1815.038: Catalogue of Books belonging to Alexandria Library Company.

Published: 1815

Full Title: A catalogue of the books, belonging to the Alexandria Library Company. To which are prefixed, the Act of incorporation; the Laws of the Company, and the names of the members.

Author: Alexandria Library Company.

Place Issued: Alexandria

Issuing Press: John A. Stewart

Description: 46+ pgs. (8vo).


This library was formed as a social institution in 1794, and incorporated by act of Assembly in January 1799 (Chap. XLIV of Acts of December 1798 Assembly); contents here include text of the act [p. 3-4], the by-laws of the company [p. 5-8], a list of 137 members of the Alexandria Library Company [p. 9-10], and the catalogue itself [all after p. 10]; only known copy, held by the Library of Congress, has loss of all pages after p. 46; both format and text suggest only two pages have been lost, as the last surviving entries are "Appendix" of the magazines and pamphlets in the library's collection; that shortened list reports 1027 titles in all. Evidently compiled by James Kennedy, the secretary and librarian of the society, who signed the by-laws [p. 8]; he became a bookseller as a result of his association to the library; besides Kennedy, the list of members includes four other Virginia publishers: James Muir. Ferdinando Fairfax, Nathaniel Rounsavell, and Samuel Snowden.

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