A Miniature Elzevir book is the March Book of the Month

Aminta : favola boscareccia  by  Torquato Tasso.



 Aminta : favola boscareccia diTorquato Tasso.  Amsterdam : Nella Stamperia del s.D. Elsevier; Et in Parigi : Si vende appresso Thomaso Jolly …, 1678.   Illustrated by Sébastien LeClerc.  85 p. : ill. ; 11 cm.   An “Elzevier” book.   Call number:  PQ4639. A2 1678, The Miniature Book Collection.

Elzevir is the name of a celebrated family of Dutch booksellers, publishers, and printers of the 17th and early 18th centuries. The duodecimo series of “Elzevirs” became very famous and very desirable among bibliophiles, who sought to obtain the tallest and freshest copies of these tiny books.

Although it appears the family was involved with the book trade as early as the 16th century, it is only known for its work in some detail beginning with Lodewijk Elzevir (also called Louis). The family ceased printing in 1712, but a contemporary publisher Elsevier takes its name from this early modern business.

The fame of the Elzevir editions rests chiefly on the works issued by the firm of Bonaventure and Abraham.   Their Greek and Hebrew impressions are considered inferior to those of the Aldines and the Estiennes, but their small editions in 12mo, 16mo and 24mo, for elegance of design, neatness, clearness and regularity of type, and beauty of paper, cannot be surpassed.

Special mention ought to be made of the two editions of the New Testament in Greek, published in 1624 and 1633, of which the latter is the more beautiful and the more sought after; the Psalterium Davidis, 1653; Virgilii opera, 1636; Terentii comediae, 1635; but the works that gave their press its chief celebrity are their collection of French authors on history and politics in 24mo, known under the name of the Pelites Republiques, and their series of Latin, French and Italian classics in small 12mo.

Also, they are noted for their publication in 1638 of Galileo‘s last work, the Two New Sciences, at a time when the Inquisition forbade the latter’s writings.

Jean, son of Abraham, born in 1622, had since 1647 been in partnership with his father and uncle at Leiden, and when they died Daniel, son of Bonaventure, born in 1626, joined him. Their partnership did not last more than two years, and after its dissolution Jean carried on the business alone until his death in 1661. In 1654 Daniel joined his cousin Louis (the third of that name and son of the second Louis), who was born in 1604, and had established a printing press at Amsterdam in 1638.

From 1655 to 1666 they published a series of Latin classics in 8vo, cum notis variorum; Cicero in 4to; the Etymologicon linguae Latinae; and in 1663 a magnificent Corpus Juris Civilis in folio in two volumes. Louis died in 1670, and Daniel in 1680.

This month’s book of the month book was published by Daniel Elzevir in 1678.  It has a  mottled full calf binding.  The spine has four raised bands with decorated gilt compartments.  The book has an engraved frontispiece.  The title page is decorated with a printer’s device.   A third illustration was inserted upside down at the beginning of the first scene.

To see this book, visit Special Collections which is located on the second floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library off of the North Reading Room.  During the spring semester, the department is open to the public 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Aminta : favola boscareccia by Torquato Tasso.   Call number:  PQ4639. A2 1678, The Miniature Book Collection.

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Libraries’ Presentation – Imperial Vestiges: ‘The Other’ in Soviet Propoganda

All are welcome in Libraries’ Special Collections, as Dr. Heather DeHaan and Michael Kosowski (Junior, majoring in Russian and Art History) explore how Imperial Russian art forms and values are reproduced in Soviet poster propaganda.

Contact: Lisa Havtur, libpr@binghamton.edu

Imperial Vestiges

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Join us in the Science Library for an Open House Event

Midterms Open House  - Science Library March 2015In addition to snacks, water and other giveaways, information will be available on the new group study spaces and how to reserve them.

While you are there, learn about available technology resources that can help improve academic performance, such as a Skype station that enables students to connect with Librarians in real time and newly refurbished laptops that include access to virtual desktop, GIMP, MS Office professional and more!

Also talk with Library faculty about research-for-credit opportunities to be available for students this coming fall. We hope to see you there!

