FOL Contributions and Donations to the Library

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends, the Addlestone Library added the following (selected) works to our collection:

Early English Books Online

From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare, this incomparable collection now contains more than 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave’s Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing’s Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement. Libraries possessing this collection find they are able to fulfill the most exhaustive research requirements of graduate scholars – from their desktop – in many subject areas, including English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science.

The Greville Haslam Sporting and Angling Collection

The library received the Greville Haslam Sporting and Angling Collection, one of the most remarkable collections of its kind in the nation, in September 2010. The collection consists of more than 2,200 books about hunting, fishing, cooking, and the angling lifestyle that were acquired by Dr. Greville Haslam of Pennsylvania.

A stellar part of the collection, invaluable for reference, includes over 400 copies of a single title – the most celebrated angling book of all time – Isaac Walton’s The Compleat Angler, first published in 1653. Another book in the collection written by Walton bears his signature; over 250 years later poet and playwright John Drinkwater signed his name to the same volume, adding it to his library.

The Greville Haslam Sporting and Angling Collection was given through the generosity of Howard and Mary Phipps.

Print Collection Development: Religious Studies

Through the generous support of an anonymous donor, the Friends of the Library were able to make significant enhancements to the religious studies collections at the Addlestone Library. Print volumes covering Sufism, early Chinese religion, Buddhism, and Japanese religion were acquired through this gift. We also added titles discussing the relationship between religion and violence in popular culture.

Print Collection Development: Historic Preservation and Community Planning

The following journals were added to the Historic Preservation and Community Planning collection through the generosity of an anonymous donor:

Built Environment: Design, Management, and Application. Paul S. Gellar, editor.
Future Anterior: the Journal of Historic Preservation History, Theory and Criticism. GSAPP, Columbia University
Architectural Conservation: Issues and Developments. Vincent Shacklock, Editor

Print Collection Development: Environmental Sciences

The library added more than 30 print titles to the environmental sciences collection, including Resource Rebels: Native Challenges to Mining and Oil Corporations and Selling Yellowstone: Capitalism and the Construction of Nature.

These acquisitions were made possible through the generosity of MeadWestvaco.

Electronic Database: GREENR

The Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources focuses on the physical, social, and economic aspects of environmental issues. Topic, organization, and country portals form research centers around issues covering energy systems, health care, agriculture, climate change, population, and economic development. Portals include authoritative analysis, academic journals, news, case studies, legislation, conference proceedings, primary source documents, statistics, and rich multimedia. Use Browse Issues and Topics, World Map, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.

GREENR was acquired through the generosity of MeadWestvaco.

Electronic Database: LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis® is a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions designed specifically for professionals in the legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting, and academic markets.

LexisNexis Academic was acquired through the generosity of the Friends of the Library. 

Running a Thousand Miles to Freedom, William and Ellen Craft. 1860, First Edition

Published in 1860, this account describes how the light-skinned Ellen Craft dressed as a man and pretended to be a wealthy, white invalid seeking medical treatment in Philadelphia, accompanied by “his” slave William, who would generally speak on his master’s behalf.  Traveling on public transportation, the Crafts traveled from Macon, Georgia through Savannah, Charleston, Wilmington, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore on to Philadelphia.  In Philadelphia, they were befriended by William Lloyd Garrison, who recognized their usefulness to the abolitionist cause.  The Crafts relocated to Boston and began a lecture circuit as antislavery activists.  The Fugitive Slave Account permitted slave hunters to pursue escaped slaves even in free states and their celebrity made the Crafts particular vulnerable.  William and Ellen set sail for England, where they recall finally feeling free.  At the time of publication, the Crafts resided in England with their sons and they continued to work with antislavery activists.  By the end of their life, they moved to Charleston to live with their daughter’s family.

The narrative contains many anecdotes about slavery and freedom for blacks and discusses how they were treated in both the South and the North.  Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom has been and continues to be analyzed for the issues of race, gender, and class so prevalent in the unusual façade assumed by Ellen Craft as well as challenges to her ability to be a public figure as an African American woman.  Their lives and their publication hold many important comments on slavery in the South, prejudice in the North, and the internationalism of abolitionist movement. 

