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Rare Book Leaves collection, 1440 - late 19th/early 20th Century

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Chinese block printing, 1440 (China)

Nuremberg Chronicle [Liber chronicarum], 1493 (Germany)

Justinian I, Codex de Tortis. Venice: Baptista de Tortis, 1496

de Voragine, Jacobus. Golden Legend. London: Wynkyn de Worde, August 27, 1527

Meinhold, William. Sidonia the Sorceress. London: Kelmscott Press, 1893

Daffodils by William Wordsworth, likely created by Edmund H. Garrett, undated [Appears to be late 19th or early 20th Century]



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Collection Overview

Title: Rare Book Leaves collection, 1440 - late 19th/early 20th Century, 1440-1900Add to your cart.

Extent: 0.5 Cubic feet. More info below.

Subjects: Kelmscott Press, Poetry

Forms of Material: Black letter (typefaces), Book paper, Chain lines, Incunabula, Watermarks, Wood blocks (printing blocks)

Languages: English, Chinese, Latin

Abstract

The Rare Book Leaves collection contains leaves from Buddhist scriptures, Golden Legend, Sidonia the Sorceress, Nuremberg Chronicle, Codex de Tortis, and an illustrated version of Wordsworth’s poem Daffodils.  The collection demonstrates a variety of printing styles and paper. This particular collection is an excellent teaching tool for many classes in the humanities.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Rare Book Leaves collection (1440-late 19/20th century; 0.5 cubic feet) collection contains leaves from Buddhist scriptures, Golden Legend, Sidonia the Sorceress, Nuremberg Chronicle, Codex de Tortis, and an illustrated version of Wordsworth’s poem Daffodils.  The collection demonstrates a variety of printing styles and paper. This particular collection is an excellent teaching tool for many classes in the humanities.

Collection Historical Note

The Rare Book Leaves collection contains leaves from Buddhist scriptures, Golden Legend, Sidonia the Sorceress, Nuremberg Chronicle, Codex de Tortis, and an illustrated version of Wordsworth’s poem Daffodils.  The collection demonstrates a variety of printing styles and paper. This particular collection is an excellent teaching tool for many classes in the humanities.  It is very possible Eleanore Cammack ordered these manuscript leaves from Dawson’s Book Shop. Cammack served as a librarian in the Purdue Libraries. She was originally hired as an order assistant in 1929. By 1955, she had become the head of the library's Order Department, with a rank of assistant professor.  During the 1940s and 1950s, many research libraries collected rare book leaves, as librarians believed it strengthened the importance of their libraries.  Therefore, it would make sense for Cammack to have purchased and collect these leaves during her time as the head of the Order Department in the Purdue Libraries.  Below, information from authorities in the field is provided on the topics that are specific to this collection in order to help the non-specialists better understand the collection.

Subject/Index Terms

Kelmscott Press
Poetry

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 oversize flat box

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Method: It is very possible Eleanore Cammack ordered these rare book leaves from Dawson’s Book Shop. Cammack served as a librarian in the Purdue Libraries. She was originally hired as an order assistant in 1929. By 1955, she had become the head of the library's Order Department with a rank of assistant professor.

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“Liber Chronicarum”: A folio of the Nuremberg Chronicle, restored from an incomplete copy from the library of Lambton Castle, England: with biographical note. Call No: 093 Sch 2

Preferred Citation: MSP 137, Rare Book Leaves collection, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/msp137_rare.pdf


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[Folder 1: Chinese block printing, 1440 (China)],
[Folder 2: Nuremberg Chronicle [Liber chronicarum], 1493 (Germany)],
[Folder 3: Justinian I, Codex de Tortis. Venice: Baptista de Tortis, 1496],
[Folder 4: de Voragine, Jacobus. Golden Legend. London: Wynkyn de Worde, August 27, 1527],
[Folder 5: Meinhold, William. Sidonia the Sorceress. London: Kelmscott Press, 1893],
[Folder 6: Daffodils by William Wordsworth, likely created by Edmund H. Garrett, undated [Appears to be late 19th or early 20th Century]],
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