Posts Tagged: Rare Books

Illustrated Bible Donated to Pitts as a Memorial

In a year marked by loss, whether due to COVID-19 or any other number of tragedies, finding a way to honor love ones who have passed has been painfully difficult for many. One way that Karen Kasan chose to commemorate the life of her beloved brother, Kenneth Andrew Kasan, was to give.   Among Kenneth’s personal…

The Pilgrimage of a Pamphlet

I am ready to fly. I am ready to check a bag, cram my carry-on someplace inconvenient, squeeze into an Economy Minus™ seat, sleep through a movie, and reach my destination with a heart full of anticipation and mild anxiety. While that is not a possibility for me nor for most of the world these…

Deciphering a 444 year-old Image in the Collection

This past week, Pitts librarians embarked on a research blitz to explain an image found in one of our rare books. Pitts owns a first edition of a 1577 history of the Italian city of Turin, written by Emanuele Filiberto Pingone (1525-1582). The book is richly illustrated with images depicting the history of the city…

New Acquisition: 15th Century ‘Glossa Ordinaria’

Pitts Theology Library recently acquired a copy of the earliest printed Glossa Ordinaria, the Latin text of the Vulgate Bible with marginal and interlinear “glosses” or commentary, largely written by figures in the early church. Compilation of the Glossa was traditionally attributed to a 9th century Benedictine monk, but is now believed to have been…