Historical Collections of the State of New Jersey
Author: John Warner Barber and Henry Howe
Foreword by Kyle Hurst
Paperback, 542 pages, illustrated
First published in 1844, this collaboration of American historians John Warner Barber (1798-1885) and Henry Howe (1816-1893) was Howe’s second book with Barber, the first being their “history and antiquities” of the state of New York. In the style of their other works, this is a first-rate gazetteer. Readers will benefit greatly from the township index at the beginning of the book. Information about the history, geography, industry, population, and more is organized by county; within each county are details on select townships, also in alphabetical order. Township descriptions include lists of key buildings (especially churches and schools) and a wealth of interesting historical tidbits. As always, Barber’s engravings (120 of them!), street plans, drawings of battlefields, and even a diagram of the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton enhance readers’ enjoyment and understanding of pre-Civil War New Jersey.