Digital Books

The Alexandria Library, Local History/Special Collections has a collection of Alexandria imprints; books and other materials published in Alexandria, Virginia. Some of these titles are unique to the Alexandria Library. We digitized a selection of these items and are making them available in their entirety. This project is ongoing. Please check back as new titles will be added. Some of the documents are large and may take a few seconds to load.


Title   The art of cookery made plain and easy; excelling any thing of the kind ever yet published ... Also, the order of a bill of fare for each month, in the manner the dishes are to be placed upon the table, in the present taste
Author Glasse, Hannah, Mrs. fl. 1747
Publisher Alexandria : Printed by Cottom and Stewart, and sold at their Book-Stores, in Alexandria and Fredericksburg, 1805
Notes "First American edition" ; PDF Version - 35.2MB


Title Constitution and by-laws of Potomac Lodge, no. 8, Independent Order of Odd-Fellows.
Author Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Publisher Alexandria, D.C. : Printed at the Gazette Office, 1843
Notes Only at the Alexandria Library ; PDF Version - 4.11MB


Title   Constitution, by-laws and rules of order of Sons of Confederate Veterans, R.E. Lee Camp, No. .... : organized August 25, 1890
Author Sons of Confederate Veterans. Virginia Division. R.E. Lee Camp, Alexandria
Publisher Alexandria : John H. Strider, Printer, 1890
Notes Only at the Alexandria Library ; PDF Version - 1.27MB


Title An historical sketch of Old Christ Church, Alexandria, Virginia. Together with a brief description of the centenary services therein, Nov. 20 & 21st, 1873
Author Old Christ Church (Alexandria, Va.)
Publisher Alexandria, Va. : Ladies’ Sewing Guild, 1894
Notes PDF Version - 13.2MB


Title  Legislative chronicles of the city of Alexandria 
Author Caton, James Randall, 1851-1935
Publisher Alexandria : Newell-Cole Company, inc., 1933 "First edition"
Notes Autographed by the author and the publisher ; PDF Version - 27.6MB


Title   An oration on the life and character of John Marshall, late Chief Justice of the United States : pronounced before the citizens of Alexandria, D.C., August 12th, 1835
Author Snowden, Edgar, 1810-1875
Publisher Alexandria : Printed at the Alexandria Gazette Office, 1835
Notes Only at the Alexandria Library ; PDF Version - 2.6MB


 Title Pastoral letter of the Right Rev. William Meade, assistant bishop op [sic] Virginia, to the ministers, members and friends, of the Protestant Episcopal church in the diocess[sic] of Virginia, on the duty of affording religious instruction to those in bondage.
Author Meade, William, Bp., 1789-1862.
Publisher Alexandria, D.C. : Printed at the Gazette Office, 1834
Notes PDF Version – 2.25 MB


Title Rev. Charles F.E. Minnigerode, D.D., presbyter of the Diocese of Virginia. Entered into the Paradise of God, October 14, 1894. This tribute to his memory is issued October, 1895.
Author St. Paul's Church (Richmond, Va.)
Publisher New York : J. Pott, [1895]
Notes PDF Version – 20.4 MB


Title   The romance of historic Alexandria, a thrilling narrative of events founded on facts and traditions; a complete guide to the old city with explanation and map of markers.
 Author Jackson, Eugene Beauharnais, 1867-
 Publisher Alexandria, Va.: H.W. Wade, 1923
 Notes ”Revised and enlarged edition”; PDF Version – 47.0MB


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 Title Surveyor’s notes and grades
 Author Gilpin, George and William Yeaton
 Publisher Handwritten manuscript
 Notes Only at the Alexandria Library ; PDF Version – 597MB


 Title Ten sermons
 Author Muir, James, 1757-1820
 Publisher Alexandria : Printed by Cottom and Stewart, 1812
 Notes PDF Version – 46.6MB