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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

PictureIt Rare Book Reader - University of Michigan Library

PictureIt Rare Book Reader - MLibrary"Modeled on similar projects at The British Library and the National Library of Medicine, our PictureIt site puts some of the most beautiful and sought‐after items in our collections into the hands of readers worldwide - virtually. The first of our treasures accessible in this way is volume one of John James Audubon's Birds of America. Our eight-volume, double-elephant folio edition of Audubon's magnificent work was the first purchase by the Regents for the University Library. The Regents paid $970 - an extraordinary expenditure in 1838 - for the set, a significant act of faith for a university that had yet to offer a single class or construct its first building"

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