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The Art of Good Eating

Gastronomic and epicurean-themed illustrations from our fabulous rare book collections. Fine dining, high cuisine and the fine art of distillation.

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Katherine Golden Bitting Collection

Shilling cookery for the people.

Materials on the sources, preparation, and consumption of foods, their chemistry, baterriology, preservations, etc., from earliest times to the present day.

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New Online: A Digital Treasure Trove of Rare Books

Thanks to the digital age, the stacks are open and searchable—everyone can access these untold treasures through our newly released web portal. Come visit!

Fresh Off the Digital Press

History of the Construction of the Library of Congress, Washington, D. C. Smithmeyer, John L., -1908. [Washington, Beresford, printer] 1906.

Rare Book Webcast

Schemes of Annotation in Ptolemy's Geography

Chet Van Duzer discusses Ptolemy's "Geography."

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Gastronomy Books

Featured Finding Aid

The Ralph Ellison Collection, (1937-2010) Finding Aid

Also see the description of the Ralph Ellison Library Collection\

Featured Online Exhibit

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

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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  November 2, 2017
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