Gutenberg Bible manuscript and rare books on display at FSC

Aug 26, 2016

by Staff

Florida Southern College has been chosen to host a display of rare books and manuscripts, including a first edition of Mary Shelley’s 1816 novel Frankenstein and a page from one of the first Gutenberg Bibles. The collection is on display in the College’s McKay Archives gallery and the Roux Library through December 9 and is free and open to the public.

The collection is on loan to the College from The Remnant Trust, Inc., a public educational foundation that shares its collection of manuscripts, first editions and early works with colleges and other organizations for examination and use by students, scholars, and the general public.

The collection loaned to FSC contains about 50 works, which due to space limitations are not all on display at once. Among the books and manuscripts are an autographed first edition of John Locke’sAn Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689), a first edition of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense (1776), and one of the earliest examples of human writing, a ceremonial carved stone in cuneiform dating to 2500 B.C. The page from the Gutenberg Bible, printed in 1455, is from one of the first copies of the first book ever printed by a mechanical press.

The works include early English editions of works of philosophy, politics, literature and religion. Abolitionist literature, including Frederick Douglass’ autobiography, and early feminist works, including writings by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, are also on display. The Remnant Trust collection generally deals with the topics of individual liberty and human dignity.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the College is presenting the Remnant Trust Lecture Series, with lectures offered by FSC faculty members on topics inspired by the collection. The first lecture, “Re-imagining the ‘First Wave’: Feminism and Christian Nonviolence in the Nineteenth Century,” presented by Assistant Professor of Religion Brian Hamilton, will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 in the McKay Archive building.

The Remnant Trust collection is on display in the McKay Archives gallery from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on the first floor of the Roux Library. Hours of the library are 7:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sundays.

Books in the collection may be inspected by appointment. Call Gerrianne Schaad at 863-680-4994 for information.