The University of Dayton Libraries are gradually digitizing selected rare works — some of which are the only extant copy — to make them available to readers and researchers worldwide.
The rare materials, contained in three repositories — University Archives and Special Collections; the U.S. Catholic Special Collection; and the Marian Library — number in the tens of thousands; as such, the digitization process will be gradual and selective, using criteria including visual interest; unique characteristic such as annotations; fragility; current curricular connections; and scholarly appeal.
The books in this directory are from the Marian Library collections. To arrange a visit to see the materials in person, contact the Marian Library: email@example.com
Catalog published by George J. Phillipp & Sons Ecclesiastical Goods, 1933, offering girls' veils for weddings, confirmations, and other religious ceremonies. Catalog also includes diadems, armbands, and boys' boutonnieres. Illustrations include black-and-white and tinted photographs. Descriptions include fabric, sizing, and price information. 28 pages.
Text from last page: "Virginal Veils have assumed the leadership enjoyed by all products of distinction. Charming styles are combined with practical wearing features. In effecting new lowered prices there is no deviation from our recognized policy of quality. The merit of our products is reflected in nation-wide distribution."
Litanie della Madonna : illustrate per la prima Volta da quando l'arte fu ispirata dalla fede cristiana
These 46 beautiful art nouveau illustrations represent the 46 verses of the Litany of Loreto. These were created by the Italian artist/illustrator Ezio Anichini (1886-1948), one of the primary cover artists for Scena Illustrata, a popular and enduring magazine of Italian society and culture. Scena Illustrata published this book, prefaced with the accolades of many Church officials. The Litany of Loreto was named for the shrine at the Basilica della Santa Casa in Loreto, where it has been recited since the mid-sixteenth century.
The Marian Library is one of the only libraries in the world to hold this book. A Marian Library Newsletter article by John A. Shaffer, who collects the work of Ezio Anichini, provides additional information about the book and the artist.
1 portfolio ( p.,  leaves of plates) : chiefly ill. ; 21 cm
Christoph von Schmid
Translated from the French by Ch. Ming, S.J. Originally written in German.
Traditional Chinese script.
Edition: Di yi ci pai yin.
Series: Xiao shuo; di si ce.
Bavarian priest Christoph von Schmid (1768-1854) believed the best way to teach children the stories of the Bible and the substance of Christian life was through stories similar to fables or fairytales. He was an educational reformer with a catechetical philosophy influenced by Jesuit theologian J. M. Sailer.
His stories were popular during his lifetime and continue to be published. They have been translated into most European languages, as well as Turkish, Arabic, Japanese, and Chinese. This edition was published in 1915.
Translations of von Schmid’s stories were adapted to their audience. The first story in this collection is about a young boy living in poverty. In the original German, the story begins on Weihnachtsabend (Christmas Eve). A blond 8-year-old orphan named Anton gets lost in a snowy forest that is quickly becoming dark. When he becomes tired, he kneels and begins to pray. He then hears singing voices, which lead him to a forester’s cottage. The Chinese version begins in winter, with a young boy named An Fu, who is begging. As time passes, he becomes so unbearably cold he is unable to say another word. He lies down in the snow and at last people take pity on him.
xi, 116, 124 pages
Published by Arthur Savaète.
Contents: En quoi consista l'acte matériel du péché originel: le naturalisme charnel -- Glorification séculaire du péché originel sous la forme des Pierres obscènes: adoration de la chair -- La Pierre-Vénus de Lourdes: tête du Serpent immonde – Revanche triomphale de l’Immaculée Conception à Lourdes – Opprtunité de ce triomphe à l’heure de la résurrection du culte de la chair.
Mrs. E. A. Bean
Travel journal kept by Mrs. E. A. Bean during her two-month trip through Italy, including Florence, Pisa, Rome, Bologna, Lucca and other cities. Mrs. Bean visited several sites of Marian devotion. The travel journal also includes drawings and image of art, and architecture.
112 leaves. 19 woodcut and metal-cut full-page illustrations; borders illustrating religious and secular subjects with captions in French. Initials and line endings in gold on red or blue background.
Antoine Vérard, publisher; Chambolle-Duru, binder.
The letters Ro at the bottom of pages in some sections denotes the Use of Rouen, a variation specific to that region.
See Hilary Maddocks, “A book of hours by Anthoine Vérard in the University of Melbourne Library,” University of Melbourne Collections 16 (June 2015):15-24 about a similar copy in the University of Melbourne Library, providing background on the publisher, artists, and book trade in early 16th century Paris.
Books of hours were a popular form of private devotion for lay people. Some, which were richly illustrated and illuminated, were luxury items and a symbol of status. The books followed the monastic tradition of reciting the Divine Liturgy in eight sessions throughout the day. Many prayers, litanies of saints, and calendars were standard texts, but its central text was the Hours of the Virgin, also known as the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Title supplied by cataloger. Imprint and date from H. Bibliographie der Livres d'Heures (2. Aufl.).