Go to:  Thomas Jefferson: an American Man for All Seasons
              Man of Learning, Culture and Science      |       Main Page

Editorial Note from
Thomas Jefferson's Library: A Catalog with the Entries in His Own Order

edited by
James Gilreath and Douglas L. Wilson

1989 Library of Congress

Reproduced 2001

Table of Contents   |    Sources cited   |  Catalog record and links to related information from the Library of Congress catalog

Editorial Note

The editors' aim has been to present the text of the catalog as it appears in the Trist manuscript. Not only was Nicholas Trist himself a very good copyist, knowledgeable and conscientious, but there is evidence that Jefferson proofread the manuscript and numbered its pages. Trist was, however, quite careless about punctuation and clearly made no effort to follow copy (that is, Jefferson's marked copy of the 1815 printed catalog) exactly or to be consistent in regard to punc- tuation from entry to entry. We have emulated Jefferson's example and have made no attempt to reimpose the punctuation of his original on Trist's transcrip- tion. In so doing, we have acted in accordance with another aim, which was to minimize the editorial apparatus. But the temptations that beset editors are often irresistible, and we here confess that we have yielded to the enticements of emendation in a few instances. (1) We have made only one correction, and that where the text exhib- ited an obvious copying error that might cause the reader confusion. This is duly listed at the end of this section. (2) On a few occasions, Trist left out an entry by mistake and supplied it at the bottom of the page with an asterisk to indicate where it should have gone. In such cases we have simply printed the entry in its rightful place. (3) Where the binder has cropped part of an entry, we have supplied the cropped material within square brackets from the 1815 catalog. (4) We have regularized the length of the long dashes, some of which are very long indeed in Trist's copy. (5) Matter that was entered and then crossed out by Trist has been omitted. 13


Chapter 29: No. 61 is misnumbered 161 in the manuscript.


On page 109 in entry 26, Jefferson has crossed out "Inigo Jones'" (which the editors have restored within angle brackets) and inserted "Ld. Burlington's." This is a strange entry. The Architecture of A. Palladio is the first complete English edition of Palladio's work and was published in 1715 by Giacomo Leoni. Though Inigo Jones's notes were advertised as being included in this edition, they did not appear until the 1742 edition. Jefferson's notation, how- ever, may refer instead to The Four Books of Andrea Palladio's Architecture pub- lished by Isaac Ware in London in 1738, which was both dedicated to Lord Burlington and translated by him. Richard Boyle, the third earl of Burlington, was an important force in the early eighteenth century in the movement to instill the principles of the Italian Renaissance in English architects. The illustrations in the 1738 Ware edition faithfully followed the original woodblocks from the 1570 Italian edition and the publisher took pains in other ways to reflect the integrity of the first edition. In contrast, Leoni's 1715 and 1742 versions used copperplate engravings that, though they are based on the 1570 woodblocks, distort the proportions of the illustrations. Jefferson probably would have appreciated the Burlington-Ware collabo- ration to preserve the classical purity of their edition of Palladio's work. On the other hand, in at least one other instance Jefferson simply confused Burlington and Jones. In a February 28, 1804, letter to Benjamin Latrobe that is cited on page 360 of volume 4 in Millicent Sowerby's Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson wrote: "Ld. Burlington in his notes on Palladio tells us that he found most of the buildings erected under Palladio's direction & described in his architecture to have their columns made of brick in this way and covered over with stucco." No such information is included in Isaac Ware's edition of The Four Books of Andrea Palladio's Architecture, but it does appear in one of Jones's notes in the 1742 edition of The Architecture of A. Palladio. Whether or not Jefferson once again made the error of confusing Burlington and Jones when correcting the Trist manuscript is not certain. 14

Previous Chapter  |  Next Chapter
Foreword   |   Introduction   |   Selected Reading List   |   Editorial Note   |   Chapter: 1  |  2   |   3  |  4   |   5  |  6   |   7  |  8   |   9  |  10   |   11   |   12   |   13   |   14   |   15   |   16   |   17   |   18   |   19   |   20   |   21   |   22   |   23   |   24   |   25   |   26   |   27   |   28   |   29   |   30   |   31   |   32   |   33   |   34   |   35   |   36   |   37   |   38   |   39   |   40   |   41   |   42   |   43   |   44   |   Appendix

Table of Contents  |   Sources cited   |   Catalog record and links to related information from the Library of Congress catalog

Go to: Thomas Jefferson: an American Man for All Seasons
             Man of Learning, Culture and Science      |      Main Page

Go to LC Home Page
Library of Congress
(February 2, 2002)
Library of Congress Help Desk

LC Home Page  |  Search the LC Online Catalog   |  Services for Researchers   |  Research Tools |  Main Reading Room Home Page