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Special Collections

Among the books in the Knox College Special Collections are rare or unusual books which are apart from our other specialized collections. Titles with unique bindings, elaborate illustrations, and fine printing are collected as examples of the book arts. Miniature books as well as oversized art titles and atlases are collected here. The Library's earliest published works are in this collection. Our local history titles printed after 1861 are here as well. A group of rare books and pamphlets related to the history of Chicago are included. Early works dealing with science, literature and travel help to complete the collection.

12 Million Black Voices by Richard Wright

Wright, Richard, 12 Million Black Voices, Viking Press, New York, 1941

Li'l Gal by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Dunbar, Paul Laurence, Li'l Gal, Dodd, Mead and Co., New York, 1904

George Catlin illustration

Native American, taken from: Catlin, George, North American Indians, J. Grant, Edinburgh, 1926

Illustration from Curtis's Botanical Magazine

Chalcedonian Lily, taken from: Curtis, William, Curtis's Botanical Magazine, Printed by S. Couchman, London, 1790