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I am a bibliophile. There I said it--it's out there--no taking it back. I do love libraries and particularly old books. When I was studying library science I spent one very happy summer @ the Morton Arboretum Library (in IL) locked in their temperature and humidity controlled rare books room. Surrounded by old books and cataloging photographs of the Morton family (founders of Arbor Day and a little company called Morton Salt by the way) I was in my own little heaven. When I went to Oxford where did I go? The Bodleian Library of course. AAAaahhhhh. Well anyway, moving on. Here is a chance to tour a medical library on the wonderful USC campus. Read on:
Tucked away on the upper level of the Norris Medical Library on the USC Health and Sciences Campus, the Rare Books Room holds the Salerni Collegium History of Medicine Library, holding some 1500 volumes dedicated to the history of medicine.
The works span the centuries from the 16th to 20th centuries, including 80 rare folio volumes. The room also holds the Far West Medicine collection, comprised of 90 titles specifically dedicated to the history of medicine in California and the west.
Highlights of the collection include the anatomist William Hunter’s 1774 The Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus, illustrated with nearly life-sized and extremely detailed anatomical engravings of the female pregnant torso in various states of dissection. These extraordinary images by Dutch illustrator Jan van Rymsdyk were some of the first realistic depictions of female anatomy in print, and many still find their stark realism disturbing today.
Join Obscura Society LA as we explore this unique collection with curator Megan Rosenbloom. We will be shown all the books mentioned above, as well as books by the mother of nursing Florence Nightingale, books that date back to 1492, and an odd volume on monsters and medicine. Plus, we will learn about rare book collecting in general, why individual pages can be more valuable than an actual whole book, and the weird things people have used to bind books (hint: humans!).
- Please arrive promptly at 11:45 in front of the Library. DO NOT ENTER without Obscura Society LA Field Agent Matt Blitz and myself. He will greet you in the front.
- Due to the delicate nature of the books themselves and the graphic illustrations within them, 18+.
- Directions to Norris Library and parking availability are below:
You can park either on the street at a meter, or park in the parking garage at Zonal & Biggy Sts. for $8. Norris Medical Library is in the middle of the elevated quad off of the street.
More directions here: http://www.usc.edu/hsc/nml/lib-information/directions.html
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!