Nic, Bupkis and Nichevo

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Friday, January 14, 2005

Pardon while I drool...

Swiped straight from the Dept of Anth listserv at the University of Maryland, my (sortof) alma mater (in other words, spelling issues are *not* my fault, thankyouverymuch):

The Library of Congress' s Rare Book & Special Collections Division is pleased to announce the release of a new digital collection, The Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake, available on the Library's Global Gateway Web site at:

Sir Francis Drake, English explorer and naval strategist, circumnavigated the globe from 1577-1580. During these travels, Drake visited the Caribbean and the Pacific, claiming a portion of California for Queen Elizabeth and waging battles on the Spanish. His voyages
revealed significant new geographical data about the New World and added greatly to Queen Elizabeth's treasury.

The Kraus Collection comprises important primary and secondary materials about Drake's voyages throughout the then Spanish territory of the Americas. It consists of 60 items--16 manuscripts, 29 books, 8 maps and views, and 7 medals and portraits. The materials range in date
from 1579 to 1765. Texts are in English, Latin, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French.

Hans Peter Kraus, one of the foremost booksellers of the second half of the twentieth century, and his wife Hanni assembled the collection. Born
in Austria in 1907, Kraus exhibited a love of collecting from an early age. In 1939, during the Nazi Occupation, Kraus and his family fled Austria for the United States. Within two weeks of his arrival in New York, Kraus met Hanni, his future wife and business partner. The couple established an antiquarian bookselling firm, H. P. Kraus, Inc. in the early 1940s and did not close this legendary firm until Hans Peter's death in 1988.

Hans and Hanni Kraus generously donated their collection of Drake materials to the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress in 1980. The combination of the Library's rich collections from this period and the resources of the neighboring Folger Shakespeare Library make Washington a preeminent center for the study of the Elizabethan era.

This online presentation of The Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake joins other world history collections available on the Library of Congress's Global Gateway Web site: The Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake may be found under the heading:
"Individual Digital Collections."

Please direct any questions regarding this collection to the Global Gateway inquiry form at:

Laura Gottesman
Reference Specialist
Digital Reference Team
The Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20540-4604


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