17th Century Scientific Illustration and Lister’s Gifted Daughters

An exceptional early natural science title we’ve recently delved into is Martin Lister’s Historiae Conchyloriorum. An English physician, Lister (1639–1712) is best remembered as one of the world’s first experts in spiders, insects, fossils, and shells. Historiae Conchyloriorum, his masterwork printed over several years (1685-1692), is considered the first systematized publication on shells. What makes…
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Tessering through Time

If you’ve been looking forward to director Ava DuVernay's film adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's classic science fiction fantasy novel for children, A Wrinkle in Time, Rare Books & Manuscripts would like to share with you our very special copy of the treasured tale. Originally published in 1962, A Wrinkle in Time won L’Engle the Newbery Medal…
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Secret scenes among the pages

Rare Books & Manuscripts recently acquired this lovely little copy of An Anthology of Modern Verse. While the title was first published in 1921, this particular book is a twenty-fourth edition, printed in 1929. So, what makes this collection of classical English poetry compiled by British educator Sir Algernon Marshall Stedman Methuen special? When the…
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Quilting a “Book of Hours”

Nearly two years ago, international award-winning local quilter Suzanne Marshall visited Special Collections to view and study a Book of Hours prayer book printed in 1504. She was joined by her husband, Garland, who helped take snapshots of the complex ornamentation which lies inside the pages of the small text. Recently, I was thrilled to see, in person, this stunning HANDMADE quilt…
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