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Rare Books Collection: American Literature, Science and Arts

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Umphraville, Angus. The siege of Baltimore, and the battle of la Tranche : with other original poems. Schaefer and Maund; Baltimore, 1817.


Origin: The book is of unknown origin. The inside cover contains a scratched off label suggesting the book came from another library or institution before the Mount obtained it.


Material: This book is a collection of poems written by a young American named Angus Umphraville in the early 19th century. The largest poem in the book, “The Siege of Baltimore” is based off the Battle of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 and includes elements of romantic style of literature and nationalism. He included mock letters before each Canto dedicated to American leaders who participated in the battle. Someone studying early Romanticism literature in America might find this collection useful.

Poem Titles:    Siege of Baltimore

Battle of La Tranche

The Bower of Contemplation

Amoris Elegiacum

Moonlight Walk

Translation of a Greek Epitah

Virgil Aeneid

Verses Written On A Summer’s Eve

A Spanish Song

Willie Grey The Blest

Laus Jacksonis


Weaknesses: These poems have little value as historical pieces. Little of what Umphraville describes actually occurred and is nationalism. Additionally there is no Table of Contents which can make navigation difficult.


Call Number: E364.3.U56 S45 1817 


Worldcat Discovery Link:,1708,638


 Good, John Mason.The Book of Nature. J.J Harper; New York, 1828.

Origins: The book was owned by the Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary before it was owned by the library.


Book Material: This book is an attempt to disseminate scientific information to a general audience. Scientific research and study in the United States remained within the realm of colleges and universities. Good drew from lectures he had given over the years and tried to present a wide range of scientific research to the general population on topics including the nature of matter, the different systems in the human body and the development of the mind. This book reveals the way 19th century scientists viewed the natural world and human society. Anyone studying the growth of medicine and scientific advancement during this time would find this book useful.


Weaknesses: This book is written from a 19th century scientist perspective which contains out of date theories regarding scientific thought.


Call number: QH 81 .G64 1828


Worldcat Discovery Link:,1708,638

Webster, Noah. An American dictionary of the English language : exhibiting the origin, orthography, pronunciation, and definition of words (basically, Webster’s Dictionary). Harper and Brothers; New York, 1844.

Origins: This book was previously owned by Thomas O’ Neill. The owner was most likely the Thomas O’ Neill of Taneytown who corresponded with President John McCaffrey in the 1850’s.


Material: This book is a copy of the Webster’s Dictionary from 1844. The book contains a preface from 1829 regarding the publication of the Webster’s Dictionary.


Weaknesses: There may be some words outdated because of the age of this dictionary edition.


Call number: PE 1628 .W4 H3 1844


Worldcat Discovery Link:,1708,638



Montgomery, Zachary. The Poison Fountain : or, Anti-parental education. Essays and discussions on the school question from a parental and non-sectarian standpoint. Wherein the decline of parental authority, the downfall of the family government, and the terrible growth of crime, pauperism, insanity and suicides, in America, are traced directly and unmistakably to our anti-parental public school system. Zach Montgomery; San Francisco, 1879.


Origins: This book is of unknown origin.



Material: The Poison Fountain is an argument by Zachary Montgomery that New England, despite having two centuries of required schooling, produced more white criminals than other regions which do not have required schooling. Montgomery utilized charts and census data to justify his point. His biggest complaint is that the New England system prevents parental control in the education of their children. This book would be useful for anyone studying educational policy in the late 19th century.


Weaknesses: The book is fragile and should be handled with care. Montgomery has a bias in favor of his position which is important to keep in mind while studying his argument.


Call Number: LC111 .M7 1879


Worldcat Discovery Link:,1708,638

Leahy, William. Fundamentals of Diagraming. Kenneth Publishing Company. Chicago, 1965.



Origins: This book was donated to the library as part of the Germain Grisez collection.



Material: Fundamentals of Diagraming is a small book containing a diagram method for educating students for English. The diagrams are intended to educate students on the different parts of a sentence such as a noun, verbs and adjectives.  Each section introduces a different part of a sentence and then creates lines which connects the words. As you read further in the book, the examples and sentence structures become more complicated. By dividing up the different sections of the sentence, the student would be able to understand how sentences are formed and planned out. This book will be useful to any student interested in 20th century educational history.


Weaknesses: The sentence structures are a little difficult to understand at first.



Call Number: PE 1380 .L45 1965


Worldcat Discovery Link:,1708,638



Gems of sacred songs : a collection of 23 celebrated songs by favorite composers. Oliver Ditson & Company; Boston, 1876.


Origins: This Musical book is of unknown origin.


Material: This book contains a number of religious musical scores from a variety of different composers.


