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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.

Étrennes nationales, dédiées à la liberté française...

Case DC165 .E85

This is an illustrated almanac that depicts important French Revolutionary scenes of 1789. An extremely rare and beautiful document, its other illustrations include the procession opening the Estates General in May 1789.

Le savant de huit ans

Le savant de huit ans

Case Wing miniature PC2115 .S48 1830

An anonymous artist's manual for children. Among its six color plates are three images depicting the art of engraving and printing with movable type.

The Magnetic Almanac for 1865

The Magnetic Almanac for 1865

Ayer AY64 .M245 1865

The Magnetic Almanac, a rare Civil War-era medical almanac, includes all the typical content of such publications. But it includes an elaborate six-page advertisement written in the form of a captivity narrative. The "Rescue of Tula" describes Dr. Cunard's rescue of the Aztec princess from the Navajos. His reward is the secret of the Mountain Herb Pills that “will purify and cleanse as sure as the sun will rise to-morrow.”

E. McD Johnstone's West by south, half south

West by south, half south

E. McD. Johnstone

Ayer folio F 785.3 .J65 1890

This rare travel guide for points between Louisiana and Southern California, was apparently published by the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. It is a good example of the type of travel and description literature that is found within the Ayer Collection and throughout the Library. It also complements our three major railroad archives.

Anatomia uteri humani gravidi tabulis illustrata, auctore Gulielmo Hunter...The anatomy of the human gravid uterus exhibited in figures.

Anatomia uteri humani gravidi tabulis illustrata

William Hunter

Vault Case Wing oversize RG 520 .H9 1774

John Baskerville was the most distinguished private printer of the eighteenth century. The Newberry's collection of his publications is excellent. This volume of great import for the history of medical illustration fills an important lacuna.

First Presbyterian Church on Wabash

Chicago Fire Photos, 1871

W.D. Fay of Joliet

Midwest MS 59

A group of 5 photographs made in the immediate aftermath of the Chicago fire of 1871. The photos were made from small negatives printed on thin paper, with manuscript annotations on the verso possibly by Eliza Allen Starr, Chicago artist and author. One of them shows a greenhouse, which survived the fire. The image on the left is of the First Presbyterian Church on Wabash.

Jigsaw puzzle of the County of Norfolk

Jigsaw puzzle of the County of Norfolk

John Cary

VAULT Case G5753.N4 1793 .C37

This unrecorded map puzzle was created by one of the major English children's book publishers of the early nineteenth century from an eighteenth-century printed map of the county of Norfolk, laminated onto wood and cut into puzzle pieces. It is housed in its original box and complements other map games and puzzles in the Newberry's collections.

Positilla super totam Bibliam

Positilla super totam Bibliam

Nicolas de Lyra

Vault oversize Inc 1998

The first illustrated edition of De Lyra's exposition of the literal historical meaning of Scripture, the most popular commentary on the Bible in the late Middle Ages. De Lyra (c. 1270-1349), a Franciscan friar and probably of Jewish birth, drew heavily from rabbinic sources, notably Rashi (d. 1105) not only for textual content, but also illustrations. In the sixteenth century, De Lyra's radical political views won him favor among German and French Protestants.

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