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Enclosure: Thomas Jefferson’s List of Recommended Books, [ca. 4 October 1809]

Enclosure

List of Recommended Books

History

Diodorus Siculus.

Justin

Herodotus by Littlebury 2. v. 8vo

Thucydides by Smith. 2. v. 4to

[perhaps there may be an 8vo edition]

Xenophon’s Hellenics.

Xenophon’s Anabasis1 by Spelman. 2. v. 8vo

Quintus Curtius by Digby. 2. v. 12mo

Stanley’s lives of the Philosophers. 4to

Anacharsis 5. v. 8vo

Dionysius Halicarnasseus. by Spelman. fol.2

Polybius by Hampton. 2. v. 12mo

Livy by several hands 6. v. 8vo

Sallust by Gordon. 12mo

Caesar by Bladen 8vo

Plutarch’s lives by Langhorne. 6. v. 8vo

Cornelius Nepos.

Middleton’s life of Cicero. 3. v. 8vo

Middleton’s miscellaneous3 works. 5. v. 8vo

Tacitus by Gordon. 5. v. 12mo

Suetonius by Thompson. 8vo

Gibbons’s Roman empire.4 12. v. 8vo

Millot’s Antient history5

Kennet’s antiquities of Rome. 8vo

Volney’s Lessons on history. 8vo

Dictionnaire historique par l’Avocat. 4. v. 12mo

Millot’s Modern history.6

Russel’s history of Modern Europe 5. v. 8vo

Millot’s history of France.7

Voltaire’s Louis XIV. 12mo

Robertson’s Charles V.8 4. v. 8vo

King of Prussia’s works. 17. v. 8vo

Voltaire’s life of Peter the great. 8vo

Tooke’s life of Catharine II. 2. v. 8vo

Voltaire’s Charles XII. 12mo

Kennet’s history of England. 3. v. fol.9

Rapin’s history of England. 12. v. 8vo

Mrs MacCaulay’s history.10 5. v. 8vo

Ludlow’s Memoirs. 3. v. 8vo

Fox’s history of James II. 8vo

Belsham’s histories. 7. v. 8vo

Baxter’s history of England.11 2. v. 12mo

Plowden’s hist. of Ireland12

Buchanan’s history of Scotland. 2. v. 8vo13

Robertson’s history of Scotland. 2. v. 8vo

Robertson’s hist. of America. 3. v. 8vo

Gordon’s hist. of the Independce of America. 4. v. 8vo

A Ramsay’s hist. of the American revolution 2. v. 8vo

A Mrs Warren’s hist. of the American revolution. 3. v. 8vo14

A Belknap’s hist. of N. Hampshire. 3. v. 8vo

A Hutchinson’s hist. of Massachusets. 2. v. 8vo

A Minot’s hist. of the15 insurrection of Mass. in 1786. 8vo

A Williams’s history of Vermont. 8vo

Smith’s hist. of New York. 8vo

Smith’s hist. of New Jersey. 8vo

A Proud’s hist. of Pensylvania. 2. v. 8vo

A Findlay’s hist. of the Western insurrection. 1794.16

A Burke’s hist. of Virginia. 3. v. 8vo

Hewitt’s hist. of S. Carolina. 2. v. 8vo

Mosheim’s Ecclesiastical history 6. v. 8vo

A Priestley’s Ecclesiastical history.

Priestley’s hist. of the corruptions of Christianity 2. v. 8vo


Natural Philosophy.17

Scientific Dialogues. 8. vols. in 16s by Joyce18

Conversations in chemistry. 2. v. 12mo

Nature displayed. 7. v. 12mo

Franklin’s Philosophical works. 4to

Martin’s Philosophical grammar. 8vo

Martin’s Philosophia Britannica. 3. v. 8vo

Nicholson’s Introduction to Natural Philosophy 2. v. 8vo

Adams’s lectures in Natl & experimentl philosophy 5. v. 8vo

Adams’s Geometrical & Graphical essays. 2. v. 8vo

Ferguson’s lectures on Mechanics 8vo19

Helsham’s lectures on Mechanics. 8vo

Fontenelle’s Plurality of worlds. 12mo20

Ferguson’s astronomy. 8vo21

Pinkerton’s22 geography. 2. v. 8vo

A Scott’s Universal gazetteer. 4. v. 8vo

Baker on the microscope. 8vo23

Buffon’s Natural history.

