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Box 1 : Book 10. Part of The Stearns, Beede, Jencks Collection of Miniature Books. 2 boxes. miniature books; slipcases, boxes and metal cases; miniature magnifying lenses; miniature bookcases; book collecting bibliographies and periodicals; research materials; correspondence; card file. SUMMARY Emma Owens Stearns began collecting miniature books in the late 19th century and passed her passion for these treasures on to her daughter Virginia Stearns Beede. Virginia continued to add to this collection and passed it on to her daughter Anne Beede Jencks. In 2011 Anne Jencks donated this collection of miniature books, now numbering approximately 382 volumes, to the RISD Library. Anne's family lived in Seekonk, Mass. for sometime but they also traveled much and spent time living in Europe. Some of the books in her collection were obtained during those times and reflect a wide range of subjects and languages. The collection includes the resources that Virginia used to research her collections as well as correspondence with dealers. There is also a small card file with entries for many of the books. This collection features children's literature and illustrated books, poetry and literature, Shakespeare, dictionaires, small presses, geography and travel, cookbooks, Bibles, Bible history and religious books, calendars and almanacs, biographies, and a few miscellaneous subjects. The Stearns, Beede, Jencks Collection is open to the public by appointment. Books have been organized by subject category and numbered in the inventory list. See the Stearns, Beede, Jencks Collection inventory document for a complete list of the books and materials. PROVENANCE: Acquired by donation from Anne Beede Jencks, May 3rd, 2011. The Stearns, Beede, Jencks Collection is open to the public by appointment. Curated title for Fleet Library Special Collections exhibition By Hand: Women & Books Exhibit fall, 2021.

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[Providence, RI: Fleet Library at RISD]


A. Marcilly Libre., Rue St. Jacques, 10




miniature (size attribute); By Hand: Women & Books Exhibit 2021; minature books


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RISD Fleet Library Catalog Record




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