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Detail from a page in the Farnsworth Hours; illumination attributed to Flemish artist Willem Vrelant, ca. 1465, Booth Family Center for Special Collections

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The David A. Baer Gift: Literary Collecting in the 1920s

Howard W. Gunlocke Rare Book and Special Collections Room
November 1, 1980
December 31, 1980

Mrs. David A. Baer recently presented to the library a fine collection of first editions and autograph letters acquired by her late husband. The David A. Baer Collection includes works by American and English authors including Dreiser, Harte, O'Neill, Kipling, Conrad, and Stevenson. Among the autograph items are letters by James, Yeats, and Rossetti, and handwritten corrections by Rossetti on a first printing of his poem, "The Burden of Nineveh."