Author Archives: Claudia Funke

Counting the Days 500 Years Ago

As we begin the year 2016, one incunable in the Rare Book Collection offers particular resonance for “timely” meditations: Nicolas Jenson’s 1475 printing of St. Augustine’s De civitate Dei, annotated exactly five hundred years ago in 1516, with a manuscript … Continue reading

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Purchases at the Pirie Sale

The rare book world is filled with talk about the recent sale of the library of late collector Robert S. Pirie. UNC Professor Emeritus Mark L. Reed, III, recalls Pirie as a classmate at Harvard many decades ago, in William … Continue reading

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Panel Discusses Early Latin American Novel on Lesbianism

On November 18, Wilson Library and the Rare Book Collection hosted a panel discussion sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies. The topic was the recently published novel En los jardines de Lesbos, written by José María Vargas Vila in … Continue reading

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Fort San Juan Lecture Available on the Web

On October 21st, Professor David Moore of Warren Wilson College delivered a public lecture on the excavation of the first European inland settlement in what is now the United States: Fort San Juan, established by the Spanish in 1567 in present-day … Continue reading

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Carolina Kabuki Blue Halloween

The RBC has just prioritized the cataloging of the books in Paul Green’s library that relate to Japanese drama. The late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and former UNC professor spent three weeks in Japan in 1951. There, Kabuki theater made a … Continue reading

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Spain and the Americas and Banned Book Week

Here at the Rare Book Collection, we are fond of noting that one of the surest ways for a book to become rare is for it to be banned. Controversial books and those made scarce by suppression, they often find … Continue reading

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Letterpress Appreciation Day

The beautiful sight of letterpress, inked and in blind, on fifteenth-century paper. It’s Letterpress Appreciation Day. Take a printer—or a rare book librarian—out to dinner!  

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Books in the Summer Sands

Perhaps some of our followers are headed for one last weekend at the Outer Banks, hoping to read a few good paperbacks under their beach umbrellas. But you never know what may wash ashore if you’re dressed in your sailor … Continue reading

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Waving the Flag—in 1910

On the 4th of July, many will be waving the U.S. flag. In 1910, when sixteen-year-old poet Christina Moody was publishing, it would have been the 46-star one, like that above. We post the flag of Christina’s era on this … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday W. B. Yeats (1865–1939)

The Rare Book Collection joins in the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats by posting this portrait of him from Mosada: A Dramatic Poem, his first separately published work.  The drama had appeared in … Continue reading

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