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ABCs Through the Centuries

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Von den erlychte[n] Frouen. Boccaccio, Giovanni,Strassburg, Johann Prüss, 1488.

From the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection

Rare Book Webcast

Schemes of Annotation in Ptolemy's Geography

Chet Van Duzer discusses Ptolemy's "Geography."

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Thanks to the digital age, the stacks are open and searchable—everyone can access these untold treasures through our newly released web portal. Come visit!

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The Ralph Ellison Collection, (1937-2010) Finding Aid

Also see the description of the Ralph Ellison Library Collection

The unique materials of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, now totaling over 800,000 items, include books, broadsides, pamphlets, theater playbills, prints, posters, photographs, and medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. At the center is Thomas Jefferson's book collection, which was sold to Congress in 1815.
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  October 17, 2017
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