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Browse our Instagram!Our copy of A description of the Island of Jamaica with the Other Isles and Territories in America to which the English are Related (1678) was very well loved. Almost every blank page or half-blank page is filled with writings from prior owners. #handwriting #marginalia #WriteInBooksYouOwn #WeAdmireTheDoodles300YearsLaterLovely inscription in a copy of Graham Green’s Our Man in Havana which was read in outer space, given to Greene by Soviet cosmonaut Georgy GrechkoSpotted on our hold shelves: Philosophia magnetica in qua magnetis natura (QC751 .C32 1629 Jesuitica) which includes this early map of the world #maps #EarlyMapsOfEarth #AustraliaMeetsAntarticaBreaking out our beloved Book of Kells facsimile for Nancy Netzer’s Early Medieval Art in Ireland and Britain seminar today. The students take an intensive dive through our Irish manuscript facsimiles over multiple class sessions. #bookofkells #irishmanuscript #arthistory #facsimiles
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During the Fall 2014 semester, Professor Virginia Reinburg’s history class “Early Printed Books: History and Craft” was enhanced by integrating books from the John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections into the curriculum, and by incorporating hands-on … Continue reading
On a rainy April day last spring, a large wild turkey was observed strutting around the labyrinth on the lawn of the John J. Burns Library. When attracted by the light, he came and boldly peered in through the window … Continue reading
This summer the conservation lab, despite its location in the basement of the John J. Burns Library, rose to the heights. You may recall from the Conservator’s Notebook entry posted on July 5th that my assistant, Robert Williams, and I were about … Continue reading
During this academic year I have had three excellent interns assisting in the conservation lab here in the John J. Burns Library. They are: Erin Garrity, Bookbuilders of Boston intern; Lauren Zajac, Boston College honors student; and Fionnuala Gerrity, North … Continue reading
The conservation lab at the Burns Library is a pleasant workspace with a nice blend of modern equipment, like my arts and crafts style oak work bench which was hand built in 1999 by Paul O’Connell, a graduate of the … Continue reading
On June 3, 2010, the tapestry entitled Merito Vapulat Aper which had been hanging in the Ford Tower of the John J. Burns Library was carefully taken down. The 17th century Flemish silk and wool textile was removed for two … Continue reading