Contact: Lisa Havtur at libpr@binghamton.edu


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Libraries Early Closures – March 3, 2015

Due to the weather, library locations will be closing early on Tuesday, March 3 as follows:

  • Bartle Library/Information Commons/Fine Arts    11 p.m.
  • Newcomb Reading Room                                          6 p.m.
  • Research Help Desk                                                   6 p.m.
  • Science Library                                                           6 p.m.
  • UDC Library                                                                 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 4, the library location will plan to open as follows:

  • Bartle Library/Information Commons/Fine Arts       8 a.m.
  • Newcomb Reading Room                                           8 a.m.
  • Research Help Desk                                                   10 a.m.
  • Science Library                                                            8:30 a.m.
  • UDC Library                                                                  8 a.m.

Please note that the library hours may change due to weather conditions – please check our website for updated information.

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Join us for an Opening Reception of our Miniature Book Collection and Exhibit

minibooks All are welcome in the Libraries as Special Collections hosts an opening event in celebration of this unique and delightfully diminutive exhibit.

The miniature book collection consists of 116 books that spans four centuries from 1605 to 1991. Books on a variety of topics can be found in the collection, a collection that is rich in prose, poetry, philosophy and religious writings with titles ranging from the classics to the obscure. Authors represented in miniature include the humanists, the humorous and the politicians such as Petrarch, Charles Dickens and George Washington.

Date: March 11, 2015
Time: 4-5pm
Location: Special Collections, second floor [off of the North Reading Room] of the Glenn G. Bartle Library.
Contact: Lisa Havtur @libpr@binghamton.edu

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Celebrating International Women’s Day: “Make it Happen”


Make It Happen
The Glenn G. Bartle Library celebrates International Women’s Day with “Make it Happen,” an exhibit featuring books, posters and Binghamton University campus activities that promote women’s equality. International Women’s Day activities of the Binghamton University Globalistas are highlighted, along with the history of International Women’s Day as an international endeavor.  Posters from China featuring the event, which was made a national holiday, are also included. Numerous books on the topic of women’s studies written by Binghamton University faculty are displayed, along with feminist campus publications such as “Hera.” 
This exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library. 


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Invitation to Explore: “Scientists throughout History”

Scientists throughout history

The Science Library is now featuring “Scientists throughout History,” a collection of biographies and autobiographies that span both time and scientific disciplines. From the early alchemists such as Anna Maria Ziegerlin, to doctors of the 20th century such as Dr. Margaret Chung – these individuals have made a positive impact on society. Scientists have shaped our understanding of the world around us, improved and saved lives and pioneered discovery and success for others. 

Visit the Science Library to explore books documenting the lives of those who’ve made their mark in science.



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Miniature Book Exhibit in Special Collections


By definition, a miniature book is one that measures 10 centimeters or less in height. The Libraries’ Miniature Book Collection consists of 116 books that spans four centuries from 1605 to 1991. Due to their size, age and/or rarity, miniature books are housed in Special Collections.

Often made with the thinnest paper, and printed with the smallest type, this collection consists of elaborately decorated bindings, simple paper wrapped covers, and books with wooden boards. Books on a variety of topics can be found in the collection, a collection that is rich in prose, poetry, philosophy, and religious writings with titles ranging from the classics (La divinia commedia) to the obscure (Napoleon: poeme). Authors represented in miniature include the humanists, the humorous, and the politicians such as Petrarch, Charles Dickens, and George Washington.

The Miniature Book Collection exhibit will be on display throughout the Spring 2015 semester in Special Collections located on the second floor [off of the North Reading Room] of the Glenn G. Bartle Library.

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Over 25,000 early English books released into the public domain

Since January 2015 over 25,000 early English texts from 1473-1700 have been released online to members of the public under the CC0 Public Domain Dedication through the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP). Since 2000, the university libraries of Michigan and Oxford and ProQuest have been working together in this initiative to create electronic text versions of early printed books from ProQuest’s Early English Books Online, Gale Cengage’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online, and Readex’s Evans Early American Imprints.

While these texts were previously only available to users of academic libraries participating in the partnership, at the end of the first phase of EEBO-TCP the current 25,000 texts have now been released into the public domain. They include highlights such as first printed editions of Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Milton, but also a wide variety of lesser known texts on topics ranging from sword fighting to witchcraft and gardening manuals. Users can not only browse and read through the text of these early English books, but also search through the entire corpus (which consists of two million pages and nearly a billion words). Searching for keywords and themes is possible as well because the text has been encoded with Extensible Markup Language (XML). An additional 40,000 texts will be released into the public domain by 2020.

See more here

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Odyssey in China: The Impact of Charles Daniel Tenney

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