Call Numbers from Findlen’s Visit – and Pics!

Thanks to Paula Findlen, the audience, and all our sponsors for a fantastic conclusion to the ORBI 2015-16 lecture series, with a talk on the global networks behind Athanasius Kircher’s China illustrata. Here are some photos and call numbers of select rare works from the display.

Findlen in conversation with the audience

Findlen in conversation with members of the audience


Communally discussing the books on display

Communally discussing the books on display


Taking a closer look

Taking a closer look


Kircher and Competitors.

Athanasius Kircher, Athanasii Kircheri e Soc. Jesu China monumentis, qvà sacris quà profanis, nec non variis naturæ & artis spectaculis, aliarumque rerum memorabilium argumentis illustrata (Amsterdam: Waesberge, 1667). Warner C 951 K632 Shelf

Arnoldus Montanus, Atlas Chinensis : being a second part of A relation of remarkable passages in two embassies from the East-India Company of the United Provinces to the Vice-Roy Singlamong and General Taising Lipovi, and to Konchi, Emperor of China and East-Tartary, trans. John Ogilby (London: Johnson, 1671 Warner C 915.1 Og4  Shelf C.

Arnoldus Montanus,  Die Gesantshaften an die Keiser van Japan (Amsterdam, 1670) RB 915.2 M762

Juan de Palafox y Mendoça.  Historia de la conquista de la China por el Tartaro (Paris, 1670). RBC DS 754. P15 .

This is a very global book – printed in Paris in Spanish by an author in Mexico who wrote on China based on reports out of the Philippines.

Amiot, Joseph Marie, and Isidore Stanislas Helman. 1788. Abrégé historique des principaux traits de la vie de Confucius, célèbre philosophe chinois. Paris: Chez l’auteur et chez M. Ponce, graveur. 299.51 Am55.

This fully engraved work is by the French Jesuit Amiot, who unlike Kircher, worked most of his life in Beijing.
Books from the same printer as the Kircher, the Waesberge shop of Amsterdam.

Note that in contrast to the Jesuit Kircher, these are works by a notoriously irreverant figure (Bonaventura Vulcanius worked in both Catholic and Calvinist settings; another scholar claimed his religion was “dice and drink”)  and an exemplary Protestant, Isaac Casaubon.

Arriani De expedit. Alex. Magni historiarum libri VII. Ejusdem Indica. ex Bonavent. Vulcanii Brug. interpretatione. Amstelodami, J. Janssonium à Waesberge & viduam E. Weyerstraet; 1668. Quayle Collection (Q014 )

Polybii Lycortae f. Megalopolitani historiarum libri qui supersunt. Translated by Isaac Casaubon.  Amstelodami : Ex officinâ Johannis Janssonii à Waesberge, & Johannis van Someren; 1670.  Quayle Collection (Q257 )


Books with a Jesuit Provenance.

Nicolaus Monardes, De simplicibus medicamentis ex occidentali india delatus, quorum in medicina usus est (Antwerp: Plantin, 1574), 55. RBC RS 178.07 1574.

Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, On the Motion of Animals De motu Animalium,  (Rome: Bernabò, 1680).  RBC QP 301.B6 1680

Bochius, Joannes. 1608. Ioannis Bochii s.p.q. Antuerp. à secretis In psalmos Davidis variæ observationes, physicæ, ethicæ, politicæ, et historicæ.: Item prophetæ regii vita, & alia nonnulla, ad psalmorvm lucem. Antverpiæ: ex officina Plantiniana, apud Ioannem Moretum. (Q 032)

Engelgrave, Henricus. 1669. Coelum empyreum, non vanis et fictis constellationum monstris belluatum, sed divum domus, Domini Jesu Christi, ejusque illibatae Virginis Matris Mariae, sanctorum apostolorum, martyrum, confessorum, virginum, nec non sacrarum religionum, patriarcharum, aliorumque tutelarium, praeclaris factis, ac raris virtutibus, velut tot lucidissimis stellis in perpetuas aeternitates micantibus, splendide illustratum. Coloniae: prostant apud Gabrielem à Roy, Amstelodami. (Q126)


The first atlas, and two geographic textbooks, one by Philipp Clüver, a seminal historical geographer (and foot traveler) and the other by the French Royal cartographer, Nicolas de Fer.

