rare books

  • April 6, 2016
    Bishop William Meade graduated at the top of his class at Princeton. He studied for the Episcopal ministry at a time when the fortunes of the Church in Virginia were at a nadir after the disestablishment caused by the Revolutionary War. He was ordained by Bishop James Madison who was also serving as President of the College of William and Mary. Along with Bishop Richard Channing Moore, he led a revival of the Church along evangelical lines.
  • March 9, 2016
    Napoleon and His Times, front free end paper (RB DC 203.c32 1838a)
  • February 24, 2016
    Pirates, pirates, pirates!
  • February 10, 2016
    One of the titles we will be showing in two upcoming instruction sessions this week, the 1483 Leaves from the Ninth German Bible (Biblia Nona Germanica), is the only one of our nine titles printed before 1500 that is in a language other than Latin.
  • January 6, 2016
    None of the books from the first library of William & Mary survived the 170
  • December 7, 2015
  • December 2, 2015
    Alexander Galt was an American sculptor born in Norfolk, Va. in 1827. He spent time studying in Italy from 1849-1853. He received important commissions in the United States and returned to Italy in 1856, coming back to Virginia in 1860. The outbreak of the Civil War saw him working for the Confederate army and doing a few private commissions.
  • November 2, 2015
    The semester, and with it class visits to Special Collections, are in full swing. One book that is a popular choice for a whole range of classes ever since it was purchased with support from the Vinyard Fund in 2012, is Portable Mayan altar : pocket books of Mayan spells.
  • October 28, 2015
  • November 24, 2014
    On October 19, 2014 at Dinwi