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.

VAULT Case GV1590 .R374
A publisher's composite collection of 30 discrete contre-dances and two extremely rare catalogs prepared by the publisher, Boüin,. This volume complements the Library's important holdings in eighteenth-century dance notation.
Engraved by Jean Michel Moreau
VAULT Case oversize BX3731 .T95 1763
A “graphic” broadside based on a painting of the sixteenth or early seventeenth century glorifying the Jesuit fathers as directing both church and state, here used to discredit them and to justify their expulsion from the realm of France.
Ogerius de Locedio
Vault Case MS 204
A rare copy of the entire corpus of these Cistercian sermons in original format as a collection of texts, intended for meditative reading (and not for oral delivery). Northern Italy, ca. 1400. Manuscript on parchment.
Giovanni Animuccia
Vault Case oversize M 2079 .L6 A65 1568
Animuccia, a native of Florence, was the most important Roman contemporary to Palestrina whose work he influenced. This is the first and only edition of these 20 magnificats; no other copy is recorded in North America (most of Animuccia's works are preserved only in manuscript). In addition to its musical content, never re-edited, this volume is a monument of sixteenth-century music printing. It contains an important woodcut of the Visitation, in which chant books with printed and added manuscript micro-musical notation are depicted.
Vault folio Case MS 205
Folio sized fragment of a manuscript biblical concordance consisting of one bifolium, that formed the outer leaf of a quire including parts of the sections for the letters I and U. An important witness to the dissemination into Italy of the scholastic mode of access to the Bible that had been invented in about 1200 in Paris and England.
Jacob den Blaeuwen
Vault folio Wing MS 198
Jacob den Blaeuwen's untitled calligraphic manuscript is an important addition to our internationally recognized rich holdings of calligraphic manuscript model books. On paper.
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.
Case BX 8069 .A2 1551
An expanded edition of the 1546 Protestant writ refusing to participate in the Council of Trent. In 1551, after the Protestant defeat in the Schmalkaldic War, Protestant delegates were obliged to attend the reconvened Council of Trent. Added material in this edition declares that the Protestant presence at Trent did not make the Council legitimate, but calls instead for a new council to be convened in Germany.
Case MS 200
These two manuscript fragments were written in northern Europe (perhaps Switzerland) in the second half of the 10th century. When acquired they formed the outer binding of a 17th century edition of a Jesuit commentary on Exodus, printed in Antwerp and subsequently bound in Berne. Conservation work at the Newberry revealed their highly legible patristic content (visible here), which varies significantly from the standard edition of Augustine's works.
Case MS 5327
An eight-stanza poem submitted for publication in a Baltimore, MD, area newspaper on the liberation from captivity of a certain Hugh Gibson from Indians in Pennsylvania some ten years earlier. An unique addition to the Ayer Collection’s famous holdings of captivity narratives. The events described occurred in 1756-1759.