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What is the Bentley Rare Book Gallery?

Last Updated: May 16, 2016  |  68 Views

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The Bentley Rare Book Gallery will be closed from October 1, 2014 through Fall 2015 due to renovations of the Sturgis Library. The room is open by appointment only at this time. 

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From the Bentley Rare Book Gallery's webpage:

The Bentley Rare Book Gallery is a collection of 8,000 rare books, manuscripts and documents representing and manifesting the history of the book in the English-speaking world. The mission of the Bentley Rare Book Gallery is to provide good stewardship of the collection according to best practices, curate the collection through exhibits and programming, and to educate our constituency on the value of rare books and the history of the book by incorporating our collection into teaching and learning at the university. The Gallery is a university and community resource, serving as both a dynamic learning space and a repository for rare items. 

The Bentley Rare Book Gallery is one of only three museum-grade collections in the state of Georgia.  The collection reflects the history and development of the book in the English-speaking world and the impact the written and printed word has had, and continues to have, on human progress.  It is named in honor of Fred and Sarah Bentley, who were instrumental in the collection’s establishment.  Mr. Bentley’s initial donation of 2,000 volumes of 19th and early 20th century first editions includes the works of Twain, Dickens, Kipling, Hemingway and Tennyson, among others.  Notable strengths in the collection include early American newspapers, fore-edge paintings, incunabula (works printed before 1501), and specialty bindings.  Two of the Gallery’s treasures are a 1685 Fourth Folio of Shakespeare’s works and a 1542 edition of the complete works of Chaucer.

For more information or to plan a visit, please click here.

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