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This small, beautifully decorated collection of aphorisms is the first book of the African-American author and educator.

This remarkable book established the reputation of D.B. Updike and his Merrymount Press as one of the foremost designers and printers of his era.

A Budapest-based bookbinder and paper marbler, Halfer was so essential to the craft that marbling history is designated as pre- and post-Halferian marbling. First translated to English in 1894, his book Die Fortschritte der Marmorierkunst was originally published in 1885.

The earliest known example of color relief printing in Australia, this book is often cited as the first Australian artist’s book.

With this acquisition, the University of Delaware Library now holds all three of the Irish author’s earliest and scarcest publications: The Day of the Rabblement (1901), The Holy Office (1904) and Gas from a Burner (1912).

This poetry chapbook printed at the Cuala Press is one of the Irish author’s scarcest books.   In addition to the hand-colored frontispiece by the Irish artist Jack B. Yeats, this copy includes an original watercolor by George Russell on the title page which he has signed with his pen name “A.E.”

The extremely rare first edition of T.S. Eliot’s Prufrock and Other Observations is one of the most important first books in twentieth century literature.  It prints the title poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” along with twelve other poems, and serves as one of the seminal moments in literary modernism.

This Irish-language short story collection considered the first significant fictional response to the events of the 1916 Easter Rising.

This work is the first published book of the Jamaican journalist, novelist and travel writer, who began his career in Jamaica and came to the United States in 1904.

Frank Stephens and Will Price founded the village of Arden, Delaware in 1900 as an experiment in Henry George’s single tax or land value tax idea. Arden is now on the National Register of Historic Places.  Arden Leaves was a monthly publication released by the residents of Arden. It contained town news, articles on village life, and letters to the editor.   This group of Arden Leaves contains sixteen separate issues.

The American expatriate Janet Flanner is best known as the French correspondent for The New Yorker and her “Letter from Paris” column, written under the pseudonym “Genet,” appeared in the magazine for nearly five decades.  This acquisition is a copy of her only novel.

This scarce German language anthology prints translations of poems by Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, James Weldon Johnson, Countee Cullen. Georgia Douglas Johnson, Jesse Fauset, and other important African-American authors.