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  • A table recording the motion of the moon, including scratched out rows and smudged ink. Not even Copernicus' work was perfect!One of the many reference figures included in the margins of the text.

    Coming towards you for Banned Book Week: the Complete Works of Nicholas Copernicus!

    Though not found on most of today’s lists of banned books, Copernicus was featured on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, or a “List of Prohibited Books” published by the Catholic Church starting in 1559 which was formally abolished in 1966. Naturally, most of the people featured on this list are now considered the foundations of modern sciences, including Kepler, Voltaire, Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, and Galileo (surprisingly, Darwin is not included).

    Click the pictures to see them larger and for captions!

    One of the books I’ve recently stumbled across in our special collections happens to be The Book of Old Sundials by Lancelot Cross, which is illustrated by Alfred Rawlings and Warrington Hogg. The first third of this book is a beautifully written praise of why sundials are wonderful things, and then the remaining two-thirds are various mottoes found on sundials.

    Many of the mottoes are about how death is coming no matter what, and how short life is while time moves on. For example: “Time’s glass and scythe / thy life and death declare / spend well thy time / and for thy death prepare” (see page 45). 

    Some of the mottoes are accusatory: “Mind your business.” (page 51)

    Many are in Latin, Italian, or German with included translations: “Pulvis et umbra sumus” as “We are as dust and shadows.”
    A few are less accurately translated: “Carpe diem” as “Ah, take the Cash in hand and waive the Rest.”

    Wikipedia Edit-a-thon | Collins Unbound.

    We are proud to invite you to the Archives & Special Collections of the University of Puget Sound’s very first Wikipedia edit-a-thon!

    Coinciding with the Race and Pedagogy National Conference also taking Place at the university, this event “will focus on improving the diversity of representation on Wikipedia, and specifically the coverage of underrepresented authors and activists.”

    Taking place September 20th, 2014 in the Collins Memorial Library, all are invited - no editing experience necessary! All materials (and snacks!) will be provided too.

    Click through the link for more information on our blog, and we hope to see you there!

    Happy International Literacy Day! In honor of this, we’ve pulled Cobb’s Spelling Book by Lyman Cobb out of our special collections and brought a sample of the lessons inside straight to you. The rest of the book goes through a list of words 123 pages long, and then at the end supplies some handy homophones as such:

    "Crewel, kroo il, yarn twisted and wound.
    Cruel, inhuman, barabrous.
    Rheumy, room e, full of sharp moisture.
    Roomy, spacious, wide.”

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