Archive for the ‘rare books’ Category

Rare Books Could Become Financial Safety Net

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

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“The USF administration is undertaking a plan to protect itself from being further impacted by the nation’s deep recession, though some faculty members are wary of this plan and the practices it would entail. According to University President Rev. Stephen Privett S.J., USF is sifting through a range of university assets and compiling a list of items that may be expendable in an economic emergency. “We are not selling anything right now,” said Privett, responding to a group of faculty members upset over the rumor that historic items were being consigned to auction houses to combat economic woes. “Let’s dispel that rumor right now,” he said. The possibility of selling items from the Donahue Rare Book Room in the Gleeson Library has garnered the strongest responses from faculty members.” Read more at Foghorn Online.

Above: Stacks of antique books line the walls of the Donahue Rare Book Room.

—Paul Razzell

The Earliest known publisher’s jacket found at Bodleian Library, Oxford

Monday, April 20th, 2009

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Nineteenth Century Dust Jackets blog reports that Michael Tanner discovered this 1830 book jacket in the Bodleian Library. The book, Friendship’s Offering for 1830, was published by Smith, Elder & co. in 1829. The book has been separated from the jacket. The text on the jacket includes a ‘four-line promotional verse […] intended to entice the feminine reader or her suitor to buy the book — it might be considered a sort of poetical dust jacket blurb of the Romantic era.’ Read more here.

— Paul Razzell