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9/30/2019 12:04:00 PM
Lincoln Library's rare books is focus of Oct. 10 presentation

SPRINGFIELD — What qualities define a rare book? Is it age, or value, or maybe the story of who once owned it? The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will discuss these questions Oct. 10 during a special look at the library’s Rare Book Collection.

This “Tales from the Vault” event features some of the most fascinating volumes in the library’s holdings: books for peasants and presidents, miniature books, oversized books, books adorned with illuminations, gildings and velvets, and even a book bound in python skin.

The free presentation, offered in conjunction with the Illinois State Museum, takes place at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the presidential library (112 N. Sixth St., Springfield).

“It’s humbling when you consider how many lifetimes these books have survived, and I’m thrilled to be part of ensuring that these resources remain accessible to scholars for years to come,” said reference librarian Meghan Harmon, who selected the books for the presentation.

Harmon will also share information on how to access the library’s collections during a research visit.

The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books, documents, photographs, artifacts and art, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history.

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