Turton’s Linnaeus. 7. v. 8vo

A Barton’s elements of Botany. 2. v. 8vo


Agriculture.24

Dixon’s husbandry of the Antients. 2. v. 8vo

Theatre d’Agriculture de De Serres. 2. v. 4to

Tull’s horse hoeing husbandry. 8vo

Hale’s body of Husbandry. 4. v. 8vo

Home’s Gentleman farmer 8vo

Young’s Rural oeconomy. 8vo

Young’s Farmer’s guide. 8vo

Young’s course of Experimentl agriculture 3. v. 8vo

Young’s Travels. 2. v. 8vo

A Boardley’s essays on agriculture. 8vo25

A The New England Dictionary of agriculture 8vo

A McMahon’s American gardener’s calendar 8vo

Knight on Apple & Pear trees, cyder and perry. 12mo

Combrun’s theory & practice of brewing. 8vo

[page 2:]

General.26

Owen’s Dictionary of arts & sciences. 4. v. 8vo

A Dobson’s American Encyclopedia. 18. v. 4to

The Handmaid to the arts. 2. v. 8vo27

A very general estimate of those not marked A. which may be bought in England.

£ s d
5.  folios @ 31/6 sterl. = 7 17 6
7.  4tos @ 20/ 7 0 0
179.  8vos @ 8/ 71 12 0
91.  12mos @ 4/ 18 4 0
8.  16s @ 3/ 1 4 0
Cost in the shop there  105 17 6 = 476. D 40 c

charges of importation to be added.

They will cost from 50. to 100. pr cent more if bought in an American bookshop.

Those marked A. which are American publications, & can only be bought here are

18. 4tos Dobson’s } the prices of these are not known: but they will be dearer probably than books of the same size in Europe.
31. 8vos

PoC (CLU-C); entirely in TJ’s hand; undated; brackets in original. Dft (CSmH: JF-BA); undated; lacking marginal notations indicating American publication and most of concluding section; on verso of RC of John Wyche to TJ, 7 Sept. 1809. Also enclosed in TJ to Samuel R. Demaree, 4 Oct. 1809.

anacharsis: Jean Jacques Barthélemy, Voyage du Jeune Anacharsis en Grèce, dans le Milieu du Quatrième Siècle avant l’Ère Vulgaire, 5 vols. (Paris, 1789; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 41).

1Dft substitutes “Cyri exp.” for preceding two words.

2Dft here adds “£3–12.”

3Word interlined in Dft.

4Dft: “Gibbons’s Decline & fall of the Rom. emp.”

5Dft here adds (brackets in original here and in next two notes)“[4. v. 12mo Fr].”

6Dft here adds “[5. v. 12mo Fr].”

7Dft here adds “[3. v. 12mo].”

8In Dft TJ here canceled “12mo.”

9Dft here adds “£4–4.”

10Dft: “hist. of the Stewarts.”

11In Dft this entry ends “4to.”

12Title omitted in Dft, which here has “Ld Orrery’s hist. of Engld 2. v. 12mo.”

13Title interlined in Dft.

14Title interlined in Dft.

15In Dft TJ here canceled “rebellion.”

16Title inserted at right in Dft.

17Subject heading omitted in Dft.

18Preceding two words omitted in Dft.

19In Dft TJ here adds “7/6.”

20In Dft TJ here adds “2/6.”

21In Dft TJ here adds “9/.”

22TJ here canceled “geometry.”

23Title interlined in Dft.

24Subject heading omitted in Dft.

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26Subject heading omitted in Dft.

27Dft ends here.