This acquisition was made through the generosity of the Honorable Judge Bernard R. Fielding, the Honorable Senator Herbert U. Fielding, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Additional support was given from the Friends of the Library.

The Defense of Charleston by General Roswell S. Ripley (annotated map and pamphlet)

In the spring of 1863, the Union assembled near Charleston the largest fleet of ironclads the world had yet seen. Led by General Ripley, the Charleston garrison at Fort Sumter repulsed the ironclad attack of April 7, 1863. This was the first use of ironclads against shore installations. This splendid Charleston Harbor map, annotated perhaps by Ripley himself, captures the events of that momentous day. The map has been annotated with labels identifying the extensive Confederate batteries, barbettes and defensive works in the harbor. These are marked with 33 carefully drawn small Confederate flags. In the harbor, near Fort Sumter, 8 Union ironclads are depicted, each with a small stars-and-stripes flag; the column labeled in red ink “Position of Federal Iron Clads at 4 hrs. 5 mns. p.m. April 7, 1863.” Ripley’s defenses successfully repelled this unprecedented attack, thereby saving the vital port of Charleston. After the war, Ripley lived for twenty years in England, where he arranged the private publication of the present first-hand report and prepared this meticulous map of the Charleston defenses. This is the only known example.

This acquisition was made through the generosity of Mr. Richard W. Salmons, Jr. and the Friends of the Library.

The Laws of the Province of South Carolina, Nicholas Trott. 1736, first edition

Nicholas Trott’s Laws of the Province of South-Carolina. Published in two volumes in 1736 by Lewis Timothy, the South Carolina partner of Benjamin Franklin, Laws is the first substantial book printed in South Carolina, and is one of the largest books printed in the southern colonies prior to 1800. Trott was born in England in 1633 and served as governor of the Bahamas before immigrating to South Carolina in 1690. He served as one of the most prominent men in the province during the forty years that he lived in South Carolina, holding multiple judiciary and political roles. He later became a judge and published multiple writings on laws and trials in South Carolina. In 1736, Laws, his final work, was published. Laws on the Province of South Carolina was acquired through the generosity of the Friends of the Library.

This acquisition was made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Library.

The Greenberg Book Arts Collection

Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944) was one of the most prolific and best known American designers of cloth bindings. Her bindings, easily recognized by her overlapping “MA” monogram on the cover, are bold and colorful Art Nouveau style and contain hand-drawn alphabets and floral designs. Thomas Bird Mosher’s (1852-1923) books were small, finely printed and affordable, unlike the private presses whose books were expensive. Mosher published more than 700 books during his career, selecting the inks and papers, and choosing the typeface and page arrangements. This collections of exquisite books serves as the perfect complement to Special Collections and will allow students and faculty to extensively study American cloth book covers and literature selections chosen by American printers. This collection was acquired through the generosity of Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg.

Histoire Naturelle, George Louis Leclerc de Buffon. 1749-1778, first edition

Buffon’s masterpiece described all that was known about the natural world in the 18th century, including the relationships along species, the age of the earth and the sources of biological variation. Charles Darwin credited Buffon as “the first author who in modern times has treated [natural selection] in a scientific spirit.” The Addlestone Library’s edition of Histoire Naturelle consists of 36 beautifully-illustrated volumes and complements the already-impressive collection of natural history works, including those of John James Audubon, Mark Catesby, John Gould and Alexander Wilson.

This acquistion was made possible through the generosity of John E. Cay, III.

The Federalist, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay. 1788, first edition

These pamphlets are a masterpiece of political philosophy and  the primary document left by the framers of the Constitution. ferderalist1 The early trustees of the College of Charleston included three signers of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Heyward, Arthur Middleton and Edward Rutledge, and three framers of the Constitution, Charles Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and John Rutledge.  By some accounts, most notably his own, Charles Pinckney contended he had submitted a draft, known as the Pinckney Plan, that was the basis of the final Constitution.  Although most historians have rejected this assertion, they do recognize that Pinckney was among the leaders who produced our Constitution.

