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.

The Napoleon Panorama
Noel Library / Noel Library

Airs Friday, October 4, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. This week on Treasures Of The Noel with Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze we look at The Napoleon Panorama, a marvelous depicting the funeral procession of the repatriation of Napoleon's ashes to France.

Noel Library Images of Panorama
Noel Library / Noel Library

Airs Friday, September 27, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. This week on Treasures Of The Noel with Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze we look at the Wellington Panorama, a 65 foot long Panorama dipicting the funeral procession of the Duke Of Wellington in 1853. This hand-coloured print was one of many souvenirs produced to commemorate Wellington’s state funeral.

Dutch Coin Compendium
Noel Library / Noel Library

Airs Friday, September 20, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. This week on Treasures Of The Noel with Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze we look the Dutch Coin Compendium.

Engraved Titlepage of Volume 1 of Burnet's History of the Reformation of the Church of England, 1679.
Gilbert Burnet / 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.

Repeat Broadcast August 23, 2019, at 4:40 p.m.

Airs Friday, August 2, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. This week on Treasures Of The Noel with Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze, we look at a rare volume of Gilbert Burnett's History of the Reformation of the Church of England, and the double fore-edge painting that graces this rare edition which is housed in the Noel Collection on the LSUS campus.

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