Index Entries

  • A Compleat Body of Husbandry (T. Hale) search
  • A Complete History of England (Kennett) search
  • Adams, George; Geometrical and Graphical Essays search
  • Adams, George; Lectures on Natural and Experimental Philosophy search
  • A general system of nature, through the three grand kingdoms of animals, vegetables, and minerals (C. Linnaeus; trans. W. Turton) search
  • agriculture; books on search
  • agriculture; TJ lists works on search
  • A History of the Early Part of the Reign of James the Second (C. J. Fox) search
  • alcohol; cider search
  • An ecclesiastical history, ancient and modern, from the birth of Christ to the beginning of the eighteenth century (Mosheim) search
  • A New and Impartial History of England (J. Baxter) search
  • An Historical Account of the Rise and Progress of the Colonies of South Carolina and Georgia (Hewat) search
  • An Historical Review of the State of Ireland (Plowden) search
  • An Introduction to Natural Philosophy (Nicholson) search
  • antiquity; Husbandry of the Ancients (Dickson) search
  • astronomy; books on search
  • Astronomy explained upon Sir Isaac Newton’s principles (J. Ferguson) search
  • A Treatise on the Culture of the Apple & Pear, and on the Manufacture of Cider & Perry (Knight) search
  • A view of the principles and conduct of the Protestant dissenters, with respect to the civil and ecclesiastical constitution of England (Priestley) search
  • Baker, Henry; The Microscope made easy search
  • Barthélemy, Jean Jacques; Voyage du Jeune Anacharsis en Grèce search
  • Barton, Benjamin Smith; Elements of Botany search
  • Baxter, John; A New and Impartial History of England search
  • Belknap, Jeremy; The History of New-Hampshire search
  • Belsham, William; History of Great Britain search
  • Bibliothecae Historicae Libri Quindecim de quadraginta (Diodorus Siculus) search
  • biography; books of search
  • Bladen, Martin, trans.; Caius Julius Cæsar’s Commentaries of his wars in Gaul, and civil war with Pompey search
  • books; on agriculture search
  • books; on history search
  • books; on natural philosophy search
  • books; TJ recommends on agriculture search
  • books; TJ recommends on history search
  • books; TJ recommends to J. Wyche search
  • Bordley, John Beale; Essays and Notes on Husbandry and Rural Affairs search
  • Buchanan, George; Rerum Scoticarum Historia search
  • Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc, comte de; Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux search
  • Burk, John Daly; The History of Virginia search
  • Caesar, Julius; Caius Julius Cæsar’s Commentaries of his wars in Gaul, and civil war with Pompey (trans. Bladen) search
  • Caius Julius Cæsar’s Commentaries of his wars in Gaul, and civil war with Pompey (trans. M. Bladen) search
  • chemistry; books on search
  • Cicero, Marcus Tullius; C. Middleton’s life of search
  • cider; Treatise on the Culture of the Apple & Pear, and on the Manufacture of Cider & Perry (Knight) search
  • Combrune, Michael; The Theory and Practice of Brewing search
  • Conversations on Chemistry: in which the elements of that science are familiarly explained (J. H. Marcet) search
  • Crispi Opera Omnia (Sallust; trans. Gordon) search
  • Curtius Quintus; Historia Alexandri Magni Regis (trans. Digby) search
  • Cyrus’s Expedition into Persia, and the Retreat of the Ten Thousand Greeks (The Anabasis) (Xenophon; trans. Spelman) search
  • Deane, Samuel; The New-England farmer, or, Georgical dictionary search
  • Dickson, Adam; The Husbandry of the Ancients search
  • Dictionary of Arts & Sciences (Owen) search
  • Dictionnaire Historique et Bibliographique Portatif (Ladvocat) search
  • Digby, John, trans.; Historia Alexandri Magni Regis (Curtius Quintus) search
  • Diodorus Siculus; Bibliothecae Historicae Libri Quindecim de quadraginta search
  • Diodorus Siculus; Historiarum Libri Aliquot, qui extant, opera & studio Vincentii Obsopoei in lucem editi search
  • Dionysius of Halicarnassus; Opera Omnia Graece et Latine (trans. E. Spelman) search
  • Dobson, Thomas; Encyclopædia search
