Rare Books to be Donated to Raynor Memorial Library;
Early Edition of Gulliver's Travels
June 2, 2005
Date: Friday, June 3, 2005
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Raynor Memorial Library Archives
- Third Floor (Map)
Dr. and Mrs. William Schull will donate a collection of antiquarian
books to the Marquette University Raynor
Memorial Libraries on Friday, June 3, at 3:00 p.m. in the archives of the library.
Including many first editions, the collection spans a wide
array of topics ranging from the history of the Far East,
the American West, and the Society of Jesus, to essays addressing
slavery in North America and Isaac Newton's Mathematical
Principles of Natural Philosophy.
"This donation will substantially enhance Marquette's
rare book collection,” said archivist Matt Blessing. “This
generous gift from Dr. and Mrs. Schull not only supports faculty
scholarship, but gives Marquette professors another tool for
An Imaginary Adventure
The most valuable book in the collection
is a 1726 edition of Jonathan Swift's Travels into Several
Remote Nations of the World, a work better known as
Gulliver's Travels, which tells the tale of the four
fantastic voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a British surgeon. Scholars
of the 18 th century consider Swift's fantasy a satire of
seminal importance. Marquette is the first library in Wisconsin
to own a first edition of the work and one of only 20 in North
Two faculty members in Marquette
's English department are scholars of Swift. Dr. Albert J. Rivero is the author
of Gulliver's Travels: Based on the text 1726
Text, Contexts, Criticism (W.W. Norton: 2002). Dr. Steven Karian,
also in the Department of English, recently wrote his dissertation on Swift.
"Generous gifts like these give
students direct access to the forms and appearances of early printed books,
and brings us closer to the experiences of contemporary readers, said
Dr. Steve Karian, assistant professor of English. "This
book is particularly valuable, since it helps us see how Swift's
great work was made to look like an actual travel narrative."
A Historic Exploration
The Schulls will also donate Emmanuel H.D.
Domenech's Seven Years' Residence in the Great Deserts
of North America (1860). Another first edition,
this two-volume set contains 58 beautiful hand-tinted maps
of the American West. The author was a French missionary
who served as the private chaplain to the Emperor Maximilian
during his residence in Mexico. This book outlines the early
American frontiers of Texas, New Mexico, California , Oregon,
Utah, Louisiana , Missouri and Minnesota, and much of the
content is compiled from the reports of the surveys of the
Pacific Railroad. The second volume describes various Native
American tribes, their origin, customs, languages, character
Seven Years' Residence will augment Marquette's
important manuscript collections documenting Christianity
among Native Americans.
and Mrs. Schull both graduated from Marquette in the
1940's and spent many years in Japan. They now reside in Houston.
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Schwarz in the
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