Adopt-A-Book

The University of Cincinnati Libraries are not only centers of discovery and education – they also offer a unique window into the past.  Special collections connect our students, faculty and staff to historical and literary subjects in meaningful ways while also attracting top researchers and scholars with access to rare materials and resources.

Adoption Process

UC Libraries’ Adopt-A-Book Program provides donors a unique opportunity to help contribute to the preservation of library materials. A selection of available items is listed below. Adopted items will receive an electronic bookplate honoring the adopter or a loved one of your choice. A physical bookplate will be laid into the book or its housing at your request.  Multiple donors may adopt the same book, until the adoption goal is reached.

 

Archives and Rare Books Library

 

Green Willow

Green Willow and other Japanese Fairy Tales by Grace James and illustrated by Warwick Noble (1910)

This beautiful book is from the golden age of illustration in the early 20th century that popularized the reading of world myths and legends. The author was an English writer who grew up in Japan and collected local folktales. The artist was a renowned illustrator for several London publishers. Today, the book’s importance lies in studies of art history, global literature, and Western publishing, and for corollary research in the many other illustrated fairy tale books in the holdings of the Archives & Rare Books Library, such as those by Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen, Edmund Dulac, and W. Heath Robinson. However, the binding has weakened so to protect the gold-stamped cover and the exquisite artwork, it requires minor repairs and custom housing to continue its use for teaching and research.

Adoption goal: $300

Click here to adopt this book. In the field labeled “Additional Information,” enter the book’s title and specify if you would like to honor or to memorialize a specific person.

 

 

 

Shakespeare

The Works of Shakespeare, ed. by Charles Knight (1839-1843)

This massive 42-volume edition of Shakespeare was one of the most popular sets published in the 19th century, following the development of steam-powered printing presses. This particular set is unique because it is an “extra-illustrated” edition, and is an extraordinary source for research. In the 1800s, Cincinnatian businessman and philanthropist Enoch Carson collected hundreds of volumes of Shakespeare during his lifetime, and in 1900 William A. Procter purchased the Carson books and presented them to the University of Cincinnati as one of its earliest library collections. But Procter took a step further with his gift. He had the set disbound so that it could be rebound with the inclusion of scores of engravings and other Shakespeare ephemera acquired by Carson and New York bibliophile William Burton.  Dozens of volumes on Shakespeare have been added to the University of Cincinnati holdings since the Carson collection, but this Knight edition represents a key source for learning. Each of the 42 volumes needs a custom enclosure.

Adoption goal: $6300

Click here to adopt one volume for $150. In the field labeled “Additional Information,” enter the book’s title and specify if you would like to honor or to memorialize a specific person.

 

 

Irish Theatre

Irish Theatre History Handwritten Notebooks (ca. 1900-1940)

This collection of 99 notebooks on the history of theatre in Ireland over three centuries was researched and written by Irish drama critic William J. Lawrence. The volumes are unique not only because they are original handwritten books but also because some of the historical records Lawrence consulted were destroyed during the Irish civil war from 1922 -1923, so his extensive notebooks contain the only available accounts of certain events in Ireland’s heritage – the plays, the actors, the city life from the 1600s to the early 20th century. The collection complements other original Lawrence source material at the National Library of Ireland and Bristol University so it is hoped that in preserving these notebooks a future digital endeavor with the other institutions will be possible. Each volume requires protection in a custom enclosure.

Adoption goal: $14,850

Click here to adopt one volume for $150. In the field labeled “Additional Information,” enter the book’s title and specify if you would like to honor or to memorialize a specific person.

 

 

 

Life on Mississippi

Life on the Mississippi (1883)

Mark Twain’s chronicle of his travels up and down the river is a classic of American Literature. Sold by subscription in Twain’s common practice, the book contains more than 300 illustrations and a decorated cloth binding. As Twain’s books were often marketed in this way prior to actual publication, the printed samples given to salesmen were a way to test the market and to make any changes in the book. For this title, it includes the rare illustration of Twain in flames. Mrs. Clemens objected to the drawing because of its morbidity so it was dropped from the final publishing. Minor repairs are needed to strengthen the text block and binding, and a custom enclosure will continue to keep it available for scholars and general readers.

Adoption goal: $300

Click here to adopt this book. In the field labeled “Additional Information,” enter the book’s title and specify if you would like to honor or to memorialize a specific person.

 

 

saengerfest

The Cincinnati Saengerfest Collection (1924-1931)

Cincinnati’s rich German heritage is reflected in the books and archives of the German Americana Collection in the Archives & Rare Books Library, and this particular collection documents an era of Cincinnati and American singing festivals. It contains the correspondence of Charles Schmidt, president of the German-American Saengerbund and a local manufacturer of butcher equipment, with other saengerfest committees and officials across the United States as well as miscellaneous material such as songsheets and the constitution of the North American Saengerbunds. Much of the collection, such as the correspondence, is fragile and deteriorating.  A full processing of the materials that will provide necessary historical details is needed, along with document preservation. Select digitization of the documents will enable the collection to be shared with researchers around the country and throughout the world.

