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Library acquires rare book by Albrecht Dürer

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A book that some scholars consider to be the most important book of the artistic Renaissance in northern Europe has made its way onto the shelves of LSU’s Hill Memorial Library. The Institutiones geometricae of Albrecht Dürer was a landmark

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New Acquisition: Pliny’s History of the World

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Special Collections recently made an exciting new acquisition: the first English edition of Pliny the Elder’s Natural History. Translated by Philemon Holland (1552-1637) and published in London in 1601 as The Historie of the World, this compendium of ancient knowledge about the natural

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Library acquires memoirs of Louisiana’s last French governor

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Special Collections is pleased to announce the acquisition of one of the rarest and most important books on the early history of Louisiana—the Mémoires sur ma vie of Pierre-Clément de Laussat. Born in 1756 in the Pyrenees region of southern

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A Book for all seasons

Works of Sir Thomas More

Students and scholars of English literature, history, and philosophy will be pleased to learn that Special Collections recently acquired the first collected edition of the works of Sir Thomas More. Introduced into modern popular culture by the 1966 film A

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The 18th century in 3-D

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Special Collections recently acquired an eighteenth-century “view book” of six hand-colored cards showing a scene on a Caribbean plantation. The item is meant to be viewed with each card set slightly apart from the others, creating a three-dimensional effect. In

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Stories on a string

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The ballad tradition that once embraced most of Europe is alive and well today in a place you might not think to look for it—the rural northeast corner of Brazil. Since the nineteenth century, works of the region’s folk poets

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The Bobbin Boy

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Special Collections recently acquired eight editions, dating from 1860 to about 1890, of The Bobbin Boy, or How Nat Got His Learning: An Example for Youth, by William M. Thayer. The Louisiana connection isn’t immediately obvious to modern readers, but

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LSU acquires Claiborne Archive

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The LSU Libraries Special Collections recently acquired a small but important William C. C. Claiborne archive that contains very useful sources on the territorial post at Natchitoches, relations with the Creole French and Spanish and Native Americans in the Natchitoches

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An African Man of Letters in 18th-century London

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Among the many new items recently added to LSU’s Rare Book Collection is a copy of Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, An African. Published in London in 1782, these letters were written by one of eighteenth-century England’s most well-known

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New acquisition: The Tower of Babel

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Like Leonardo da Vinci, the German scholar Athanasius Kircher (ca. 1601-1680) was a true “Renaissance man.” Interested in both the arts and sciences, he wrote several dozen books on everything from medicine and geology to Egypt, cryptography, Noah’s Ark, and

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Dr. Moon’s Alphabet for the Blind

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When most people think of printing for the blind, Braille is the first thing that comes to mind. Few are aware that another system was developed almost at the same time. In 1845, William Moon, a young man who had

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Special Collections acquires rare 16th-century editions of Vergil and Calvin

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In 1513, Gavin Douglas, a son of the fifth Earl of Angus, completed his translation of the Aeneid, Vergil’s epic account of the founding of Rome, into Scots, a dialect of English spoken in the area around Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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