How often do you have a chance to help the library and own a book from 1788 for $85? Click on the photo for details!

The Library has received a donation of Henry Home Lord Kames’ fourth volume of Sketches of the History of Man which we are offering to the public for $85. Contact Reference and Local History Librarian, Fawn Gillespie at 203-468-3890 if interested in purchasing. 

Cover of the book is calf leather binding -exterior condition fair-with abraisions to board corners – see photos, interior condition good but with foxing, however text block is split, and front cover detached held by what appears to be cloth tape.

Interior ink inscriptions:

Front:   Peter Clarke from C. (?) K. Allie_ _ _ _ (unclear) St. Thomas April 19th, 1800

Back:   From Christopher (?) Allie_ _ _ _ (unclear)

Note: I thought the book may have belonged to a faculty member or student of St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, however I spoke with the Librarian there, Rody Bazzano and he stated that the year of 1800 predates the building of the Seminary.

Author Information: 

Henry Home, Lord Kames (1696 – 27 December 1782) was a Scottish advocate, judge, philosopher, writer and agricultural improver. A central figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, a founder member of the Philosophical Society of Edinburgh, and active in the Select Society, he acted as patron some of the most influential thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment, including the philosopher David Hume, the economist Adam Smith, the writer James Boswell,  the chemical philosopher William Cullen, and the naturalist John Walker. (From Wikipedia)