Annotated bibliography of Americana

This article enumerates selected primary sources relating to Americana in the holdings of the Folger Shakespeare Library for those broadly interested in American History.

16th Century

  • Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598.
Theatrum orbis terrarum / opus nunc denuo ab ipso auctore recognitum, multisquè locis castigatum, & quamplurimis nouis tabulis atquè commentarijs auctum.
Antuerpiae : Ex Officina Plantiniana, Abrah. Ortelij aere & cura, MDXCV [1595]
Folger Call Number: Folio G1015 .O6 1595 Cage
This book of maps contains an early representation of North America in color.
  • Harriot, Thomas, 1560-1621.
A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia.
Francoforti ad Moenum : Typis Ioannis Wecheli, sumtibus vero Theodori de Bry anno M D XC. Venales reperiuntur in officina Sigismundi Feirabendii, [1590]. 2o
Folger Call Number: STC 12786
This volume contains engraved illustrations of Harriot's famous drawings of Native Americans of Virginia.

17th Century

  • Smith, John, 1580-1631.
The generall historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles...
London : printed by I[ohn]. D[awson]. and I[ohn]. H[aviland]. for Michael Sparkes, 1624. 2o
Folger Call Number: STC 22790
This volume is a general collection of several Smith works, including a maps of Virginia and New England, as well as an Indian vocabulary list, a portrait of Pocahontas, and several interesting descriptions of local areas.