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A children’s book illustrator so beloved that a medal was named in his honor by the American Library Association.

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Report of the Philadelphia Fashions and Tailors' archetype: for the fall and winter of 1827-8. [Philadelphia, Pa: s.n., 1827]

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Schemes of Annotation in Ptolemy's Geography

Chet Van Duzer discusses Ptolemy's "Geography."

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Martin Luther as Priest, Heretic, and Outlaw:
The Reformation at 500


  101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 239
  Washington, D.C. 20540-4740
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Symposium at the Library

Imagining the Extraordinary: Scientific Illustration from the Renaissance to the Digital Age

March 15, 2018: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
March 16, 2018: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



The unique materials of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, now totaling over 800,000 items, include books, broadsides, pamphlets, theater playbills, prints, posters, photographs, and medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. At the center is Thomas Jefferson's book collection, which was sold to Congress in 1815.
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  January 10, 2018
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