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The Felcone Company has published several basic reference books in the fields of New Jersey bibliography and New Jersey history, and we are a distributor of a number of other important New Jersey reference works. Prices are net, and shipping is $6 for the first clothbound volume or $4 for a pamphlet. New Jersey residents will be charged 7% state sales tax. Members of the book trade may inquire for quantity discounts on our own publications.

Printing in New Jersey, 1754–1800: A Descriptive Bibliography. By Joseph J. Felcone. (Worcester: American Antiquarian Society, 2012). 8½ x 11 in. 544 pages. Cloth. Dust jacket. $125.

The first permanent printing office in New Jersey was established in 1754 by James Parker. Laws, proceedings of the assembly, and proclamations of the royal governors all came from Parker's press, as did numerous works for the fledgling College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Other printers soon saw opportunity in New Jersey, so that by 1800, forty-four individuals had been either proprietors or partners in printing offices spread across the state from Sussex County to Cumberland County. Printing in New Jersey contains full descriptions of all of the known products of every eighteenth-century New Jersey press.

As a descriptive bibliography of early American imprints, this book sets a new standard for comprehensiveness. Of the 1,265 books, pamphlets, periodicals, newspapers, and broadsides included, almost a quarter of them are recorded here for the first time. Every entry receives detailed bibliographical treatment: full collations are provided, paper and type are identified, contemporary bindings are described, and advertisements in newspapers are recorded. Every located copy has been collated, and full copy-specific data, including eighteenth-century provenance, is presented. Extensive notes identify anonymous authors, provide biographical and historical context, attribute unsigned printing, and establish press runs.

The second part of the text is devoted to items that may have been printed in New Jersey but for which insufficient documentation has been found to permit a clear attribution to a New Jersey press. A third part contains works incorrectly attributed to a New Jersey press by earlier bibliographers and now removed from the New Jersey printing canon. The rich back matter supports the bibliography. The first of three appendices lists the alphabetical, chronological, and geographical distribution of printing offices in eighteenth-century New Jersey. The second appendix is a register of the New Jersey book trade that records printers, publishers, booksellers, newspaper proprietors, bookbinders, papermakers, and others engaged in any aspect of the book trade or allied arts in New Jersey from 1754 through 1800. The third appendix contains six concordances. An extensive list of manuscript collections and printed resources essential to the study of eighteenth-century New Jersey printing documents the work. The volume concludes with three indexes: an index of printers and publishers, a provenance index, and a comprehensive general index.

Joseph J. Felcone has spent a lifetime collecting, studying, and writing about New Jersey books and the early New Jersey book trade. To compile this comprehensive work, he visited and fully surveyed 115 libraries, from the major repositories in the United States and England to county and local historical societies in New Jersey, and physically examined and recorded every eighteenth-century New Jersey imprint.

This important book is the winner of the 2014 Bibliographical Society of America top prize for outstanding scholarship in the bibliography of American history or literature. Printing in New Jersey, 1754–1800: A Descriptive Bibliography is distributed for the American Antiquarian Society by Oak Knoll Press, where additional information is available. Copies may be ordered from either Oak Knoll or the Felcone Company.

 

Portrait of Place: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints of New Jersey, 1761–1898, from the Collection of Joseph J. Felcone. (Princeton: Morven Museum & Garden, 2012). 8 x 11 in. 77 pages. Color illustrations. Paper. $18.

Catalogue of an exhibition of 120 privately owned views of New Jersey executed before 1900. Each view is illustrated in color, with detailed descriptive text. Oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and separately issued prints spanning the entire state from Sussex County to Cape May County. Fully indexed. A fine reference work on early New Jersey iconography, compiled by Joseph Felcone. Portrait of Place received the 2013 New Jersey Author’s Award, in the reproduction of primary sources category, presented jointly by the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance, the History and Preservation Section of the New Jersey Library Association, and the Special Collections and University Archives Division of the Rutgers University Libraries. Copies may be ordered from either Morven Museum & Garden or the Felcone Company.

