The Atlas of the Rhode Island Book Trade in the Eighteenth Century
horizontal rule


The following sources were consulted in establishing the information in the Atlas, and they are cited there by their short names. A short selection of general sources are listed at the end.

Alden, John Eliot. Rhode Island Imprints, 1727-1800. New York: for the Bibliographical Society of America by R.R. Bowker, 1949.
Arnold, Samuel Greene. History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. 2 vols. New York: D. Appleton, 1860.
Barthold, Allen J. "'Gazette francoise,' Newport, R.I., 1780-80." Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 28.1 (1934): 64-79.
Bartlett, John Russell, ed. Records of the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in New England: printed by order of the General Assembly. 10 vols. Providence: A. Crawford Greene and Brother, 1856-1865.
Blaine, Joseph W. "1840 Newport House Survey - Preliminary House Survey." Typescript.
Blaskowitz, Charles. "A plan of the town of Newport in Rhode Island." [London]: William Faden, 1777.
Brigham, Clarence Saunders. James Franklin and the Beginnings of Printing in Rhode Island. Boston: The Society, 1936.
Brooks, Charles Timothy. Controversy Touching the Old Stone Mill in the Town of Newport, Rhode Island. Newport: Charles E. Hammett, Jr., 1851.
Brown SpColl
Brown, Mark N., et al. Special Collections at Brown University: A History and Guide. Providence: The Friends of the Library of Brown University, 1988. Portions Available online at .
Buildings of RI
Jordy, William H. (ed.) Buildings of Rhode Island. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004.
Cady, John Hutchins. The Civic and Architectural Development of Providence. Providence: The Book Shop, 1957.
Chace--MSS (1759)
Chace, Henry R. Henry R. Chace Papers, MSS 338, Box 10, sec. 6, Rhode Island Historical Society.
Chace--MSS (1770)
Chace, Henry R. Henry R. Chace Papers, MSS 338, Box7, Rhode Island Historical Society.
Chace--MSS (1779)
Chace, Henry R. Henry R. Chace Papers, MSS 338, Box 1, Folder 21, Rhode Island Historical Society.
Chace--MSS (1798)
Chace, Henry R. Henry R. Chace Papers, MSS 338, Box 8, Rhode Island Historical Society.
Chace--Owners (1770)
Chace, Henry R. Owners and Occupants of the Lots, Houses and Shops in the Town of Providence, Rhode Island in 1798. Providence: Livermore & Knight: 1914. Section of "Owners of Houses in the Compact Part of Providence, 1770".
Chace--Owners (1798)
Chace, Henry R. Owners and Occupants of the Lots, Houses and Shops in the Town of Providence, Rhode Island in 1798. Providence: Livermore & Knight: 1914.
Chapin--Ann Franklin
Chapin, Howard Millar. "Ann Franklin, Printer." American Collector 2.6 (September 1926): 461.
Chapin, Howard Millar. Calendrier français pour l'année 1781 and the Printing Press of the French Fleet in American Waters during the Revolutionary War. Providence, RI: Preston & Rounds, 1914.
Chapin, Howard Millar. Gazetteer of Rhode Island. [Providence?], 1931. Typescript.
Chapin, Howard Millar. "Early Rhode Island Paper Making." The American Collector 2.2 (April 1926): 303-309.
Chapin, Howard Millar. "An Unlisted Engraver and Printer of 1715." The American Collector 2.4 (July 1926): 361-2.
Chapin, Howard Millar. "John Waterman, Printer." The American Collector 2.5 (August 1926)
The Biographical Cyclopedia of Representative Men of Rhode Island. 2 vols. Providence: National Biographical Publishing Co, 1881.
Des Barres
Des Barres, Joseph F.W. "A Plan of the Town of Newport in the Province of Rhode Island." From The Atlantic Neptune, London: 1777-81.
Downing--Early Homes
Downing, Antoinette Forrester. Early Homes of Rhode Island. Richmond, VA: Garrett and Massie, 1937.
Downing, Antoinette F. and Vincent J. Scully. The Architectural Heritage of Newport Rhode Island, 1640-1915. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1952, 1967.
Eayrs, N.W. "Map of Newport, R.I." [Newport, R.I.?]: Simon Hart, [ca. 1892?].
Chapin, Charles V. and Anna Augusta Chapin. A History of Rhode Island Ferries. Providence: The Oxford Press, 1925. See also the Chapins's "The Jamestown and Newport Ferries." Rhode Island Collections 14.4 (October, 1921): 111-120.
Fiske, Jane Fletcher. Gleanings from Newport Court Files, 1659-1783. Boxford, MA: Fiske, 1998.
Gale, Marie J. "Some Old Newport Houses." Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society no. 36 (April, 1921): 1-20.
Historic American Building Survey Records, MSS 502, Rhode Island Historical Society.
