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Rare Books

A collection of 11,000 volumes printed in the 15th-19th centuries, principally in Western Europe and the United States.  Strengths include California, dance, literary criticism and theory, and British naval history.  Other areas represented include 17th- and 18th-century printings of classical authors, world literature (with strength in French literature and 19th-century English literature and popular works),  theatre, the history of slavery in America, and works on women.

Fine presssmall pressliterary authorsartists' books, and reference sources on the history of the book and allied arts (such as typography, binding, and bibliographic description), are described separately on this site.

 

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John Locke. The Works of John Locke, Esq; in Three Volumes. London: John Churchill and Sam. Manship, 1714.

John Locke, The Works of John Locke, Esq; in Three Volumes.
William Shakespeare. Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies.  London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard and Ed. Blount, 1623.

William Shakespeare, Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies.
Cesare Vecellio. De Gli Habiti Antichi, et Moderni di Diuerse Parti del Mondo. Venetia: Damian Zenaro, 1590.

Cesare Vecellio, De Gli Habiti Antichi, et Moderni di Diuerse Parti del Mondo.
 

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