Exhibit Case 2


Sharon Reier.
The Bridges of New York.  [New York]:  Quadrant Press, 1977.


Special Collections continues to expand its collection of reference works supporting research in Special Collections’ many areas of specialization.  Bibliographies and catalogs compiled by scholars will give both staff and researchers a better understanding of our historical collection.  In recent years, we have further expanded our collection of material on Shakespeare, Audubon’s Birds of America, civil engineering, and cartography as seen here.



Sharon Reier.
The Bridges of New York.  [New York]:  Quadrant Press, 1977.

Acquired in support of Lehigh’s extensive collection of works relating to American bridge design and construction, this reference work supports historical research on over seventy-five New York City bridges, including the George Washington Bridge, the Harlem River Bridge, and the Brooklyn Bridge.



Barbara B. McCorkle.
New England in Early Printed Maps, 1513 to 1800: An Illustrated Carto-bibliography.  Providence, R.I.: John Carter Brown Library, 2001.


Jeffrey Holt.
The Composite Plates of Audubon’s Birds of America.  Philadelphia:  Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, 2008.


Ernest Small (1940- ).
Audubon: Beyond Birds: Plant Portraits and Conservation Heritage of John James Audubon.  Ottawa: NRC Research Press, 2009.

As Lehigh’s Special Collections holds one of 120 complete sets of John James Audubon’s Birds of America (on display on the first floor), we make an effort to acquire works supporting research on the production of the original book. These two texts examine different aspects of Audubon’s 435 magnificent plates.


William Shakespeare the First Folio, 1623: The Dr. Williams's Library Copy.  London:  Sotheby's, 2006.

This catalog describes Lot 95 in the sale of English literature, history, fine bindings, private press and children's books, which took place in London, in July 2006.  Included in the sale was a copy of the First Folio, as the first appearance of the collected works of William Shakespeare is known.  Both antiquarian booksellers’ catalogs and auction catalogs often serve as reference sources as they are often prepared by scholars. Lehigh’s Special Collections holds a copy of the First folio of Shakespeare, as well as copies of the Second, Third, and Fourth Folios.


Robert Halma (1935- )and Carl Oplinger (1936- ).
The Lehigh Valley: A Natural and Environmental History.  University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001.


Marcel P. R. van den Broecke.

Ortelius Atlas Maps: An Illustrated Guide.  Houten:  Hes & de Graaf, 2011.

This book describes the maps and many editions of Abraham Ortelius’s well-known atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum(1570). After the publication of this guide, van den Broecke’s numbering system was adopted as the international standard for cartography books, articles, and booksellers’ catalogs.  Lehigh’s Special Collections holds the 1571, 1606, and 1624 editions of this text.