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The Great Charter called in Latyn Magna Carta (London, 1542).
August 29, 2015

The Rare Book Collection’s Flickr site passed two milestones this summer, reaching over 3,000 images and over a million views. The site also sports a number of new albums that are worth pointing out.

In conjunction with the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the Magna Carta album features many of our editions of Magna Carta, volumes including Magna Carta, and commentaries on Magna Carta by authorities such as Bracton, Blackstone, and Coke. There is a miniature 14th-century manuscript of Magna Carta, our earliest printed edition (shown at left), and a 1965 5-cent U.S. commemorative stamp. The album is a work in progress, so stay tuned for additions.

My library colleagues have mounted an excellent and informative exhibit, “Magna Carta: History, Legacy and Idea,” in the library’s main reading room. It is on view until October 31 and well worth a visit.

– MIKE WIDENER, Rare Book Librarian

 

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