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The University of South Carolina, then South Carolina College, started building its library collections in 1803. By 1850 the College had the largest library south of Washington, D.C. Many of the books acquired then still survive in Rare Books and Special Collections: incunabula, Theodor de Bry's Greater Voyages, Stuart's Antiquities, the complete Piranesi, the Description de l'Égypte, Kingsborough's Mexican Antiquities, Karl Bodmer's Travels in North America, and even South Carolina College Library Book 1. A special emphasis was on works in natural history, including John James Audubon's Birds of America (1827-1838). During the mid-twentieth century, with the growth of graduate programs and the first library endowment, the library acquired such additional treasures as the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493), the King James Bible, and the Blaeu Atlas and began to build research collections in earlier British and American literature, as well as the separate South Caroliniana collections.

Rare Books and Special Collections - John Milton Quatercentenary Audio Exhibit Guide University of South Carolina

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The University of South Carolina, then South Carolina College, started building its library collections in 1803. By 1850 the College had the largest library south of Washington, D.C. Many of the books acquired then still survive in Rare Books and Special Collections: incunabula, Theodor de Bry's Greater Voyages, Stuart's Antiquities, the complete Piranesi, the Description de l'Égypte, Kingsborough's Mexican Antiquities, Karl Bodmer's Travels in North America, and even South Carolina College Library Book 1. A special emphasis was on works in natural history, including John James Audubon's Birds of America (1827-1838). During the mid-twentieth century, with the growth of graduate programs and the first library endowment, the library acquired such additional treasures as the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493), the King James Bible, and the Blaeu Atlas and began to build research collections in earlier British and American literature, as well as the separate South Caroliniana collections.

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