Date Published: 1838 to 1876
Elihu Geer was a printer and publisher in Hartford, Connecticut. He operated a printing shop and stationery store. Geer also published the Hartford Journal from 1843-1844 and Geer's Hartford Directory. Geer 's Hartford City Directory for 1876-7 has a listing for Mark Twain. Twain and his family lived in Hartford from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur 's Court.
The collection contains 12 items dating from 1838 to 1876 specifically three letters and 8 imprints.
3 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS) addressed to Geer:
Three ALS, stampless covers:
• Ira N. Yale, 13 September 1843, re $150 note by John D. Post needing payment;
• H. Everett or Dr. Brinckerhoff, 29 October 1844, re charge for the weekly paper is too high, insert editorial with new monthly ad;
• H.R. Sage, 27 August 1845, cannot remember the persons named but Mr. Sackett will know, he was the name of principal contractor for building the tunnel. 8 Imprints:
•Tyler, Bennet. A Review of President Day's treatise on the will. Hartford: printed by Elihu Geer, l 838. 30 pp. Hand stitched without a wrapper or binding. A review of Jeremiah Day's Inquiry respecting the self-determining power of the will, or, Contingent volition. Day was the President of Yale College.
• Calhoun, Rev. George A. Letters to the Rev. Leonard Bacon, in reply to his attack on the Pastoral Union and Theological Institute of Connecticut. Hartford: for sale by Elihu Geer, 1840. iv, -84 pp. Hand stitched without a wrapper or binding. Some creasing on the title leaf.
• Hewitt, Nathaniel, D. D. A Discourse, delivered before the General Association of Connecticut, at its annual meeting, New-Haven, June, 1840. Hartford: printed by Elihu Geer, 1840. 26 pp.
Blue grey wrappers, slight chipping at the spine and top right of the front wrapper, small black residues on the back wrapper. Hewitt (1788- 1867) was a graduate of Yale College, a clergyman associated with American Temperance Society, and a founder of the East Windsor Theological Institute (Hartford Seminary).
• Hawes, Joel, D.D. Character evel'y thing to theyoung,· or a Pastor 's gift to the youth of his charge. Hartford: press of Elihu Geer, 1842. 62 pp. Cream paper boards, nicks at the top and bottom of the spine, corners slightly bumped. Hawes (1789-1867) was the tenth Pastor of the First Church in Ha1tford.
• Porter, William S. Historical notices of Connecticut published under thepatronage of the Connecticut Historical Society. No. 2; containing Hartford and West Hartford. Hartford: Elihu Geer's Press, June 1842. Pp. 13-48. Greyish blue wrappers, some minor chips at the edges. Porter of Farmington, Connecticut was an antiquarian, a county surveyor, and a member of Connecticut Historical Society.
• Order of exercises at the dedication of the Church, in North Coventty, November 30th, 1847. Hartford: Press of Elihu Geer, 1847. Broadside consisting of nine sections: I. Invocation & reading of the scriptures. IL Anthem. III. Prayer. IV. 141 Select hymn. V. sermon, by Rev. Walter Clark. VI. Anthem. VII. Dedicatory prayer. VIII. Old hundred. IX. Benediction
• Geer 's Hartford City Directory for 1856-57: Containing every kind of desirable information for citizens and strangers; with engravings of church edifices, and other city public buildings, & a large new map of the city, also, maps of all the railroad routes in Connecticut. ... No. 19; June 1856 to June 1857, published annually in the month of May. Hartford: printed and published by Elihu Geer, No. 16 State Street, 1856. First Edition. 4-11 , , xv-xxiv, [folding map], xxxiii xxxvi, (37]-337 pp. Front pastedown is p. 4, p. 337 is rear pastedown. Foldout city map is in excellent condition although tightly trimmed and with minor spotting. Original publisher's brown cloth with design in blind and faded copper gilt lettering on spine. Original circular grommet for hanging lacking (cloth remnants still present). Dampstaining to rear of book, otherwise clean internally. A city directory with residents and a business directory in rear. Many cuts of city buildings, etc. WorldCat lists a copy at the Newberry Library.
• (NO PHOTO) Geer 's Hartford City Directory; for the year commencing July, 1876: and Hartford illustrated containing a business directory, new map, new street guide, engravings, and every kind of desirable information in and about Hartford for citizens and strangers; together with a re-print of the 1825 directory of Hartford. Hartford: canvassed and compiled by Elihu Geer, 1876. No. 39-, July, 1876, to July, 1877. Published annually. 333 pp. Thick paper boards, circular grommet for hanging, comers bumped, spine repaired. The directory has listings for "Clemens, Samuel L. author, h. 95 Farmington"(p. 50) and "Twain, Mark, author, h. 95 Farmington" (p. 150). Not recorded by WorldCat.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.