Category Archives: Rare books

From Jesuitica to Graham Greene: A Student Intern’s Experiences with Conservation

As a Boston College student who had participated in the creation of an exhibit in the John J. Burns Library and enjoyed a great many more, I was always baffled when fellow undergraduates were unaware of its presence on campus. … Continue reading

Posted in British Catholic Authors, Conservation, Featured Collections & Books, Rare books | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Three Movable Books

This year, the Movable Book Society holds its eleventh biennial conference here in Boston, and the John J. Burns Library is providing a display of three items from our collection starting Wednesday, September 14th.   The Hagadah li-yeladim – the … Continue reading

Posted in Exhibits & Events, Fine Press, Rare books, Student Posts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Graham Greene & Sherlock Holmes

Graham Greene’s private library contains various Victorian detective works. Of particular interest to Greene is the definitive Victorian detective, rather, the definitive detective, Sherlock Holmes. Greene possessed at least one copy of each case Holmes undertook with friend and biographer … Continue reading

Posted in British Catholic Authors, Featured Collections & Books, Rare books, Student Posts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Muggletonian Collection

A radical Protestant sect with a quirky theology and a wonderfully unlikely name, the Muggletonian movement emerged in 1651 from the chaos of the British Interregnum, when two tailors – John Reeve and Lodowick Muggleton – announced themselves to be … Continue reading

Posted in Featured Collections & Books, Rare books, Student Posts | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Instruction at the Burns Library Spring Semester 2016

The Burns Library hosted forty-one class sessions this past semester, including two that met weekly. Burns Scholar, Colman O’Clabaigh, taught the course, Religion and Community in Ireland, 1215–1526 every Thursday in The Irish Room while Professor Robert Savage of History … Continue reading

Posted in Archives & Manuscripts, Jesuitica, Rare books, Staff Posts, University Archives | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Pride of the Jordanians: Petra

The year 1812 saw a milestone event in the history of Near Eastern travel. After centuries of having been lost to the outside world, the ancient Nabataean city of Petra was rediscovered by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt – found … Continue reading

Posted in Exhibits & Events, HS600 Posts, Rare books, Student Posts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Legacy of Ancient Giants: Carrickglass’ Leaba-Dhiarmade-agus-Ghrainne

The legacy of Sligo-reared archaeologist William Gregory Wood-Martin is defined by its complexity – a complexity reflected in his own homeland’s nature. In several ways, the Anglo-Irishman was an exemplary Briton. Born into the Ascendancy in 1847, Wood-Martin would serve … Continue reading

Posted in Exhibits & Events, Featured Collections & Books, HS600 Posts, Rare books, Student Posts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment