Rare books in the New York State Library
Darrell Welch, former Rare Books librarian with the NYS Library, will discuss the rare book collection at the NYS Library and highlight a representative selection of items.
Among the treasures to be discussed and displayed will be the first English language description of New York – Daniel Denton’s A Brief Description of New York Formerly called New Netherlands, 1670. Darrell will also talk about one of the first books printed in New York, Bradford’s Laws, 1691, a book that marks the beginning of the modern legal system of government in New York.
One rare book that is representative of the strength of the medical collections is William Beaumont’s Experiments and Observations on the Gastric Juice and Physiology of Digestion (Plattsburg, 1833). These and many other treasures will be featured.
The program is free and will be presented: