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The University of Delaware Library Special Collections supports a wide range of academic disciplines and this support is reflected in the diverse group of subjects and formats on display in "Recent Acquisitions." The exhibition, which is curated by the Special Collections staff, presents a selection of rare books, manuscripts, and other materials acquired between 2000 and 2002. The exhibition contains materials representing all of Special Collections' primary collecting areas, including the history of science and technology, horticulture, American, British, and Irish literature, the history of printing and book arts, art and architecture, and Delaware history and life.

Books on the history and technology of dyeing and bleaching are featured, including a selection from a remarkable collection of over three hundred fifty trade catalogs from late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century European dyeing manufacturers. Other science acquisitions of note include the first edition in English of Francis Bacon's Of the Advancement and Proficience of Learning (1640); the first English-language edition of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Theory of Colours (1840), and Auguste Vinard's Art du Teinturier Coloriste sur Laine Soie Fil et Coton (1820). The University of Delaware Library's renowned literary collections are represented by publications by James Baldwin, Malcolm Cowley, Gregory Corso, William Everson, Graham Greene, Seamus Heaney, Christopher Isherwood, Bernard Malamud, Ishmael Reed, J. D. Salinger, W. B. Yeats, and others. Examples from the literary manuscript collection include an important collection of the poet Louis Untermeyer's correspondence, manuscripts by Cid Corman, Gregory Corso and Meridel Le Sueur, and additions to the Archives of Salmon Publishing, the Mark Harris papers, and the Paul Bowles collection.

Delaware and Delawareans are represented through a variety of manuscript collections of family and personal papers, including the Littell Family papers (1808-1998), the Waples Family papers (1753-1864), and the William J. Cohen Papers (1967-2002). A number of significant additions to the Delaware Collection will also be on display, notably a scarce copy of the Penn Family Breviate (London, 1742), which is a legal landmark in the history of the longstanding boundary dispute between Lord Baltimore and his heirs and the Penn Family.

Important new acquisitions for the collections on the history of printing, papermaking, and the book arts, art and architecture, and in horticulture and landscape design are also on display. Significant additions in these areas include Beaumont and Tocqueville's Système pénitentiaire aux États-Unis et de son application en France (1836), Robert Indiana's American Dream (1997), André Mellerio's La lithographie originale en couleurs (1898), and the Bruce Rogers Oxford Lectern Bible (1935), which is one of the crowning achievements of twentieth-century fine printing.

The exhibition 'Recent Acquisitions' emphasizes the rich strengths and diversity of the research collections in Special Collections, and pays tribute to donors past and present who have helped build the collections through their generosity. It provides ample testimony to the University of Delaware Library's continuing commitment to develop its research collections for students and scholars of today and for generations to come.



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