Get into the holiday spirit than by visiting the Special Collections Literature and Rare Books Collection in Hornbake Library! On display now in the Maryland Room are books written by celebrated authors about the holiday season or retelling classic tales. Visit the UMD Libraries hours website for our holiday hours – you definitely don’t want to miss this display!
Books featured in the display include:
- The Night Before Christmas, Clement C. Moore. Porter & Caotes: Philadelphia, 1883
- A Christmas Story, Katherine Anne Porter. Mademoiselle: New York, 1958
- The Cultivation of Christmas Trees, T.S. Eliot. Farrar, Straus and Cudahy: New York
- Two Christmas Tales, Ernest Hemingway. The Hart Press: Berkeley, 1959
- A Christmas Dream, Louisa May Alcott. Little, Brown & Co.: Boston. 1901
- The Wood-Pile, Robert Frost. Spiral Press: New York, 1961
- Christmas Verse. Oxford University Press: New York, 1945
- The Untold Adventures of Santa Claus, Ogden Nash. Little, Brown & Co.: Boston, 1962
- A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens. G. Routledge: London, 1880
- Old Christmas, Washington Irving. Judd and Dettweiler: Washington, 1934
- Come Christmas: A selection of Christmas poetry, song, drama, and prose, Lesley Frost. Coward-McCann Inc.: New York, 1935
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are a few photos of the rare books featured in our latest Spooky Special Collections display. Visit the Maryland Room in Hornbake Library to see these incredible works up close.
Miniature book: Kriminal-geschichten, a German translation of short stories by Edgar Allen Poe. How could something so tiny be so terrifying?!?
Praxis criminis persequendi, elegantibus aliquot figuris illustrata, by Jean Milles de Souvigny. So glad I’m not these guys.
The Vampyre, by John William Polidori. Before Team Edward and Team Jacob ever existed, this was “Twilight” in 1819.
Rare books displayed in the Maryland Room. Visit the Spooky Special Collections display through 11/2/12.
You can read some of our books online! Visit The Vampyre and Edgar Allen Poe’s The Bells in WorldCat UMD.
Also see our growing list of haunted reads throughout the centuries.
Buffy could show you a thing or two about primary source research.
Libraries are often the focal points for the spooky, mythical, and gruesome. Special Collections are no different, and we’re celebrating the spirit of Halloween in style!
University Archives Blog:
“Ghostly Encounters” will feature haunted places at the University of Maryland. Visit their site every Wednesday, and be prepared to think of your classroom in a new, terrifying, way.
Spooky Special Collections Display:
Girls’ Series Books from the Pagnani Collection
Celebrate Halloween with the Spooky Special Collections display in the Maryland Room of Hornbake Library! Our current display hosts girls’ series books. Each of these books (from the Rose and Joseph Pagnani Collection) features a heroine forced to use her skill and resourcefulness to face the mysterious criminal unknown. Especially enticing are the colorful, suspenseful covers.
Come back next week for rare books from our collection with a decidedly grisly twist. The display runs through November 2nd.
Visit the WorldCat UMD list of items featured in our Spooky Special Collections display, and a list for books about the state of Maryland’s haunted locations and local ghouls.