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Rare Book Collection

The department maintains an extensive collection of rare books. Some highlights include:

Oldest Book
Seminarium totius philosophiae Aristotelicae et Platonicae, written by Giovanni Bernardi and published in Lyon, France in 1599. This particular edition was owned by North Dakota politician Usher Burdick, and the signature of his wife, Emma Burdick, is written on the front, pastedown endpaper.
Smallest Book
Addresses of Abraham Lincoln, published in 1929 by Kingsport Press of Kingsport, Tennesse. This book is 1/2 of an inch wide and 3/4 of an inch long, and is bound in red morocco leather, with gilt pages.
Edible Book
World libraries of artist'books: 1 april 2007-2017 published by Christine Kermaire from Belgium. This is an edible microcard, and the author notes it should be consumed “before the meal.”

Last Updated: 20 October 2011

Chester Fritz Library
University of North Dakota
3051 University Ave Stop 9000
Grand Forks ND 58202-9000

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