Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The College's Burke Library offers a strong collection of texts and periodicals on many aspects of the medieval and Renaissance epochs. The library also houses a rare copy of The Nuremburg Chronicle, one of the monumental works of early European book publishing. Printed in 1493 in Germany and illustrated with 1,600 woodcuts, this remarkable precursor of the encyclopedia depicts a medieval world on the threshold of the Renaissance. It is joined in the Burke collection by several other important early German volumes as well as the Beinecke Lesser Antilles Collection, regarded as the world’s finest collection of 16th- to 19th- century materials on this region of the West Indies.