Two New Collections in the Mortimer Rare Book Room

Selections from the Gundersheimer Collection of Italian Travels and the James Fraser Collection are on view in Neilson Library, Levels 1 & 3.
April 30 - May 27, 2014
Exhibition of new collections:
  Morgan Gallery, Neilson Library Level 1
Mortimer Rare Book Room (outside), Neilson Library Level 3

New Collections

The Gundersheimer Collection of Italian Travels

Werner L. Gundersheimer, director emeritus of the Folger Shakespeare Library, has donated his remarkable collection of nearly 600 books of Italian travels to the Mortimer Rare Book Room. The collection is composed of accounts of mostly English and American travelers to all parts of Italy during the seventeenth through the twentieth century, including the Grand Tour, later American cultural tourism, and the rise of women travelers. Many of the books are illustrated with drawings, prints, and photographs, and some of the texts shed new light on early travelers’ motivations and interests. Many of the books also have decorative, illustrative, and colorful book covers.



UmbrellaThe James Fraser Collection

This newly acquired collection is in two parts: one is Japanese graphic arts, especially advertising posters and photographs, mostly in Japanese; the other is propaganda and avant-garde literature and picture books in many languages for children and young adults. The book covers on display are from children’s books—published in England, Poland, the United States, Japan, and elsewhere—ranging in subject from nursery rhymes, to animals, to political topics.



Mortimer Rare Book Room
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