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Exhibit at Colimbia U.



I ran across this announcement on the Columbia University (NYC) Web site and
am sending it on although I haven't seen it- in case anyone else is
interested. You should probably telephone them first to confirm if you're
going up there.  Barbara Valenta

"Infinite Riches in a Little Room: The Collections of the Rare Book and
                    Manuscript Library (RBML)." Drawn from the library's
rich bibliographic and historical resources, this exhibit will be on view in
a rotating display through Oct. 29, 1999, at the Kempner Exhibition Room of
the RBML, 6th Floor, Butler Library. Less a traditional "treasures" show
than a kaleidoscopic view of the kind of primary resources a leading
research library offers to the global community, the exhibit contains the
curators' choice of books, manuscripts, maps and archival materials that
illustrate the themes and formats represented in the collections. Each
display case is dedicated to items in one of the 20 collections in the
library. The  Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts case focuses on the
philosopher Boethius, author of one of the most popular texts of the middle
ages, The Consolation of Philosophy, which was written while Boethius was
imprisoned, just before he was tortured and put to death.      Other cases
feature artists' books;      materials surrounding the publication of James
Joyce's Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. A case on early writing surfaces
displays a Babylonian document relating to the adoption of a female slave
written in cuneiform four thousand years ago and a letter on papyrus written
to a Greek businessman in 257 B.C. The exhibit may be viewed Monday
Noon-7:45 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.


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