Bookshelf

Bookshelf provides descriptions and notices of recent publications on Pennsylvania subjects.

David F. Long, professor of history at the University of New Hampshire and a published author, has utilized unpublished family correspondence, naval records, diplomatic dispatches. newspapers and numerous other sources to complete Sailor-Diplomat: A Biog­raphy of Commodore James Biddle, 1783-1848. The 312-page work covers 1he commodore’s illustrious forty-eight year naval career and is not only a portrait of the man but also of the period during which this Pennsylvanian served his country. This cloth-bound volume is avail­able for $22.95 from Northeastern University Press. Box 116, Boston, MA 02117.

 

The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society has just published the Warrantee Atlas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. This reprint of the original (1914) rare and cumbersome atlas shows the original warrants, survey dates, and patent dates, and is of unquestionable value to those doing historical or genealogical research. Hard-bound copies are available from The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, 4338 Bigelow Blvd., Pittsburgh 15213, for $27.00 ($28.62 in Pa.).

 

Forging a Society: Readings in the History of Western Pennsylvania is a collection of articles from the Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine covering the years 1748-1877. This plastic-bound paper­back, which was compiled by John Kent Folmar of California State College and Bill Trimble, society editor, summarizes the region’s his­tory and points out parallels to main themes in American history to the end of Reconstruction. To obtain copies. send $9.50 (no tax). plus $1.50 postage and handling to The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, 4338 Bigelow Blvd., Pitsburgh 15213.

 

The South Pennsylvania Railroad, by Walter F. Walton. has been released by the Pittsburgh Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The book, which is illustrated with photos and maps, sells for $4.50. Send orders to John F. Oyler, secretary, History and Heritage Committee, Pittsburgh Section ASCE, 92 Youngwood Rd., Pittsburgh 15228.

 

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission announces the micro-publication of the Records of the Harmony Society, 1786-1951, which reproduces Manuscript Group 185 in the State Archives. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and di­rected by Roland M. Baumann and Robert M. Dructor, the publica­tion consists of 311 reels of microfilm and a finding guide. The microfilm, which is one of the best documentations available of a com­munal society, may be ordered directly from the Commission, Box 1026, Harrisburg 17120. The price per reel is $20: the complete set costs $6,220 plus postage, insurance and handling.

 

The Fan Collectors Press, Kennett Square, has published the first listing of museums and historical societies that have fan collections. The Fan Directory: A Guide to Decorative Fans for Museums and Collectors offers brief summary or each collection. including infor­mation regarding hours, admission and any special arrangements. Also included in the Guide is a bibliography, related material for insti­tutions and collectors. and a listing or conservators, appraisers, deal­ers and brokers, and auction houses. Copies cost $7.50, and museums may purchase the directory at a 40% discount. Add $1.50 for postage and handling and send a check, payable to Mary E.G. Rhoads, to The Fan Directory, Box 763, Kennett Square 19348.

 

Montgomery County: The Second Hundred Years is a two-volume set that covers Montgomery County’s twentieth-century history. More than 1,700 pages long with 300 photographs, this comprehensive study is available through the Montgomery County Federation of Historical Societies, Box 1027, Norristown 19404. The set is $45.00 plus $3.50 postage and 6% for Pa. residents.

 

Dr. Vernon Leslie has recently completed work on Canaltown Honesdale, a 250-page history documenting a quarter of a century in the life of Honesdale during the 1800s. Cost of the publication is $16.00 plus $2.99 tax and shipping. It may be ordered by contacting The Wayne County Historical Society, Box 466, 810 Main St., Hones­dale 18431.