Rare book from 1623 joins UC Riverside collection

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Updated: 4/07 6:03 pm

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A rare book by 17th century utopian writer Tommaso Campanella has joined the collection at the University of California, Riverside.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports the first edition version of "Civitas Solis," or "City of the Sun," will be available for public perusal — but only after librarians show how to handle it gently.

The volume, written in Latin in 1623, had been on the wish list for the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy. It was acquired thanks to a $54,000 grant from the B.H. Breslauer Foundation.

"City of the Sun" is in the utopian genre, which librarian Melissa Conway describes as a form of speculative fiction that is set in an ideal society.

Conway spotted the title on a rare book dealer list and sought the grant.

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