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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 Eric F. Menke Collection

Howard W. Gunlocke Rare Book and Special Collections Room
November 1, 1979
January 31, 1980

From the extensive personal collection of Eric F. Menke the Library has received a gift of more than 1,300 volumes, and 600 maps, prints, photographs, and manuscripts. The gift includes an extensive collection of books by and about Goethe; many early and rare books, prints, photographs, and maps pertaining to Washington, D.C.; books and graphic materials relating to historic urban plans and planning, including the cities of Frankfurt and Wiesbaden; a complete copy of Mathias Merian's Topographia Alsatiae, 1663; the English architect Batty Langley's copy of the 1717 English edition of Dugdale with the first volume of Stevens' continuation, 1722; and a remarkable series of original photographic prints of construction work on the United States Capitol, 1861-63.