Spring 2019 Book Exhibit

An extraordinary collection of rare books and documents from the Remnant Trust, Inc., is on display at the E. B. and Bertha C. Ball Center throughout spring semester.  The trust was founded by Brian Bex in Hagerstown, Indiana, and it is currently housed at Texas Tech University. It is a public educational foundation that makes their collection of more than 1,300 original and first-edition documents available to colleges, universities, and other organizations. The collection includes both printed and handwritten works and encompasses genres such as politics, economics, mathematics, science, history, philosophy and religion. The center plans to host a different themed exhibit each fall and spring.

     This semester’s exhibit is “Men, Monsters and Martians,” and includes the following:

  • Opera Vergiliana and Aeneis Vergiliana, Virgil, 1515
  • Odyssey, Homer, 1669, 2nd edition
  • The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith, 1759, 1st ed.
  • Vindication of the Rights of Men, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1790, 1st edition
  • Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1796, 1st edition
  • Inquiry Concerning Political Justice, William Godwin, 1796, 1st American edition
  • Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman, William Godwin, 1798, 2nd edition corrected
  • The Republican, No. 5, Vol. 1 (Declaration of Rights), Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1819, 1st printing
  • Faust: A Dramatic Poem, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1833, 1st edition
  • The American Democrat, or Hints on the Social and Civic Relations of the United States of America ,James Fenimore Cooper, 1838, 1st edition
  • Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, 1869, 3rd American edition
  • The Elopement of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin,  William Godwin, 1911, 2nd edition
  • The Book of the Dead: The Papyrus of Ani, E. A. Wallis Budge, 1913

     Several programs offered this semester at the E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center are focused around these books. The programs include:

  • The Many Iterations of Faust, Tuesday, April 2, 10-11 a.m.
  • The Book of the Dead, Tuesday, April 9, 10-11:45 a.m.
  • The Odyssey of Homer, Six Wednesdays, April 10-May 15, 10-11:15 a.m.
  • The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Tuesday, April 23, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • The Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Tuesday, May 7, 10-11:15 a.m.

You may register for the above programs ONLINE

     The exhibit is open to the public Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., throughout spring semester; however, appointments are required by calling 765-285-8975 or e-mailing ebball@bsu.edu. Instructors are welcome to schedule an appointment for classroom visits.