From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book

 

Andrew Dickson White
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Although Andrew Dickson White is most often remembered for his collaboration with Ezra Cornell in designing and establishing Cornell University, he was also a passionate, life-long book collector. White began acquiring books during his undergraduate years, and continued to do so until his death in 1918 at the age of 85. He built renowned collections on the French Revolution, witchcraft, architecture, the Reformation, and slavery, abolition and the American Civil War.

In 1891 White gave his 30,000-volume library—the product of forty years of dedicated collecting—to Cornell University. His library remains the cornerstone of Cornell’s research collections, and his medieval books continue to serve as a working historical laboratory, "useful in the instruction of things Medieval."

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Photograph of Andrew Dickson White, University Archives.
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Introduction
the Sacred Word
Churchbooks
Private Prayer
Letterforms
Leather and Chains
Medieval Music
Schoolbooks
How the Classics Survived
Manuscripts in the Age of Print
Evolution of the Book
Appetite for Destruction
Manuscript Facsimiles
Cornell's Medieval Books
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