Posts Tagged: rare books

Reflections on “Seamus Heaney: The Music of What Happens”

August 29, 2013 was a fun, if slightly overwhelming, day of work on the exhibit “Seamus Heaney: The Music of What Happens.” The curatorial team sat in MARBL for hours going through hundreds of Heaney’s photos as we tried to whittle down our selections to a few dozen. Some of the decisions were easy—several of…

The Extraordinary World of MARBL: An Excerpt from John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row

The Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library is a place of discovery. All are welcome to visit and explore our unique holdings, whether as a researcher or an observer. The breadth and depth of our collections are vast, and it is nearly impossible to investigate every nook and cranny. We invite you this year, through…

The Art of Bookbinding

Today we take for granted that if we purchase a book it will come with a protective paper or cloth binding but this has not always been the case. The concept of the publisher printing and binding a book is a relatively recent phenomenon, dating from the first half of the 18th century. Before the…

MARBL acquires rare Piranesi folio with map

Emory’s MARBL has been collecting items for our ‘Views of Rome’ collection for over a decade, and we are pleased to announce the latest acquisition: PIRANESI, Giovanni Batista. Campus Martius Antiquae Urbis. Rome, 1762. Elephant folio Giovanni Piranesi (1720-1778) was an Italian etcher, engraver, designer, architect, archaeologist and theorist.  Emory’s copy…

Summer Reading in MARBL

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1853,red morocco Kelliegram Binding by Kelly & Sons.   Share Related Story: Your Old Books Related Links:  Search for these books and more in our catalog- DiscoverE Visit MARBL    Join the discussion It's summertime, and either you're finding yourself lounging around on vacation with a good book,…

A Caxton in MARBL

by David Faulds, Rare Book Librarian, dfaulds emory edu At the end of 2010 MARBL received a splendid gift of rare books from Emory alum Stuart Rose. Among the treasures was Polychronicon by Ranulf Higden (2011 108) produced by the famous printer William Caxton. It is one of the first books printed in…

New acquisition of illustrated prayer book manuscript, 1575

MARBL has just acquired a personalized Jesuit prayer book in manuscript incorporating devotional prints: . Libellus Piarum Precum… , colophon: 1575.   “What’s interesting about this ‘Trier’ manuscript”, comments Professor Walter Melion, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Art History,  “is that the illustrations–woodblocks and engravings–are printed on the same paper as the…