Library Acquires One-Millionth Volume


Arthur Rimbaud’s Les illuminations

Arthur Rimbaud’s Les illuminations

Arthur Rimbaud’s Les illuminations, a limited edition copy from the Pearce Collection, marks the millionth volume acquired by the Bowdoin College Library. Published in 1949 with fifteen hand-colored original lithographs by Fernand Léger, the Pearce Collection copy was specially bound in a designer binding by Kerstin Tini Miura, whom Ms. Pearce had commissioned to perform the work in 1985. The volume exemplifies the broad interdisciplinary interests and research needs of the Library’s users. This particular copy serves as a nexus for inquiry into French literature, modern art, printmaking, fine binding, and literary criticism. For the Library, it has special value not only as a rare book—only 395 copies were published, and only a handful in such full color—but as being both unique in its binding and fitting in commemorating the generosity of its donor.

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