White Kennett (1660-1728), priest and bishop of the Church of England early formed the project of collecting and giving to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (S.P.G.) a library dealing with America. To his own collection, formed when writing his Account, were added over three hundred separate items donated by friends. This library was presented to the Society in February 1713, and later in the same year 250 copies of the Bibliotheca Americanæ Primordia were printed.
Leman Thomas Rede (d. 1810), student of the Middle Temple, miscellaneous writer and according to the Dictionary of National Biography a "newspaper hack" compiled his Bibliotheca Americana from the holdings of the British Museum and other sources. It is much less extensive than Kennett's earlier work, but does include manuscript material.
An Account of the Society for Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts. London: Printed by Joseph Downing, 1706. Lande S2127 (Kennett, p. 195)
Richard Whitbourne, A Discourse and Discovery of New-Found-Land ....
London: Imprinted by Felix Kyngston, for William Barret, 1620. Lande 894 (Rede,