Kornblith, Gary J. "Becoming One's Own Master: Bennett H. Wheeler, Yankee Printer." Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village Herald 13.1 (1984): 10-18.
Chyet, Stanley F. Lopez of Newport: Colonial American Merchant Prince. Detroit: Wayne State Univ. Press, 1970.
Loschky, Helen. Carter and Wilkinson: Rhode Island's First Publishing House, 1793-1799. 1966. Brown University term paper.
Mason--Newport Illustrated
Mason, George Champlin. Newport Illustrated: In a Series of Pen and Pencil Sketches. Newport: C.E. Hammett, Jr., 1875.
Mason, George Champlin. Reminiscences of Newport. Newport: Charles E. Hammett, Jr, 1884.
McBurney, Christian. A History of Kingston, R.I., 1700-1900. Kingston: Pettaquamscutt Historical Society, 2004.
McMurtrie, Douglas C. "The Beginning of Printing in Rhode Island." Americana 39.4 (1935): 607-629.
Miner, Ward L. William Goddard, Newspaperman. Durham, N.C.: Duke Univ. Press, 1962.
Mumford, Paul M. A Defence. [Providence?]: [1827].
Newport Historical Magazine. Newport: Newport Historical Publishing Co.
The Newport Mercury.
Brown, H. Glenn and Maude O. Brown. A Directory of Printing, Publishing, Bookselling & Allied Trades in Rhode Island to 1865. New York: New York Public Library, 1958. A selected list of emendations can be found here.
Palmer, Henry Robinson. "The Libraries of Rhode Island."New England Magazine n.s. 22.4 (June 1900): 478-500.
Phelps, C. Deirdre. Solomon Southwick, 1731-1797, Patriotic Printer of Rhode Island. Somerville, MA: C. Deirdre Phelps, 2001.
Plan de la position de l'armee francaise au tour de Newport dans Rhode jsland et du mouillage de l'escadre dans la rade de cette ville. Paris: Chez le Rouge, Rue des Grands Augustins, 1782.
Providence Typographical Union No. 33. Printers and Printing in Providence, 1762-1907. [Providence: Providence Print. Co., 1907]
The Providence Gazette.
Richardson, George H. Occupations: Craftsmen in Newport, and Other Information about the Town's Inhabitants. [Newport, n.d.]. Photocopied of a scrapbook held by the Newport Historical Society. No evidence of sources for entries is provided.
Woodward, William McKenzie and Edward F. Sanderson. Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historic Resources. [Providence]: Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission, 1986.
Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission. Warren, Rhode Island Statewide Preservation Report B-W-1. Providence: The Commission, 1975.
Rusden, Irma G. A Brief History of Shakespeare's Head. [S.l.: s.n.]. Typescript.
Spawn, Willman, and Carol M. Spawn. "Francis Skinner, Bookbinder of Newport: An Eighteenth-Century Craftsman Identified by His Tools."Winterthur Portfolio 2 (1965): 47-61.
Stevens, Maud Lyman. "Newport Streets." Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society. 67 (December 1928): 1-13.
Stiles, Ezra. Manuscript Map of Newport. 1758. Reproduced on page 127 of Guinness and Sadler, Newport Preserv'd. New York: Viking Press, 1982.
Swan, Bradford F. The First Printing in Providence. 1951.
Tilley, Edith May. Historic Spots in Newport. Newport: Mercury Publishing, 1914.
Warren 200th
Peck, Henry J. 200th Anniversary of Warren, Rhode Island, Historical Sketch. Warren: Town of Warren, 1947.
[Chapin, Howard M.] "Watermarks on Early Rhode Island Paper." Rhode Island Historical Society Collections 23.4 (October, 1930): 117-119.
"J. Weeden, Printer." Rhode Island Historical Society Collections 12.3 (1919): 75-6.
Winship, George Parker. "Newport Newspapers in the Eighteenth Century." Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society. no. 14 (October, 1914):1-19.
Wroth, Lawrence C. "The First Press in Providence: A Study in Social Development." Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 51.2 (1942): 351-83.

General Sources

An online map that visually demonstrates the spread of printing in fifteenth-century Europe:

For a fascinating and beautifully-produced overview of the history of attempts to depict time:

A recent collection of essays that takes as its starting point the geographical elements in Lucien Febvre and Heri-Jean Martin's L'Appartion du Livre:

On the potential uses of GIS and mapping for book history:

The mapping of the book trade has a long and productive history in Great Britain, especially with regard to the London trade, and particularly in the work of scholars like Peter Blayney and James Raven. For a convenient collection of articles by scholars working on the London bookscape, including Blayney and Raven :

Also by Raven:

horizontal rule

footer About the Project Search Rhode Island Historical Society Browse Viewing options