Struppa Donates Libraries’ One Millionth Volume

Posted: April 17, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

Acquiring one million print volumes in a library is cause enough for celebration, but George Mason’s symbolic millionth “volume” is actually a collection of rare and historic books and autographs of classical musicians donated by Daniele Struppa, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, from his personal library.

The materials will form the Daniele C. Struppa Rare Books Collection and will be housed at the Fenwick Library.

“We are delighted and honored to receive this remarkable gift of rare and early imprints, as well as the autographed memorabilia of leading figures in classical music, from Dean Struppa,” says John Zenelis, university librarian. “This is a significant gift by any measure. It is not only an extraordinary and valuable collection of books and other materials in its own right, but it also has immense symbolic value for the university and its libraries.”

The works include Euclid, Evclidis Elementorvm Libri XV (1627), Clavius, Aritmetica Practtica (1671), and Satires (1515) by the Roman poet Juvenal. Autographs donated and promised to the libraries include those of Arrigo Boito, Gustav Mahler, Giacomo Puccini, and Pietro Mascagni.

Paul Koda, the university’s librarian for Special Collections and Archives, expects to use Satires in a class he teaches on rare book librarianship, and he plans to scan the book’s woodcuts and use them as part of an illustrations project. The library is also developing plans for an exhibit of the collection once the books undergo a professional restoration.

More information will soon be available on the libraries’ web site.

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