Commonwealth is pleased to announce that Winterthur, the premier museum of American decorative arts, has made a bulk purchase of James Thompson's Thomas Jefferson's Enlightenment - Paris, 1785.
The former childhood home of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) has a collection of printed books and periodicals that contains more than 100,000 volumes and approximately 20,000 rare American and European imprints. Winterthur also houses nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between about 1640 and 1860. The collection is displayed in the magnificent 175-room house, much as it was when the du Pont family lived there, as well as in permanent and changing exhibition galleries.
Learn more about Winterthur by visiting www.winterthur.org
Our guiding principle is to accurately present human development as the composition of history, philosophy, and the arts. Thus, our book publishing service reviews all proposals to ensure they conform to this philosophy. Works that pass this careful scrutiny earn the privilege of inclusion in one of our book series.
Our library of books is divided into four distinct series based on specific emphasis or subject matter. The first series in order of publishing is the Pocketbook Illustrated Histories collection; its focus is conveying snapshots of historical events and the people behind them.
The Ideas in History series will be introduced in early 2014 with a book on the influence of French philosophy and society on Thomas Jefferson's development as Father of the American Revolution. The work reflects the collection's emphasis on the interplay of ideas and historical events.
Memoirs and Biographies follows the lives of influential people whose stories have not yet become readily known. The influence may be more subtle, a fact that makes the works more interesting.
The final collection focuses on the influence and illustration art provides to the greater tapestry of history. The aptly named History in Art series is scheduled for release in late 2014.
Commonwealth Book Publishers of Virginia continues to take great strides in providing accuracy and completeness in the telling of history.