Main Gallery Exhibition: A Fine Addition

“A Fine Addition: New & Notable Acquisitions in Princeton’s Special Collections” highlights recent additions to the holdings of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, including the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, as well as the Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology. The exhibition is on view through August 5 in the Main Gallery of the Firestone Library.

Vesalius, De Humani Corporis Fabrica, 1543.

Vesalius, De Humani Corporis Fabrica, 1543.

One highlight among many on display is a copy of Andreas Vesalius’s De Humani Corporis Fabrica, first published in Basel in 1543 (read more about the recent acquisition of the first and second edition here). At the official opening on Sunday, April 22, Dr. Eugene Flamm ’58,  Jeffrey P. Bergstein Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, will highlight Princeton’s recent anatomical and phrenological acquisitions with a talk investigating “Observational and Imaginary Anatomy.” The lecture at 2:30 p.m. in Betts Auditorium will be followed by a reception in the Main Gallery. The exhibition and its related events are free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Princeton University Library. Continue reading

The Grolier Club Lectures

The Grolier Club online video library of talks and events has been steadily expanding since September 2010.  The entire Grolier Club video archive can be found at Vimeo. Below is a brilliant, provocative, and somewhat alarming lecture by RBS Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J.  A “must see” for  any bibliophile, scholar, or humanist.

2010 Robert L. Nikirk Lecture: Michael F. Suarez, S.J. “Digital Books [sic.] & the Future of Bibliographical Knowledge.” Grolier Club, November 9, 2010.

Grolier Club member Michael F. Suarez, S.J. is a noted book historian, and Director of Rare Book School, as well as University Professor, Professor of English, and Honorary Curator of Special Collections at the University of Virginia. He was introduced by William T. Buice III, president of the board of Rare Book School, and former president of the Grolier Club (1998-2002).

Resources for Rare Books: A Work in Progress

Looking for the best resource to track down copies of a fifteenth-century printing (try ISTC)?  What about the vernacular equivalent for Ludguni Batauorum (Leiden, Netherlands, according to Latin Place Names)?  Need to find a rare, eighteenth-century American imprint (try NAIP)?  All of these questions (and more) can be answered via the new library guide, Resources for Rare Books: An Annotated Bibliography. Though still very much a work in progress, the bibliography is intended to provide quick access to standard reference works (both electronic and print) for many fields of study in the history of the book.  Currently, only a handful of subjects are briefly covered: incunabula, sixteenth-century printings, Americana, provenance, and book illustration. Eventually, however, this guide will encompass multiple fields of study and provide selected resources that are relevant to researching both a subject as a whole, as well as specific holdings and collections within the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.  In the meantime, you should have no problem in solving the riddle of the Ivy Hall Library bookplate found in the Firestone copy of Stowe’s Poganuc People (try Shelf and Ownership Marks of Selected Libraries and Collections Absorbed by the Princeton University Library).

Guide to the Latin American Ephemera Collections

Diga Basta!!

In the 1960s, Barbara Hadley Stein, the University’s first Bibliographer for Latin America, Spain and Portugal (1966-1977), began intensively collecting ephemera to document some of the major political developments of the period, including the rise to power of military dictatorships, coup d’états, the institutionalization of the Cuban Revolution, and the popular responses to those developments. Her successor, Peter T. Johnson (1977-2003), expanded the geographic and thematic scope of the collections and systematized the process of organizing, cataloging, and preserving them. Intensive collecting in this area continues to this date, and Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez, current Librarian for Latin American, Iberian and Latino Studies, has recently published a comprehensive LibGuide to the collections:

The guide lists, by country and subject area, all of the collections of Latin American ephemera that the Princeton University Library has developed since the late 1960s (approximately 350 collections).  A corresponding call number is provided for each collection, as well as links to finding aids or to catalog records that for the most part describe in considerable detail the contents of the collections.

Those seeking further assistance and information to this abundant collection can reach Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez at or 609-258-3193.