Category Archives: Archival collections

“Can we explain the appearance of life upon this planet in terms of science, or only, as in the past, in terms of theology?”

A John Burroughs Manuscript John Burroughs (1837-1921), the naturalist, environmental writer, and first biographer of Walt Whitman, continues to play an important role in American writing on nature. Over the course of his long life, he wrote intimately and expansively … Continue reading

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Some New & Notable Bookplates

There are numerous examples of interesting (and historically notable) bookplates attached to books in our collection. Examples include books with bookplates from the libraries of Carlyle, Shane Leslie, John Evelyn, Graham Pollard, John Sparrow, Edmund Gosse, David Garrick, Richard Congreve, … Continue reading

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Hello, World!

Welcome to the Rare Books and Special Collections blog. We’ve chosen the title Curiositas, which can translate as (at least according to the Oxford Latin Dictionary) “excessive eagerness for knowledge, inquisitiveness, curiosity.” The main purpose of this blog is to … Continue reading

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