Abraham Ortelius, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, [1579?]).RB 910 Or8

Clüver, Philipp, Johannes Buno, Johann Friedrich Heckel, and Johannes Reiske. 1711. Philippi Cluverii Introductio in universam geographam tam veterem quam novam. Londini: Typis M. Jenour, impensis Joannis Nicholsoni, bibliopolae. RB 910 C627

Fer, Nicolas de. 1717. Introduction à la géographie avec une description historique sur touttes les parties de la Terre. Par N. de Fer geographie de sa Majesté Catholique. Dediée a Mr. De La Hire professeur Roïal et de l’Academie des Sciences. Seconde édition. Augmentée des longitudes et latitudes des principales villes. Suivant les dernières observations. RB 910 F37

Views of Rome, Ancient and Modern

Guidonis Pancirolli Rerum memorabilium sive deperditarum, pars prior [et posterior]. Francofurti : Sumptibus Godefridi Tampachij; 1629]-1631. Rare Books (T33 .P2 1629 ) – a recent acquisition.

Pronti, Domenico. 1795. Nuova raccolta di 100 vedutine antiche della cittá di Roma e su vicinanze. Roma: Presso il sud.o Incisore. RBC NA310.P7 (The special collections at AAA has a large collection of such views of Roe).




Paula Findlen, Thursday, May 5th at 4:00

montanus shoes

Arnoldus Montanus, Atlas Chinensis: being a second part of A relation of remarkable passages in two embassies from the East-India Company of the United Provinces to the Vice-Roy Singlamong and General Taising Lipovi, and to Konchi, Emperor of China and East-Tartary, trans. John Ogilby (London: Johnson, 1671), 701. UO Special Collections and University Archives, Warner C 915.1 Og4.

“Why Write a Book on China? Athanasius Kircher (1602-80) between Rome and the World”
Paula Findlen, Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History, Stanford University
Thursday, May 5th, 2016 Knight Browsing Room, 4:00 pm

Reception to follow.

Call numbers for Beth Yale’s Talk

Below please find the list of the works from Special Collections we examined together for Beth Yale’s visit. Thanks to Bruce Tabb for collecting the call numbers.

John Evelyn, Silva (London: Scott, 1706). 634.91 Eu22

The Survey of Cornwall
Richard Carew, 1555-1620.; Pierre Desmaizeaux, 1673?-1745.; Richard Carew, 1555-1620.; London, Printed for S. Chapman, D. Browne and J. Woodman; 1723
Available at Special Collections and Archives Rare Books (DA670.C8C22)

Britannia, siue, Florentissimorum regnorum Angliae, Scotiae, Hiberniae, et insularum adiacentium ex intima antiquitate chorographica descriptio
William Camden, 1551-1623.; George Bishop, -1611, printer.; English Printing Collection (Library of Congress); Londini : Impensis Georg. Bishop; 1590
Available at Special Collections and Archives Rare Books (Q063 )

Durham. Thomas Cox, 1655?-1734.; Robert Morden, approximately 1650-1703.; Thomas Cox, 1655?-1734.; London : In the Savoy, Printed by E. and R. Nutt; 1720
Available at Special Collections and Archives Rare Books (DA670.D9C69 1720 )

Northumberland. Thomas Cox, 1655?-1734.; Robert Morden, approximately 1650-1703.; Thomas Cox, 1655?-1734.; London : Printed for C. Ward and R. Chandler, booksellers; between 1720 and 1731
Available at Special Collections and Archives Rare Books (DA670.N78C69 1720 )

Dorsetshire. Thomas Cox, 1655?-1734.; Robert Morden, approximately 1650-1703.; Thomas Cox, -1734.; London : In the Savoy, Printed by E. and R. Nutt; 1720
Available at Special Collections and Archives Rare Books (DA670.D7C69 1720 )

Travels over England, Scotland and Wales, giving a true and exact description of the chiefest cities, towns and corporations; together with the antiquities of divers other places, with the most famous cathedrals and other eminent structures, of several remarkable caves and walls, with many other divertive passages never before published.
James Brome, -1719.; London, Printed for A. Roper; 1700
Available at Special Collections and Archives Rare Books (Burgess 042a

