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Book Talk: Structural Books and the Ethiopian Stitch by Daniel Essig. April 23, 2015, 3:00 p.m. Rosenwald Room, LJ 205


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Featured Book of the Month: The Illinois Political Campaign of 1858; a scrapbook compiled by Abraham Lincoln

From the Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana. This unique scrapbook on the topic of the Lincoln/Douglas debates contains Lincoln's own marginalia.

Map of St. Augustine, Florida from the Jay I. Kislak Collection
Map of St. Augustine, FL
This view of St. Augustine is the earliest engraving of any locality that is now in the United States. The English fleet lies at anchor, the infantry troops having disembarked and are attacking the Spanish settlement on May 28 and 29, 1586. To see more, visit the online exhibit of The Cultures and History of the Americas; the Jay I. Kislak Collection.

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.

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The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana
The Alfred W. Stern Collection of Lincolniana
This extensive collection of Lincolniana is now available online from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
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What's New in Rare Books

  • First Among Many: The Bay Psalm Book and Early Moments in American Printing” Exhibition Opens June 4: A new exhibition at the Library of Congress will tell the story of early printing in the American colonies, spanning 100 years, as printing evolved from a colonial necessity to the clarion of freedom. 
  • The Pforzheimer Bruce Rogers Collection now has a finding aid available online: See: The Bruce Rogers Collection for details about this book designer.
  • The Art of Good Eating Pinterest board: Gastronomic and epicurean-themed illustrations from our fabulous rare book collections. Fine dining, high cuisine and the fine art of distillation. Yum.
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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  April 16, 2015
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