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Radcliffe's first antiquarian book, 1599

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute


With a Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women bookplate and the shelf mark “Curio 1,” this was likely the very first antiquarian book at what would become Radcliffe College in 1894. The little book is bound in parchment with blue decoration on the text block edges, and one can see the robust sewing structure and supporting strips of medieval text through losses in the spine.
Kempis, Thomas à, De imitatione Christi, libri quatuor. Antwerp: Plantin Press, Jan Moretus, 1599

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Heather Min