New Exhibit: An Open Book

From November 5th to 30th, Rare Books will be hosting an exhibit of some of the recent acquisitions of the Rare Books Department and the Louisiana Research Collection. Purchased through a generous gift from Tulane parent and bibliophile Stuart Rose, these acqusitions include an inventory of property--including slaves--assembled in New Orleans around the time of Bonaparte’s sale of the territory to the United States, a copy of the literary journal The Symposium signed by New Orleans author George Washington Cable, and a 1499 edition of St. Augustine’s sermons containing a rare woodcut frontispiece.

The theme of "An Open Book" alludes to the bibliographic term 'opening', when a manuscript or printed volume is formally displayed for a viewer. The physical act of opening a book provides an intangible opening of the book as a source of information and the mind of the viewer to receive it; the acqusition of these rare and significant volumes provides Tulane and the wider NOLA community with an 'opening' onto the world of bibliophile culture and the knowledge and art contained within these books.

Please feel free to stop by the Rare Books Department on the 6th floor (Room 604) during our regular business hours (M-F, 9-5) to view the exhibit, or contact the Department at 504-247-1943/ for more information!