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Century-old handcrafted books on exhibit at UI's special collection
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- From now through January the special collections
department at the University of Iowa Main Library is exhibiting handcrafted
and bound books from the 19th century, including a title from a notable
The exhibit, Fine Press Books from the End of the Century: Britain and
America, showcases poet John Keats' "The Eve of St. Agnes," published
in 1896. The bound work is one of only 65 copies printed on handmade paper.
More than 25 authors' works, including those by Edgar Allan Poe, Robert
Louis Stevenson, William Morris, and Hamlin Garland, are on display at
the special collections department located on the Main Library's third
The exhibition, free and open to the public, can be viewed Monday through
Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.