  • Dossie, Robert; The Handmaid to the Arts search
  • Dufief, Nicolas Gouin; Nature Displayed search
  • Élemens de l’Histoire de France, depuis Clovis jusqu’à Louis XV (Millot) search
  • Elements of Botany (B. S. Barton) search
  • Elements of General History (C. F. X. Millot) search
  • Encyclopædia (Dobson) search
  • Entretiens sur la Pluralité des Mondes (Fontenelle) search
  • Essays and Notes on Husbandry and Rural Affairs (Bordley) search
  • Ferguson, James; Astronomy explained upon Sir Isaac Newton’s principles search
  • Ferguson, James; Lectures on Select Subjects in Mechanics, Hydrostatics, Pneumatics, and Optics search
  • Findley, William; History of the Insurrection, in the Four Western Counties of Pennsylvania search
  • Fontenelle, Bernard Le Bovier de; Entretiens sur la Pluralité des Mondes search
  • Fox, Charles James; A History of the Early Part of the Reign of James the Second search
  • Franklin, Benjamin; Miscellaneous and philosophical pieces search
  • Frederick II (“the Great”), king of Prussia; Oeuvres Complettes de Frederic II, Roi de Prusse search
  • geography; books on search
  • Geometrical and Graphical Essays (G. Adams) search
  • Gibbon, Edward; The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire search
  • Gordon, Thomas, trans.; Crispi Opera Omnia (Sallust) search
  • Gordon, Thomas, trans.; The Works of Tacitus search
  • Gordon, William; History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment of the Independence of the United States of America search
  • Hale, Thomas; A Compleat Body of Husbandry search
  • Hampton, James, trans.; The General History of Polybius search
  • Hellenica (Xenophon) search
  • Helsham; Lectures on Mechanics search
  • Herodotus; Littlebury translation search
  • Hewat, Alexander; An Historical Account of the Rise and Progress of the Colonies of South Carolina and Georgia search
  • Histoire de l’empire de Russie sous Pierre le Grand (Voltaire) search
  • Histoire d’Angleterre (P. de Rapin Thoyras) search
  • Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux (Buffon) search
  • Historia Alexandri Magni Regis (trans. Digby) search
  • Historiarum Libri Aliquot, qui extant, opera & studio Vincentii Obsopoei in lucem editi (Diodorus Siculus) search
  • Historiarum Libri Qui Extant (Livius) search
  • history; TJ recommends books on search
  • History of America (W. Robertson) search
  • History of Great Britain (Belsham) search
  • History of Modern Europe (W. Russell) search
  • History of the American Revolution (D. Ramsay) search
  • History of the Corruptions of Christianity (J. Priestley) search
  • History of the Insurrection, in the Four Western Counties of Pennsylvania (Findley) search
  • History of the Life of Marcus Tullius Cicero (Middleton) search
  • History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment of the Independence of the United States of America (W. Gordon) search
  • History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution (Warren) search
  • Horse-Hoeing Husbandry: or, An Essay on the Principles of Vegetation and Tillage (J. Tull) search
  • Hutchinson, Thomas; The History of the Colony of Massachusetts-Bay search
  • Iustini Historae Phillipicae Cum integris Commentariis Iac (Justinius) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; recommends books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; List of Recommended Books for J. Wyche search
  • Joyce, Jeremiah; Scientific Dialogues, intended for the Instruction and Entertainment of Young People search
  • Justinus, Marcus Junianus; Iustini Historae Phillipicae Cum integris Commentariis Iac search
  • Kames (Kaim), Henry Home, Lord; The Gentleman Farmer search
  • Kennett, Basil; Romae Antiquae Notitia: or, The Antiquities of Rome search
  • Kennett, White; A Complete History of England search
  • Knight, Thomas Andrew; A Treatise on the Culture of the Apple & Pear, and on the Manufacture of Cider & Perry search
  • Ladvocat, Jean Baptiste; Dictionnaire Historique et Bibliographique Portatif search
  • Langhorne, John, trans.; Lives (Plutarch) search
