Every year around this time we feature some of the items acquired over the past year by Special Collections. All these items are available for
viewing or research in Special Collections, on the first floor of the library. Please contact Special Collections for more information.
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. Illustrated by Hugh Thomson. London: George Allen, 1894.
Famously known as the “peacock edition” for its elaborately decorated dark green and gold cover, this is a stunning edition of Austen’s classic novel. It is an excellent example of book illustration from the “wig and powder school,” which was previously unrepresented in our collection.Chapman, Samuel D. History of Tama County, Iowa, its Cities, Towns, and Villages with Early Reminiscences, Personal Incidents and Anecdotes, and a Complete Business Directory of the Country. Toledo: Toledo Times, 1879.
Tama County was one of the ancestral homes of the Sauk and Fox tribes, so this book contains a great deal of information about them, as well as information on early settlement and transportation.
Tennyson, Alfred, Lord. Poems. London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1859. This is the second issue, with the first illustrated edition sheets, in the original publisher’s cloth binding, heavily embossed and decorated. This is a significant book in the history of illustration, and is most famous for its inclusion of illustrations by the Pre-Raphaelites (including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, J.E. Millais, and others), although most of the illustrations were in an older, more traditional style common to wood engravings at the time.