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A Bibliography of The Printery: 
The Private Press of Kay Michael Kramer

By Virginia Kramer and
Timothy Hawley

October, 2023

Limited Edition Softbound: $40

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Pencils on the Frontier: Sketches by Artist-Explorers in the American West from the Mercantile Library Collection

October, 2022

A catalogue collection of works from the exhibition in the Bates Gallery

Paperback: $10.00 

Seventeen and a Half Decades Serving St. Louis and the World: An Informal History of the Mercantile Library, Decade by Productive Decade

April, 2022

Softbound: $25.00



Travelers, Tracks & Tycoons: The Railroad in American Legend and Life

Harbound: $75.00
($68.00 for Mercantile Members!)

Softbound: $40.00
($35.00 for Mercantile Members!)

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175 Years of Art at the St. Louis 
Mercantile Library: A Revised Second Edition of the Handbook to the Collection

Hardbound: $45.00
($40.00 for Mercantile Members!)

Softbound: $30.00
($27.00 for Mercantile Members!)

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A Nation, A City, & Its First Library: Americana as a Way of Life at the St. Louis Mercantile Library for 175 Years

This catalogue and its accompanying exhibition look at the events, the men and women, and the collections of the Mercantile in a cohesive way; often national events, Library leaders and patrons, and the collections preserved here are closely linked. This is the story of how Americana became forged at the core and in the heart of a great institution.

Hardbound: $45.00
($40.00 for Mercantile Members!)

Artists of the Mississippi & Other Great American Rivers

A catalogue collection of works from the exhibition in the Meier Gallery, on view January 31 - May 15, 2020

Paperback: $10.00

Cover-updated.jpg The Lost St. Louis Riverfront 1930-1943: Including Photos of Individual Buildings & Building Occupancies With Historical Background and Detail by Thomas C. Grady, published by the St. Louis Mercantile Library at UMSL

The Lost St. Louis Riverfront 1930 - 1943 is the first study to document fully the history of the area that is now the Gateway Arch National Park on the St. Louis riverfront through historic photographs from the Park Archives. Additional information on the businesses and individuals who occupied these buildings brings to life the momentous impact this project had on the city and its riverfront.

Paperback: $35.00
($30.00 for Mercantile Members!)
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Power Clash: PRR vs. B&O Motive Power and Passenger Traffic Competition 1827 - 1962


Hard Bound: $80.00

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The Steamer Admiral and Streckfus Steamers: A Personal View

A new memoir and authoritative history of the great river icon and excursion vessel
144 Pages, with 62 Photographs from the Captain William F. and Betty Streckfus Carroll Collection at the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library

Hardcover: $20.00

160 years

You Can't Beat the Train


You Can't Beat the Train
development of the american west

St. Louis in 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".



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.Foreword by John Neal Hoover. 32 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.


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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 Imcomparable James B. Eads



incomparable eads

Headlines of History: Historic Newspapers of St. Louis and the World Through the Centuries at the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association 

Hardcover: $40.00
Paperback: $30.00