Exhibition Catalog
41 page book with illustrations for $15.00


In 1785 the Library Company of Philadelphia acquired much of the contents of the American Museum of Pierre Eugène Du Simitière. (1737-1784). This purchase was the most important in the history of the Library Company.

In November 1757, Du Simitière, sailed from Amsterdam to the West Indies, never to return to Europe. For the next 16 years he traveled back and forth between the West Indies and the principal cities of North America.

Collecting all kinds of materials was his main occupation. In two areas, his collection constituted a real contribution to scholarship: relations with the Indians in the settlement of the West; and popular, democratic uprisings, including the Leisler Rebellion in New York in 1688, the Zenger freedom of the press trial, the Paxton Rebellion, the Stamp Act crisis, and the American Revolution.