Rare Book Collection

  • Charles Darwin Origin of Species Charles Dickens

    The Rare Book Collection in the Special Collections and University Archives at Indiana University of Pennsylvania serves to protect many valuable and unique publications owned by the IUP Libraries. Although many items were acquired through donations, an active acquisitions policy has significantly increased the library's holdings in recent years. English and American Literature form the basic focus for the collection, which serves as an integral component for research, scholarship, and doctoral programs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Search the Rare Book Collection in the IUP Libraries on-line catalog.

    The Collection

    • First and limited editions, and works published by notable printing presses.
    • Publications associated with significant or famous individuals, often signed copies. An excellent example in the collection is George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia, (1938) which includes notes and corrections to the text made by Orwell.
    • Examples of fine printing or binding, including unique items such as our seventeenth-century Spanish illuminated manuscript from the Spanish royal court.
    • Books relating to Record Group Collections and Manuscript Group Collections, including De Re Metallica, the first publication devoted to scientific mining practices, which is a strong complement to the Industrial Manuscripts Collections.
    • Various individual titles, including works by the following authors: Edward Abbey, John Adams, Isaac Asimov, Margaret Atwood, Ray Bradbury, Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Robert Frost, James Joyce, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Stephen King, Herman Melville, John Milton, George Orwell, Edgar Allan Poe, Lydia Sigourney, Upton Sinclair, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, John Updike, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, James McNeill Whistler, and John Greenleaf Whittier.

    HGWells John Milton