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Albert and Ruth Parr Rare Book Collection, 1498-1989

Scope and Content Note

Spanning seven centuries and diverse subjects, the Parr collection is particularly strong in the history of printing, the history of science and technology, and travels and exploration.

The earliest item is a Malermi incunabulum Bible from 1498, one of the most famous illustrated incunabula.

Other notable highlights include: a 1571 edition of Strabo's Geographia with woodcuts by Sebastian Munster; a first edition of the monumental Cambridge edition of the King James Bible, printed in 1659 and 1660 and illustrated with splendid engravings by John Ogilby; exquisite early printed books by Aldus Manutius, the Elseviers, Christophe Plantin, and Johann Froben; numerous Art Nouveau publishers' bindings by A. and C. Black of London; and various Newtoniana, including A Treatise of the System of the World, the first English translation of the Principia from 1728, and the second Jesuits' edition of the Principia from 1760, still in original paper boards.

Many volumes held in the Parr collection are the only recorded copy in Oregon or the Pacific Northwest.The collection can be browsed by searching Parr Rare Book Collection in the Library Catalog.

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