History and descriptions of Pittsburgh and the surrounding area.
Early books printed in
Pittsburgh. A page of books printed in Pittsburgh in the late 1700s
and early 1800s.
Incidents of the Insurrection in the Western Parts of Pennsylvania, 1794. By Hugh H. Brackenridge. Philadelphia: John McCulloch, 1795. —Probably the most important primary source for the history of the Whiskey Rebellion, it also has the advantage of having been written by Pittsburgh’s lone literary giant of the era, who applied his narrative skill to making the book a page-turner as well as an accurate (if self-justifying) history.
The History of Pittsburgh, with a brief notice of its facilities of communication, and other advantages for commercial and manufacturing purposes. By Neville B. Craig, Esq. Pittsburgh: John H. Mellor, 1851.
Memoirs of Major Robert Stobo, of the Virginia Regiment. Pittsburgh: John S. Davidson, 1854. —Major Stobo was held captive by the French at Fort Duquesne, where he drew a map and wrote a detailed description of the place, and managed to have them smuggled out to the English forces. His memoir was obtained with great labor and edited by Neville B. Craig, author of the History of Pittsburgh above.
History of the Western Insurrection in Western Pennsylvania, Commonly Called the Whiskey Rebellion, 1794. By H. M. Brackenridge. Pittsburgh: W. S. Haven, 1859. —Written in large part in response to the Neville Craig history above. H. M. Brackenridge was the son of Hugh Henry Brackenridge, and wrote this history largely to vindicate his father, whose memory he believed Craig had slandered. Much of this history is founded on the elder Brackenridge’s Incidents of the Insurrection.
The Navigator, containing directions for navigating the Monongahela, Allegheny, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers; with an ample account of these much admired waters, from the head of the former to the mouth of the latter; and a complete description of their towns, villages, harbors, settlements, &c. Pittsburgh: Franklin Head (Zadok Cramer and various partners). —Zadok Cramer was Pittsburgh's first book publisher, or at least the first to make a long-term business of publishing. This book was his cash cow: it went through edition after edition after edition. Its description of Pittsburgh itself is one of the best we have of the city as it was two hundred years ago.
Ninth Edition (1817).
Eleventh Edition (1821).
Andrew Carnegie.—Books by and about the famous industrialist and philanthropist.