About the exhibit
This exhibit features items from the collection of emeritus faculty member Paul Dutton. The collection reflects Paul’s interest with the materiality of writing systems; this provides some important context to our book history holdings.
The Dutton Collection of Early Writing Materials and Technologies includes incunabula, such as leaves from the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493) and a Paris bible (1270), facsimile and authentic cuneiform tablets, parchments and vellums, papyrus, wax tablets and reed pen sets.
After the exhibit, readers may consult these titles in the Special Collections and Rare Books reading room (Room 7100).
What's on display
The exhibit includes a selection of the material donated by Paul Dutton, once used for teaching his students in the Department of Humanities:
- Wax writing tablets
- Facsimile instructional cuneiform tablets
- Authentic cuneiform tablets (circa 1900 BCE)
- Reed pens and ink wells
- A number of animal-skin papers (parchment)
- A number of incunabula, such as a leaf from a 1270 bible, annotated with a depiction of how animals may have been arranged on Noah's ark; and leaves from the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493).