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London Booksellers and American Customers: Transatlantic Literary Community and the Charleston Library Society, 1748-1811

ISBN: 9781570034060
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Edition: annotated edition
Publication Date: 2002-05
Number of pages: 522
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James Raven's history of the Charleston Library Society's book purchasing activities offers a window into the transatlantic book trade during the 18th and 19th centuries, and a chronicle of this early library's influence on southern culture. Founded in 1748 and still flourishing at the start of the 21st century, 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. It 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.

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