List of Composers:

  1. “The Wings of a Dove” by Jeffreys pg. 1
  2. “The Wanderer” by F. Schubert pg. 6
  3. “Consider the Lilies” by R. Topliff pg. 10
  4. “List, to the Convent Bells” by John Blockley pg. 13
  5. “The Vacant Chair” by Henry S. Washburn and Harley Newcomb pg. 16
  6. “The Dove of Noah” by Charles Mackay and Henry Russell pg. 17
  7. “If With All Your Hearts” from “Elijah” pg. 18
  8. “Why do Summer Roses Fade” by J.E. Carpenter and George Barker pg. 20
  9. “Gently, Softly, Solemn Measure” from “Der Freischiits” pg. 21
  10. “The Officer’s Funeral” by Hon. Mrs. Norton pg. 22
  11. “Home Again” by M.S. Pike pg. 24
  12. “Do They Pray for Me At Home?” by W.O. Fiske pg. 26
  13. “Charity” by Charles Jefferys and Stephen Glover pg. 28
  14. “Fading, Still Fading” from a Portuguese Melody pg. 30
  15. “Hark! I Hear an Angel” Song by R.G. Shrival pg. 31
  16. “Come This Way My Father” by Wm. Martin pg. 33
  17. “There’s Nothing True But Heaven” by G. Shaw pg. 34
  18. “The Willow Song” by J.W. Hanson and I. N. Metcalf pg. 35
  19. “There’s Rest For All In Heaven” by Finley Johnson and E.P. Chase pg. 36
  20. “Our Own Sweet Thoughts” by J.S. Adams and Air Du Simplon pg. 37
  21. “Oh! Boatman Row Me O’er the Stream” by Mrs. Marion Dix Sullivan and Edward L. White pg. 38
  22. “The Song of Spring” by Mendelssohn pg. 40
  23. “Far Away” by Mrs. Hemans and C.S. Crossman pg. 44
  24. “The Beggar Child” (Das  Bettelnde Kind.) by F. Gumbert pg. 45 (Misprinted as 92)
  25. “Ave Maria” by Cherubini pg. 47
  26. “Over the River” by A. Whitney pg. 50
  27. “Angels Ever Bright and Fair” by Handel pg. 52
  28. “The Family Bible” by Geo. P. Morris and T. Rickard pg. 54
  29. “The Battle Prayer” by Walter Maurie and Himmel pg. 55
  30. “Speak Gently” by W.V. Wallace pg. 56
  31. “He Wipes the Tear from Every Eye” by A. Lee pg. 57
  32. “Let Me Kiss Him for His Mother” by John P. Ordway pg. 58
  33. “I’m Lonely Since My Mother Died” by H.S. Thompson pg. 60
  34. “The Orphan’s Prayer” by Mercadante pg. 62
  35. “Resignation”  by J.E. Gould pg. 64
  36. “Burial of Mrs. Judson” by L. Heath pg. 66
  37. “Mary’s Tears” by O. Shaw pg. 67
  38. “The Mother’s Vow” by H. Waters pg. 68
  39. “Twilight Hour” by O. Shaw pg. 69
  40. “Evening” (Gute Nacht) by Franz Abt. pg. 70
  41. “The First Violet” (Das Erste Veilchen) by Mendelssohn pg. 71
  42. “Slow and Sadly Tolling” by H.R. Bishop pg. 74
  43. “The Pilgrim Fathers” by Mrs. Hemans and Miss Browne pg. 76
  44. “The Ruler’s Daughter’ by Mrs. M.S.B. Dana pg. 80
  45. “Arrayed in Clouds of Golden Light” by Oliver Shaw pg. 81
  46. “Keep This Bible Near Your Heart” by H.S. Thompson pg. 84
  47. “Flee, As a Bird” by Mary S.B. Dana pg. 87
  48. ”How Cheering the Thought” by Cunningham and Geo. J. Webb pg. 88
  49. “The Widow of Nain” by Bishop Heber pg. 89
  50. “Weep Not For Me” by Dale and Geo. J. Webb pg. 91
  51. “Oh God, Thy Goodness” by John Ring and Beethoven pg. 92
  52. “Evening Song to the Virgin” by the Hemans sisters, pg. 93
  53. “All That’s Bright Must Fade” by Sir John Stevenson pg. 96
  54. “I Would Not Live Alway” by Muhlenburg and Geo. Kingsley pg. 97
  55. “Hymn to the Virgin” by Franz Schubert, pg. 98
  56. “Rock’d In the Cradle of the Deep” by Willard of Troy and J.P. Knight pg. 100
  57. “A Pilgrim and a Stranger” an Italian Melody pg. 103
  58. “Oh! That I Had Wings” by W.E. Staite and E.L. White pg. 104
  59. “Be Kind to the Loved Ones At Home” by I.B. Woodbury pg. 107
  60. “Welcome Again, Sweet Sabbath Morn” by S. Nelson pg. 108
  61. “Come Ye Disconsolate” by D. Dutton, pg. 109
  62. “Mother, Oh! Sing Me to Rest” by R. Franz, pg. 110
  63. “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth” by “Messiah” pg. 112
  64. “I Hear the Angels Calling” by J.S. Adams and L.O. Emerson pg. 117
  65. “Come Unto Him” by Handel pg. 118
  66. “Peace of Mind” by H.A. Sponholtz pg. 120
  67. “With Verdure Clad” by Haydn pg. 122
  68. “Oh Lovely Peace” from “Judas Maccabeus” pg. 127
  69. “Hark, the Vesper Hymn” Thomas Moore and Sir John Stevenson pg. 132
  70. “The Star of Bethlehem” by Henry Kirke White and F. Granger pg. 134
  71. “The Messenger  Bird” by the Hemans sisters pg. 136
  72. “O Lord Have Mercy On Me” by Pergolesi pg. 139
  73. “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” by L. O. Emerson pg. 142
  74. “Come, Holy Spirit” by G.W. Warren pg. 147
  75. “Jesus, Savior of My Soul” by Albert H. Wood pg. 150
  76. “Ave Maria” by C. Franck pg. 152
  77. “The Better Land” by Mrs. Hemans and Geo. Kingsley pg. 154
  78. “The Bird Let Loose” by Oliver Shaw pg. 156
  79. “A Psalm of Life” by H. W. Longfellow and John Blockley pg. 158
  80. “Cradle Song” by Mendelssohn (uncertain) pg. 160
  81. “The Tyrolese Evening Hymn” by Mrs. Hemans and Miss Browne pg. 162
  82. “Cast Thy  Burden Upon the Lord” from “Elijah” pg. 163
  83. “Just As I Am” by G.R.W. Harding pg. 165
  84. “The Maid of Judah” by Kucken pg. 166
  85. “The Child’s Wish” by unknown pg. 169
  86. “Nearer, My God, to Thee” by T. Wood pg. 170
  87. “There’s A Good Time Coming” by Henry Russell pg. 172
  88. “Eve’s Lamentation” by M.P. King pg. 174
  89. “O That I Had Wings” by Theodore T. Barker pg. 176
  90. “Holy Mother, Guide His Footsteps” from Maritana pg. 178
  91. “Home” by W. Ball and unknown pg. 182
  92. “Jesus, Saviour of My Soul” by Henry Wilson pg. 184
  93. “Ruth and Naomi” by S. Topliff pg. 186
  94. “The Sound of Harps” (IL Suon Dell Arpa) from “I Martiri” pg. 191
  95. “The Dearest Spot of Earth to me is Home” by W. T. Wrighton pg. 195
  96. “Calvin L.M.” by Ch. Zeuner pg. 196
  97. “Luther’s Chant” by Ch. Zeuner pg. 196
  98. “Missionary Chant” by Ch. Zeuner pg. 196
  99. “Old Hundred” by M. Luther pg. 196
  100. “Antioch” from Handel pg. 197
  101. “Peterborough” by unknown pg. 197
  102. “Ydolem” by Ch. Zeuner pg. 197
  103. “Hartland” by unknown pg. 198
  104. “Lebanon” by J. Zundel pg. 198
  105. “Shirland” by Stanley pg. 198
  106. “Pleyel’s Hymn” by Pleyel pg. 198
  107. “Greenville” by Rosseau pg. 199
  108. “America” by unknown pg. 199
  109. “Missionary Hymn” by L. Mason pg. 199
  110. “Portuguese Hymn” by unknown pg. 200
  111. “The Eden Above” by unknown pg. 200
  112. “Joyfully, Joyfully” by unknown pg. 200
  113. “Heaven is My Home” by unknown pg. 201
  114. “Homeward Bound” by Rev. J.W. Dadmun pg. 201
  115. “Will You Go?” by unknown pg. 201
  116. “O, That Beautiful World” by unknown pg. 201


