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Territorial Library: American History

By: Ardis E. Parshall - June 28, 2008

See here for John M. Bernhisel’s assembly of the original Utah Territorial Library. See the comments here for discussion on our plans for linking the titles in this catalog to their Google Books scans – Thanks to Edje for identifying the scans and for supplying missing cataloguing elements for this section.

Any surprises here? What pops out as being of interest?

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.

Ethics, Logic, Rhetoric and Criticism.



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.

Armstrong, [John]. Notices of the War of 1812. [vol. 1 and vol. 2]. 2 vols. (New York, 1849). [These scans are of the 1840 edition.]

Bancroft, George. History of the United States with Plates [from the Discovery of the American Continent].[vol. 1 and vol. 2 and vol. 3]. 3 vols. (Boston, 1850). [These scans are of the 1837 ed. (vol. 1), 1854 ed. (vol. 2), and 1864 ed. (vol. 3). Bancroft’s series included several additional volumes.]

Barber, John W. [John Warner]. Historical Collections of Connecticut [Historical Collections, Containing a General Collection of Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes, &c.] [Vol. 1]. (New Hampshire, 1836).

Bozman, J.L. [John Leeds]. [Sketch of the] History of Maryland, [During the Three First Years After its Settlement]. (Baltimore, 1811).

Bradford, Allen. History of Massachusetts . (Boston, 1822).

Brown, Henry. History of Illinois to the Present Time. (New York, 1844).

Brown, J. History of the Present Condition of St. Domigo. (Philadelphia, 1837).

Bunner, E. History of Louisiana. (New York, 1846).

Burnet, Jacob. Early Settlement of North Western Territory. (New York, 1847).

Callaghan, D. Documentary History of the State of New York. 2 vols. (Albany, 1849).

Callaghan, E.B.O. History of New York under the Dutch. 2 vols. (New York, 1849).

Campbell, W.W. Annals of Tyron County during the Revolution. (New York, 1849).

Catlin, – . Indians of North America. (London, 1848).

Conquest of Canada. 2 vols. (New York, 1850).

Conversations about Greenland. (New York).

Conversations about Massachusetts. 2 vols. (New York).

Conversations about New Hampshire. (New York).

Cooper, [James] Fennimore. History of the Navy of the U.S. 2 vols. (Philadelphia, 1839).

Cortes’ Despatches to the Emperor Charles 5, During the Conquest of Mexico. (New York, 1843).

Cotta, C. History of the War of Independence. 2 vols. (New Haven, 1834).

Crosby, Platte H. Letters on the United Provinces of South America. (New York, 1819).

Davis, E. Half Century Between 1800 & ’50. (Boston, 1851).

Discovery and Early History of Cuba and the Cubans. (Boston, 1844).

Dunlap, Wm. History of New Netherlands, and New York. 2 vols. (New York, 1840).

Dwight, – . History of Connecticut. (New York).

Ellet, Mrs. – . Domestic History of the American Revolution. (New York, 1850).

Exposition of the American Slave Trade. (1851).

Fotheringham, Richard. History of the Siege and Battles of Boston. (Boston, 1849).

Frost, John. Book of the Colonies. (Hartford, 1849).

— . History of the United States. (Philadelphia, 1850).

— . Indians of North America. (Hartford, 1849).

— . Pictorial History of the United States. 2 vols. (Philadelphia, 1846).

Gabriel, Thomas. History of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. (London, 1698).

— . History of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. (London, 1698).

Gesner, A. New Brunswick, with Notes for Emigrants. (London, 1847).

Goodrich, S.G. History of the Indians. (Philadelphia, 1846).

— . Lights and Shadows of American History. (Philadelphia, 1846).

— . Manners and Customs of the Indians. (Philadelphia, 1846).

— . Tales about America. (Philadelphia, 1844).

— . Tales about New York. (New York, 1836).

Gordon, T.F. History of the State of New Jersey. (Trenton, 1834).

— . History of the State of Pennsylvania to 1776. (Philadelphia, 1820).

Gordon, Wm. History of the American Revolution. 3rd ed. 3 vols. (New York, 1801).

Graham, James. History of the United States. 2 vols. (Philadelphia, 1850).

Guernsey, Egbert. History of the United States. (New York, 1850).

Hale, S. History of the United States. 2 vols. (New York).

Haliburton’s Historical and Statistical Account of Nova Scotia. 2 vols. (Halifax, 1829).

Hammond, J.D. Political History of the State of New York to Dec. 1840. (Buffalo, 1850).

Hildreth, – . History of the United States. 3 vols. (New York, 1849).

Hinman, Royal R. Historical Collections of the War of the American Revolution. (Hartford, 1842).

Hinton, J. Howard. History and Topography of the United States. 2 vols. (vol. 2 only). (Albany, 1850).

