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HUM 202: Introduction to Art Museum Studies 2018: Rare Books

Incunabula (Books Printed before 1501)

Lactantius (1521)

Legendary History of the Cross (1483)

Andreae Tiraquelli regii in Curia Parisiensi senatoris Tractatus varii 1567

Council of Trent (1644)

Dunhuang Art Relics Collected in The State Hermitage Museum of Russia (1997)

Ethiopian Prayer Book

Vulgate Bible 1599

Cover engraving of 1599 Vulgate Bible.

Text available online.    Short video about The Vulgate Bible

Strabo's Geography (1707)

The Geography of Strabo is the only surviving work of its type in Greek literature, and the major source for the history of Greek scholarship on geography and the formative processes of the earth.

Read online at Hathi Trust

Read about book here

The Tale of Genji Scroll (c. 1120–1140)

Palm Leaf Book (Date Unknown)

Palm leaf books were written in ink on rectangular cut and cured palm leaf sheets and bound with a string through the middle. 

The rounded letters of many of the scripts of South India and Southeast Asia may have developed as an adaptation to writing on palm leaves, since angular letters tend to split the leaf.  This book is written in the Shan language from modern Burma, near the borders of China, and Thailand.

Carver's Travels (1779)

The Story of Nell Gwyn (1852)

Little Dorrit (1855)

Scroll of Esther (1875)

Found in Jerusalem in 1875 by Dr. Albert Newton Fisher, D.D., editor of the Pacific Christian Advocate.  Donated by his wife, Mrs. A. N. Fisher, to Willamette University after his death on February 23, 1921.

Fore-Edge Paintings (1886)

Edward S. Curtis (1907)


Frank Brangwyn (1921)

Constance Fowler (1940)

Picasso (1970)