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Graduating senior wins Thomas Cooper Library Student Book Collecting Contest


Congratulations to Drew DeLorenzo, a graduating marine science major from Cincinnati, Ohio, is the 2014 winner of the Thomas Cooper Library Student Book Collecting Contest at the University of South Carolina.

His collection, “Illustrated Editions of the 19th and 20th Centuries,” was recognized for the ways in which it documented changes in the illustrated book and in book design during the industrial age. The collection shows careful attention to the aesthetics of book production and includes several signed and limited editions. One book from his collection received national exposure when it was featured on the Antiques Roadshow earlier this season (see DeLorenzo and the book in photo at left). DeLorenzo’s contest entry is part of a larger collection of books of his dating back to the seventeenth century.

This year’s Honorable Mention, “Mythology, Legends, Folklore and Fairytales of Northern Europe,” was collected by Matthew Whitney Haney, a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science.

DeLorenzo’s winning entry will be submitted to the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, co-sponsored by the Library of Congress, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, and the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies. The University of South Carolina’s 2007 winner was a runner-up in the national contest.
 A selection of books from DeLorenzo’s collection will be on exhibit in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library later this year.