Rare Book Displays and Events

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There are so many things to see and do in the Allison Library, especially in regards to our rare book collections.Rare Book Display

Rare Book Displays

Every few months you can view a new Rare Book Display, curated by our Puritan Project Assistant, Dr. Adrea Johnson, featuring a handful of our finest rare books in the main foyer of the library. 

Currently on display is our collection of C.S. Lewis's works, including rare first editions from the Chronicles of Narnia series. The second display presents a selection of books, such as Richard Baxter's The Saints Everlasting (1662), that influnced both C.S. Lewis and Dr. J.I. Packer.

Seminars and Conferences

The Allison Library also hosts hour-long Rare Book Talks with a time for questions and answers on one of our featured books. In previous talks Dr. J.I. Packer spoke on John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and Dr. Jenny-Lyn de Klerk spoke on John Owen's Eshcol. Stay tuned for details about upcoming book talks.

In 2018, the Allison Library welcomed scholars, students, pastors, and community members to a Conference on the Puritans called, "Uncommon Devotion: Reflections on Puritan Texts." Click here to see a photo album of highlights. 

You can also see and read about some of Dr. J. I. Packer's rare books in our first online exhibition