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The Rare Books Department welcomes U back to school! Do you have your textbooks ready? How about your reading primers? Primers were a type of textbook that taught students how to read. Initially, they contained "primary" or fundamental religious materials. Reference to primers appears in English...

וַיְהִי עֶרֶב וַיְהִי בֹקֶר יוֹם הַשִּׁשִּׁי. וַיְכֻלּוּ הַשָּׁמַיִם וְהָאָרֶץ וְכָל־צְבָאָם. וַיְכַל אֱלֹהִים בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי מְלַאכְתּוֹ אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה וַיִּשְׁבֹּת בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי מִכָּל מְלַאכְתּוֹ אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה. וַיְבָרֵךְ אֱלֹהִים אֶת יוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי וַיְקַדֵּשׁ אוֹתוֹ כִּי בוֹ שָׁבַת מִכָּל־מְלַאכְתּוֹ אֲשֶׁר בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים לַעֲשׂוֹת.And there was evening and there was...

Love Letters: A Gallery of Type selections from the rare book collectionsLE PIU INSIGNI PITTURE PARMENSI… Giambattista Bodoni (1740-1813) Parma: Dalla Tipografia Bodoniana, 1809 ND621 P3 B63 1809 algebraic Bodoni, complete letters, lean as greyhounds, subject to the white rectangle of Geometry;THOM SMITHI ANGLI DE REPVBLICA ANGLORVM LIBRI TRES… Thomas Smith (1513-1577) Lvg. Batavorvm: ex officina Elzeviriana, CIC ICC XXX...

Facsimiles are meticulous reproductions that convey the spirit and power of often-inaccessible, original books. A facsimile is a replica of an original book, created to look as closely the same as possible to the original through state-of-the-art electronic, digital, and conventional techniques in bookmaking. The...