 

The Printed Assembly Minutes & Laws of New Jersey, 1703–1732: A Bibliographical Study. By Joseph J. Felcone. (Princeton: The author, 2016). 45 pages. Paper. $15.

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On April 15, 1702, New Jersey became a royal colony when the proprietors of East New Jersey and the proprietors of West New Jersey jointly surrendered the right of government to the Crown. The proprietors retained the right to the soil. The governor would be a Crown appointment, and he would choose the members of his council. The assembly would consist of twenty-four elected members—twelve from East New Jersey and twelve from West New Jersey—and it would meet alternately at Perth Amboy and Burlington. The first royal governor, Edward Hyde, Lord Cornbury, arrived in New Jersey on August 11, 1703, and the first session of the first general assembly convened at Perth Amboy on November 10 of that year.

The printed record of New Jersey’s government during its first three decades has long been bibliographical terra incognita. The printed assembly minutes range from no known copies of some sessions to three copies of others. The laws have survived in slightly greater numbers, but the total universe is not large and is spread among a relatively small number of repositories. A significant number of the imprints are not yet in ESTC.

Much of the official printing was done by New York printer William Bradford, who was New Jersey’s exclusive government printer for the royal colony’s first twenty-five years as well as clerk of the New Jersey assembly beginning in 1711. The printing was done piecemeal, as it was ordered by the assembly. Pagination and signing are inconsistent and often hopelessly erratic. In an effort to keep the market supplied with laws in force, Bradford reprinted numerous laws, as well as some individual sheets, as his stock was exhausted. Pagination and signing were often changed in the reprints. Further confusion was introduced by early lawyers as well as later collectors and librarians, all of whom disassembled and mixed and matched and reassembled pieces in efforts to build as complete runs as possible. No less a bibliographer than Douglas McMurtrie, when writing in 1932 and again in 1935 on the first New Jersey imprint—the 1723 Perth Amboy laws—failed to recognize the relationship between original and reprinted sheets. This essay at last unravels the printing history of the earliest New Jersey assembly minutes and laws, and it locates and describes all known copies of each.

 

The Arcade, Greenwich, Cumberland County, New Jersey: The Land, the House, and the People over Three Centuries. By Joseph J. Felcone. (Greenwich: The author, 2013). 55 pages. Illustrations. Paper. $15.

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One of 150 copies, privately printed. A documentary history of the 1830s house on Ye Greate Street in Greenwich, lovingly restored by the author and his wife. Includes a brief account of this unspoiled gem of a Southern New Jersey town, settled about 1686.

 

New Jersey Books, 1698–1800 and New Jersey Books, 1801–1860. By Joseph J. Felcone. (Princeton: Felcone Co., 1992–96). 2 vols. 315 pages; 812 pages. Frontis. Cloth. Vol. I, $40; vol. II, $25. A 10% discount applies to the purchase of the two-volume set. Only a few copies of vol. I remain.

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Together these two volumes comprise the finest single reference work on early New Jersey books. Over 1,400 books and pamphlets are described in considerable bibliographical detail, and the history of each book or pamphlet is given in the context of the New Jersey events which led to its publication. The authors of many anonymous and pseudonymous works have been identified for the first time, largely through contemporary sources. More than a few commonly accepted New Jersey stories have been disproven. An essential reference book for libraries, a basic tool for antiquarian booksellers, and a great gift for a New Jersey collector.

 

Printing in Princeton, New Jersey, 1786–1876: A Bibliography. By Joseph J. Felcone. (Princeton: Princeton University Library, 1992). 159 pages. Illus. Cloth. $35.

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A detailed bibliography of books, pamphlets, and broadsides printed in Princeton from the establishment of James Tod's press in 1786 through the year 1876. In addition to job printing for the college and the theological seminary, Princeton printers did work for the Delaware and Raritan Canal Company, political and charitable organizations, New York and Philadelphia publishers, and many private individuals. Children's books, magazines, literature, poetry, annual reports, and orations all came from Princeton presses and all are described herein, along with the locations of known copies.

