Rare Book Collection Highlights New Acquisitions March 22

January 24, 2017

Join the Rare Book Collection in UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library for a chance to experience new additions to the collection. The Recent Acquisitions Evening highlights notable items acquired in the past two years in a not-under-glass display to encourage close examination.

The event will feature a number of books that promote interaction between viewer and object. These include a book-turned-parlor-game from the nineteenth century, and a modern artist’s book that takes tweets from digital to analog.

Visitors will also have a chance to view the Library’s celebratory eight-millionth volume. Livre de prières (1886) is a book of hours, or devotional prayer book. It is the first and only illustrated book woven on a Jacquard loom using a punch card system that inspired computer programming.

The global reach of the Rare Book Collection will be on full view, with books printed in London, Mexico City, Cameroon, Paris, Augsberg, Tehran, Saigon, Rome, Mexico, Nigeria, and more.

Other highlights will include important works in the history of printing, such as one of the earliest known photoreproductions, and the first extant example of William Blake’s printing by relief etching.

Rare Book Collection Recent Acquisitions Evening
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
5-7 p.m.
Wilson Special Collections Library, Fearrington Reading Room
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Free and open to the public
Information:  Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

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