Exhibition – An Enduring Spirit: Mormon Women Pioneers


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An Enduring Spirit

Tell the sisters to go forth and discharge their duties in humility and faithfulness and the Spirit of God will rest upon them, and they will be blest in their labors. Let them seek for wisdom instead of power and they will have all the power they have wisdom to exercise!!!” – Eliza R. Snow

When the Mormon pioneers crossed the plains they came with more than the belongings in their carts and the clothes on their backs. They brought with them a spirit of courage and adventure. The J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections gathers the archives of Mormon women from the earliest pioneers to the present generation. Our collections include: Mary Jane Mount Tanner, an early poet who recorded the stories of her pioneer mother; Maud May Babcock, one of the first female professors at the University of Utah, who directed art programs for women at the university and in the Utah community; Ivy Baker Priest, the second woman Treasurer of the United States; women who fought to defend their political and religious beliefs; and women who encouraged others through the seemingly simple task of managing a household and caring for their families. The pioneering spirit of these women and many others inspires current and future generations of Mormon and non-Mormon women.

February 25 – April 27

Exhibition: An Enduring Spirit: Mormon Women Pioneers

Curators: Alison Conner, Julia Huddleston, Molly Steed, Sara Davis

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.



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Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
Paris: Chez la veuve Duchesne, 1768
First edition
ML108.A2 R7

Jean-Jacques Rousseau compiled this dictionary as an act of overt, radical departure from previous dissertations on music such as Jean Philippe Rameau’s rigid principles of harmony. Rousseau stressed the need for spontaneity in the composition and performance of music. For Rousseau, music was not to be an imitation of sound in nature, but a reflection of the composer’s feelings in an attempt to touch the audience in a similar sentiment. He valued vocal over purely instrumental works. Rousseau emphasized the moral power of music. Dictionnaire was instantly popular and remained so well into the Romantic period. The text is addended with engravings, including Rousseau’s celebrated plan of the opera orchestra at Dresden.

Book of the Week/ Donation – Independent Chronicle and Universal Advertiser


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Independent Chronicle, 1800Independent Chronicle and Universal Advertiser
Boston: Ebenezer Rhoades, 1800

“First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in the humble and endearing scenes of private life: pious, just, humane, temperate and sincere; uniform, dignified and commanding, his example was as edifying to all around him, as were the effects of that example lasting.”

George Washington’s death, late in 1799, evoked hundreds of funeral orations from all over the United States. Of these, that of Henry Lee, delivered before Congress on December 26, 1799 in Philadelphia, is the most memorable. His eulogy was re-printed in newspapers throughout the nation, and in pamphlets printed on the continent and overseas. The eulogy covered nearly the entire front page of newspapers. As in many newspapers, this issue included “A Proclamation” signed by then-President John Adams setting aside February 22, Washington’s birthday, for the public to “testify their grief for the death of General George Washington.” In 1885, February 22 was declared a federal holiday. The date was changed to the third Monday of February in 1971 following Uniform Monday Holiday Act. “Light-Horse Harry” Lee had been summoned by Washington in 1776 to join the Continental Army. In 1778, Washington promoted Lee to the rank of major and gave him command of a small corps of irregulars. Lee’s leadership of these troops earned him his nickname. In 1794 Washington sent him to command the suppression of the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania. From 1799 to 1801 he served in Congress. Lee helped his friend A.C. Hanson, editor of the Baltimore Federal Republican which opposed the War of 1812, resist a mob attack. In the melee he received injuries from which he never recovered. Lee served a year in debtor’s prison. He was the father of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The Independent Chronicle (1776-1840) originated in 1768 as The Essex Gazette in Salem and The New-England Chronicle in Cambridge which joined forces in Boston. In 1820 it had the distinction of being Boston’s oldest running newspaper. University of Utah copy gift of Dr. Ronald Rubin.

One of Fifty-eight


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The Rare Books Division holds one of fifty-eight copies of the second edition of Andreas Vesalius’ monumental work, De humani corporis fabrica (1555), according to an article just published in the International Archives of Medicine: Medical Humanities.

For more on this statistic and on this work see the article:

An Updated Census of the Edition of 1555 of Andreas Vesalius’De Humani Corporis Fabrica in the United States of America.

Experience the digital reproduction of our copy.

For the ultimate experience, we invite you to look at our copy first hand in the Special Collections Reading Room, level 4.


Book of the Week – The Love Books of Ovid


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The Love Books of Ovid,: being the amores, ars…
Ovid (43 BCE – 17 or 18 CE)
New York: Privately printed for Rarity Press, 1930
First edition
PA6522 A3 L6 1930

Illustrated with twelve lithographs by Jean de Bosschere (1878-1953), a Belgian writer and painter who worked between the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. De Bosschere’s writing and art were influenced by a heady group of friends including novelists Aubrey Beardsley, Aldous Huxley, and D. H. Lawrence; Imagist poets Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, and Richard Aldington; and others such as Oscar Wilde, Charles Baudelaire and Antonin Artaud.

