Complete Works of Milton Vol1

c. 1698

A complete collection of the historical, political, and miscellaneous works of the John Milton. Milton was an English poet and intellectual who wrote during a period of political and religious turmoil. This book was a gift from Samuel Swazey Seward to William H. Seward. 

Popular Technology; or, Professions and Trades

c. 1841

Author: Edward Hazen 

Written for the use of schools and families, as well as for miscellaneous readers. The author concisely writes a series of articles to embrace a variety of subjects related to professions and trades. In the 1840s, Seward as governor was concerned with...

Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly. Volume II

c. 1852

Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe

An anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published in two volumes in 1852, the novel had a profound effect on attitudes toward African Americans and slavery in the U.S., and is said to have "helped lay the groundwork for...

Cravath Firm and Its Predecessors. 1819-1947

c. 1946

Author: Robert T. Swaine 

Cravath, Swaine and Moore, as it is known today, one of the most prestigious law firms in the United States, was involved in some of the most important events in history. It was also a decisive influence on the direction of American legal practice...

Harper's New Monthly Magazine Volume 12

c. 1856

By Harper & Brother's Publication 

War of the Rebellion: Official Records. Series I. Volumes I-LIII

c. 1880 - 1898

Prepared by the late Lieut. Col. Robert N. Scott, Third U.S. Artillery

Published under the direction of the Hon. Redfield Proctor, Secretary of War, by Maj. George B. Davis, U.S.A., Mr. Leslie J. Perry, Mr. Joseph W. Kirkley, Board of Publication.


Democracy in America

c. 1838

By Alexis de Tocqueville

Vegetable Substances Used for the Food of Man

c. 1840

By Harper & Brothers, Publication 

A Treatise on Agriculture

c. 1840

By John Armstrong 


Perils of the Sea; Being Authentic Narratives of Remarkable and Affecting Disasters upon the Deep

c. 1840 

Author: Harper & Brothers, Publication

In the 1840s, Seward as governor was concerned with the lack of books in New York State schools. Seward surveyed public school libraries in the New York City area and compiled a list of topics he thought kids should read about....

Life of Abraham Lincoln; From His Birth to His Inauguration as President

c. 1872

Author: Ward H. Lamon 

Written by personal friend and self-appointed bodyguard of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Lamon recollects the life of Abraham Lincoln down to the 4th of March, 1861. 

Cecil Dreeme

c. 1862 

Author: Theodore Winthrop 

"Cecil Dremme" is a semi-autobiographical novel. The gothic tale features a young traveler, Robert Byng, who returns from abroad to New York. He lodges in an impressive building along with other young Bohemians and artists, including a mysterious...

Sports In Many Lands. Europe, Asia, Africa, and America Etc. etc.

c. 1875

Author: Henry Astbury Leveson

A sporting expedition novel in the regions of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. Includes illustrations.

Theology of the Bible: Itself the Teacher, and Its Own Interpreter

c. 1866

Author: Oliver Spencer Halsted 

Formally owned by Francis Seward.