Rare Book Collection at the Iowa State University Library
The rare book
collection currently consists of approximately 50,000 volumes, with the
following areas of topic strength: agriculture and rural life; history
of science, particularly in architecture, botany, entomology, natural
history, and ornithology; early scientific journals; women in science
and engineering; and the history of technology.
Works in Botanical and Butterfly Illustration at Iowa State:
study of botany was extremely important in the early years of Iowa State
College (University). To support coursework, a number of rare and
unique volumes were purchased through the years, including works written
and illustrated by Pietro Andrea Mattioli (1500-1577); Leonhart Fuchs
(1501-1566); Nicolas Culpeper (1616-1654); Mark Catesby (1683-1749);
Pierre Joseph Redoute (1759-1840).
was also an important field of study, and rare books concerning the
study of butterflies are also included in the collection. Authors
include Robert John Thornton (1768?-1837); Maria Sibylla Merian
(1647-1717); Moses Harris (1730-c. 1788); John Abbot (1751-1840); Alexis
Nicolas Noel (1792-1871); and John Obidiah Westwood (1805-1893).
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