State University has long been known for its focus on botany and
horticulture, with classes offered to the first class of 1872.
mission of the Special Collections Department in the Iowa State
University Library is to provide primary research resources for the
campus community and beyond. The Department possesses a
significant collection of rare books dedicated to botany and
entomology. This virtual exhibit, which originally was a
presentation at the University's Reiman Gardens (February 2003),
provides online digital access to rare and unique images otherwise
restricted except to Reading Room visitors. Images and additional
information will be added as time permits.
rare book collection of botanical volumes also continues to grow, with its most recent
acquisition being Walter Charleton's (1619-1707) Gualteri Charletoni
Exercitationes de Differentiis & Nominibus Animalium. Quibus
accedunt Mantissa Anatomica, Et quaedam De variis Fossilium generibus,
Deque differentiis & nominibus Colorum. Editio secunda, duplo fere
auctior priori novisque iconibus ornata (1677). This work should
be available to researchers by late 2003.
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