Rare Books

Color image of a handwritten and illustrated medieval manuscript pageFounded in 1967, the Rare Book Collection is comprised of early, rare, and first edition monographs dating from the 15th century.  Among these are literary classics such as Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass; important biblical and religious works such as a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible (1455-56); extensive examples of herbals from the 15th-19th centuries, and books on landscape gardening and animal husbandry; and works that document the history of printing, book design, literature, and language. Notable authors in the collection include Richard Aldington, Hieronymous Bock, Hieronymus Brunschwig, Joseph Conrad, Walter de la Mare, Rembert Dodoens, James Hanley,  Joel Chandler Harris, Matthew Gregory Lewis, John Masefield,  Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson, many in the Modern First Edition Collection.  The Rare Book Collection also houses hundreds of artist books. These unique pieces of artwork showcase the aesthetic of bookmaking through its craft and form.



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