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Mortimer Rare Book Room Staff Picks

It was fall 1962 when the Rare Book Room moved to the third floor of Neilson Library, where it remains today. The resource was named the Mortimer Rare Book Room, after Ruth Mortimer '53, in 1994. The Mortimer Rare Book Room fetes 50 years in Neilson with an anniversary celebration on Friday, Oct. 12, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., in the Book Arts Gallery, Neilson third floor; open to all.

The celebration centers on an exhibition, "A Room of Our Own," on display in the Book Arts Gallery through December 20. The Gate asked Mortimer Rare Book Room staff members to designate and discuss some of their favorite items from the collection. Below are their selections, with images and comments.

Click on each image for a large view and detail photos.

book one   Works by Geoffrey Chaucer   Nuremberg Chronicle
Mel Carson: The Peacock at Home, by Catherine Dorset, a children’s poem first published in 1807.   Mark Morford: The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, published in 1896.   Barbara Blumenthal: Nuremberg Chronicle, a history of the world from biblical Creation to the late 15th century.
Evidence of Compression   Libellus contra beneficiorum reservationes   Virginia Woolf and Kew Garden
Martin Antonetti: Evidence of Compression, an artist's book by Julie Chen.   John Lancaster: Libellus contra beneficiorum reservationes by Antonius de Raymundia.  Karen Kukil: Kew Gardens by Virginia Woolf. A modernist sketch, hand-set and bound by Woolf in 1919.
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