Join Us!


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The Rare Books Division is pleased to participate in the 17th Annual Rocco C. and Marion S. Siciliano Forum: The Future of U.S. – Latin American Relations.



“Marching to a Unified Future: Latinos in Utah and the Nation.” Armando Solorzano, University of Utah Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies

Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255


Arturo Valenzuela, former U.S. Asst. Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere and former NSC Special Asistant to the President for Latin Affairs

Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium


“Mexico at the Hour of Combat: Photographs of the Mexican Revolution by Sabino Osuna” Presented by Jim and Lyn Hinckley

Marriott Library, 5th Floor 

1-2:30PM Rare Books Display

“What Seems Fantastic”

Visit the Rare Books Classroom, Level 4, for a hands-on display of selections from the rare book collections documenting European and United States encounters with Latin America from the 8th century to the 21st.

“My most important problem was destroying the lines of demarcation that separate what seems real from what seems fantastic.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Book of the Week – The Romance of Parzival and the Holy Grail


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PT1682-P8-E56-1990(1)The Romance of Parzival and the Holy Grail
Wolfram von Eschenbach (12th century)
Newtown, Powys: Gwasg Gregynog, 1990

The story of the knight Parzival is a medieval German romance written in Middle High German, dating from the first quarter of the thirteenth century. The story is based on Chrétien de Troyes’s “Perceval, the Story of the Grail” which in turn centers on the Arthurian hero Parzival, or Percival in English, and his quest for the Holy Grail. All of the versions emphasize the importance of humility, compassion and spirituality. Heroic acts of chivalry, inspired by true love, dominate the story. Illustrated with twelve full-page wood engravings by Stefan Mrozewski. The engravings were intended for a 1936 book, aborted by the outbreak of war. Abridged version translated by Carl Lofmark. Typeset and in 14 and 16 pt. Monotype Bembo. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper. Bound in quarter leather and red decorated boards. Edition of one hundred and ninety-five copies. University of Utah copy is no. 106.

Book of the Week – A New and Literal Translation of All the Books…


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A New and Literal Translation of all the Books…
London: Printed by W. Richardson and S. Clark, and sold by William Johnston in Ludgate-Street, MDCCLXIV (1764)
First edition

This is the first and only edition of the Bible of the Quakers. Samuel Fothergill (1715-1772) was a prominent Quaker of his generation. He spent two years, 1754-1756, in the American colonies, traveling almost 9,000 miles to attend Friends’ meetings in order to help strengthen their Quaker principles. Earlier, he had become interested in Anthony Purver’s translation of the Bible and encouraged its publication in parts in 1746. Purver (1702-1777) was a Hampshire-born apprentice shoemaker-turned-Quaker-preacher. He learned Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Greek, and Latin, and read massive amounts of Biblical criticism, including rabbinic commentary, and studied early English translations of the Bible. For his translation of the Bible, Purver added critical and explanatory notes. Purver contracted with Bristol printer Felix Farley to undertake the printing project. Purver’s enthusiasm waned and his work ground to a halt. Fothergill urged Purver to persevere, and when Purver completed the work in 1763, he paid Purver for the copyright and published the edition at his own expense. The University of Utah copy is inscribed by Samuel Fothergill (1715-1772) to his niece on the front free endpaper of Volume I: “Doctor Fothergill/To his Niece S T/Now S. Hird.” An ink signature of Fothergill’s niece, Sarah Hird, is on the front free endpaper of Volume II. Book plate of Joseph Crosfield on the front pastedown of each volume. Joseph Crosfield was the brother of George Crosfield (1785-1847), who compiled Memoirs of the Life and Gospel Labours of Samuel Fothergill (1843). A note in a 19th century hand, appears on the verso of the leaf opposite the title-page in volume I. Our copy bound in contemporary speckled calf.

Daily Utah Chronicle Article – Rare Books at the U make History Come Alive


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Daily Utah Chronicle reporter, Mary Royal, talks to Rare Books Managing Curator Luise Poulton, and Curator Alison Conner about rare books at the University of Utah.

Rare Books at the U make History Come Alive

“The real value of the collection cannot be measured in numbers…,” Poulton said. “…It is not about the money, but absolutely about the emotional connection that can be made with the past and with the books.”

Book of the Week – Rights of Man


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Rights of Man
Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
London: printed for H.D. Symonds, 1792

In Rights of Man, Thomas Paine defended the French Revolution against attacks made by Edmund Burke. Thomas Jefferson championed Rights of Man. Paine was made a French citizen by the assembly in 1792 and was elected to the convention where he allied himself with the moderate republicans who lost power during the terror. Paine returned to the United States in 1802.