There are many books in the Rare Book Collection at Haverford – each notable and valuable in its own way. However, sometimes those distinguishing characteristics are most noticeable in contrast.
During exam week this semester, May 5 – May 9, 2008, a daily presentation of rare books will be on exhibit in Special Collections. Each day a LARGE book will be displayed juxtaposed with a small book – both sharing a common theme. You will be able to enjoy each book individually but also admire the contrasts that become evident by the comparison.
Monday, May 5, 2008 – Biblical studies
LARGE The Holy Bible, London : by Robert Barker, printer to the Kings most Excellent Maiestie, Anno Dom. 1611.
small History of the Bible, Sandy-Hill, N. Y, Hart & Hare, & J. Wright, 1825.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008 – Comparative literature
LARGE Trimble, Esther Jane, 1838-1888, A chart of general literature, …with the prominent writings of other nations; also, a chart of ancient literature, from the earliest times, Philadelphia : Stoddart, c1875.
small Thompson, Eben Francis, The Rose Garden of Omar Khayyam, Worcester, MA, Commonwealth Press, 1932.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 – Words of wisdom from William Penn
LARGE Penn, William, "Fruits of solitude, in reflections and maxims, relating to the conduct of life" in Select works of William Penn : To which is prefixed A journal of his life, London, 1771.
small Penn, William, 1644-1718, Time, Berkeley, Calif. : Peacock Press, 1965.
Thursday, May 8, 2008 – Necessary information
LARGE Lehmer, Derrick Norman 1868-1938, Factor table for the first ten millions containing the smallest factor of every number not divisible by 2, 3, 5, or 7 between the limits 0 and 10017000, Washington, D. C. : Carnegie institution of Washington, 1909.
small Bailey’s Pocket almanac : being an American annual register, for the year of our Lord, 1784, Philadelphia, .
Friday, May 9, 2008 – Dante’s Divine Comedy
LARGE Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321, La divina commedia, Milano : Casa ed. Di Dante, 1931-41.
small Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321, La divina commedia di Dante Alighieri, Firenze : G. Barbera, 1911.