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October 11, 2006

Center for the Book Publishes Essay Book Honoring Donald G. Davis, Jr.

“Libraries & Culture: Historical Essays Honoring the Legacy of Donald G. Davis, Jr.” has been published by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The volume contains 16 scholarly articles recently written by distinguished library historians in honor of their colleague, Donald G. Davis, Jr., who served as editor of “Libraries & Culture: A Journal of Library History” from 1977 to 2005.

In his preface, Center for the Book director John Y. Cole notes that the book is dedicated to Davis because “his leadership during the past three decades has helped shape library history into an important interdisciplinary and international field of study. His own work as an author, editor, and book reviewer has been a notable and influential part of this effort.” Davis is now professor emeritus of library history at the University of Texas at Austin.

The essays are organized into four sections: “Library History Education & Research,” “Libraries, Books & Culture,” “International Perspectives” and “Legacy of a Mentor.” All were originally published by the University of Texas Press as a special issue of “Libraries & Culture” (Volume 40 Number 3, summer 2005).

In addition to the 16 essays, the volume includes a foreword by library historian Robert Sidney Martin, former director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and a “Chronology and Bibliography of Donald G. Davis, Jr.”

The four bookplates on the back cover are from the collections of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress. Each represents an important development in the history of the Library of Congress and its specialized collections: George Washington’s personal library; Harry Houdini’s collection of items relating to spiritualism and magic; printmaker and book illustrator Rockwell Kent’s distinctive bookplate for the Library’s rare book collection, designed in 1936; and collector Lessing J. Rosenwald’s bookplate from one of the Library’s greatest treasures, the Rosenwald gift of more than 2,600 illustrated books dating from the 15th through the 20th centuries.

The 294-page clothbound book is available for $25 from Oak Knoll Press, 310 Delaware St., New Castle, DE 19720; (302) 328-7232, toll-free (800) 996-2556; fax (302) 328-7274. The book may also be ordered online at

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PR 06-191
ISSN 0731-3527

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