Kessler in 4K: Building a Collection of Reformation History

Are you curious about what a donation to the Kessler in 4K campaign might support? Each year the Richard C. Kessler Collection adds dozens of rare and unique items to Pitts’ rare book and archival holdings, but we are excited to make the 4,000th one of our most significant additions in recent years!

As an example of the amazing items in the collection, consider the Kessler Collection’s copy of the first printed collection of the works of Martin Luther (1483-1546), printed by Johann Froben in Basel in 1518. This is important work documenting the early debates of the Reformation, and the Kessler Collection copy has been owned and inscribed by important figures throughout the centuries, including one of Luther’s own friends, Johannes Lang (c. 1487-1548). See the anatomy of this annotated title page in the catalog from a recent Kessler exhibition, More Precious than Gold, curated by Dr. Armin Siedlecki.

Like what you see? Donate to the Kessler in 4K campaign to support Pitts in continuing its acquisition and preservation of pieces of history!