History of the Book
British Amateur Journalism
Penmanship Collection (Berry)
Documents aspects of books, including printing, design,
history, paper, writing, and alphabets. The collection also includes catalogs of many
libraries, some published in the 18th-19th centuries, and numerous
exhibit catalogs. A shelf-list is
available in the Department's card catalogs; many titles are also
cataloged on MadCat. Other titles concerning history of the book
are available in the general stacks.
Some fifty volumes printed by the Aldine press in Venice (1494-1597). The collection also includes facsimiles, exhibit catalogs, and an English translation of a petition (1502) by the founder of the press, Aldus Manutius, to the Venetian Senate, requesting official protection against piracy of his typefaces.
10,000 bookplates, cataloged and mounted by former
librarians Flora Davidson and Gilbert Doane. The collection
includes bookplates of
famous writers, artists, political figures, college
professors, book collectors, librarians, and libraries, as
well as special collections of Wisconsin, medical, animal,
and punning plates. Many are mounted in fifty
loose-leaf notebooks; others are preserved in envelopes and
boxes. Catalog available in the Department.
British Amateur Journalism
Some 8500 titles dating from about 1912 to the early 1970s, collected by Ralph A.L. Breed. See also the recent acquisition, as yet uncataloged, of the Library of Amateur Journalism, gift of The Fossils.
collection of marbled papers used as endpapers; assembled by Flora Davidson.
Titles from the press of Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari; many use an italic typeface. See also the facsimile of the Annali di Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari, by Salvator Bongi, 2 vols., (Rome: Presso i Pruicyrali Librai, 1870) in the Department's reference collection (Z232.G5 B6). Shelf list available in the card catalog in the Department (see 1262490-1262722).
Forty-four titles from the period 1450-1500 have been identified and shelved separately in the Department's vaults. Other incunabula are held in the Health Sciences Library.
Mainly European manuscripts, ranging from English manor rolls of the
14th century to documents of the 19th and 20th centuries. The
collection also includes a set of medieval and
Renaissance manuscripts primarily
of Italian provenance.
Penmanship (Berry) Collection
Textbooks on penmanship, acquired in
1944. Shelf-list available in card catalog (803002-803030) in the Department.
Representative examples of fine printing, including publications of the
Kelmscott, Golden Cockerel, and Perishable presses.
Many of the titles are by authors also represented in other
collections in the Department. Shelf-list in the card catalog
in the Department.
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