“Never Before Published” First Editions from the Wake Forest Library Rare Books Collections

Special Collections & Archives Exhibit

“Never Before Published” First Editions from the Wake Forest Library Rare Books Collections

August 2022 – January 2023
Special Collections & Archives Research Room (ZSR Library Room 625)
Curated by Megan Mulder

On exhibit August 2022 – January 2023 in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives (ZSR 625) 

In book collecting circles, the mystique of the “first edition” is impossible to ignore. But what is a first edition anyway? Are they really more desirable or interesting than later editions? And what, if any, is their research value? 

This exhibit will answer these questions with examples of first editions from the 16th through 20th centuries, from authors including Jane Austen, Phillis Wheatley, Charles Darwin, Walt Whitman, Maya Angelou, and many others. 

The exhibit curator, Megan Mulder, will be hosting a presentation about he exhibit on October 18th, from 3-4pm. Register here.

For more information about this exhibit, or to schedule a class or tour, please contact archives@wfu.edu