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Beautiful books: new Spotlight exhibit showcases rare and antiquarian books

January 15, 2019
Ann K.D. Myers
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A new online exhibit, Beautiful Books: A collection of some of Stanford's rare and antiquarian books, highlights Special Collections' efforts to digitize books with unique or noteworthy features. It includes fine examples of engraved and woodcut illustrations, astronomical diagrams, typographical innovation, fine bindings, and more. The books are artifacts of multiple points throughout history, from the earliest printing in the late 1400's to the 20th century. Topics include history, astronomy, science, religion, and travel, and provide just a taste of the wide array of beautiful books held by Stanford's libraries. To explore our collections further, please visit the online catalog.

This exhibit was a collaboration between Rare Books Curator John Mustain, Special Collections catalogers, and Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS) staff. It was created using Spotlight at Stanford, a layer of services that integrates with Stanford Libraries' discovery, access, and preservation infrastructure.