  • Langhorne, William, trans.; Lives (Plutarch) search
  • Leçons d’Histoire (Volney) search
  • Lectures on Mechanics (Helsham) search
  • Lectures on Natural and Experimental Philosophy (Adams) search
  • Lectures on Select Subjects in Mechanics, Hydrostatics, Pneumatics, and Optics (J. Ferguson) search
  • Le Siècle de Louis XIV (Voltaire) search
  • Le Théâtre d’Agriculture et Mesnage des Champs (O. de Serres) search
  • Linnaeus, Carolus (Carl von Linné); A general system of nature, through the three grand kingdoms of animals, vegetables, and minerals (trans. Turton) search
  • Littlebury, trans.; Herodotus search
  • Lives (Plutarch; trans. W. & J. Langhorne) search
  • Livy (Titus Livius); Historiarum Libri Qui Extant search
  • Ludlow, Edmund; Memoirs search
  • Macaulay, Catharine; The History of England from the Accession of James I. to that of the Brunswick Line search
  • Marcet, Jane Haldimand; Conversations on Chemistry: in which the elements of that science are familiarly explained search
  • Martin, Benjamin; The Philosophical Grammar: being a view of the Present State of Experimental Physiology, or Natural Philosophy search
  • McMahon, Bernard; The American Gardener’s Calendar search
  • Memoirs (E. Ludlow) search
  • Middleton, Conyers; History of the Life of Marcus Tullius Cicero search
  • Middleton, Conyers; Miscellaneous Works search
  • Millot, Claude François Xavier; Élemens de l’Histoire de France, depuis Clovis jusqu’à Louis XV search
  • Millot, Claude François Xavier; Elements of General History search
  • Minot, George Richards; The History of the Insurrections search
  • Miscellaneous and philosophical pieces (Franklin) search
  • Miscellaneous Works (Middleton) search
  • Modern Geography (J. Pinkerton); TJ recommends search
  • Mosheim, Johann Lorenz; An ecclesiastical history, ancient and modern, from the birth of Christ to the beginning of the eighteenth century search
  • natural history; TJ recommends books on search
  • natural philosophy; TJ recommends books on search
  • Nature Displayed (Dufief) search
  • Nepos, Cornelius; Vitae Excellentium Imperatorum search
  • Nicholson, William; An Introduction to Natural Philosophy search
  • Oeuvres Complettes de Frederic II, Roi de Prusse (Frederick II) search
  • Opera Omnia Graece et Latine (Dionysius of Halicarnassus; trans. Spelman) search
  • Opera Omnia Quae Extant (Suetonius) search
  • Owen, W.; Dictionary of Arts & Sciences search
  • perry; Treatise on the Culture of the Apple & Pear, and on the Manufacture of Cider & Perry (Knight) search
  • Pinkerton, John; Modern Geography search
  • plants; books on search
  • Plowden, Francis; An Historical Review of the State of Ireland search
  • Plutarch; Lives (trans. J. & W. Langhorne) search
  • Polybius; The General History of Polybius (trans. Hampton) search
  • Priestley, Joseph; A view of the principles and conduct of the Protestant dissenters, with respect to the civil and ecclesiastical constitution of England search
  • Priestley, Joseph; History of the Corruptions of Christianity search
  • Proud, Robert; The History of Pennsylvania in North America search
  • Ramsay, David; History of the American Revolution search
  • Rapin Thoyras, Paul de; Histoire d’Angleterre search
  • Rerum Scoticarum Historia (Buchanan) search
  • Robertson, William (1721–93); History of America search
  • Robertson, William (1721–93); The History of Scotland search
  • Robertson, William (1721–93); The History of the Reign of Charles V search
  • Romae Antiquae Notitia: or, The Antiquities of Rome (Kennett) search
  • Rural Oeconomy: or, Essays on the Practical Parts of Husbandry (A. Young) search
  • Russell, William; History of Modern Europe search
  • Sallust (Gaius Sallustius Crispus); Crispi Opera Omnia (trans. Gordon) search
  • Scientific Dialogues, intended for the Instruction and Entertainment of Young People (J. Joyce); TJ recommends search
  • Scott, Joseph T.; The New and Universal Gazetteer: or, Modern Geographical Dictionary search
  • Serres, Olivier de; Le Théâtre d’Agriculture et Mesnage des Champs search
