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Smith, J. Jay (John Jay) 1798-1881

Works: 124 works in 330 publications in 1 language and 3,838 library holdings
Genres: History  Periodicals  Sources  Pictorial works  Designs and plans  Guidebooks  Personal narratives  Records and correspondence  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Trials, litigation, etc 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Compiler, Narrator, Composer
Classifications: QK481, 051
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Most widely held works by J. Jay Smith
The North American sylva, or, A description of the forest trees of the United States, Canada and Nova Scotia considered particularly with respect to their use in the arts and their introduction into commerce ; to which is added a description of the most useful of the European forest trees by François André Michaux( Book )

69 editions published between 1850 and 1983 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Second issue of the first edition. This publication is the most important work relating to American trees prior to the 20th century. It is the product of the efforts of two of the greatest naturalists to work in 19th-century America, Francois A. Michaux and Thomas Nuttall. Michaux's work is based on his extensive travels in the eastern half of America, and those of his father, from the 1790s on. Both men were friendly with Jefferson and other leading figures, who aided them in their work and travels. The first edition of his work was published in Paris in 1817-19, although bearing a Philadelphia imprint. The plates were executed by the great French flower painter, Redouté, and his associate, Bessa and shipped to America. Later the copperplates were sent over as well. The sheets of the first effort at reprinting the work were destroyed by fire, but the copper plates were separately stored and thus survived to be employed in later editions in Philadelphia. There are numerous American editions using these plates. The first American edition of Michaux was issued at New Harmony in 1841 and reissued with cancel title in Cincinnati in 1842. This second edition was reissued using the same plates until 1856, when a fire destroyed the text plates but not the Redouté coppers. The third American edition began in 1857 and was also reissued several times. Thomas Nuttall was one of the most intrepid American naturalists of his day, travelling extensively in the Mississippi Valley and the Far West in the 1820s and '30s to gather botanical specimens. His work, designed to supplement that of Michaux, covers eastern species overlooked by the Frenchman, and new species Nuttall had gathered in the Midwest and West. His work was first published in Philadelphia in 1842-49. The more up-to-date method of using colored lithographs for the plates was employed in the Nuttall volumes, since the publisher did not have engraved plates in stock, as was the case with the Michaux work. The Nuttall was also reprinted a number of times, in uniform editions with the Michaux
Celebrated trials of all countries, and remarkable cases of criminal jurisprudence by J. Jay Smith( Book )

25 editions published between 1835 and 2007 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprises 88 cases, including Salem witches, execution for forgery in 1828, and Chapman poison case in Bucks Co., Pa., in 1832. Includes many cases furnished by the London Annual Register
Two hundred designs for cottages and villas, etc., etc., original and selected by Thomas Ustick Walter( Book )

16 editions published between 1816 and 1976 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Waldie's select circulating library( )

in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters of Doctor Richard Hill and his children; or, The history of a family, as told by themselves by Richard Hill( Book )

4 editions published in 1854 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Penn family by J. Jay Smith( Book )

8 editions published between 1867 and 1870 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recollections of John Jay Smith by J. Jay Smith( Book )

9 editions published between 1892 and 1898 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Summer's jaunt across the water by J. Jay Smith( Book )

9 editions published in 1846 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Laconics : or Instructive miscellanies, selected from the best authors, ancient and modern ...( Book )

2 editions published in 1827 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letter to Horace Binney, esq. : respecting the founder of the Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire by J. Jay Smith( Book )

1 edition published in 1852 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Private journal kept during a portion of the revolutionary war, for the amusement of a sister by Margaret Hill Morris( Book )

3 editions published in 1836 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American Historical and Literary Antiquities, Part 08 by J. Jay Smith( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
General reader 1798-1881

Member of the Philadelphia bar 1798-1881

Smith, Jno. Jay 1798-1881

Smith, Jno. Jay (John Jay), 1798-1881

Smith, John Jay 1798-1881

Smith, Jonathan Jay 1798-1881

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