Adoption goal: $1500

Click here to adopt this book. In the field labeled “Additional Information,” enter the book’s title and specify if you would like to honor or to memorialize a specific person.

 

 

 

The Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions

 

Cincinnati Historic Medical Colleges

ADOPTED - Cincinnati Historic Medical Colleges Collection

This collection documents the early history of some of the early medical colleges in Cincinnati including the Miami Medical College, the Medical College of Ohio, and their respective mergers with the University of Cincinnati. Included in the collection are lecture cards, correspondence, faculty lists, commencement programs, board of trustees meeting minutes and much more. The donation would allow us to process the collection by arranging and describing it for future researchers; rehousing the materials in boxes, sleeves, and folders designed for long-term storage and preservation. In addition, your donation may help us digitize all or portions of the collection to be housed in the UC Digital Repository.

Adoption goal: $500

Click here to adopt this book. In the field labeled “Additional Information,” enter the book’s title and specify if you would like to honor or to memorialize a specific person.

 

 

Mary Maciel Collection

Mary Maciel Collection

Mary Maciel was a medical illustrator who trained at Johns Hopkins University Department of Art as Applied to Medicine. While there, she studied under Max Brodel who is commonly thought of as the father of modern medical illustration. Upon graduation, Maciel spent most of her career in Cincinnati and was instrumental in developing the Medical Illustration department in the College of Medicine here. The collection contains correspondence, artwork, illustrations, books, etc. Your donation would help us thoroughly process the collection, rebox, rehouse, and digitize selected portions of the collection.

Adoption goal: $1000

Click here to adopt this book. In the field labeled “Additional Information,” enter the book’s title and specify if you would like to honor or to memorialize a specific person.

 

 

 

Opera omnia

Opera omnia anatomica & physiologica, Hieronymus Fabricius of Auquapendente

Hieronymous Fabricius (1537-1619) was an anatomist, physiologist, and surgeon who spent much of his career at the University of Padua. His works on the aforementioned subjects were numerous. His Opera omnia anatomiea et physiologica is a grand folio of nearly five hundred pages, illustrated by hundreds of figures, engraved on sixty-one full page plates. Thirty-three are devoted to his treatise on the formation of the foetus. The illustrations are marvelously accurate and detailed. The text and plates are bound into a laced vellum binding with hand sewn blue and yellow silk endbands and red decorated edges. The vellum binding suffers from structural wear and is in need of joint and hinge repair to prevent the covers from becoming detached.  Additional conservation treatment includes surface cleaning to remove accumulated dirt on the vellum, as well as removing loose dirt from the textblock leaves and foldout plates.

Adoption goal: $600

Click here to adopt this book. In the field labeled “Additional Information,” enter the book’s title and specify if you would like to honor or to memorialize a specific person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomae Sydenham

Thomæ Sydenham medici doctoris, ac practici Londinensis celeberrimii, Opera medica.

During his lifetime, Sydenham was held in esteem for the success of his treatment of smallpox, his laudanum treatments, and for his advocacy of the use of "Peruvian bark" as a treatment of malaria. Sydenham was posthumously labeled the “father of English medicine” or the “English Hippocrates.” Under twenty libraries in U.S. have this 1735 edition of Sydenham’s Opera Medica. Its full vellum binding is in need of surface cleaning, some minor structural repair and new housing.

Adoption goal: $300

Click here to adopt this book. In the field labeled “Additional Information,” enter the book’s title and specify if you would like to honor or to memorialize a specific person.

 

 

 

 

Iconum Anaomicarum

Iconum Anatomicarum…, Albrect Haller

“Haller’s work will always remain a main source of information for accurate anatomic studies, especially of the arteries and the viscera" (Choulant-Frank, 290). This edition has an incredible gothic style binding, bound in embossed alum tawed skin or vellum over wooden boards with peg clasps at the fore edge. The book was published in eight fascicules, each with a separate title-page, beginning in 1743 and ending in 1756. Although numerous engravers prepared the 47 plates for the book, the plates are all of high quality and are exact renditions of their subject. The plates depict nearly all the arteries of the human body as well as the various organs. There are special plates of the heart, the base of the skull, diaphragm, uterus, and spinal cord. Conservation is needed to reattach loose leaves, surface clean and stabilize the damaged spine, and to replace a missing clasp. A custom cloth covered clamshell will be constructed with an integrated cradle to help protect the brittle spine during handling.

Adoption goal: $1,025

Click here to adopt this book. In the field labeled “Additional Information,” enter the book’s title and specify if you would like to honor or to memorialize a specific person.