Patrons of the pages conserve rare books at USC Libraries

“Looking for a unique gift? Consider an old book — like, say, a 1677 edition of Thomas Hobbes’ Latin translation of Homer’s poems “Iliad” and “Odyssey.” That’s what Bob and Bano Pozin gave their daughter when she started her freshman year at USC. OK, they didn’t actually give her the rare book — a jewel in the USC Libraries’ Special Collections. Rather, they sponsored its conservation in her honor. The USC Shelf Life program pairs special library books with devoted readers. For $150 or more, anyone can support a treasured work. In addition to meticulous conservation, the chosen book gets its own cloth-lined, marble-papered box inscribed with a commemorative nameplate. The restoration also becomes part of the book’s permanent record in the digital catalogue.” (via USC News)

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