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Cookbooks have been aids in the kitchen for generations. The Elizabeth Capell manuscript cookbook, owned by the John J. Burns Library, is of unknown authorship, and ongoing research has not yet determined its origins. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating window … Continue reading
In my position as a Bookbuilders of Boston Intern, during the spring semester of 2013, I feel very lucky to have worked directly with the Burns Library staff learning more about the history of the book. One of my projects … Continue reading
Acting as a “bookbuilder” brings to mind, for me, an attempt to understand the fundamentals of book publishing – the building blocks of a physical book, albeit – that form the timeless basis for the industry today. Undergoing this internship … Continue reading
Perhaps no human being can be credited with embracing Plato’s statement “nothing is more beautiful than to know everything” to the same extent as Athanasius Kircher, a Jesuit, a polymath, and a walking encyclopedia. Kircher’s vast knowledge earned him the … Continue reading
The Connolly Book of Hours is an illuminated manuscript held by the John J. Burns Library. This manuscript was created in mid-fifteenth century France, a time and place when Books of Hours were produced and bought in great numbers. The … Continue reading
The Boston College University Libraries have digitized the James Jeffrey Roche Letters. This Burns Library collection is now available online at http://hdl.handle.net/2345/1119 as part of Boston College University Libraries Digital Collections. Roche (1870 – 1908) was an Irish born journalist who edited The Pilot, starting … Continue reading
In our continuing exploration of the history of the Humanities Series at Boston College, its contribution to the burgeoning cultural and intellectual life of the university, and its facilitation of unique literary encounters, we look next to Robert Frost. Frost had … Continue reading
“My Dear Thomas… I have sent fifteen pair of stockings to you by John Quirk who left this Town in this present month namely four pair of light grey two of the pairs plainly knitted and two ribbed two pair … Continue reading
I, like many of my fellow undergraduate students, am attending Boston College in hopes of a career in medicine. Unlike the rest of my premedical peers, though, I am a book conservation assistant to Barbara Adams Hebard at the Burns Library … Continue reading