Rare Books

Unigenitus cataloging project update

Thursday, January 17th, 2013 by Lenore Rouse
Posted in Catholic History, General, Humanities, Library's Home page, Rare Books, Religious Studies

Three hundred early eighteenth-century French and Latin titles from the Albani collection, many of them the only exemplars in the United States, are now cataloged and available to researchers in Rare Books and Special Collections (214 Mullen). A sampling of their content may be found at the RBSC blog:   http://ascendonica.blogspot.com/

BOOK SALE 26-28 October

Friday, October 26th, 2012 by Lenore Rouse
Posted in General, Rare Books

The annual Friends of Rare Books benefit sale, open to the public, will be held in Mullen Library,  Room 214.

Hours are:

Friday 26 Oct. 12 noon to 6 PM

Saturday 27 Oct. 9 AM to 5 PM

Sunday 28 Oct 12 noon to 5 PM

Books include art, literature, philosophy, classics, biography, medieval studies and more. Prices are 50 cents per volume and up.  Sunday’s sale: buy 2 get one free.




Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Primary Resources

Monday, July 2nd, 2012 by Joan Stahl
Posted in General, Humanities, Library's Home page, Music, Rare Books

Nineteenth Century Collections Online  (NCCO) provides full-text, fully searchable content from a wide range of primary sources for the “long” 19th century, 1789-1914. NCCO indexes the full text of books, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, diaries, photographs, statistics, literature, government reports, treaties, and other kinds of documents in both Western and non-Western languages.  Released incrementally beginning in 2012, NCCO’s first four topical collections include: British Politics and Society; Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange; British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture; and European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection.


Rare Books launches the Unigenitus collection cataloging project

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 by Lenore Rouse
Posted in Catholic History, General, Humanities, Library's Home page, Rare Books, Religious Studies

After some 80 years at CUA, the collection of pamphlets and manuscripts related to the 1713 papal bull Unigenitus is being cataloged in advance of the 300th anniversary of this document, issued by Pope Clement XI to combat the doctrinal errors of Jansenism.

More information on this collection,  once part of  Pope Clement’s library,  may be found on the RBSC blog:


As cataloging progresses more details will be available on specific items in this extensive collection, along with information about the project’s impact on other departmental activities, including possible reading room closures.


Lecture on Conservation of Archimedes Codex

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 by Lenore Rouse
Posted in Library's Home page, Rare Books

On Monday, Feb. 27 at  6:oo PM, Abigail Quandt, Senior Conservator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Walters Art Museum will present “Putting the Pieces Together: The Codicology & Conservation of the Archimedes Palimpsest.”  Ms. Quandt led the 12-year effort to stabilize the Archimedes Codex for the imaging which would reveal the earliest manuscript of Archimedes’ treatises. She is widely published and an internationally recognized expert in the conservation of medieval manuscripts and illuminations.

The lecture will be held in the Pryzbyla Center, Room A, with a reception to follow, and is sponsored by Rare Books & Special Collections, Mullen Library and the Department of Chemistry. For further information contact Rare Books at (202) 319-5091 or rouse@cua.edu

Rare Books Celebrates Newman’s Birthday

Monday, February 6th, 2012 by Lenore Rouse
Posted in Library's Home page, Rare Books

The RBSC blog http://ascendonica.blogspot.com celebrates John Henry Newman’s birthday this month, with a feature article on a set of books once owned by Newman. The books themselves are on display through Feb 21st in the RBSC reading room.

Rare Books Exhibition Features New Acquisitions

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 by Shanyun Zhangs
Posted in General, Library's Home page, Rare Books

Rara  Nova, an exhibition of recent acquisitions from the department of Rare Books & Special Collections is currently in the May Gallery and will be on display until October 24th, 2011. Featured are manuscripts and books from six centuries and rare artifacts connected with book manufacture.