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 read the Facebook posts, please click on the book titles for each month below.
Thompson, Henry Yates. A descriptive catalogue of the second series of fifty manuscripts (nos. 51 to 100) in the collection of Henry Yates Thompson. The notices contributed by various hands. Cambridge [Eng.] University Press, 1902. England. nos. 51-61.--II. Low countries. nos. 62-67.--III. France. nos. 68-87--IV. France and Italy. no. 88.--V. Italy. nos. 89-96.--VI. Miscellaneous. nos. 97-100. This post and book is for all interested in illuminated medieval manuscripts and palaeography of which the Library possesses a superb study collection developed by John Miller Burnam (professor of Latin palaeography,1900-1921) and others.
CLASS Stacks Z6623 .T591
Lipsius, Justus. Iusti Lipsi Physiologiae stoicorum libri tres: L. Annaeo Senecae, aliisque scriptoribus illustrandis. Antverpiae, Ex officina Plantiniana, apud Ioannem Moretum, 1610. Angelica continues to inform about the history of printing. This time from a trip to Antwerp, Belgium, where Lipsius' book on Stoicism and Seneca was printed.
CLASS Rare Books B528 .L5 1610
Pollard, Alfred W. Last Words on the History of the Title-Page with notes on some colophons and twenty-seven fac-similes of title-pages. London: J. C. Nimmo, 1891. For enthusiasts of the history of the book and printing.
CLASS Oversize Z242.T6 P6
Mnemosyne. This month’s book is actually a journal, one of the longest running classics journals, since 1852. It has a complicated publication history but is currently published bimonthly by Brill in Leyden.
CLASS Journals PA1 .M6
Aristophanis comoediae undecum cum scholiis; codex Ravennas 137, 4, A. Lyon:Sijthoff, 1904. Preface by Jan van Leeuwen. This is a facsimile of one of the oldest (second half of the 10th century) and most authoritative manuscripts of the works of Aristophanes and it includes all eleven fully preserved plays.
CLASS Paleog Elephant Z114 .C67 t.9
Inghirami, Francesco. Galleria omerica; o, Raccolta di monumenti antichi esibita dal cav. Francesco Inghirami, per servire allo studio dell'Iliade e dell'Odissea. [Firenze]: Poligrafia fiesolana, 1829-36. This 3 volume set features hand-colored illustrations to Homer’s the Iliad and the Odyssey, which makes the stories in the epics come alive even more.
CLASS Wall 5 N5633 .I5
Publius Terentius Afer. London: Pickering, 1822. This miniature book contains the comedies of Roman playwright Terence (c. 195/185–c. 159? BCE): Andria (the Girl from Andros), Eunuchus, Heauton Timorumenos (the Self-Tormentor), Hecyra (the Mother-in-Law), Adelphoe (the Brothers), Phormio.
CLASS Glass Case 2 PA6755 .A2 1822
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.
CLASS Stacks NK7808 .B6
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
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 Glass Case 1 CC110 .D4
Venetian legal manuscripts on parchment in the rare book room. This particular document deals with property rights and is dated to 1566. Vicenza, Italy.
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