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Cohen and Rev. T. Whitfield and Rev. J. S. Purefoy, 1883-84; Major
W. A. Graham and Mrs. George Duke in 1922-23; Dr. Arch Cree in
1935; Miss Georgia La Coste, many volumes and pamphlets and
papers from the library of Dr. T. J. Taylor, about 3,000 items, in 1932
and 1933; Rev. Frank Raymond, 100 volumes in 1933; Mrs. Annie
Singleton from the library of Dr. J. D. Hufham, 1921-22; Rev. J. T.
Riddick, about 400 volumes, partly in 1936, but mostly after his death
in 1938.
Here also should be mentioned the Library's collection of Bibles,
many of which have come as gifts. Among them are a heavy quarto
vulgate of 1566, the Bishop's Bible, a princely King James quarto of
1611, and many other rare Bibles from English and American houses,
and in addition Bibles in nearly all European languages, including an
early Luther's Bible, and also Bibles in several Asiatic languages,
Burmese and Chinese and Tagolog.
In June, 1910, Mrs. Temple Battle Alsop sent to the Library the
collection of books of her late husband, Mr. S. S. Alsop of Enfield,
North Carolina. Mr. Alsop was a man of true antiquarian and literary
instincts who had a fine sense of discrimination in selecting books.
This collection of 1,100 volumes had been the work of a lifetime. In it
were 130 volumes of North Carolina laws, including a 1765 Davis,
and a 1791 Iredell, and first editions of Haywood's and other early
North Carolina Reports. It contained also many books on the early
history of North Carolina, such as Tarleton's Campaigning in
America, and, an autographed copy of Caruthers' Old North State in
1776, First Series. It was especially rich in Americana, books on
Travels and Shipwrecks, and rare editions of English and American
authors. A fitting bookplate was made to mark the individual
Another valuable addition was 209 volumes of the New York Times,
running from 1856 to 1907, the gift of Rev. Thomas Dixon, Jr., who
had secured the set at a cost of $2,500, for consulting in writing his
The Leopard's Spots. It has only a few gaps, and covering a most
important and interesting period of our history, it is of great value.
The College for some years
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