Do you have any books or maps in your library from the 1600-1700's?

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Do you have any books or maps in your library from the 1600-1700's?

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Out 4, 2008, 3:37 am

Looking for reference material and would appreciate any pointers to items in your library so I can ask questions.

Thank you!


Out 4, 2008, 4:54 am

V B,
I have one book from 1729, everything else is post 1800. What subject are you interested in researching?

Editado: Out 4, 2008, 11:09 pm

I will be moderating The's Highly-Rated Book Group read:

A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: The Life of William Dampier: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer By Diana and Michael Preston

come November**, and I was looking for reference material of the shipping trade, English politics, or culture during this period. Failing that, I was hoping to get a scan of any page of your book to compare to my earliest book to discuss the effort and variances of the printing process during this period.

Thank you for stepping forward!


**Book Group will be created shortly to allow for signups. I'm a bit of a maverick book moderator; to see what I'm like, check out the Poisonwood Bible Book Group Read taking place right now.

Nov 26, 2008, 10:43 am

I have a few books from the 1600-1700's and one from the 1500' in my library.

Nov 21, 2010, 12:32 pm

I was lucky to find at a favorite bookstore of mine a book printed in 1661. It has a very long title which was a custom of authors of that time : Resuscitatio or Bringing into Public light the works of Sir Francis Bacon (title actually much longer than that). Needless to say it is one of my most precious possessions and very much worth what is cost.

Nov 22, 2010, 2:56 pm

I have a few interesting old books, what are you looking for exactly? ken

Nov 22, 2010, 3:04 pm

I have two books in my library from the 1700s (1714 and 1794, to be exact). One is a French translation of the Iliad, and the other is a copy of The Old English Baron. If a scan of pages from either is of use to you, let me know.

Nov 28, 2010, 9:20 am

From an archival perspective, wouldn't it potentially damage your book of that age to scan it? The light of the scanner wreaks havoc on paper with acid content, not to mention how fragile the pages must be. It would be better to use a digital camera without flash...providing you have a camera with the right settings for photographing print. Just a thought...

Nov 28, 2010, 10:16 pm

Paper that old wasn't made with wood pulp but with cotton, which doesn't need lignin, so no acid.

Nov 29, 2010, 7:05 pm

In what era did they start using wood pulp?

Nov 29, 2010, 7:35 pm

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The invention of a machine for using wood pulp occurred in the 1840's. Wood pulp wasn't commonly used for paper until the second half of the 19th-century.

Fev 13, 2011, 11:52 am

I have a few books from the 1600-1700's in my library.

Nov 8, 2011, 1:13 pm


Jan 6, 2012, 6:23 pm

I have lots of original books starting at about 1650 to 1800 (and later of course).
For instance from Sir Francis Bacon, Robert Plot, several English natural philosophers, etc. etc.