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University Libraries Mark Anniversary of Moby-Dick

By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Date: Oct. 22, 2001
Archive: General News

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Herman Melville's classic, Moby-Dick, the University Libraries archives and rare books department presents Leviathan: Watercolors of Whales, through Jan. 2, eighth floor, Blegen Library. A watercolor from The Naturalist's Library

The display features 11 reproduced watercolors of whales from Sir William Jardine's The Naturalist's Library, housed in the department's rare book collection. Kevin Grace, assistant head of the archives and rare books department, calls Jardine a highly respected scientist who began The Naturalist's Library in 1833, completing the 40-volume series in 1845, contemporary with Melville's writing of the novel in 1851. A trained naturalist, Grace says Jardine specialized in ornithology at the University of Edinburgh. "He began a very good ornithology museum, served as a royal commissioner on fisheries, and edited natural science projects."

The display includes classic written tributes to the whale, including a passage from John Milton's Paradise Lost. A watercolor from The Naturalist's Library

The University Libraries Books and Libraries Series will also feature a tribute to Moby-Dick. On Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 3-4 p.m. in Room 3420 Aronoff Center for Design and Art, guest lecturer Robert Wallace, a professor at Northern Kentucky University, will discuss the publication of his new book, Frank Stella's Moby-Dick: Words and Shapes.

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