Exhibit Highlights Library’s Rare Book Collection Dating Back to Medieval Times

Feb 15, 2017

A Weinberg Memorial Library exhibit of rare books from the McHugh Special Collections showcases manuscripts, books and fine art facsimiles that date from the 11th through the 21st centuries. “From Medieval to Modern: Highlights from the Weinberg Library Rare Book Collection” will be on display in the fifth floor Heritage Room during normal library hours now through Tuesday, April 25.

The exhibit includes medieval century manuscript leaves, as well as fine art facsimiles of the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels. The display features books printed before 1500 (known as incunabula), books printed during the hand press era, which lasted through approximately 1800, and books printed during the 19th century after the development of mechanization in book production. The exhibit also includes a small selection of 20th century and 21st century fine and private press books. A significant number of books by Jesuit authors relating to theology, science, literature and other topics are represented in the exhibit.

A small amount of material from the library’s Zaner-Bloser Company Penmanship Collection is also on display.

On Tuesday, April 11, Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies will discuss the exhibit at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library. A reception will immediately follow the talk. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, please email michael.knies@scranton.edu or call 570-941-6341.

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