Treasures Of The Noel

Friday's at 4:29:00
  • Hosted by Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze

The Noel Collection was the life's work of Mr. James Smith Noel. It is the largest private collection of antiquarian books in the United States and is currently on permanent loan to Louisiana State University Shreveport. The books are still being explored--the majority are uncataloged and thus somewhat unknown, but they are believed to number between 200,000 and 250,000 volumes.

The collection encompasses 100+ different subject areas in such diverse fields as religion, travel literature, philosophy, science, cartography, natural history, moral instruction, curiosities, costumery, and the history of humor. Our collection is particularly strong in pre-1850 European and American literature and history. 

We are a working collection. Our stacks are open to the public, although our materials do not circulate. Visitors are encouraged during regular business hours to use both our materials and our facilities. We are able to accommodate interlibrary loan requests of a reasonable size through the creation of .PDF copies--please confer with us if you have any concerns in this area.

First page from Wealth of Nations, 1776 London edition
Gerhard Streminger / This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less.

Airs Friday, April 26, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. This week on Treasures Of The Noel with Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze looks at Adam Smith's The Wealth Of Nations.

Plato
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Airs Friday, April 19, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. This week on Treasures Of The Noel with Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze looks ancient Greece and Plato's Republic.

Frontispiece to the King James' Bible, 1611, shows the Twelve Apostles at the top. Moses and Aaron flank the central text. In the four corners sit Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, authors of the four gospels, with their symbolic animals.
Church of England / This media file is in the public domain in the United States. This applies to U.S. works where the copyright has expired, often because its first publication occurred prior to January 1, 1924.

Repeat on May 3, 2019 - Original Airing Friday, March 29, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. This week on Treasures Of The Noel with Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze looks at the King James Bible and recounts the history of the translation process.

A boy looks into a peep show device (illustration by Theodor Hosemann, 1835)
Theodor Hosemann / This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.

Airs Friday, March 8, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. This week on Treasures Of The Noel with Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze we look back at the history of Peep Shows, the ancesters of animation and film.

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Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792) / This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.

Airs Friday, January 25, 2019, at 4:29 p.m. This week on Treasures Of The Noel with Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze examines the Samuel Johnson's "A Dictionary of the English Language."

Samuel Johnson's Folio and Abridged Dictionaries togetherCredit Jkarjalainen / This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licenseEdit | Remove

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