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Rare Book Leaves collection, 1440 - late 19th/early 20th Century

 Collection — Box: 1 Box
Identifier: MSP 137
The Rare Book Leaves collection (1440-late 19/20th century; 0.5 cubic feet) collection contains leaves from Buddhist scriptures, Golden Legend, Sidonia the Sorceress, Nuremberg Chronicle, Codex de Tortis, and an illustrated version of Wordsworth’s poem Daffodils. The collection demonstrates a variety of printing styles and paper. This particular collection is an excellent teaching tool for many classes in the humanities.

Dates

  • 1440-1900

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Extent

0.50 Cubic Feet

1 oversize flat box other_unmapped

0.50 Cubic Feet

Abstract

The Rare Book Leaves collection contains leaves from Buddhist scriptures, Golden Legend, Sidonia the Sorceress, Nuremberg Chronicle, Codex de Tortis, and an illustrated version of Wordsworth’s poem Daffodils. The collection demonstrates a variety of printing styles and paper. This particular collection is an excellent teaching tool for many classes in the humanities.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Rare Book Leaves collection contains leaves from Buddhist scriptures, Golden Legend, Sidonia the Sorceress, Nuremberg Chronicle, Codex de Tortis, and an illustrated version of Wordsworth’s poem Daffodils. The collection demonstrates a variety of printing styles and paper. This particular collection is an excellent teaching tool for many classes in the humanities. It is very possible Eleanore Cammack ordered these manuscript leaves from Dawson’s Book Shop. Cammack served as a librarian in the Purdue Libraries. She was originally hired as an order assistant in 1929. By 1955, she had become the head of the library's Order Department, with a rank of assistant professor. During the 1940s and 1950s, many research libraries collected rare book leaves, as librarians believed it strengthened the importance of their libraries. Therefore, it would make sense for Cammack to have purchased and collect these leaves during her time as the head of the Order Department in the Purdue Libraries. Below, information from authorities in the field is provided on the topics that are specific to this collection in order to help the non-specialists better understand the collection.

Note written by Kristin Leaman

Method of Acquisition

It is very possible Eleanore Cammack ordered these rare book leaves from Dawson’s Book Shop. Cammack served as a librarian in the Purdue Libraries. She was originally hired as an order assistant in 1929. By 1955, she had become the head of the library's Order Department with a rank of assistant professor.

Existence and Location of Originals

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Related Materials

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Title
Rare Book Leaves collection, 1440 - late 19th/early 20th Century
Author
Kristin Leaman
Date
01/11/2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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