Michaell Drayton, Poly-Olbion, PR2257 .P5 1612. London : printed for M Lownes. I Browne. I Helme. I Busbie. :Ingraũe by W Hole, [1612]

Ray, John. Three physico-theological discourses, concerning I. The primitive chaos, and creation of the world. II. The general Deluge, its causes and effects. III. The dissolution of the world and future conflagration. Wherein are largely discussed, the production and use of mountains, the original of fountains, of formed stones, and sea-fishes bones and shells found in the earth; the effects of particular floods, and inundations of the sea; the eruptions of vulcano’s; the nature and causes of earthquakes. With an historical account of those two late remarkable ones in Jamaica and England. With practical inferences. London: Printed for William Innys, at the Prince’s Arms in S. Paul’s Church-yard, 1713 Burgess 162

Pliny the younger, The Naturall Historie of C. Plinius Secundus,. Trans Philemon Holland. London: A. Islip, 1601. Burgess 159

Chamberlayne, Edward. 1669. Angliæ notitia, or, The present state of England together with divers remarks upon the antient state thereof. London: Printed by T. Hodgkin, 1700.
(914.2 C355)

Charles. 1650. Reliquiae sacrae Carolinae: the works of that great monarch and glorious martyr King Charles the I : Collected together and digested in order according to their several subjects, civil and sacred. Hague: Printed by Samuel Browne. (942.06 C378)

Wilkins, John. 1640. The first book: the discovery of a new world. Or, a discourse tending to prove, that ’tis probable there may be another habitable world in the moone. With a discourse concerning the possibility of a passage thither. London: Printed by Iohn Norton for Iohn Maynard.
(QB41.W55 1640)

Somner, William, and Hugh Cecil Lowther Lonsdale. 1640. The antiquities of Canterbvry. Or a svrvey of that ancient citie, with the svbvrbs, and cathedrall. Containing principally matters of antiquity in them all. London: Printed by I.L. for R. Thrale. (914.223 So55)

Newcastle, Margaret Cavendish. 1667. The life of the thrice noble, high and puissant prince William Cavendishe,: Duke, Marquess, and Earl of Newcastle; Earl of Ogle; Viscount Mansfield. London: Printed by A. Maxwell. (923.N432n)

CAREW, George, and Thomas STAFFORD. 1633. Pacata Hibernia. Ireland appeased and reduced. Or, an Historie of the late warres of Ireland, especially within the Province of Mounster vnder the government of Sir G. Carew … Illustrated with seventeene severall mappes, etc. [Compiled by G. Carew, Earl of Totnes. Edited by Sir Thomas Stafford. With portraits of the author and Queen Elizabeth.]. London: (x941.5 St13)

Huddesford, William, Thomas Warton, Thomas Hearne, and Anthony à Wood. 1772. The lives of those eminent antiquaries John Leland, Thomas Hearne, and Anthony à Wood; with an authentick account of their respective writings and publications, from original papers. Oxford: J. and J. Fletcher. (DA92.H8 v.1)

Stow, John, John Strype, Anthony Munday, Henry Dyson, Awnsham Churchill, John Knapton, Robert Knaplock, et al. 1720. A survey of the cities of London and Westminister: containing the original, antiquity, increase, modern estate and government of those cities. London: Printed for A. Churchill, J. Knapton, R. Knaplock, J. Walthoe, E. Horne, B. Tooke, D. Midwinter, B. Cowse, R. Robinson. (914.21 St77 v.1)

Jones, Inigo, John Webb, and Walter Charleton. 1725. The most notable antiquity of Great Britain, vulgarly called Stone-Heng, on Salisbury Plain, restored. London: Printed for D. Browne, jr. (x913.42 J717)

Wood, Anthony à. 1721. Athenæ oxonienses. An exact history of all the writers and bishops who have had their education in the most antient and famous University of Oxford, from the fifteenth year of King Henry the Seventh, A.D. 1500, to the author’s death in November 1695. Representing the birth, fortune, preferment, and death of all those authors and prelates, the great accidents of their lives, and the fate and character of their writings. To which are added, the fasti, or annals, of the said University. London: Printed for R. Knaplock, D. Widwinter, and J. Tonson. (378.42 OFw)

