Answered By: David Cort Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015 Views: 82
The one that has been traditionally thought of as the sole survivor and the only one of which the provenance is reasonably certain is The Christian warfare against the devill world and flesh by John Downame. It was one of 144 books checked out of the Harvard College Library at the time of the January 24, 1764 fire which destroyed the original Harvard Hall and most of the 5,000 volumes in the library's collection. When Houghton Library was opened in 1942, it was ceremonially installed as the first item in the new library's collection. However, there are other books in Houghton's collection which are thought of as possibly being from John Harvard's library, but without the weight of evidence and tradition that supports the Downame book's claim.