Spring 2020 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 “The State, the Individual, and the Course of Liberty,” and includes the following:

  • Reflections on the Revolution in France, and on the Proceedings in Certain Societies in London Relative to that Event. In a Letter Intended to Have Been Sent to a Gentleman in Paris, Edmund Burke, 1790, 1st edition
  • The First Part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England, Edward Coke, 1633, 3rd edition
  • Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civill, Thomas Hobbs, 1651, 1st edition
  • Two Treatises of Government, John Locke, 1772, 7th edition
  • The Great Charter Called in Latyn Magna Carta, 1542
  • On Liberty, John Stuart Mill, 1859, 1st edition
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell, 1949, 1st American edition
  • The Republic of Plato in Ten Books, Plato, 1763, 1st edition
  • Social Compact, Jean-Jacques Rosseau, 1797, 1st American edition
  • Discourses Concerning Government, Algernon Sidney, 1763, 1st Hollis edition
  • Democracy in America, Alexis De Tocqueville, 1841, 1st complete edition
  • Plato his Apology of Socrates, and Phaedo or Dialogue Concerning the Immortality of Mans Soul, and Manner of Socrates his Death, Plato, 1675, 1st edition
  • Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei (Communist Manifesto), Karl Marx, and Friedrich Engels, 1848, 2nd edition
  • Odes to Mr. Paine, Author of "Rights of Man,” John Wolcot (pen name Peter Pindar), 1791, 1st edition
  • Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, James Fitzjames Stephen, 1873, 1st edition
  • Rights of Man: Being an Answer to Mr. Burke’s Attack on the French Revolution, Thomas Paine, 1791, 1st edition

 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.