Inspirations

Rare Books joins in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the J. Willard Marriott Library, recognizing the work of the Friends of the Library, past, present, and future, in its charge to keep our collections safe and growing at a time when digital matter...

Who vagrant transitory comets sees, Wonders because they’re rare; but a new star Whose motion with the firmament agrees, Is miracle; for there no new things are. — John DonneAnno 1664 den. 18. Decembris… Martin Zimmermann Augsburg?: M. Zimmerman, 1664 QB724 Z55 1664Broadside giving an account of a comet seen in...

“…in which true images of fish are displayed.”Libri de piscibus marinis in quibus ver piscium effigies Guillaume Rondelet (1507-1566) Lugduni: M. Bonhomme, 1554-1555 First edition QL41 R6Guillaume Rondelet was one of the first of sixteenth century scientists to break with the eighteen-hundred-year-old tradition among natural historians of quoting or...