Don Sebastian, title page

Follow the bookworm: a French copy of John Dryden’s Don Sebastian

By Chloé Favriou| The Université Rennes 2 special collection library holds a large number of books written in English. However, not all would necessarily be referred to as rare, as some books exist in many copies throughout the English-speaking world. But, it is unusual to come across such a large collection—about 2,000 books—in a French provincial […]

title page of volume from Rennes

Good things come in threes: A volume of unique texts from provincial France

By Ann-Marie Hansen | All good things, as they say, come in threes. One modest volume found in the special collections of the Université Rennes 2, one of our Preserving the World’s Rarest Books partners, shows that this adage holds true in the library. The early modern practice of binding separately printed works together generally […]

Malcolm Walsby, Rennes exhibit

Rare Book Exhibition in the University of Rennes

On Thursday 5 April Project Director Andrew Pettegree joined over one hundred guests for the launch of the exhibition ‘Rarity and Rare Books’ (‘Rareté et livres rares‘) at the library of the University of Rennes 2. This exhibition is the first by one of our library partners touching explicitly on the themes raised by Preserving […]