Bellarmine University exhibits collection of rare books and manuscripts

February 2, 2007

Bellarmine University is hosting an exhibit titled “Faith, Freedom and Governance” that features rare documents and books from the collection owned by The Remnant Trust, Inc. The exhibit will be displayed in the W.L. Lyons Brown Library until May 14, and it will be housed in the Frazier Board Room as well as the display case on the first floor.

The exhibit includes 53 historic documents from around the world that highlight liberal arts studies spanning theology, philosophy, politics and society, economics and science. The exhibit will give students and the community an opportunity to take a hands-on view of texts that had a significant impact on the development of American society and culture.

Some of the rare editions include works by the University’s namesake, St. Robert Bellarmine along with Frederick Douglass’s My Bondage My Freedom (1855), Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations (1776), The Declaration of Independence (1776, Third Printing), The Emancipation Proclamation (1862, First Printing in the New York Times), and Karl Marx’s Capital: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production (1889, First American Edition).

A lecture series arranged by the Ethics and Social Justice Center at Bellarmine University will accompany the text exhibit. The series will include James Otteson speaking on “The Adam Smith Problem,” Christian Washburn on the works of Robert Bellarmine, and Aaron Hoffman on “What Augustine Can Teach Us About Politics Today.

Bellarmine is the first Kentucky college or university to host the Remnant Trust exhibit. It will be open for public viewing Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 8 p.m. For additional information contact the W.L. Lyons Brown Library at 502-452-8140.

The Remnant Trust is a public educational foundation that shares an actively growing collection of original and first edition works dealing with the topics of liberty and dignity with some pieces dating as early as 1250. The Trust makes this collection available to colleges, universities, and other organizations for use by students, faculty, scholars and the general public. Those exposed are encouraged to touch, feel and read the originals.

Remnant Trust Lecture Series

(Lectures are 11 a.m. in the Fireplace Room of Horrigan Hall except where noted)

Feb. 6: James Otteson, from the Univ. of Alabama, Topic: “The Adam Smith Problem” (the wealth of nations and theory of moral sentiments), 11 a.m. , B-10 of the Library

Feb. 27: Amy Plantinga Pauw, Topic: the works of Jonathan Edwards


March 15: Dr. William McBride
Topic: Revisiting Marx's "Capital" in 2007

Dr. McBride is the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University. He specializes in social, political, and legal philosophy, and in 19th - and 20th- century continental European philosophy, with a particular emphasis on Marx and Sartre. Dr. McBride is the author of eight books, including The Philosophy of Marx, Sartre's Political Theory, Philosophical Reflections on the Changes in Eastern Europe, and From Yugoslav Praxis to Global Pathos, as well as numerous articles.

March 22: Hans Eicholz
Topic: Understanding the Meaning of the "the Pursuit of Happiness" in the Declaration

Dr. Hans Eicholz received his degree in American history from UCLA, where he studied with the noted historian, Professor Joyce Appleby. He is currently a Senior Fellow with Liberty Fund Inc. Dr. Eicholz has written on a range of subjects including banking history, civil society, Jefferson’s foreign policy, and federalism. His interests and scholarship related to these Remnant Trust documents are reflected in his 2001 book titled, Harmonizing Sentiments: The Declaration of Independence and the Jeffersonian Idea of Self-Government.

April 12: Christian Washburn
Topic: The Works of Robert Bellarmine

Dr. Christian Washburn is professor of theology at St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia.

April 17: Aaron Hoffman
Topic: What Augustine Can Teach Us About Politics Today

Aaron Hoffman is Professor of Political Science at Bellarmine.

Materials on loan from the Remnant Trust

Adams, John;Defense of the Constitution;1787
Aquinas, Thomas; Summa Theologae; 1475
Aristotle; Nichomachean Ethics; 1488
Augustine, Saint; Citie of God; 1610
Augustine, Saint; Confessions; 1491
Aurelius, Marcus; Meditations; 1635
Bellarmine; Disputiones; 1590
Bellarmine; De scriptoribus ecclesiasticis liber unus;1617
Bhagavad Gita; Bhagavad Gita; 1885
Bible; Manuscript Bible Leaf in Latin; circa 1250
Bible; Hebrew Bible (First Hebrew Bible printed in U.S.); 1814
Calvin, John; The Institutions of the Christian Religion; 1611
Cicero; Manuscript
Cicero; Orations of Marcus Tullius Cicero;1856
Confucius; The Morals of Confucius:1691
Congress; Proceedings of the 1st Congress; 1775
Constitution; First Connecticut Printing of U. S. Constitution; 1788
Cooper, James Fenimore; (The) American Democrat (or hints on the Social and Civic Relations of the United States of America); 1838
Copernicus; De Revolutionibus
Council; The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent; 1670
Declaration; Declaration of Independence; 1776
Douglass, Frederick; My Bondage My Freedom; 1855
Edwards, Jonathan; The Duty of Ministers of the Gospel to Preach the Truth; 1795
Edwards, Jonathan; Treatise Concerning Religious Affections; 1794
Emancipation; Emancipation Proclamation; 1862
Emerson, Ralph Waldo; Essays: Including "Self Reliance"; 1841
Erasmus, Desiderius; Praise of Folly, The; 1765
Federalist; Federalist Papers; 1788
Galilei, Galileo; Dialogo Di Galileo Galilei linceo matematico supremo dello studio di padova [Galileo's Dialogues]; 1710
Hobbes, Thomas; Leviathan; 1651
Humbolt, Baron Von; Sphere and Duties of Government; 1854
Jefferson, Thomas; Commentary on Montesquieu; 1811
Locke, John; Two Treatises of Government; 1694
Madison, James; Letters on the Constitutionality of the Power of Congress to Impose a Tariff for the Protection of Manufactures; 1828
Marx, Karl; Capital a critical Analysis of Capitalist Production; 1889
Mather, Cotton; Magnalia Christ Americana; 1820
Mill, John Stuart; Considerations on Representative Government; 1861
Mill, John Stuart; On Liberty; 1859
Montesquieu; Complete Works; 1777
Nock, Albert Jay; Our Enemy the State; 1935
Owen, Robert; A New View of Society; 1817
Paine, Thomas; Common Sense; 1776
Paine, Thomas; Dissertation on the First Principles of Government; 1795
Penn, William; Great Case of Liberty of the Conscience; 1670
Plato; Republic (First edition in English); 1763
Ricardo, David; On Principles of Political Economy & Taxation; 1819
Rousseau, Jean Jacques; Social Contract; 1797
Shelley, Percy B.; Declaration of Rights; 1819
Smith, Adam; Theory of Moral Sentimets; 1759
Smith, Adam; Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations; 1776
Spencer, Herbert; The Man Versus the State; 1884
Wollstonecraft, Mary; Vindication of Rights of Women; 1792
Wollstonecraft, Mary; The Female Review or Memoirs of an American Young Lady; 1797


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