The unique, exquisite first edition rare books collection is awe-inspiring.
This includes many books you will know and love. It includes international
books, on loan for a brief period, from September 29 until November 9, 2014.
A man named Stuart Rose, started collecting books that were special to him.
Rose’s collection began when he found in 1992, the First Edition of,
Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Rose went on collecting past 2000 First Edition or
“One of a Kind” books.
There are 49 featured books,
University of Dayton
I love the title of the exhibition:
Rose Rare Book
There are directions online
you may follow to get to
the place you need to go.
“The spoken word passes away, while the written word remains.”
Paul H. Benson,
essayist for the
Dayton UD Alum
us of the
Preserving books while time marches forward
some day society may feel we don’t ‘need’ them.
These are our own printed legacy and heritage.
(Not quoted, but read and digested. Explaining
and passing on my feeling of urgency to see this
magnificent book collection before it goes away.)
Here are some favorites of mine:
“Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
intentionally copied as
chose to do.)
or a Treatise
Inflexions and Colours
Species and Magnitude
“A Room of One’s Own”
J. R. R. Tolkien,
“The Lord of the Rings”
with final edits
done in pen.
(1953 – 1955)
“Discourse on the Method”
“Comedies, Histories and Tragedies”
“On the Revolution of Celestial Spheres”
*I would love to see*
“Alice in Wonderland”
There are more books to examine and admire.
There is a special informative talk by former
UD graduate and famous person,
Daniel De Simone,
about the Rose exhibit on:
October 16, 2014,
7:00 – 8:30 p.m
Daniel De Simone is
Librarian at the
Folger Shakespeare Library,
Washington, D. C.
(Formerly worked at
Library of Congress)
“Why the Stuart Rose Book Collection
Matters in the Age of Digital Surrogates.”
Since I have two First Edition books that are not ‘rare’ nor very great condition,
I felt the power of words would be expressed better personally, if I told you about
Lloyd C. Douglas
P.F. Collier and Sons, Company
New York, New York.
The book begins with a physician given as, “Doctor Hudson.” His mental and physical
condition is described as “on the verge of a collapse,” along with “all but dead on his feet.”
We can all relate, in one way or another, to this man who is trying to be the best doctor
he can. Reminding us of that often expressed, “Physician heal thyself.”
Then comes a “twist of fate.”
I love this book, which was made into a movie. (Although, it changes some of the details,
making it a different story entirely.)
In the end of the book, another doctor is mentioned, if you were not aware of the accident
you might wonder who this character is. “Doctor Hudson” is no longer the focus. The reader
has come to know and love a different man, you see.
This story has turned from a solitary life of medicine to one where there is someone named,
He plans on boarding a train, then disembarking to go on a big steamer ship.
The love of his life, (you need to read the book to find out how he met her!)
“Mauve” approaches with what the author describes as, “a snug, saucy, cloche hat” on
her head and she is wearing, “a tailored suit of mauve that sculptures every curve of
her body.” She embraces him and the rest of the happy ending comes in his plans for
their future, where the Captain will marry them on their trip abroad.
My other favorite book, which my good and dear, deceased friend, Bob gave me. I have
written how I met him and our friendship grew, from playing games on a picnic table
in the park, to his watching my two grandsons playing on the gym equipment there.
This is an everlasting gift, his memory pervades into my soul, which is perfectly fitting
in the book he gave me:
“The Keys of the Kingdom”
A. J. Cronin
Little Brown and Co.
This is a Scottish tale, with a priest named Father Chisholm. It begins with his limping up
a steep path from St. Columbia’s Parish (church) to his home that is walled in by gardens.
He looks out on a beautiful view described by the author,
“Beneath him was the River Tweed, a great wide sweep of placid silver, tinted by the low
saffron smudge of Autumn sunset.”
What a way with words you have, Mr. A. J. Cronin!
You can picture his wonder in the lovely description.
The book is filled with simple treasures, nuggets of wisdom and throughout it,
deep philosophy. The book takes a crooked path, through periods of time, where
you need to re-read at time, to orient to what part of Father Chisholm’s life you
are in. There is never any doubt in Father Chisholm’s love, belief and faith in God.
His encounters and adventures are vast and absorbing, including danger and
Eastern culture, too.
At the end of the book, it closes with the Father going trout-fishing with a poor,
country lad named, Andrew. There is less infirmity in his step. There is added
purpose for living implied. His path has come full circle, back home again.
His adoption of Andrew has given him a
second chance on life.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of my books I shared today
along with the fascinating examples to view,
Online tour given through photographs,
or in person at University of Dayton.