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News, events, and musings from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois Send inquiries to askacurator@illinois.edu
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U of Illinois RBML Jul 10
Marcel Proust was born in 1871. We're looking at a first edition of his book, Les Plaisirs et les Jours, over on Tumblr.
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U of Illinois RBML Jun 22
Take a break from the heat and stop by to see the Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s Summer Exhibition “Art + Books”! Explore artists’ books, prints, and tarot cards created by Nance O’Banion, Julie Chen, Jana Sim, Amos Paul Kennedy, Henry Miller, Bea Nettles, and Russell Maret.
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U of Illinois RBML Jun 7
celebrates the 101th anniversary of the birth of Gwendolyn Brooks. Learn more about the impact Brooks made as the Illinois Poet Laureate & first black winner of the Pulitzer Prize by exploring the story map, Celebrating Gwendolyn Brooks@100 .
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ActuaLitté May 6
L'homme qui avait inventé la pomme qui tombe, s'intéressait aussi aux pierres qui ne roulent pas :-D La recette de la pierre philosophale, traduite par
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Research at Illinois May 1
The just acquired a Sir Isaac Newton manuscript with instructions for making a philosopher’s stone. Sounds like it could be dangerous in the wrong hands. Hoping can give us some ideas for magical protections!
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Smile Politely May 1
The has acquired an Isaac Newton Manuscript, an amazing find:
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U of I News Bureau Apr 30
Sir Isaac Newton comes to in the form of a centuries-old manuscript, newly added to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. It provides instructions for making the philosopher’s stone, thought to convert base metals into precious metals.
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U of Illinois RBML Apr 26
Our new pop-up exhibit, The Edge of Civilization: Survival Stories in Early Children’s Literature, is on display now! See it from April 25-May 9th in the RBML.
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U of Illinois RBML Apr 26
John James Audubon was born in 1785. We're looking a signed copy of Ornithological Biography, his accompanying text to Birds of America, over on our Tumblr.
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Marianne Alleyne Apr 26
Visited the yday. This 1819 book was new to me and I found it fascinating. It is a conversation between a mother and daughter about insect natural history. I want to study it further when I have more time.
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U of Illinois RBML Apr 26
We would love to host you and whoever would like to visit!
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U of Illinois RBML Apr 25
Replying to @lynnemthomas
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U of Illinois RBML Apr 25
No, you’re not looking at a copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Check out more images from Hortus Sanitatis on our Tumblr!
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Robert Dale Parker Apr 25
Showed my students from the gateway-to-the-English-major class the Rare Books Library here at U of Illinois, with 1st editions—Shakespeare 1st folio, Paradise Lost, Wheatley's poems, Pride & Prejudice, & many more
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U of Illinois RBML Apr 16
“An actor is a sculptor who carves in snow.” – Edwin Booth See Edwin Booth and other actors in motion on our Tumblr!
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University Library Apr 12
. houses over half a million rare and carefully curated items! Among other amazing pieces, they have a significant fragments of a Gutenberg Bible (the first major book printed using a printing press):
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U of Illinois RBML Apr 10
It’s Tuesday, which means we’ve got another great example of nineteenth-century typography for you! This ad for a store in Alton, Illinois is another piece from our current exhibit, Designed, Displayed, & Discarded: Ephemeral Printing in Alton, Illinois, 1835-1855.
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U of Illinois RBML Apr 9
Join us for a Public Lecture Series event! April 18th from 3-5pm : "The Process of Creating I am Alphonso Jones," a talk by Stacey Robinson, Professor of Graphic Design & Illustration at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. (Free and open to the public.)
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U of Illinois RBML Apr 4
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” Take a look at George Orwell's classic Nineteen Eighty-Four on our Tumblr:
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U of Illinois RBML Apr 2
We took a look at Charlotte Brontë and her novel Shirley on our Tumblr.
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