Title: George A. Smathers Libraries information leaflets
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00073866/00019
 Material Information
Title: George A. Smathers Libraries information leaflets
Series Title: Rare book collection
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Creator: George A. Smathers Libraries
Affiliation: University of Florida -- George A. Smathers Libraries -- Department of Special and Area Studies Collections
Publisher: George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Floria
Publication Date: 2002
Subject: University of Florida.   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00073866
Volume ID: VID00019
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida

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Antonio Parra. Descripcion de Diferentes Piezas de Historia Natural ... Havana, 1787.

is the only copy held in the United States;
Kepler's De Cometis Libelli Tres of 1619; the
second folio of Shakespeare's plays from
1632; the first edition of Galileo's Dialogo
printed in 1632; a complete set of the
eleven volumes of Ulisse Aldrovandi's
illustrated natural history published from

he Rare Book Collection at the
University of Florida is the largest
in the state. It is an invaluable
resource for primary materials utilized by
students, faculty, and researchers at the
University and at other research centers
throughout the country and abroad. The
collection is extensive in the subject areas
it encompasses: 15th-century books,
classics in Latin, Elizabethan drama,
Restoration literature, Irish literature, New
England authors, Christian theology and
history, ballads, British landscape architec-
ture, history of science, natural history,
botanical books, fine press imprints, book
and printing history, and significant
modern authors. It holds the first book
printed by the distinguished Venetian
Manutius family of scholars and printers
in 1495; an illustrated Rommant de la Rose
from 1515; a Dodoens herbal from 1578; a
"pocket" edition of maps by Ortelius with
Italian commentary printed in 1612 which



Top left: Jacobus
Opus Preclarum
Venice, 1490.

Left: Johannes
Kepler. De Cometis
Libelli Tres.
Augsburg, 1619.

1599 through 1648; many of John
Baskerville's books, including the first
printed in 1757, which revolutionized
English printing; a book of ballads with
words and music printed in the early 18th
century which is known only in two
copies, one at the University of Florida

and the other at the National Library
of Scotland; Robert Blair's poem The
Grave illustrated by William Blake; the
Parkman Dexter Howe Library of New
England literature including the first
printing of The Whale (Moby Dick);
numerous publications of the Kelmscott
Press, founded by William Morris in a
reaction to the poor quality of the
machine made books of his time and
the beginning of the fine press move-
ment at the end of the 19th century;
hundreds of 20th century fine press
books; and scores of proofs of wood-
engravings by the eminent artist and
book designer Eric Gill.

19th century Spanish binding.

The Rare Book Collection is commit-
ted to serving the educational mission
of the University of Florida and
advancing public awareness and
appreciation of this irreplaceable
repository of cultural history.

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Abraham Ortelius. Compendio dal Theatro
delMondo. Antwerp, 1612.

For more information on the Rare
Book Collection, contact:

Jeffrey A. Barr
Curator of Rare Books
Department of Special and
Area Studies Collections
George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117007
Gainesville, FL 32611-7007
(352) 392-9075 ext. 309
email: jefbarr@ufl.edu

Rare Book Collection web site:

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