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When: Friday, 1 April
Where: Boston Public Library (Copley Square)
700 Boylston St
Boston, Massachusetts  02116
United States
Contact: RSA

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Boston Public Library

Tour Date: Friday, 4/1, from 12:15pm–1:15

Tour Location: Boston Public Library, Copley Square

Public Transportation stop nearby: Copley Sq. station (Green Line); also walking distance from Park Plaza hotel (3 blocks).

Tour Leader: Jay Moschella, Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian

Tour Description: Established in 1848, Boston Public Library is the oldest municipally-funded library in the United States. Over its long history, the library has benefited significantly from partnerships with major bibliophiles and from the generosity of major collectors to build an outstanding collection of Renaissance and early modern books and manuscripts. This tour of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Department will focus on highlights of the BPL's Renaissance holdings including medieval manuscripts purchased by Sydney Cockerell on the library’s behalf, important early theological texts from Theodore Parker's library, outstanding examples of materials from the Spanish golden age from George Ticknor's private collection, and early and rare editions of the Book of Common Prayer gifted to the BPL by Josiah Benton.

Reminders: Each member may sign up for only one tour. All tours are free of charge. Tour participants are generally expected to provide their own transportation to and from the tour; the Boston College tour is an exception in that it will offer a shuttle bus. Typically the tours fill very quickly, and there is not room for everyone to attend. If you sign up for a tour and find that you cannot attend, please notify the RSA so that someone else can take your place.

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