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Nature Printing

Natural history in the nineteenth century strove to describe and classify everything in the living world. Museums were bulging at the seams with specimens and catalogs listing and illustrating classes of life proliferated. For some in the field, tradit… Continue reading

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By the Author of ‘Jane Eyre’

A while back we blogged about the first edition of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. The publisher promoted the book with the suggestion that it was written by Charlotte Bronte (rather than Anne).  Well, we just acquired the first American edition of W… Continue reading

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De architectura

Marcus Vitruvius Pollio was a Roman of the first-century B.C. He served in several of Julius Caesar’s campaigns, most likely as an engineer responsible for the construction and maintenance of the army encampment. Little else is known about his life sav… Continue reading

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Before He Was Anybody

Peter Rabbit is one of the most famous characters in the world of children’s literature. But he wasn’t always that well known. In fact, as with almost every other author, Beatrix Potter was initially unable to find a publisher for her story due to the … Continue reading

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The Playfully Morbid World of Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey described his mission in life as “to make everybody as uneasy as possible… I think we should all be as uneasy as possible, because that’s what the world is like.” As a writer and artist, Gorey has created his own uneasy world, through th… Continue reading

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Mourning a Prince

Four hundred years ago this week, Henry, Prince of Wales and heir to the throne, died at the age of 18. The death of the popular prince, which cleared the way for the later ascension of his younger brother Charles I, was met with a great show of public… Continue reading

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Visiting Conservator

At the end of September we had the great fortune to host conservator Chiara Minardi from Parma, Italy. Her specialty is working with vellum and executing comprehensive conservation work on texts bound in vellum. Rauner Special Collections Library had r… Continue reading

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New in the Sherman Art Special Collection

Jiu jing ding: Qing gong cang mi yu jia xiuxing baodian Samadhi of Completion: Secret Tibetan Yoga Illuminations from Qing Court The original manuscript of the Samadhi of Completion, remained virtually unnoticed in the Library of the Palace Museum at Bejing, … Continue reading

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