Grew, Nehemiah. 1685. Musæum Regalis Societatis, or, A catalogue and description of the natural and artificial rarities belonging to the Royal Society and preserved at Gresham Colledge. London: Printed for Tho. Malthus. (504 R812)

Society of Antiquaries of London. 1779. Archaeologia, or, Miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity. London: Society of Antiquaries of London. (DA20.A64 v.1)

Speed, John. 1611. The history of Great Britaine under the conquests of ÿ Romans, Saxons, Danes and Normans: their originals, manners, warres, coines & seales ; with ÿ successions, lives, acts & issue of the English Monarchs from Iulius Cæsar, to our most gracious Soueraigne King Iames. Imprinted at London: [By William Hall and John Beale, Anno Cum Privilegio, and are to be solde by Iohn Sudbury & Georg Humble, in Popes-head alley at ÿ signe of ÿ white Horse]. (x942 Sp32)

ORBI 2015-16 Lecture series: Natural History, Print, and Empire


Walter Rothschild, Avifauna of Laysan (London: R. H. Porter, 1890-99), UO Special Collections, xQL 694. H3 W5

Walter Rothschild, Avifauna of Laysan (London: R. H. Porter, 1890-99), UO Special Collections, xQL 694. H3 W5

“Disorderly Nature and Biological Diversity: Aristotelian Environmentalism in Historical Perspective”
Malcolm Wilson, Classics, University of Oregon
Wednesday, February 10, 2016  Paulson Reading Room 4:45 pm

“Writing the Nation: Correspondence and Collaboration in Early Modern British Science.”
Elizabeth Yale, Center for the Book, University of Iowa
Wednesday, March 16, 2016  Paulson Reading Room 4:45 pm

“Alexander von Humboldt and the Crucible of the Tropics.”
Ralph Bauer, English, University of Maryland
Tuesday, April 5th, 2016  Knight Browsing Room, 4:00 pm

“Thinking about Captain Cook: Narrative and Engravings for the Pacific Voyages”
Elizabeth Bohls, Professor; and Amanda Schmidt, Graduate Student, English
University of Oregon
April 20th, 2016  Paulson Reading Room 4:45 pm

“Why Write a Book on China?  Athanasius Kircher (1602-80) between Rome and the World”
Paula Findlen, Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History, Stanford University
Thursday, May 5th, 2016  Knight Browsing Room, 4:00 pm


“Breakfast” at the Royal Society


Nehemiah Grew, Musaeum Regalis Societatis, or A catalogue & description of the natural and artificial rarities belonging to the Royal Society and preserved at Gresham College (London: Rawlins, 1681). 504.R812

Nehemiah Grew, Musaeum Regalis Societatis, or A catalogue & description of the natural and artificial rarities belonging to the Royal Society and preserved at Gresham College (London: Rawlins, 1681). 504.R812

Breakfast at the Royal Society, June 2, 2015, 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Knight Library, Browsing Room, University of Oregon

Royal Society Mini Exhibit Self-guided Tour, June 2, 2015, 11am -12 pm, Knight Library, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon

The Royal Society (, located in downtown London near Whitehall, was founded in 1660 and is the world’s oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. As the publisher of an early scientific journal, an early locus for experiments, and, since its founding, an avid collector of data and speciments, the Royal Society proved foundational for the emergence of modern experimental science. Come have a virtual “breakfast” with the Royal Society in a simulcast event as part of the conference, “Archival Afterlives: Life, Death, and Knowledge-Making in Early Modern British Scientific and Medical Archives” (conference description below).” Coffee, tea and pastries will be served.

Participants will hear the keynote of the conference delivered by Lauren Kassell of Cambridge University ( and will have the opportunity to participate in the Question and Answer period. A prominent historian of science and medicine, Professor Kassell is the leader of a prominent digital humanities project which offers an important Renaissance magical and medical archive to the public ( For her talk (abstract below), she will focus on the astrological collecting of Elias Ashmole (1617-1692), one of the founding members of the Royal Society, as well as of the Oxford Philosophical Society and of the Ashmolean Museum (still in existence in Oxford).

