I’d certainly welcome input from everybody — we’d be almost recreating Dr. Bernhisel’s library that way, wouldn’t we?

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 23, 2008 @ 6:16 am

  7. Sounds like a great idea; are you looking for volunteers? :-)

    Comment by Researcher — June 23, 2008 @ 8:10 am

  8. I’m groveling for volunteers!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 23, 2008 @ 8:30 am

  9. Count me in!

    Comment by Researcher — June 23, 2008 @ 9:59 am

  10. Trying to find something about Tattler, especially since the English gossip rag Tatler doesn’t seem to fit into “Ethics, Logic, Rhetoric and Criticism,” I found only the following, from a PBS American Experience website:

    In just four years in Manhattan, Whitman works briefly at the Tattler, the Daily Plebeian, the Statesman, the Mirror, the Democrat, the Sun and the Star.

    Anybody know anything more about this? I suppose it was a periodical.

    That raises another question: did Dr Bernhisel subscribe to any periodicals? What about Harper’s Weekly, or a Godey’s Ladies Book? Were those read by people in Utah? Is there any way to find circulation information by state/territory?

    Comment by Mark B. — June 23, 2008 @ 11:19 am

  11. I should have checked before I posted:

    Harper’s Weekly didn’t begin publication until 1857, so it obviously wouldn’t have been available at the time Dr. Bernhisel was gathering books for the library.

    And, it was Godey’s Lady’s Book. Which was available from 1830 onwards.

    Comment by Mark B. — June 23, 2008 @ 11:26 am

  12. I also volunteer to googlebook for the virtual library. Should we post links in the comments or email them to you? How do you want to split up the list? I’ll go ahead and begin with the TEHL, Ranke to Wiseman, and await further instructions.

    Also: Google Book links can be unwieldy but (IMHO) nothing after and including the first ampersand “&” is necessary. The short link goes to the “about this book” page. For example:,+History+of+the+Popes:


    Comment by Edje — June 23, 2008 @ 11:47 am

  13. Mark B., one of the next catalog sections to be posted will be the periodicals. Godey’s is included, although with the note that issues are missing. (There is a general note to the entire periodicals catalog that issues of everything are disappearing in the mail, especially when it comes to the more expensive and most useful periodicals.)

    I’m not sure who sorted the materials into sections for this catalog — was it Bernhisel’s original listing? did Staines do it in his role as librarian? was it for Brigham H. Young’s convenience in setting type? Categories don’t seem to be consistent or even well thought out, so if the Tattler is a periodical it isn’t too surprising to find it in this part of the catalog rather than with the bulk of periodicals.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 23, 2008 @ 11:50 am

  14. Edje, I want to say that emailing me directly (AEParshall at aoldotcom or keepapitchinin at aoldotcom) would keep the comments clearer for other discussion — but that might lead to duplicating work by everybody and I hate that idea.

    Would you like to sign up for categories — not just the sections that have been posted, but any of the catalog sections? I could email you a text file for that part of the catalog (although so far I’ve only got about half of it typed up), and you could paste your URLs below the book entry and email it back to me. Once somebody has done all they care to do in one section, we could report that so that anyone else who wanted to do further checking could know they weren’t duplicating work.

    Or I’m open to a better suggestion.

    Researcher has also found material on some of the authors that we could link to, if you-all want to watch for succinct biographical entries.

    And somebody clever can come up with name with a cool acronym for this project!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 23, 2008 @ 11:58 am

  15. Ardis: I’ve emailed you my thoughts on coordinating volunteers for the VUTLib (vyoot-lib; Virtual Utah Territorial Library) or the BLibUT (blib-uht; Blog Library for Utah Territory) or the Keepa-blib (Keepapitchinin Blog Library). (I’m not sure any of these count as “clever.”)

    Comment by Edje — June 23, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

  16. Here’s a few from the dinner crew.

    BLOC: Bernhisel Library Online Catalogue
    BLOG: Bernhisel Library Online Guide
    BULC: Bernhisel Utah Library Catalogue
    Bernie Link
    Project Bernie

    Then they started to get a little silly, so we’ll draw a veil over the remaining discussion.

    Comment by Researcher — June 23, 2008 @ 5:14 pm

  17. And only then did they start to get a little silly? /g/

    We’ve got some other letters to choose from — Cooperative, Volunteer, Territorial, Keepa, what else?

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 23, 2008 @ 5:50 pm