Smallest
Matchbook Bugs, by Virginia Duquette, 1999, measuring two inches by two inches. In the artists' book collection, housed in the prints and drawings room.



Largest
Works of James Gillray, 1851, a two-volume set of political and social caricatures measuring 28" by 20". In the rare books room.



Most Geographic
A collection of 77 maps dating from 1486 to the late 1800s. They contain examples of the development of mapmaking, from highly decorative maps of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to the more scientifically accurate maps and nautical charts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They were collected by Alfred Cormack, an executive of the Jantzen Corporation, and given to the college after his death in 1968. Cormack's youngest son, James Frederick Cormack, graduated from Reed in 1948. A link to the web site with images of the maps, which are stored in the archives, can be found at http://www.library. reed.edu/collections/antmaps/index.html.



Most Beautiful
Chagall, Story of the Exodus, 1966, #169 of 270 copies, boxed, signed by the artist; folded, unstitched signatures of selected biblical verse and 24 original lithographs. Donated along with Chagall's Bible by Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Eberly Thompson in 1984. In 1989 the Thompsons also gave the library the display cases where works such as Chagall's could be exhibited.



Oldest
Poema, by Baptista Guarini, 1496. The college's only incunabulum (book printed before 1501). In the rare book room.



Next Oldest
Book of Hours, 1510, in the prints and drawings room. An illuminated manuscript, with gold, red, and blue initials and elaborately decorated borders with small and full-page woodcuts. This edition has an early twentieth- or late nineteenth-century binding of red morocco leather.




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