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- Dante's 750th Birthday (Grant Harris, Lucia Wolf, Francesco Ciabattoni, Kristina Olson, Bernardo Piciché, Eugenio Refini)
- I Cannot Live Without Books (Mark Dimunation)
- The History of the Acts of St. John the Evangelist (Levon Avdoyan)
- Artist as Alchemist (Amy Nichols)
- First Among Many: the Bay Psalm Book (David M. Rubenstien with Mark Dimunation)
- Shedding Light on Antiquity (Michael Toth, John Hessler, William Noel, Chet Van Duzer, Fenella France)
- Mapping New World Peoples (Surekha Davies)
- Conversation with a Modern Bookbinder (Daniel Kelm)
- Magical Momentos (Mark Dimunation)
- Authenticity of Print Materials (Various Speakers)
- Of the Making of Many Books (Lynne Avadenka)
- Jewish Reception of Copernican Thought (Jeremy Brown)
- Vanished in the Fog: Ethel Reed, the Beautiful Poster Lady (William S. Peterson)
- Illustrated Books of the 15th & 16th Centuries (Ilaria Andreoli)
- The Seen and Unseen Legacy of James Joyce's Ulysses (Johnna Purchase)
- Printing in Color: Lessons in Technique (Daniel De Simone)
- Domestic Engraving and European Letterpress (Gaylord Schanilec & Russell Maret)
- Rare Book & Special Collections Division (Clark Evans)
- The Giant Bible of Mainz (Daniel DeSimone)
- Fiction Collections at the Library of Congress (Mark Dimunation)
- Catch the Suffragists' Spirit: The Millers' Suffrage Scrapbooks (Rosemary Plakas)
- Galileo: 400 Years of the Telescope (Michelle Thaller)
- Russian Imperial Bindings as Artifact and a Key for Reconstruction of the Imperial Libraries (Ekaterina Gerasimova)
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Rare Book of the Month Blog Post:
A Billedbog to a Boy; a Handcrafted Scrapbook by Hans Christian Andersen
Billedbog til Jonas Drewsen, compiled by Hans Christan Andersen and A.L. Drewsen. Kjøbenhavn, ca. 1862.
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Precious Dutch Minatures
Images taken from Verscheyde Soorte van Miniatuur from the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection.
The Rare Book and Special Collections Division Reading Room
Photographs from Open House Events
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Featured Online Content
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 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)
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