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   from the issue of July 26, 2007

Ducey takes Cather, Sandoz, Shakespeare on Panhandle tour

Unique treasures held by the UNL Libraries Archives and Special Collections made a special trip to the western part of the state on June 27.

Rare letters by Willa Cather and books that were once in the private collection of Mari Sandoz were accompanied by the UNL Libraries' facsimile edition of Shakespeare's "Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies: Published According to the True Original Copies," better known as the "First Folio." This edition is famous for being the first time where all of Shakespeare's plays, even lesser-known plays, were published in one volume.

"We brought the facsimile edition, because the 1623 edition of Shakespeare's First Folio is too valuable to travel beyond the Archives Reading Room," said Mary Ellen Ducey, university archivist and special collections librarian. "But we brought other rare items that people seldom have the opportunity to see, such as the first edition of Patrick Gass' account of the Lewis and Clark expedition or an herbal, published in 1756, with hand-colored plates."

An "herbal" is a book about plants and herbs, especially those beneficial to humans.

Ducey discussed the materials in a lecture at the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center at Chadron State College. The trip, sponsored by the UNL Libraries and the Friends of the UNL Libraries, was an effort to give individuals an opportunity to see materials reserved for Special Collections Reading Room use only.



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