 

New Jerseyana, 1668–1984: Being a Catalogue of 4,328 Rare and Out-of-Print Books and Pamphlets, Autograph Letters and Documents, Newspapers, Prints, and Ephemera. (Princeton: Felcone Co., 1988). 294 pages. Cloth. $40.

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Our Catalogue 28, issued between 1984 and 1988, describing the largest collection of New Jersey books and pamphlets, manuscripts and documents, and related New Jerseyana ever offered for sale. The exhaustive index fills nearly 50 double-column pages. This is a useful single reference guide to New Jerseyana, from early and rare books to modern local histories, genealogies, scholarly and reference books, &c. Although the prices are now out-of-date, the information is entirely current. Only about 30 copies remain.

 

New Jersey Copyright Registrations, 1791–1845. By Joseph J. Felcone. (Worcester: American Antiquarian Society, 1994). Pages 51-115. Facsims. Paper. $10.

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An annotated transcription of the first volume of the New Jersey copyright records, located in the U.S. District Court clerk's office. Contains title page records of 225 books for which copyright protection was sought in New Jersey. Each entry includes the date the copyright was entered, the name of the author or proprietor who submitted the work, a full title transcription, and, if the work is known today, its imprint and Evans or Shaw-Shoemaker number. Contains a full index plus a separate index of printers and publishers arranged by town. With an introductory essay on the history of copyright legislation in New Jersey. Offprint from Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 104 (1994).

 

New Jersey Broadsides before 1900: A Checklist of the Joseph J. Felcone Collection. (Princeton: The author 1991). 116 pages. Illus. Paper. $20. [Now out of print, but a considerably enlarged second edition, recording about 630 pre-1900 New Jersey broadsides, in is process]

A descriptive catalogue of nearly 300 privately-owned New Jersey broadsides dating from 1773 to 1899. Each broadside is fully described, and a comprehensive index gives full access to these important but ephemeral records of New Jersey life.

 

Collecting New Jersey Books. By Joseph J. Felcone. (Union City: Wm. H. Wise Co., 1978). Pages 265–287 p. Illus. Paper. $40.

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One of 50 copies reprinted for private distribution from Collecting New Jersey Antiques. A good summary of the subject, but complete with 34 publisher-created typographical errors, several alterations and deletions from the submitted manuscript, and various other editorial and printing atrocities. With this volume the William H. Wise Company's "Books About New Jersey" series reached the nadir of book publishing, and the firm soon went out of business.

 

Trenton Index: A Combined Index to John O. Raum's History of the City of Trenton, New Jersey, Francis B. Lee's History of Trenton, New Jersey, and John Hall's History of the Presbyterian Church in Trenton, N.J. (2d Edition). By Joseph J. Felcone. (Princeton, 1976). 87 pages. Paper. $10.

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 A comprehensive combined name-and-subject index to the three major unindexed nineteenth-century histories of Trenton, and an essential key to Trenton historical and genealogical research.

 

Ewing Township, Mercer County, New Jersey: A History to the Year 1700. By Joseph J. Felcone. (Princeton, 1985). 43 pages. Paper. $10.

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A very detailed history of the earliest settlement of the area along the Delaware River just north of Trenton. Compiled entirely from documents and other primary sources.

 

Land Transactions in Ewing Township, Mercer County, New Jersey, 1687–1760. By Joseph J. Felcone. (Princeton, 1983; reprinted 2008). 8½ x 11 in. 188 pages. Folding map. Cloth. $75.

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Second printing. Transcriptions of every pre-1760 land-related document pertaining to present-day Ewing Township, Mercer County (then Hopewell and later Trenton Townships, Hunterdon County). Deeds, mortgages, surveys, etc., including many unrecorded and privately-owned documents. With a full index including every name appearing in every document.