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John Davis Batchelder Collection

Books manuscripts, and other materials

During years of foreign study and travel, John Davis Batchelder, (1872-1958) collected books, manuscripts, bindings, prints, maps, and coins which he felt illustrated the history of Western culture. His collection, given to the Library in 1936, is housed for the most part in the Rare Book and Specials Collections Division. The 1,499 volumes include children's books, early America publications, incunabula, and such significant literary works as the 1599 quarto edition of Shakespeares' Romeo and Juliet and the first folio edition of his plays (1623). Many book and nonbook items were acquired because of their connection with famous people.

See: The Library of Congress Exhibit of Books, Manuscripts, Bindings, Illustrations and Broadsides Selected from the Collection of John Davis Batchedler, Esquire for a detailed listing of some of the more notable items in this collection.

Digitized Materials From the John Davis Batchelder Collection

Inauguration Ball Inauguration Ball, March 4th 1881: [programme]. 1881. Page Turner - PDF - Bibliographic Information
Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States. Part I. Philadelphia: Printed by Styner and Cist, in Second-street, 1774.
Page Turner - PDF (76.99 MB) - Bibliographic Information
Travel Kit [Charles Dickens’s traveling kit]. [186-?]
Page Turner - PDF (192.68 KB) Bibliographic Information
Charles Dickens’s Walking Cane [Charles Dickens’s Walking Cane]. [186-?]
Page Turner - PDF (154 KB) Bibliographic Information
Hero, of Alexandria. Spiritali di Herone Alessandrino, ridotti in lingua volgare da Alessandro Giorgi. Vrbino, Appresso B. e S. Ragusij fratelli, 1592.
Page Turner - PDF (72.74 MB) - Bibliographic Information
Arithmeticae Practicae Methodus Facilis Gemma, Frisius, 1508-1555. Arithmeticae Practicae Methodus Facilis.
Page Turner - PDF (74.33 MB) - Bibliographic Information
 
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