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Rare Broadsides and Leaves Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RB 2023-001

Scope and Contents

Broadside box 1 contains miscellaneous oversized items ranging from 1611 to the mid-1980s. The contents consist of miscellaneous pages of earlier printed works, printed pamphlets and ephemera, reproductions of paintings with an emphasis on the history and landscapes of Florida, as well as a collection of poetry broadsides. The earlier contents consist of three leaves of the 1611 King James Bible, two late 17th century pamphlets, and one page of the London Gazette from 1789. The box also contains a series of watercolor paintings of historic Tallahassee, a representation of North Florida copied from a map, as well as several art prints related to Tallahassee and surrounding areas. Lastly, the box contains a number of poetry broadsides from the 1970s and 1980s.

Broadside box 2 consists of leaves from manuscripts or early printed works ranging from 1300 to 1570. The leaves from late medieval manuscripts on vellum are taken from devotional works, including books of hours, and the Sententiarum of Peter Lombard. The box also contains a 1527 printed leaf from Boccaccio’s The fall of princes, princesses and other nobles as well as a sixteenth-century printed breviary page, and a 1570 leaf of printed sheet music.

Broadside box 3 contains leaves from manuscripts and printed works from the 15th century to 1893. The earliest object contains six leaves of a manuscript from a 15th century Carthusian psalter on vellum. There are also three manuscript leaves from a 15th century missal (likely of Italian origin). The last object is a leaf (p. 35-36) from Sidonia the Sorceress printed by the Kelmscott press.

Broadside box 4 contains leaves of early modern printed works from 1477 to 1794. Leaves are largely on devotional subject matter, with 28 sheets from a liturgical book, and 10 sheets of uncut quires from a Franciscan publication, the Regula et testamentum Seraphici P. Francisci. The box also contains a page from the 1482 first published dictionary as well as a leaf of the Liber Chronicarum, a late 15th century printed encyclopedia and a leaf from the epic poem, La Gerusalemme liberate, printed in 1794.


  • Creation: 1400-1981

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers. Items are available upon request in the Special Collections Research Center, Strozier Library.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply to works in this collection. Re-use or copying beyond Fair Use may require permission from the rights-holder. Please contact for more information.


4 boxes

Language of Materials




Dutch; Flemish