History of Georgia. 2 vols. (Savannah, 1811).

History of Greenland, from the German of D. Crautz. 2 vols. (London, 1829).

History of Mexico. Translated by C. Cullen. 2 vols. (London, 1787).

History of New York City. 2 vols. (New York).

History of South America and Mexico. (New York, 1826).

History of the United States with a Chronological Table. (New York, 1850).

History of Virginia. (New York).

Holmes, Abiel. Annals of America, from 1492 to 1826. 2 vols. (Cambridge, 1829).

Howison, R.R. History of Virginia from Its discovery and Settlement. 2 vols. (Richmond, 1848).

Hutchinson, Thomas. History of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. (London, 1828).

Jenkins, – . History of the War Between U.S. and Mexico. (Auburn, 1849).

Lanman, J.H. History of Michigan. (New York).

Livermore, A. War with Mexico. Revised. (Boston, 1850). Presented by the author.

Littell, J.S. Graydon’s Memoirs of His Own Times. (Philadelphia, 1846).

Lockart, John J. Conquest of Mexico and New Spain. (London, 1844).

Lossing, B.J. War of Independence. (New York, 1850).

Macgregor, John. Progress of America, from Its Discovery by Columbus to 1846. 2 vols. (London, 1847).

Mansfield, G.D. History of the Mexican War. (New York, 1850).

Marbois, Barbe. History of Louisiana. 2 vols. (Philadelphia, 1830).

Marshall, H. History of Kentucky. 2 vols. (Frankport, 1824).

Martin, Francois Xavier. History of North Carolina. 2 vols. (New Orleans, 1829).

— . History of Louisiana. 2 vols. (New Orleans, 1827).

Massachusetts Historical Collections. 3rd series. Vols. 1, 4, 5, 6. (Boston, 1846).

Mather’s Journal of the Pilgrims. (Boston, 1850). Presented by the Dorchester Antiquarian Society.

Maury, H. British America. 2 vols. (New York, 1841)

McCullock, J.H. Antiquarian and Philosophical History of America. (Baltimore, 1829).

McMahon, J.V.L. Historical View of Maryland. (Baltimore, 1831).

McSherry, J. History of Maryland. (Baltimore, 1849).

Miner, Charles. History of Wyoming. (Philadelphia, 1845).

Minot, Geo. R. Continuation of history of Massachusetts. 2 vols. (Boston, 1803).

Moore, Jacob H. Annals of the Towns of Concord and Boseawan in New Hampshire. (Concord, 1824). Presented by Geo. H. Moore.

Morgan, Christopher. New York Documentary History. 2 vols. (1st vol. only). (Albany, 1850). Presented by the Regents of the New York University.

Pitkin, Timothy. Pictorial and Civil History of the United States. 2 vols. (New Haven, 1828).

Prescott, Wm. H. Conquest of Mexico. 3 vols. (New York, 1843).

— . Conquest of Peru. 2 vols. (New York, 1847).

Proud, Robert. History of Pennsylvania. (2 vols. (Philadelphia, 1797).

Ramsey, David. History of the American Revolution. 2 vols. (Trenton, 1811).

— . History of South Carolina. 2 vols. (Trenton, 1785)

— . History of the United States. 3 vols. (Philadelphia, 1818).

Robertson, William. Discovery and Conquest of America. (New York, 1848).

Robbins, Eliza. Tales from American History. (New York).

Schoolcraft, H.R. Mental Characteristics of North American Indians. 2 vols.

Sears, Robert. Pictorial History of the United States. (New York, 1849).

Smith, Wm. History of New York. 2 vols. (New York, 1829). Presented by G.H. Moore.

Solis, – . Historia de la Conquesta de Mexico. (New York).

Southey’s Chronological History of the West Indies. 3 vols. (London, 1827).

Sprague, J.T. History of the Florida War. (New York, 1848).

Stone, W.L. Border Wars of America. 2 vols. (New York).

Tales of the American Revolution. (New York).

Thatcher, B.B. Indian Traits. 2 vols. (New York).

Thompson, B.F. History of Long Island. 2 vols. (New York 1843).

Thompson, Zadok. History of Vermont. (Burlington, 1842).

Thrilling Incident[s] of the Wars of the United States. (Philadelphia, 1848).

Trumbull, Benj. History of Connecticut. 2 vols. (New Haven, 1818).

Tytler, P.F. Discoveries on Northern Coast of America. (New York, 1846).

Watson, John F. Annals of New York City. (Philadelphia, 1846). 2 copies.

— . Annals of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. 2 vols. (Philadelphia, 1850).

Watson, W.C. Camp Fires of the Revolution. (Philadelphia, 1850).

Willard, Emma. History of the United States. (Philadelphia, 1850).

Williams, John Lee. History of Florida Territory. (New York, 1837).

