Fall 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 “The Power of Words,” and includes the following:

  • Sumerian Foundation Cone with Cuneiform Writing, ca. 1200 BCE
  • Manuscript Bible Leaf in Latin, ca. 1250
  • Meditations & Soliloquies, Augustine of Hippo, 1480
  • The Consolation of Philosophy, Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, 1507, 1st Octavo
  • Rebels No Saints: or, A Collection of the Speeches, Private Passages, Letters, Prayers of Those Persons Lately Executed…, 1661, 1st ed.
  • Essays of Michael Seigneur de Montaigne…, Michael Seigneur de Montaigne, 1685-1686, 1st ed. Cotton
  • Rhetoric: or, the True Grounds and Principles of Oratory; Shewing the Right Art of Pleading and Speaking in Full Assemblies and Courts of Judicature, Aristotle, 1686, 1st English ed.
  • A Collection of Two Works: A Tale of a Tub and A Discourse Concerning the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit in a Letter to a Friend, Jonathan Swift, 1704
  • A Proposal for Correction, Improving and Ascertaining the English Tongue; in a Letter to the Most Honourable Robert Earl of Oxford and Mortimer, Lord High Treasurer of Great Britain, Jonathan Swift, 1712, 1st ed.
  • Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times, Anthony Ashley Cooper, Third Earl of Shaftesbury, 1727, 4th ed.
  • Candid: or, All for the Best, Voltaire, 1759, 1st English ed.
  • Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents, Edmund Burke, 1770, 3rd ed.
  • [Declaration of Independence] The Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure…, United States Congress, 1776, 1st British ed.
  • A Dictionary of the English Language, Samuel Johnson, 1792, 8th ed.
  • Common Sense, Thomas Paine, 1793
  • An American Selection of Lessons in Reading and Speaking, Noah Webster, 1794, 5th ed.
  • The Female Review: or, Memoirs of an American Young Lady, Herman Mann, 1797
  • National Magazine: or, A Political, Historical, Biographical, and Literary Repository, James Lyon, 1799-1809, 1st ed.
  • The Article Liberty of the Press, Reprinted from the Supplement to the Encyclopedia Britannica, James Mill, 1825
  • Discourse on Woman, Lucretia Mott, 1850, 1st ed.
  • My Bondage and My Freedom, Frederick Douglass, 1855, 1st ed.
  • The New American Speaker Containing the Best and Noblest Readings and Orations that Have Been Presented During the Last One Hundred Years…, Emma Griffith Lumm, 1898
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell, 1949

    Note: Some longer titles have been truncated.

 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.