The UO Special Collections and University Archives is blessed with an excellent selection of rare books relating to the founding days of the Royal Society. Thirteen seventeenth and early eighteenth-century works will be on view through a self-guided tour upstairs in Special Collections and University Archives following the event, allowing participants to interact with the Royal Society through both new digital connections as well as through the older connection of print.

Conference Description

Early modern naturalists collected, generated, and shared massive amounts of paper. Inspired by calls for the wholesale reform of natural philosophy and schooled in humanist note-taking practices, they generated correspondence, reading notes (in margins, on scraps, in notebooks), experimental and observational reports, and drafts (rough, partial, fair) of treatises intended for circulation in manuscript or further replication in print. If naturalists claimed all knowledge as their province, natural philosophy was a paper empire. In our own day, naturalists’ materials, ensconced in archives, libraries, and (occasionally) private hands, are now the foundation of a history of science that has taken a material turn towards paper, ink, pen, and filing systems as technologies of communication, information management, and knowledge production. Recently, the creation of such papers, and their originators’ organization of them and intentions for them have received much attention. The lives archives lived after their creators’ deaths have been explored less often. The posthumous fortunes of archives are crucial both to their survival as historical sources today and to their use as scientific sources in the past.

How did (often) disorderly collections of paper come to be “the archives of the Scientific Revolution”? The proposed conference considers the histories of these papers from the early modern past to the digital present, including collections of material initially assembled by Samuel Hartlib, John Ray, Francis Willughby, Isaac Newton, Hans Sloane, Edward Lhwyd, Robert Hooke, and Théodore de Mayerne. The histories unearthed—of wrangling over the control and organization of the papers of dead naturalists (and by extension, of the legacies of the dead and the living), of putting the scraps and half-finished experiments cast off by fertile minds to work, of extending and preserving their legacies in print—serve not only as an index of the cultural position of scientific activity since the early modern period. They also engage us in thinking about genealogies of scientific influence, the material and intellectual resources that had to be deployed to continue the scientific project beyond the life of any one individual, the creation and management of scientific genius as a posthumous project, and scientific activity as a collective endeavor in which scribes, archives and library keepers, editors, digital humanists and naturalists’ surviving friends and family members had a stake.

Keynote: Lauren Kassell, Stars and scribes, astrology and archives

The story of astrology’s heyday in seventeenth century England is well known. Cheap print and political turmoil fuelled its popularity, while Copernicanism, mechanical philosophy and medical protectionism challenged its credibility. Almanacs and handbooks document one part of the story, polemical books and pamphlets the other. I want instead to focuses on astrological charts, kept singly or in series in casebooks or later amassed in collections. Whether forecasting the weather or judging a person’s fortune, astrologers mapped the stars on pieces of paper. Sometimes these were discarded, but often they were kept, retained, and sometimes collected, reused or recalculated. This history of the accumulation and study of astrological archives—called by one astrologer a ‘body of astrology’ and by another ‘astrological experiments’—parallels the rise of natural history, but astrologers faced distinct epistemological and practical challenges, often answered by consulting increasing numbers of records, current and historical. The ultimate astrologer antiquarian was Elias Ashmole (1617-1692), who collected and studied the majority of English astrological records that now survive. This paper considers Ashmole’s pursuits amidst a broader history of astrology and archives.





Rare Book resources for teaching history

In October, we held a workshop and brainstorming session for history faculty interested in integrating rare books into their teaching. Below is a list of call numbers of some of the types of sources we looked at. Please note that these are by no means exhaustive!


Travel and Exploration

RBC E 123.P73 Plautius, Caspar, and Honorius Philoponus. 1621. Nova typis transacta navigatio.
RBC x 910 0r8 Abraham Ortelius, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, [1579 and 1584?]).

RBC x912 5a58 V.2 = Atlas Nouveau: A L’usage de Monseigneur le duc de Bourgogne. Amserdam: Pierre Mortier, 1690-96. (vol. 1 also on shelf)

RBC x919.6 C772 1785 Atlas = Plates to Cook and King’s Voyages. 1785.