Williamson, Hugh. History of North Carolina. 2 vols. (Philadelphia, 1842).

Williamson, Wm. D. History of Maine. 2 vols. (Hallowell, 1832).

Wilson, Marcius. American History. (Cincinnati, 1846).

Wilson, Marcius. History of the United States. (New York, 1845).

Winthrop, John. History of New England [from 1630 to 1649]. [vol. 1 and vol. 2 (1826)]. 2 vols. (Boston, 1825).

Wilson, Thomas W. [Authentic] Narrative of the [Piratical] Descent[s] upon Cuba [Made by Hordes from the United States, Headed by Narciso Lopez, a Native of South America]. (Havana, 1851).

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. A few thoughts: first, to the cataloger, “American history” meant the history of the Americas, not the United States.

    Second, I see a couple of works by one of my favorite historians of all time. I finished Prescott’s Conquest of Peru last year in June. Now that is how history should be told. His description of one of the battles in Conquest of Mexico is one of the greatest passages of any literature anywhere. It’s amazing what a person can do when they don’t let a little thing like blindness get in the way of their life’s mission.

    Third, [I’ll have to ask for Ardis’ permission here to give points on her blog]: ten points extra credit for anyone who knows why Bernhisel didn’t include Of Plymouth Plantation in his collection.

    Thanks for the latest installment, Ardis! It’s always interesting to look through the list.

    Comment by Amy T — June 28, 2008 @ 6:09 pm

  2. You can give points left and right, Researcher. Do you have a definite answer in mind regarding Of Plymouth Plantation, or were you just struck by its absence?

    I’ve almost finished keying the basic catalog, so soon we can start posting much bigger swaths of it, ready for anybody who likes puzzles to help find Googlebooks scans or author bios or anything else we want to incorporate into this.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 28, 2008 @ 6:59 pm

  3. No one’s biting on why Bernhisel didn’t have a copy of William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation in his collection?

    The short answer is that it wasn’t published until 1856.

    The long answer is a fascinating story and is told in bare bones in a Wikipedia article: the manuscript stayed in the Bradford family for a century and eventually ended up in London. After it was discovered and published in 1856, international diplomatic efforts finally returned the manuscript to the United States, where it is now in the possession of the State of Massachusetts.

    For a little flavor of American history, here’s a passage from OPP. It’s a favorite of my family and we read it each year before Thanksgiving dinner.

    Being thus arived in a good harbor and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees & blessed ye God of heaven, who had brought them over ye vast & furious ocean, and delivered them from all ye periles & miseries therof, againe to set their feete on ye firme and stable earth, their proper elemente. …
    But hear I cannot but stay and make a pause, and stand half amased at this poore peoples presente condition; and so I thinke will the reader too, when he well considers ye same. Being thus passed ye vast ocean, and a sea of troubles before in their preparation (as may be remembred by yt which wente before), they had now no freinds to wellcome them, nor inns to entertaine or refresh their weatherbeaten bodys, no houses or much less townes to repaire too, to seeke for succoure…
    Let it also be considred what weake hopes of supply & succoure they left behinde them, yt might bear up their minds in this sade condition and trialls they were under; and they could not but be very smale. … What could not sustaine them but ye spirite of God & his grace? May not & ought not the children of these fathers rightly say : Our faithers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this willdernes; but they cried unto ye Lord, and he heard their voyce, and looked on their adversitie, &c. Let them therfore praise ye Lord, because he is good, & his mercies endure for ever….

    Comment by Amy T — June 29, 2008 @ 5:12 pm

  4. Researcher, a post like this can’t compete with the firestorms going on elsewhere in the Bloggernacle, where they’re advocating the burning of the Old Testament, calling Utahns utterly racist, claiming Joseph Smith was an inauthentic prophet on several fronts, including the Word of Wisdom. So how can mere booklists draw an audience?

    You make a conclusive case for why OPP wasn’t collected by Bernhisel! I hadn’t realized it was published so late. It did reach Utah soon after publication, though, judging by how often Josiah F. Gibbs used a parody of one of your quoted lines. In his complaints about the ill-treatment of Indians, he often wrote, “The Pilgrims first fell on their knees … and then fell on the Indians.”

    The passage you quote is beautiful — in fact, I think I’ll memorize it. I wonder if it has been cited by Mormons in connection with the pioneer crossing of the continent? In any case, it’s a beautifully written passage, and thanks for posting it.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 29, 2008 @ 6:09 pm

  5. Since I was trying to write my comment quickly, I cut and pasted this out of the wikipedia article instead of searching for my copy of the quote. We use a standard English version of the quote, since who wants to stumble over ye’s and yt’s and weatherbeaten bodys when everyone is waiting to fall on the Thanksgiving repast?

    Comment by Researcher — June 29, 2008 @ 8:00 pm

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