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In preparation for the dismantling of the book stacks at Parkway Central, we've been surveying the "Art Lewis" books in the stacks. These are books from John Frederick Lewis's personal collection that were donated to the Library by his widow in 1934. Their call numbers begin with AL (for Art Lewis) and are housed together in a locked cage in the book stacks. Mr. Lewis was the great collector who gave the Free Library the European and Oriental manuscript collections, cuneiform tablets, and portrait collection. The most valuable AL volumes were sent to Rare Books a number of years ago, but they apparently missed a few with hidden gems. In a 1903 book called The Story of the Alphabet by Edward Clodd and an 1897 book called Latin Manuscripts by Harold W. Johnston we've found illuminated Book of Hours leaves and other medieval manuscript leaves or fragments tipped in. What a surprise! We're sending these to Rare Books for safe keeping.

15th C illuminated Book of Hours leaf in a 1903 book on the alphabet
15th C illuminated Book of Hours leaf in a 1903 book on the alphabet
15th C French legal manuscript fragment in an 1897 book on Latin manuscripts
15th C French legal manuscript fragment in an 1897 book on Latin manuscripts
Another 15th C manuscript leaf fragment in an 1897 book on Latin manuscripts
Another 15th C manuscript leaf fragment in an 1897 book on Latin manuscripts
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