Fifteeners: Early Printed Books

Books printed in the 15th century, alternately referred to as fifteeners or incunabula, comprise the earliest examples we have of the mass production of books by mechanical means during the late medieval period. Derived from the Latin word for cradle or swaddling, incunabula are books printed between 1450 and 1501, the first 50 years of printing in Europe.

French Language Children’s Books

A selection of French language children’s books from the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

montage of Burns chapbooks

The G. Ross Roy Collection of Burnsiana & Scottish Literature

The G. Ross Roy Collection goes back to 1892 when Roy’s grandmother, Charlotte Spriggings, inscribed an edition of the works of Robert Burns to her friend W. Ormiston Roy. The collection was inherited by the grandson in 1958 and has since grown fivefold.

History of Education in America

This collection of textbooks and printed works on nineteenth century American education have been drawn from the collections of both the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections (including the William Savage Textbook Collection) and the South Caroliniana Library.

Humboldt’s Atlas of Latin America, 1799-1804

This volume, the atlas to the exhibition, was printed in Paris between 1805 to 1834 and is a comprehensive work in the fields of physical geography and geology, natural history, and ethnography that served as a model for future scientific expeditions.

Select Pamphlets from the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

These three rare pamphlets cover a wide range of topics, including women’s suffrage, athletic dance, and colonization.

Isaac Rosenberg: Early Poetry and Related Documents from the Joseph Cohen Collection of World War I Literature

Isaac Rosenberg, recognized as the first significant Jewish poet in English literature, was one of the major poets whose life was cut short by the Great War, and the only one who served in the ranks. He died on the Somme in 1918 at the age of 27.

Gonzaga University, postcard close up

J.B. Hawley Postcard Collection

This collection of postcards from donor J.B. Hawley focuses primarily on buildings found on university campuses across the United States.

Jerred Metz Collection of Manufacturers’ Recipes and Advertisements, 1902-1950

The Metz Recipe Book Collection includes more than 500 manufacturers’ cookbooks.

Joel Myerson Collection of Nineteenth-Century American Manuscripts, Images, and Ephemera

This collection contains over 300 letters, photographs, page proofs, and various other items connected with many prominent persons of nineteenth-century American literary culture from New England and beyond.

John and Mary Osman – Braun and Hogenberg Collection

The John and Mary Osman Braun and Hogenberg Collection contains a variety of maps from the late 16th and early 17th centuries, primarily from the Civitates Orbis Terrarum (Cities of the World) by Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg.

Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection: Postcards

The Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection includes over 200 separate postcards. Most were printed in the United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany.