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William Cowper’s Anatomy of Humane Bodies

  The Anatomy of Humane Bodies (1698) by the English surgeon and anatomist William Cowper (1666–1709) is one of the most visually striking and controversial medical books ever published. Its engravings show individualized cadavers in a state of dissection, a departure … Continue reading

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Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant

  Special Collections owns two first edition copies of the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, a narrative that summarizes Grant’s life as a series of extreme swings in fortune from failed farmer to Commanding General of the Union Army. The … Continue reading

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George Cruikshank

Satirical cartoons by the prolific nineteenth-century British caricaturist and book illustrator George Cruikshank often circulated in popular periodicals, where he would ridicule all aspects of Victorian life, from social behavior and customs to fashion to medicine to politics with great … Continue reading

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METAscripta: VFL Digital Humanities Project

          METAscripta is a large-scale digital humanities project of the Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library (VFL) in the Department of Special Collections of Pius XII Memorial Library. The METAscripta team includes library faculty, staff, graduate … Continue reading

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An Artist’s Catalog: Collier’s Human Passions Delineated

Human Passions Delineated in Above 120 Figures, published by John Heywood of Manchester in 1773, is a collection of caricatures and poems by “Tom Bobbin” – the pseudonym of Lancashire author and caricaturist John Collier. Peopled with grotesque characters “Design’d in … Continue reading

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Exhibition Opening, Reception, and Curator’s Talk – “Keeping Time Through Prayer: Liturgy in the Middle Ages”

The Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library – part of Special Collections in the Saint Louis University Libraries – announces the opening of the exhibition “Keeping Time Through Prayer: Liturgy in the Middle Ages.” Curated by Benjamin Winter, Center for Medieval … Continue reading

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Exhibition Opening, Reception, and Gallery Talk — “Rex Christianissimus: Books, Art, and Architecture in the Time of Saint Louis”

The Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library — part of Special Collections in the Saint Louis University Libraries — announces the opening of the exhibition Rex Christianissimus: Books, Art, and Architecture in the Time of Saint Louis, curated by Susan L’Engle, … Continue reading

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Rare Books Exhibition Opening

I am happy to announce the opening of Eloquentia Perfecta: Persuasion and Performance in Jesuit Schools – an exhibition of rare books co-curated by Paul Lynch, Associate Professor of English, and myself. We will be holding an opening reception featuring a curator’s talk … Continue reading

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Jesuits and Baseball: 19th-Century SLU Prefect Diaries Online

1870, Sept. 29th   Boys went to see the match between [the] Red Stockings and [the] Empires — R[uns] S[cored] 7 — E[rrors] 5. It rained at the fifth in[ning]. Prefect Diaries for the years 1851 to 1894 from the Saint Louis University Libraries … Continue reading

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University Libraries Special Collections Joins Digital Scriptorium

Saint Louis University Libraries Special Collections has joined Digital Scriptorium — the online, national union catalog for medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. Supported by a consortium of academic, public, and independent research libraries, Digital Scriptorium, which has received grants from the … Continue reading

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