Author Archives: Michael Weisenburg

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Corrected Proofs for “The American Scholar”

On 26 January 1838, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his journal: “Today I send the Oration to press again.” The oration that Emerson refers to was the published text of a speech that he had given at Harvard. On 31 … Continue reading

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In Preparation for Burns’ Day

The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is home to the greatest Scottish literature collection outside of Great Britain, and much of this material centers around the Scottish national bard, Robert Burns. Most well-known for works such as … Continue reading

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Hidden Wonders: a Selection of Fore-Edge Paintings from the Irvin Department Stacks

The term fore-edge painting refers to an image painted or drawn on the leaves of a book. While covering the page edges of a book in gold or silver leaf was and remains a popular decorative choice, sometimes artists painted … Continue reading

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Marvel Science Stories

The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has recently acquired a run of Marvel Science Stories, a serialized science fiction pulp magazine and precursor to the more well known Marvel Comics.                … Continue reading

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