Rare book from 1623 joins UC Riverside collection

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 4/07/2014 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.

©2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!

Featured Segments/Shows

All content © Copyright 2015 Intermountain West Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
You may also view our Sitemap

Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.