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Development of the Printed Page: 150 Examples of Handpress Printing and its Antecedents, ca. 1200 to 1937
This collection offers a wide survey of typography, page design, and book illustration spanning 500 years of printing in Europe and the Americas. Also included are manuscript leaves from the medieval and early modern periods, including some examples from the Middle East.
Enquiry Concerning the Intellectual and Moral Faculties and Literature of Negroes by Henri Grégoire
The Abbé Henri-Baptiste Grégoire (1750-1831), a Catholic priest and bishop, was a leading French abolitionist at the turn of the eighteenth century, a participant in the Revolution of 1789, and a member of its governing assembly. His work An Enquiry Concerning the Intellectual and Moral Faculties and Literature of Negroes was first published in 1808. The first edition in English, the complete text of which is included here, was brought out in 1810 by Brooklyn printer Thomas Kirk.
Isaac Rosenberg: Early Poetry and Related Documents from the Joseph Cohen Collection of World War I Literature
Rosenberg, recognized as the first significant Jewish poet in English literature, was one of the major poets whose life was cut short by the Great War, and the only one who served in the ranks. This online collection includes six items, including one of only three known copies of Rosenberg's first book of poems, Night and Day (1912). This copy also contains a manuscript poem in Rosenberg's own hand.
Leaves of Grass Imprints: American and European Criticisms
With a new introduction by Joel Myerson, this book is freely available online, but may also be purchased through the USC Press AccessAble Book Program.
The illustrated annual giftbook is one of the most distinctive publishing genres on both sides of the Atlantic, from the mid-1820s through to the 1850s. In 1823, the British published Rudolph Ackerman issued what is usually recognized as the first annual, the Forget-Me-Not, an almanac with poems and engravings, issued in a small format in papercovered boards in a printed slipcase. Ackerman's innovation was soon imitated by others: Friendship's Offering (from 1824), the Literary Souvenir (from 1825), The Amulet (from 1826), and The Keepsake (from 1828).
Pages from the Past, A Legacy of Medieval Books in South Carolina
Pages from the Past comprises a digital record of all the medieval manuscripts in South Carolina’s institutional archives. None of the manuscripts in private hands has been documented. A total of 118 items includes eight more or less complete codices, but most are individual leaves and cuttings. As representative samples of the medieval book, however, the South Carolina manuscripts expose an impressive range of pre-modern literacy—theological, scientific, liturgical, historical, and so forth. This website has been designed to showcase a range of texts over centuries of transmission, chiefly as an introduction to the technology and function of writing in the Middle Ages.
Phillis Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects (1773)
Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (London, 1773) is the first book published by an African-American author, and the frontispiece portrait of Wheatley is the only surviving work by the African-American slave artist Scipio Moorhead (born ca. 1750). Thomas Cooper Library’s copy, acquired with support from the College of Arts & Sciences and from library endowments, is the first copy recorded in WorldCat for any library in South Carolina. The library’s Digital Collections team is pleased to make available this full page-by-page digital facsimile of the first edition, in searchable form.
Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped in Young Folks Paper
Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel about the adventures of young David Balfour, is one of the Scottish author’s most famous works. Set in eighteenth-century Scotland, Kidnapped originally appeared in serialized form in James Henderson’s literary magazine Young Folks Paper from May 1 to July 31, 1886. Young Folks Paper was published under various titles from 1871 to 1897 and hosted the first editions of Stevenson’s Treasure Island and The Black Arrow, as well as Kidnapped. In addition to fiction, the magazine printed essays, poetry, and history.Young Folks Paper also included a “Literary Olympic” that offered payment and criticism for original contributions, as well as a “Riddle Tournament” consisting of readers’ submissions.
Scottish Literature Digital Projects
The G. Ross Roy Collection of Burnsiana and Scottish Literature includes works by and about Robert Burns. In addition to Burnsiana, the G. Ross Roy Collection covers a wide range of Scottish literature, including poetry anthologies, histories, and modern writings.