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160 years

160 Years of Arts at the St. Louis Mercantile Library: A Handbook of the Collections

"This fully illustrated handbook presents highlights of the paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and folk and decorative arts that make up the Mercantile Library Association's permanent collection and that reflect the institution's past 160 years of cultural activity as well as its ongoing role as a museum for art of the American Midwest."--BOOK JACKET. 196 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.


Treasures of the Mercantile Library: A Story of Books and Their Readers in Early St. Louis

Illustrated text of a lecture given by Library Director John Neal Hoover in honor of the 150th anniversary of the St. Louis Mercantile Library. 19 pp; b&w illustrations; 8 7/8x6".


development of the american west

St. Louis and the Development of the American West

Illustrated text of the Library's first Yeatman Lecture, by Yale University history professor Howard R. Lamar. 32 pp.; b&w illustrations. 9x6".


St. Louis and the Mighty Mississippi in the Steamboat Age: The Collected Writings of Ruth Ferris.

A spirited anthology of eight articles and lectures by river historian and collector Ruth Ferris. Brought together for the first time, they constitute a history of St. Louis during the golden age of steamboats. 197 pp.; b&w illustrations; 9x6".



St. Louis and the Art of the Frontier

12 fascinating articles and appendices tell the story of St. Louis' role in the development of Western American art. Includes articles on Bingham, Bodmer, Catlin, Russell, and others. Edited by John N. Hoover. 120 pp. B&w/color illustrations; 10x8 1/4.

Paperback: $20.00
Hardcover: $30.00

The Diesel Revolution: Special Millennium of Railroad History

13 incisive articles and appendices--most of which are based on the Barriger Library's Symposium, "Railroad Revolution: How the Diesel Locomotive Changed America"--on the technical, social, and aesthetic impact of the diesel locomotive. 160 pp.; b&w and color illustrations; 9x6”.


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Stories on Stone: The Darley Lithographs for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip van Winkle"

A detailed essay on the life and work of Felix Darley precedes 13 faithful reproductions from his most famous work illustrating the stories of Washington Irving. 8 pp.; b&w illustrations; 12.5x15"


Adventures and Sufferings : the American Indian Captivity Narrative Through the Centuries, an Exhibition of Books in the Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association at the University of Missouri--St. Louis

A Catalogue and Checklist for an Exhibition December 1, 2002 through January 15, 2003 by John Neal Hoover.

Paperback: $10.00
Hardcover: $15.00

my time there

My Time There

The Art Colonies of Santa Fe & Taos, New Mexico 1956-2006 : a Memoir of Art, Essays, Letters, and Rare Photos, About Two of America's Most Important Art Colonies. 127 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.


A Snail, Peacock, and a Tiger's Eye

Historical Marbled Papers in the Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri--St. Louis : a Checklist for an Exhibition.Foreward by John Neal Hoover. 32 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.


snail peacock
stl as it is today

St. Louis as it is Today

A facsimile reproduction of the 1928 original produced by the Industrial Club and St. Louis Chamber of Commerce. 63 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


The West the Railroads Made


the west the railroads made
ticket to discovery

Ticket to Discovery & Delight


The Imcomparable James B. Eads



incomparable eads

Coffee Mugs

Attractive and durable beverage mug commemorating the Mercantile Library.