Classics Library's "Book of the Month"

The “Book of the Month” is a feature of the Classics Library by which we highlight individual treasures among our extensive and world-renowned collections. Each month’s book is displayed physically in the Library’s main Reading Room and online via a Facebook post written by one of our graduate students, Ph.D. candidate Angelica Wisenbarger. The posts, in addition to displaying images of each book, narrate, with passion and considerable wit, its history, researched by Ms. Wisenbarger.  

To view the Facebook posts, please click on the book titles for each month below.


November 2018

Boutell, Charles. Monumental Brasses and Slabs: A Historical and Descriptive Notice of the Incised Monumental Memorials of the Middle Ages. London, 1847. This book contains many cool illustrations. Angelica has printed out a few of them to color for anyone so inclined. The book, the Facebook post, and the loose leaves for classicists to color are on the "Book of the Month" table in the Reading Room. An item such as this also speaks to the depth and breadth of our collections that go beyond strictly classical antiquity to encompass its post-classical influences as well. NK7808 .B6

October 2018

Plautus. Codex Heidelbergensis 1613 Palatinus C. phototypice editus; praefatus est Carolus Zangemeister. This is a facsimile of a Plautus manuscript currently housed in the Universitätsbibliothek in Heidelberg (Ms. Pal. Lat. 1613). It contains most of Roman playwright Plautus' plays, including the Mostellaria.  The editor of the Classics Library's facsimile is Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Zangemeister. Mostellaria is one of Plautus' funniest and most popular plays and chosen for Halloween month.  CLASS Paleography Elephant Z114 .C67 t. 5

September 2018

Piet de Jong's Fifty-Five Caricatures of Friends and Associates, Chiefly Archaeologists in Greece, circa 1923-1936. De Jong's caricature drawing of Carl Blegen is of course famous and it hangs on one of the walls in the main Reading Room. Many other archaeologists are also featured such as Humfry Payne, Hetty Goldman, and Winifred Lamb. Not all flattering but very funny and as all great caricatures they capture a distinctive part of the essence of the subjects.  CLASS Glasscase1  CC110 .D4

July 2018

Thesaurus Linguae Latinae. The monumental multi-volume Latin dictionary covering the origin of the language to Isidore of Seville (d. 636). 
CLASS Ref. Oversize  PA2361.T5

June 2018

Margarete Bieber's Griechische Kleidung. A first of its kind and a classic from 1928 by Columbia University professor Bieber.
Berlin; Leipzig: Walter de Gruyter.
CLASS Oversize GT550.B56

May 2018

Venetian Legal Manuscripts on Parchment in the Palaeography Cage. This particular document deals with property rights and is dated to 1566. Vicenza, Italy.

April 2018

Wild Flowers of Cyprus (drawings by Elektra Megaw; text by Desmond Meikle). London: Phillimore, 1973.
CLASS Elephants QK339.C92 M4

March 2018

Vol. 2 of Ovid’s Opera with the Metamorphoses. Daniel Heinsius ed.
Leiden: Elzevir, 1629.
CLASS Rare Books PA6519 .A2 1629 v.2

February 2018

Vol. 3 of Plato’s Opera Omnia with the Dialogues to Gorgias, Io, Philebus, Neno.
Leipzig: Carl Tauchnitz, 1850.
Annotated by one of the book’s previous owners, philologist Émile Thomas.
CLASS Stacks PA4279 .A2 1850 t.3

January 2018

Cato’s De agri cultura, and Varro’s Res rusticae.
Paris: Robert Estienne, 1543.
With commentary by Piero Vetteri.
CLASS Rare Books PA6271 .C7 1543  



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