Posts Tagged: rare books

Murals of Tibet

Emory Libraries welcomed the Murals of Tibet into its special collections this year. The Murals of Tibet is the first publication of its kind, presenting some of the oldest surviving murals and spanning 1000 years of Tibetan Buddhist culture. In addition to its breathtaking content, the volume itself is a work of art. This extra-large…

Hidden Histories in LGBT Inscriptions

Inscription in Del Martin's “Lesbian/Woman”   Share Related Story: LGBT Blog Posts Related Links:  LGBT Research Guide  Join the discussion One of the most exciting things about working in MARBL, is the unexpected surprises that accompany archival materials. I was most recently surprised by the inscriptions I came across while surveying some of the rare…

The Art of Bookbinding

Theatre, Maurice Maeterlinck, 1901-1902,modern morocco binding with delicate color detailing   Share Related Entries: Rare Books in MARBL's Blog  Join the discussion 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…

Atlas of the Diseases of the Skin…in a Box

  Share Related Links:  Rare Books Visit MARBL  Join the discussion MARBL was fortunate to recently receive a fascinating and rather gruesome gift in the form of the Atlas of the Diseases of the Skin by H. Radcliffe Crocker, published in Edinburgh in 1896. This large format work is lavishly illustrated with color depictions of…

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,…

The Inspiration for an Artist’s Book

by David Faulds, Rare Book Librarian, dfaulds emory edu Outer Cover of The Real World of Manuel Cordova by W.S. Merwin, Ninja Press, 1995 Last month I was fortunate to attend the preconference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section  of the American Library Association where I attended a fascinating talk by Carolee…

A Curious Record from South Carolina Plantations

List of Negroes at Hagley,Weehawka and True BluePlantations, 1860<Click for Full Cover Image> by David Faulds, Rare Book Librarian, dfaulds emory edu A bibliographical mystery in MARBL's rare book collection is a small eleven page pamphlet, published in 1860, titled List of Negroes at Hagley, Weehawka & True Blue Plantations. The text is…

The Varied Incarnations of Robinson Crusoe

by David Faulds, Rare Book Cataloger, dfaulds emory edu The Life of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner, 1719 Robinson Crusoe is one of the few works of fiction whose popularity has lasted not just decades but centuries. MARBL is fortunate to own one of the largest collections of Robinson Crusoe in the world….

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 manuscript, which…

Gilbert & George postal sculptures

Gilbert & George are famous British visual and conceptual artists who have been working together since they met in art school in 1967. The Raymond Danowski Poetry Library contains two of their “postal sculptures,” “The Limericks” from 1971 and “Pink Elephants” from 1973. As Gilbert & George conceived it a postal sculpture was a series…

Unique early Georgia book

It’s always interesting to discover that you’re holding the only known surviving copy of a particular book and I came across one of these the other day. It was a book of Christian morals and theology for children called “Simple rhymes and familiar conversations, for children. By Uncle Charles.” It was published in Penfield, Georgia…