New Exhibition Celebrates the Osborn Collection
- Letters to Sir Philip Sidney, 1573-1581: This collection contains 65 letters to the Elizabethan poet Sir Philip Sidney, all but one written between 1574-1576, during the last two years of his travels on the Continent and first year back in England. As Osborn described it, it was a “miracle that so much evidence exists concerning any major Elizabethan figure.”
- John Donne, Satires and Poems, ca. 1613: The Osborn Collection has significant holdings related to John Donne. Sometimes these notebooks are coherent manuscript “editions” of the poems; in others, a reader has copied a poem alongside others circulating in the early 1600s. The variations – and similarities – between copies are an important source for scholarly editors in establishing the text of a poem.
- Aelfric, two adjacent strips from a homily for Palm Sunday, 11th century: Among the few fragments of Anglo-Saxon in a North American collection, these two parchment binding strips contain a few words from the homilies of Aelfric, Abbot of Eynsham, that date from around 1000.
- Sir John Mandeville, Travels, in Middle English, ca. 1440: Believed to be a true account in the Middle Ages, the narrative follows a fictitious knight, Sir John Mandeville, who supposedly journeyed through Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Originally written in Anglo-Norman and circulated between 1357 and 1371, this rare copy, acquired in 2011, is translated into Middle English.
- William Hill, Commonplace Book, early 17th century: This extraordinarily ordinary volume shows how a reader might learn to read and write, and the formative exemplar texts which he or she might draw together from printed commonplace books, didactic literature, and other canonical or schoolbook sources.
- Psalter, with calendar and office of the dead, 1250-1300: This is a beautifully illuminated liturgical book that gathered the Psalms together in a specific order to be recited during religious services.
- Morgan Colman, Genealogies of the Kings of England, 1592: This genealogy, added to the collection in in 2013, charts the succession of the monarchs of England from William the Conquerer through Elizabeth.
The exhibition gallery and reading room are closed for the month of August while the library's building is under renovation.
Beginnig September 6, 2016 our hours will be
Monday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 5
Saturday (Exhibitions only) 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.