Exhibition highlights the Weinberg Memorial Library’s collection of rare books dating from medieval times


SCRANTON – A rare book display in the Weinberg Memorial Library of the McHugh Special Collections features manuscripts, books and facsimiles of art dating from the 11th to the 21st century. “From Medieval to Modern: Highlights from the Weinberg Library’s Rare Book Collection” will be on display in the Heritage Room on the fifth floor during normal library hours until Tuesday, April 25.

The exhibition includes manuscript sheets from the medieval century, as well as art facsimiles of the Book of Kells and the Gospels of Lindisfarne. The exhibition features books printed before 1500 (called incunabula), books printed in the days of the manual press, which lasted until around 1800, and books printed in the 19th century after the development of mechanization of the production of books. The exhibition also includes a small selection of fine and private press books from the 20th and 21st centuries. A significant number of books by Jesuit authors relating to theology, science, literature and other subjects are represented in the exhibition.

A small amount of material from the calligraphy collection of the Zaner-Bloser Company library is also on display.

Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies will discuss the exhibit at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 in the Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library. A reception will immediately follow the presentation. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 570-941-6341.

“From Medieval to Modern: Highlights from the Weinberg Library Rare Book Collection”, an exhibition on display in the Heritage Room on the fifth floor of the Weinberg Memorial Library until April 25, showcases rare books from the special collections McHugh, including sheets from medieval manuscripts.


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