Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Request for help from a US resident

In the context of my family-history project entitled They Sought the Last of Lands, I would like to obtain copies of two rare books:

-- Life of John Pickering by Mary Orme Pickering [digitized from 1887 volume]

-- Dialoge or Confabulation between Two Travellers, etc... written circa 1580 by William Spelman, edited by John Edward Latton Pickering [digitized from 1896 volume]

The above-mentioned Pickerings are paternal ancestors of mine. Both documents are available from Barnes and Noble in the form of free eBooks, but you have to be a US resident to obtain them. Maybe a kind US reader of my blog would be prepared to obtain these eBooks and email them to me. I would be truly grateful for this help.


  1. You can access Life of John Pickering directly on Google Books at http://books.google.com/books?id=3AIFAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA1&dq=Life+of+John+Pickering&ei=O0mwSqj1OIbMM_DExPAD#v=onepage&q=&f=false and can download it with the download link on the top right.

    Same for A Dialog or Confabulation . . . at http://books.google.com/books?id=qFYOAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Dialoge+or+Confabulation+between+Two+Travellers&ei=gUmwSqucEIPYNfnZ4YYE#v=onepage&q=&f=false

    If you cannot download let me know and I will email them or post the files to my server for you to download.

    Thomas MacEntee

  2. Thanks, Thomas, for your suggestions. In spite of your advice, I don't seem to be able to achieve downloading success through Google Books.

    I'm particularly interested in the "Dialog or Confabulation" document, more than the Pickering biography (which may not in fact concern me greatly). So, I would be most grateful if you were to email me a copy of the Barnes and Noble eBook of the Spelman/Pickering document.

  3. I can see you've probably already received the book you're after, but I just found the John Pickering book here:

    There are options for how you read it. I looked at the actual book + the text version. The PDF is HUGE!

    But it's much smaller

    Anyway the archive.org website may be useful for future research.

    Cheers, Annie

  4. Thomas MacEntee was exceptionally rapid and efficient in getting me the requested files.

    Thanks, Annie, for your information.

    Incidentally, I urge readers interested in genealogy to look at the work of Thomas MacEntee.