Recent Acquisitions

Our active collecting activities each year bring to the Newberry far more books, manuscripts, and maps than can be highlighted or even listed here. From among the arrivals of recent years, we present a selection that exemplifies our collecting today.

Domenico Cavalca
Vault Case MS 214
Domenico Cavalca, a Dominican friar (ca. 1270-1342) from Pisa was one of the early literary practitioners of Italian vernacular prose. This codex also contains six other Italian vernacular texts of uncertain dates including Cavalca’s Vite dei Santi Padri, an anonymous Monte dell’orazione, an anonymous and unidentified Tuscan spiritual text, Bernard of Clairvaux’s On Conscience in an anonymous translation, Considerations on Vices and Virtues in Italian (fragmentary and anonymous), an anonymous and still unidentified Tesorectus (a vernacular ...
Caleb Wright
Case DS421 .W748 1869
This rare travel and description narrative is another pre-Fire Chicago imprint from the Lane Theological Seminary, new to the Newberry's holdings. This is a rare example of a pre-Fire imprint publisher's black cloth binding and "Illustrated by numerous engravings." The preface states that the information contained in this volume has been collected by personal research and extensive travel in India and by compilation from authentic sources.
Niccolò Machiavelli
Vault Case DG 737 .A2 M34 1532
The first edition of the official history of Florence compiled by the most important political thinker of the Italian Renaissance. In manuscript, the Historie was presented in 1525 to Giulio de' Medici (Pope Clement VII), who had commissioned it as cardinal and ruler of Florence. This copy contains a rare variant in its colophon.
Justin Martyr
Wing folio ZP 539 .E8033
This first edition of the Works in the original Greek of the third-century Church father Justin Martyr, based on manuscripts of the French Royal Library, is bound along with the first edition of the Latin translation (Paris, 1554) by Joachim Perion. Begun by Robert Estienne and completed by his younger brother, Charles Estienne, this edition of the Greek is set in the first “grec du roi,” a type font designed a decade earlier by Charles Garamond. The Newberry with one of the best collections of Estienne imprints in the Western Hemisphere has numerous examples of Estienne’s Greek type...
Giovanni da Moncalieri
Case oversize G1793 .G37 1649
A very rare atlas of the locations of the convents of the Capuchins (a faction of reformed Franciscans recognized in 1628). One of over 800 volumes constituting the rare book collection of the Catholic Theological Union recently donated as a block to the Newberry. This image is the woodcut title-page for a map of the Capuchin province of Aquitaine; that is, southwest France. Each of the over 50 maps has a different and similarly beautiful title-page, each with its own distinct border decoration. Only one other copy of this, the second edition, is recorded in North America.
William H. Hornblower
Case E457.8 .D22 1865
An example of Lane Theological Seminary’s rich Americana, this rare sermon is a significant addition to the Newberry’s holdings on Lincoln. It is one of nine post-assassination sermons contemporaneously bound together; separately published in the East and Midwest. The Newberry had held only four of the nine items contained in this volume before the McCormick Theological Seminary donation.
Greenville Collins
Baskes oversize G 1811 .P5 C6 1693
Before this atlas, English mariners had to rely on foreign charts to navigate their waters. Collins’s collection of 45 maps was the first atlas of British waters to be published. Captain Collins was appointed to the task by the celebrated diarist, Samuel Pepys, acting in his official capacity as Secretary of the Admiralty. Collins worked on the surveys for nearly a decade. This is the first edition of the atlas, and this copy bears the seal of, and belonged to, Trinity House, founded in 1514 by Henry VIII to be responsible for all British pilotage. The volume proved very popular and...
John Lardner
John Lardner Papers Box 13 Folder 386
A noted sportswriter, humorist, reporter, and critic, John Lardner worked during World War II as a war correspondent in North Africa, Europe, and Australia for Colliers Weekly, the North American Newspaper Alliance, and Newsweek. On April 4, 1943, Lardner sent this dispatch as he accompanied American forces chasing Rommel’s retreating army in Tunisia. Note that the Field Press Censor removed all references to specific divisions and commanders. In addition to war dispatches, Lardner’s papers include correspondence between professional colleagues, family, and friends; manuscripts and clippings...
Marcus Junianus Justinus
Vault folio Inc. 4319
During the Renaissance, many of the Latin and Greek classics were translated into the vernacular. This anonymous Italian version of Justinus is a very early example; it is in fact now the earliest printed vernacular translation of a classical text in the Newberry’s collection. The principal subject of this work is the empire founded by Philip, the father of Alexander the Great. The original Latin text of 44 books was lost with the fall of Rome, and its context is today known only in Justinus’ abbreviated form.
Paolo Giovio
Wing folio ZP 538 .P42
Bishop of Nocera and humanist historian, Paolo Giovio (1483-1552) assembled a private collection of portraits of virtuous men that formed the basis of this posthumous publication, the first illustrated edition of a work that Giovio had originally published without woodcuts in Florence in 1551. The woodcuts added are by Tobias Stimmer (1539-1584). A recent Newberry fellow, Professor Susan Gaylard pointed out that Giovio in his lifetime had envisioned a version of his work illustrated by hand-colored woodcuts. Our copy appears to be the sole one in which the author’s desire for hand-colored...