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Edward Gorey: Selections from Recent Acquisitions with a Presentation by Donor Glen Emil

Thursday, February 11, 2016. 3pm. Rosenwald Room, LJ-239. Free and open to the public.

Featured Book of the Month

Academia Italica, the Publick School of Drawing, or the Gentlemans Accomplishment. London, Printed by P. Lillicrap, sold by R. Walton, [1666]. From the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection

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Th. Jefferson. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

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Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention 1774-1789
Contains 277 documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution.

The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of LincolnianaThe Alfred W. Stern Collection of Lincolniana
An extensive collection of Lincolniana from the collector Alfred Whital Stern.

The Gutenberg Bible
The Gutenberg Bible is the first great book printed in Western Europe from movable metal type. It marks a turning point in the art of bookmaking and in the transition from the Middle Ages to the modern world. Completed in Mainz, Germany, probably in late 1455, Johann Gutenberg is generally credited with inventing the process of uniform type. The Bible was purchased for the Library of Congress from Dr. Otto H. F. Vollbehr by an act of Congress in 1930.

Miller NAWSA Suffrage Scrapbooks, 1897-1911
The Elizabeth Smith Miller and Anne Fitzhugh Miller scrapbooks are a part of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA)

The Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake
Sir Francis Drake, English explorer and naval strategist, circumnavigated the earth from 1577-1580. Comprises important primary and secondary materials accumulated about Drake’s voyages throughout the then Spanish territory of the Americas

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The unique materials of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, now totaling over 800,000 items, include books, broadsides, pamphlets, theater playbills, prints, posters, photographs, and medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. At the center is Thomas Jefferson's book collection, which was sold to Congress in 1815.
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