This acquisition was made possible through the generosity of Joseph F. Rice and Ronald L. Motley.

On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin. 1859, first edition

This seminal work in biology argues that populations evolve over time through natural selection.  No single work more aptly completes the College’s remarkable collection of 19th century natural history than this title.  Not only does it compliment the works of Audubon and Gould, but also is a companion piece to his very rare and quite vivid memoir, The Voyage of the Beagle, which the library is fortunate to own.

This acquisition was made possible by Mr. Samuel E. Beall, John M. Rivers, Jr. and the Friends of the Library.

Voyages, Captain James Cook. 1773-1784, first edition

These journals document Cook’s discoveries as he led the first scientific expedition financed by a national government. He explored, as he intended, farther than anyone ever had or ever could on earth, as nearly as possible from pole to pole.  He was first to circumnavigate Antarctica and New Zealand, and he mapped New Zealand more accurately than any previously unexplored region had ever been recorded.  He established that no undiscovered continent could exist in the Pacific.  He established new standards for navigation and for maintaining health at sea.  His travel accounts are among the best ever written for their insights and their prose, and his anthropological accounts are models of observation. Special Collections’ edition also includes an exquisite atlas of his travels.

This acquisition was made possible through the generosity of the Peter Manigault Lifetime Trust.

Histories, Herodotus. 1502, first edition

Considered by many to be the first great prose writer of western civilization history, Herodotus documented the origins of the Greco-Persian wars, which took place in 490 and 480-79 BC.  This Aldine edition is the first printing of Herodotus in the original Greek and one of only 25 in existence.

This acquisition was made possible through the generosity of Mr. Charles W. Patrick, Jr. and Dr. Celeste H. Patrick.

Flora Boreali – Americana, Sistens Caracteres Plantarum quas in America Septentrionali Collegit et Dextexit, André Michaux.

Paris: Levrault, 1803, two volumes bound together with 51 engraved plates.
For the French government, André Michaux collected plants throughout the United States from 1785-1796, and he established an arboretum in Charleston. This illustration of the Pinckneya pupens was engraved by P. J. Redouté.

Ichthyology of South Carolina, John Edwards Holbrook. 1860, Volume 1 (205 pp. and 28 hand-colored lithographs).

Dr. Holbrook was a member of the Faculty of the Medical College of South Carolina, and he had previously published a multivolume study entitled North American Herpetology (1842), which the Library already owned. He began a study of Southern fishes, but most copies were lost in a fire. He started over and limited himself to fishes found in South Carolina, but was only able to publish a rare first volume. This illustration is of the Red-bellied Perch (Ichthelis rubricauda), a fish found widely in South Carolina and also found from Georgia to Massachusetts.

This acquisition was contributed by Howard and Mary Phipps.

Military Costume of Turkey

(London: Thos. McLean, 1818).
This folio volume contains 32 hand-colored prints that were engraved from “drawings made on the spot.” In 1818, the Ottoman Empire controlled the eastern Mediterranean and North Africa with a force of an estimated 400,000 soldiers.

Monthly Review and Literary Miscellany of the United States

(Charleston: Gabriel M. Bounetheau), 1806; volume 1 (424 pages).
Only one volume of this national journal was published. Its contents include essays, poetry, reviews, useful inventions, and notes. Only two other copies of this extremely rare Charleston imprint are known to exist.

Quadrupeds of North America by John James Audubon and John Bachman

(New York: V. G. Audubon, 1851-1854).
This is the royal octavo edition that was issued with hand-colored lithographs in three volumes. After Audubon completed the  Birds of America, he asked the Rev. Dr. Bachman to prepare the text for a comprehensive study of American land mammals.  Dr. Bachman was pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Charleston, and he had published type descriptions of many of the mammals that were to be included. This illustration is of the Cougar (Felis concolor), the College’s mascot.