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?]

Next ORBI event: Prof. Hester on March 5th!






Hester new date

Titles and call numbers of works shown with Nathalie Hester’s talk:

1. Tassoni, Alessandro. Pensieri diversi di Alessandro Tassoni. Libri Dieci.

Venice: Barezzi, 1686.
RB 854 TI 853d

2. Guicciardini, Francesco. Historia di M. Francesco Giucciardini Gentil’huomo Fiorentino. Venice: Nicolo Bevilaqua, 1565.
RBC DG 539 .G8 1565

3. Ariosto, Ludovico. Orlando Furioso, translated from the Original Ialian by Sr. John Harrington Knt; adorned with sculptures. London, M. Flesher and R. Young, for E.E.R.M.W.L. and D.,P. 1642.
RB 854 Ar40 Ea

4. Ariosto, Ludovico. Orlando Furioso di M. Ludovico Ariosto novissimamente alla sua integrita ridotto & ornato di varie figure. Con alcune stanze del S. Alvigi Gonzaga in lode del medesimo aggiuntovi per ciascun canto alcune allegorie, & nel fine una breve espositione. Venice: Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari, 1546.
RB 854 Ar40 1546.

5. Tasso, Torquato. Gerusalemme liberata. Genova: Girolamo Bartoli, 1590.  [some plates are original plates by Agostino Caracci].
RB 854 TI85gg.

6. Ariosto, Ludovico. Orlando Furioso. Venice: Eredi di Pietro Deuchino, 1577. [miniature]
RBC 854 AR40 1577

7. Pietro Bembo. Gli Asolani. Venice: Aldo Manuzio, 1515.
RB 094M B422.

UO English Department event, March 11


McLeod poster

Note: This is not an ORBI event, but may be of interest to the rare books community.

In addition, Prof. McLeod will also be offering a workshop in Special Collections, based on his exploration of our holdings, scheduled for Thursday, MARCH 13th at 4 pm. We hope to see you there!

Call numbers for maps discussed in Prof. Sayre’s talk

“The Fur Trade and the Exploration of the Northwest Coast: Maps and Narratives from Special Collections”

917.1 D651     Arthur Dobbs, An Account of the Countries Adjoining to Hudson’s Bay (1744)

917.1 M199    Alexander MacKenzie, Voyages from Montreal… 3 copies, all with maps, but one of which has the maps removed and stored in a separate binder.

917.12 H228   Daniel William Harmon’s Journal, 1800-1819.

917.12 M388 Masson, L. R., Les bourgeois de la compagnie du nord-ouest, Québec, 1889-1890. There is one map in vol. 1.

917.3               Jonathan Carver’s Travels  5 copies, various editions, 1781-1796, two of them with maps and illustrations. There is also one in SCA Haycox 1243.

917.3 M837    Jedediah Morse, American Geography, 1794. Has a map of North American that includes Mackenzie’s first voyage, but not his second.

917.8 P635      Zebulon Pike, The expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike to Headwaters of the Mississippi River, through Louisiana Territory, and in New Spain, during the Years 1805-6-7. 2 copies; one a 1810 edition, one 1811. The latter has a map.

917.9 F774      Georg Forster, the German version, in 3 vols., of his account of Capt. Cook’s second journey, published first in English as A Voyage Round the World in his Majesty’s Ship Resolution. 

919.8 H351     Samuel Hearne, A journey from Prince of Wales’s fort in Hudson’s Bay to the Northern Ocean, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772  2 copies.

919.8 M887    Gerard Fridrikh Muller, Voyages et découvertes faites par les Russes le long des côtes de la mer glaciale & sur l’océan oriental, tant vers le Japon que vers l’Amérique : on y a joint L’histoire du fleuve Amur et des pays adjacens, depuis la conquête des Russes : avec la nouvelle carte qui présente ces découvertes & le cours de l’Amur, dressée sur des mémoires authentiques, publiée par l’Académie des sciences de St. Pétersbourg,Amsterdam,  Chez Marc Michel Rey 1766, 2 vols. the second one being the Histoire du fleuve Amur, bound as one.

F 1031.5 W3   Peter Pond. This is a modern small-press edition in a box, with a separate little envelope with maps.