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Rare Books Are for Everyone: Second Annual Display of Recent Acquisitions April 12

Rare Books Are for Everyone
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
5 p.m. Reception and book viewing (Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room and Grand Reading Room)
5:45 p.m. Program (Pleasants Family Assembly Room)
Wilson Special Collections Library
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 962-4207

On April 12, treasures will come out of the stacks at the Rare Book Collection in UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library, in the second annual display of recent acquisitions.

In the free public program at 5:45 p.m., Curator of Rare Books Claudia Funke will survey modern rare book culture and this year’s acquisitions, highlighting the inclusivity of rare books, and suggesting that there is a rare book for everyone.

Participants will have the opportunity during a reception beginning at 5 p.m. to view additions to the Rare Book Collection from the past year. Items will also be available for viewing after the talk.

Material will range in date from the 13th to the 21st centuries. Among the items on display will be:

  • Selections from the extraordinary collection of 1,700 William Wordsworth volumes assembled and donated by UNC Prof. Mark L. Reed III, including such rarities as the first edition of Wordsworth’s Prelude (1850), inscribed by his wife;
  • Literary papers from the most widely read Colombian author of the early 20th century, José María Vargas Vila, including manuscripts of unpublished novels;
  • Highlights from more than 200 titles of 19th-century French literature, including numerous works illustrated by J.-J. Grandville and Tony Johannot, and the French translation of Goethe’s Faust, with lithographs by Eugène Delacroix, one of the greatest of all illustrated books;
  • Christina Moody’s A Tiny Spark (1910), an explosive offering of poems, many in dialect, by a sixteen-year-old African American girl;
  • The scarce first publication of William Butler Yeats’s poem on the Irish Nationalist uprising, Easter 1916, privately printed by Clement Shorter in an edition of only twenty-five copies.

This event is sponsored by the Rare Book Collection and Friends of the Library.

For information about the Rare Book Collection, contact Funke:, (919) 962-1143.

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