Undergraduate history of art majors organized an event at the Penn Libraries featuring 10 rare texts, out on a table and open for anyone to see, ranging from a manuscript dated to about the year 850 to COVID-19 posters from 2020.

November 27, 2023

Encountering rare texts in the Penn Libraries 

Undergraduate art history majors organize event showcasing ten works spanning nearly 2,000 years.

by Louisa Shepard | Penn Today | November 22, 2023 | Photos by Louisa Shepard

Open on the long table in the center of the historic Lea Library were some of the most significant treasures from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. The printed objects spanned the ages, from about the year 850—the Latin translation of Aristotle’s “On Interpretation,” one of the oldest books in Philadelphia—to some of the latest acquisitions, posters from 2020 documenting the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China.

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“Periermenias Aristotelis/Aristotle’s On Interpretation” in Latin; Boethius translation; France; circa 850.