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English in Print, 2009

Oct 12, 2009

English in Print: From Caxton to Milton

October 2 - December 4, 2009

Fifty treasures from The Rare Book & Manuscript Library have traveled to the University of Illinois at Chicago for a major exhibition on early English printing.

The exhibition resides in the Special Collections Department at the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  The fifty exhibits on display feature a 1570 copy of Euclid's Elements of Geometrie, the first translation into English, John Milton's Areopagitica (1644) a most eloquent defense of freedom of the press, the first appearance of a truly English font (1566) and a Lily grammar (1566) which rang in the ears of every school child (including Shakespeare) until the late 19th century.

Sponsored by the Caxton Club and the libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Chicago and curated by Valerie Hotchkiss, head of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois.


Sunday - Closed
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Library is closed Thanksgiving Day, November 26  
Wednesday - 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
2nd and 4th Saturday of the month - 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    Exhibit available on October 10 and 26; November 14;
    Special Collections is closed Saturday, November 28
The Richard J. Daley Library is located in the heart of the East Campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.  The Special Collections Library is on the south side of the Library on the third floor.  Elevators to the third floor are available in the hallway on the southwest side of the Library’s central lobby near the Library’s new coffee shop, The Daley Grind Cafe.

Parking is available in public lots at the corner of Harrison and Morgan Streets and along Halsted Street.  CTA trains connect with the campus via the Blue Line and Pink Line.   Several CTA buses stop at the campus including the 7-Harrison and the 8-Halsted.  

University of Illinois at Chicago
Special Collections Department

Richard J. Daley Library
801 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 996-2742