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Rare Books and Special Editions

At Colorado College Special Collections, we collect materials to support the college's curriculum, including its thematic minor in book studies. We have about forty examples of incunabula and early printed books, a 15th century manuscript codex, and a large teaching collection of leaves.

We also have extensive collections on the history of Colorado and the American West, a growing collection of artists' books, and a complete collection of the books made at The Press at Colorado College.

The majority of our treasures have come to us by donation. Significant donors include Alice Bemis Taylor, Rubén Cobos, Alfred R. Justice, the Buddy Taub Foundation, Robert W. and Elinor L. Hendee, William S. Jackson, Abby L. Kernochan, Carky and Mary Rubens, Archer Butler Hulbert, the Woman's Educational Society, Donald Jackson, and Jane Carruthers Hale in honor of her father, John Carruthers. For more information, search the online catalog.

detail from Gutenberg leaf    detail from Gutenberg leaf

Details from A Noble Fragment,

gift of Carky and Mary Rubens.

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