Haupt, Erik. Annapolis, Maryland. Garamond Inc; Baltimore, 1891.


Origins: this book is from an unknown source but seems to be recently purchased or at least rebound in 2015 due to the sticker on the back of the sketchbook.


Material: This book contains 13 charcoal sketches of Annapolis from the 19th century.  In the beginning of the book, the author included an basic history of Annapolis and mentions a few interesting sights. The pictures in this book include:

  1. Saint Ann’s Church Circle
  2. St. Mary’s and Carroll Mansion
  3. Chancery Lane
  4. The Harbor
  5. Old Hamilton House
  6. Rene Mercedes
  7. State House
  8. St. Ann’s Church Circle (different angle)
  9. Entrance Chase House
  10. Market Slip
  11. The Junk Shop
  12. U.S. Naval Academy

Weaknesses: Some of them sketches are not that good.


            The Old Franklin Almanac. A. Winch: Philadelphia, 1862,1863, 1865, 1867, 1868.


Origins: It is not clear where any of these almanacs come from. The 1868 edition is stamped with the name of a city and the date Dec. 5. However the stamp has faded and the city name is hard to make out.


Material: Like all almanacs, these editions from the 19th century contain information about astrology, cosmological phenomena and facts from around the world. However, these particular almanacs contain events of the Civil War and the Reconstruction period that followed. The writers included battlefield events and laws introduced by Congress. In-between these events are included the opinions of the writers in regards to how the war was conducted. A Civil War historian would find these almanacs useful not only for the facts of the battle but also the manner in which the war is described and perhaps even more important, which events were left out.


Weaknesses: Almanacs are fragile and must be handled with care.        


Call Number: Z 1215 .E37 F9 1862-1868

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