RBC x919.6 C772 Atlas = (Maps about Cook’s Voyages?)

RBC x914.7 P177 1794 Atlas = Voyages du Professeur Pallas: Tome Neuvieme (author?). Paris: Maradan, 1794.

RBC x910.4 L312 1798 Atlas = Charts and Plates to La Perouse’s Voyage. 1798.

RBC x912 F496 = Perkins, Jos. A New General Atlas. Philadelphia: Anthony Finley, 1835.


Newspapers and Scientific Periodicals

RBC O52 AT42 = Athenian Gazette: or Casuistical Mercury. Vol. I. London: Raven, 1691.

RBC O52 AT42 = Athenian Gazette: or Casuistical Mercury. Vol. II. London: Raven, 1693.

RBC Q157.A18 V.4 = Opuscula Omnia Actis Eruditorum Lipsiensibus Inserta. Vol. 4. Venetiis: Jo. Baptist ea Pasquali, MDCCXLIII.

RBC xxE187.N38 C74 = Colonial Newspaper Collection: 1760-1800s.

RBC Q111.P45 1731 V.2 = Lowthorp, John, M.A., F.R.S.The Philosophical Transactions and Collections: To the End of the Year MDCC. 4th ed. Vol. 2. London, 1731. (there are further vols. on shelf).

[Plates from Diderot’s Encyclopédie]

RBC AE25.E54 Plates V.1 = Recueil de Planches. Vol. 1. Geneve: Chez Pellet, Imprimeur, MDCC LXXIX.

RBC AE25.E54 Plates V.2 = Recueil de Planches. Vol. 2. Geneve: Chez Pellet, Imprimeur, MDCC LXXIX.

RBC AE25.E54 Plates V.3 = Suite du Recueil de Planches, Sur Les Sciences et les Arts Mechaniques. V. 3. Geneve: Chez Pellet, Imprimeur. MDCC LXXIX


Bibles and Prayer Books

RBC BS308 1770 = Erthyglau

RBC 220.54 B47 = La Sainte Bible. MDCX.

RBC xxBS1 1657 = Novum Tetamentum Graecum, Typist, Johannis Wittigau. MDCLVII, 1657.

RBC 335.H33 P8 1871 = Na Halelu. New York: 1871.

RBC 220.5392 B47 = Biblia. Amsterdam: Haaro Compagnie.

RBC xxBS1 1654 V.1 = Biblia Polyglotta. Ed. Brian Walton. MDCLVII.

RBC BS170 1590 = Biblia.

Burgess 025 = Biblia Latina. 1495.

RBC BS90 1669 = Biblia Sacra. Amstardam: 1669.

RBC BT235.G8 = Gulichii, Abrahami. Librorum Propheticorum: Veteris & Novi Testamenti Compendium et Analysis. Amsterdam: Joannis a Someren, CIC IC LXXXIII.

RBC BT430.C95 V.2 = Oraciones Vespertinas de la Passion y Muerte de Christo S. Nvestro. Vol. 2. 1660.

RBC BS185 1611.L62 = The Bible. London: Robert Barker, 1611.

RBC 220.52B47T = Common Prayer: Holy Bible. London: Robert Barker, 1611.

RBC x220.52 B47c = The Complete Family Bible. Burslem: J. Tregortha.

RBC BS2638. A25 1482 = Evangeliae. 1482.



RBC x940.7 G772 = Fascicvlvs: Rervm Expetendarvm Ac Fugiendarum. 1535.

Burgess 134 Melanchthon, Examen eorvm, qvi avdivntvr anteritvm pvblicae ordinationis, qua commendatur eis ministerium Evangelii. Wittenberg, 1554

RBC 284.1 M48 = Melanchthon, Philip. Eyne Summa der Chriftlichen Leer. Wittenberg: 1524.

Burgess 112 Melanchthon. Der Prophet Daniel

RBC 284.2 C139IE = Norton, Thomas. Calvin’s Institutes. London: Anne Griffin, 1634.

x BR1600.F622. John Foxe, Acts and monuments of the Christian martyrs. [s.1. : s.n., 1632?]