The Special Collections of Lupton Library is exhibiting a collection of antiquarian to modern books in an exhibit titled, “In Rare Form: Seven Centuries of the Printed Word.”

This exhibit showcases some of the Lupton Library Special Collections rarest books and printed materials, covering a period from 1479 to present day.

“With the recent addition of the Charles Hubbard Collection, which includes rare books covering several centuries, the Special Collections now has books spanning seven consecutive centuries.  The earliest is a leaf from the Biblia Latina, printed in 1479, about two decades after the invention of the printing press,” said Steve Cox, head of special collections and university archivist.

Also included are books with fine bindings, books significant for their content, notoriety, or the impact they had in history, as well as signed books or those with inscriptions added by the author.  First editions of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Gone with the Wind are also featured, as are six books from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Modern day books are examples of rare, limited editions, including books by world-renowned illustrator and UTC alumnus Barry Moser.

The exhibit runs through fall semester. The Special Collections is located on the second floor of Lupton Library. Visitors are welcome from  9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. For more information visit

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