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ISBN: 1570034060Издательство: University of South Carolina Press
James Raven's history of the Charleston Library Society's book purchasing activities offers both a window into the transatlantic book trade during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and a chronicle of this early library's influence on southern culture. Founded in 1748 and still flourishing today, the Charleston Library Society occupies a position of historical significance comparable to that of the Library Company of Philadelphia, the New York Library Society, and the Boston Athenaeum. Its members provided the initiative for the founding of the Charleston Museum, the College of Charleston, and numerous civic and literary societies. Raven reveals how the Charleston library grew into an effective force for the pursuit of intellectual and scientific interests and the confirmation of the political power of South Carolina's planter elite. Raven's exhaustive study features an annotated edition of the "Charles Town Library Society Letterbook, 1758?1811," a rare surviving set...