Proactive collection development is paramount to the Newberry’s mission of serving research in the humanities. Each potential acquisition the library considers is intensely scrutinized with the goal of selecting unusual and evocative books and manuscripts most likely to challenge opinions, expand knowledge, kindle the imagination, and stimulate original research.
Vault folio Wing MS 198
Jacob den Blaeuwen's untitled calligraphic manuscript is an important addition to our internationally recognized rich holdings of calligraphic manuscript model books. On paper.
Vault oversize Inc 1998
The first illustrated edition of De Lyra's exposition of the literal historical meaning of Scripture, the most popular commentary on the Bible in the late Middle Ages. De Lyra (c. 1270-1349), a Franciscan friar and probably of Jewish birth, drew heavily from rabbinic sources, notably Rashi (d. 1105) not only for textual content, but also illustrations. In the sixteenth century, De Lyra's radical political views won him favor among German and French Protestants.
Recueil de contre-danses nouveles [sic] françaises et allemandes: avec les figures et descriptions, composées par les meilleurs maîtres des quelles ont étés dansées [sic] au Vauxhall et a la salle du S. Torré...
VAULT Case GV1590 .R374
A publisher's composite collection of 30 discrete contre-dances and two extremely rare catalogs prepared by the publisher, Boüin,. This volume complements the Library's important holdings in eighteenth-century dance notation.
Case BX 8069 .A2 1551
An expanded edition of the 1546 Protestant writ refusing to participate in the Council of Trent. In 1551, after the Protestant defeat in the Schmalkaldic War, Protestant delegates were obliged to attend the reconvened Council of Trent. Added material in this edition declares that the Protestant presence at Trent did not make the Council legitimate, but calls instead for a new council to be convened in Germany.
VAULT Case oversize BX3731 .T95 1763
A “graphic” broadside based on a painting of the sixteenth or early seventeenth century glorifying the Jesuit fathers as directing both church and state, here used to discredit them and to justify their expulsion from the realm of France.
Vault Case MS 204
A rare copy of the entire corpus of these Cistercian sermons in original format as a collection of texts, intended for meditative reading (and not for oral delivery). Northern Italy, ca. 1400. Manuscript on parchment.
Canticum B. Mariae Virginis, a Io. Animuccia Urbis Basilicae S. Petri Magistro ad omnes modos factum
Vault Case oversize M 2079 .L6 A65 1568
Animuccia, a native of Florence, was the most important Roman contemporary to Palestrina whose work he influenced. This is the first and only edition of these 20 magnificats; no other copy is recorded in North America (most of Animuccia's works are preserved only in manuscript). In addition to its musical content, never re-edited, this volume is a monument of sixteenth-century music printing. It contains an important woodcut of the Visitation, in which chant books with printed and added manuscript micro-musical notation are depicted.
A combination of commercial advertisements for merchants, located usually in Providence, R.I., alternating with cartoon drawings and appropriate quotes from Shakespeare’s plays. An excellent example of the prevalence of Shakespeare in nineteenth century popular American culture.