  • Smith, Samuel (historian); The History of the Colony of Nova Caesaria, or New-Jersey search
  • Smith, William (1711–87); The History of the Peloponnesian War, Translated from the Greek of Thucydides search
  • Smith, William (1728–93); The History of the Province of New-York search
  • Spelman, Edward, trans.; Cyrus’s Expedition into Persia, and the Retreat of the Ten Thousand Greeks (The Anabasis; Xenophon) search
  • Spelman, Edward, trans.; Opera Omni Graece et Latine search
  • Stanley, Thomas; The History of Philosophy search
  • Suetonius (Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus); Opera Omnia Quae Extant search
  • Tacitus; The Works of Tacitus (trans. Gordon) search
  • The American Gardener’s Calendar (B. McMahon) search
  • The Anabasis (Xenophon; trans. E. Spelman) search
  • The Farmer’s Guide in Hiring and Stocking Farms (A. Young) search
  • The General History of Polybius (trans. Hampton) search
  • The Gentleman Farmer (Kames) search
  • The Handmaid to the Arts (Dossie) search
  • The History of Charles XII (Voltaire) search
  • The History of England from the Accession of James I. to that of the Brunswick Line (C. Macaulay) search
  • The History of New-Hampshire (J. Belknap) search
  • The History of Pennsylvania in North America (Proud) search
  • The History of Philosophy (Stanley) search
  • The History of Scotland (W. Robertson) search
  • The History of the Colony of Massachusetts-Bay (Hutchinson) search
  • The History of the Colony of Nova Caesaria, or New-Jersey (S. Smith) search
  • The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (E. Gibbon) search
  • The History of the Insurrections (Minot) search
  • The History of the Peloponnesian War, Translated from the Greek of Thucydides (Smith) search
  • The History of the Province of New-York (Smith) search
  • The History of the Reign of Charles V (W. Robertson) search
  • The History of Virginia (J. D. Burk, S. Jones, and L. H. Girardin); TJ recommends search
  • The Husbandry of the Ancients (A. Dickson) search
  • The Life of Catharine II, Empress of all the Russias (Tooke) search
  • The Microscope made easy (Baker) search
  • The Natural and Civil History of Vermont (S. Williams) search
  • The New and Universal Gazetteer: or, Modern Geographical Dictionary (Scott) search
  • The New-England farmer, or, Georgical dictionary (Deane) search
  • The Philosophical Grammar; being a view of the Present State of Experimental Physiology, or Natural Philosophy (Martin) search
  • The Theory and Practice of Brewing (Combrune) search
  • The Works of Tacitus (Tacitus; trans. Gordon) search
  • Tooke, William; The Life of Catharine II, Empress of all the Russias search
  • Travels during the years 1787, 1788 and 1789 (Young) search
  • Tull, Jethro; Horse-Hoeing Husbandry: or, An Essay on the Principles of Vegetation and Tillage search
  • Turton, William, trans.; A general system of nature, through the three grand kingdoms of animals, vegetables, and minerals (C. Linnaeus) search
  • Vitae Excellentium Imperatorum (Nepos) search
  • Volney, Constantin François Chasseboeuf, comte de; Leçons d’Histoire search
  • Voltaire (François Marie Arouet); Histoire de l’empire de Russie sous Pierre le Grand search
  • Voltaire (François Marie Arouet); Le Siècle de Louis XIV search
  • Voltaire (François Marie Arouet); The History of Charles XII search
  • Voyage du Jeune Anacharsis en Grèce (J. J. Barthélemy) search
  • Warren, Mercy Otis; History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution search
  • Williams, Samuel (1743–1817); The Natural and Civil History of Vermont search
  • Wyche, John; and Westwardmill Library Society search
  • Wyche, John; books recommended to, by TJ search
  • Xenophon; Cyrus’s Expedition into Persia, and the Retreat of the Ten Thousand Greeks (The Anabasis) (trans. Spelman) search
  • Xenophon; Hellenica search
  • Young, Arthur; Rural Oeconomy: or, Essays on the Practical Parts of Husbandry search
  • Young, Arthur; The Farmer’s Guide in Hiring and Stocking Farms search
  • Young, Arthur; Travels during the years 1787, 1788 and 1789 search