Special Collections has recently received two notable rare book donations. In honor of Father Richard Rousseau who has recently left the Scranton Jesuit Community to return to his native New England after 25 years of service to the University as theology department member and director of the University Scranton Press, the Jesuit Community purchased the first book published by a Jesuit, an edition of the works of the fifth century Pope Leo I. D. Leonis Papae huius nominis primi ... Opera, quae quidem extant, omnia. Nunc primum in unum veluti fascem collecta was edited by Peter Canisius, one of St. Ignatius Loyola's original companions and the first German Jesuit, and published in Cologne in 1546. The book retains a contemporary blind stamped calf binding and had once belonged to the Convent of the Brothers of the Cross in Huy Belgium. The book, along with other items from the University's Jesuit Rare Book Collection, is on display in the Special Collections reading room.
Brian and Diane Murray purchased William Wotten's Miscellaneous Discourses Relating to the Traditions and Usages of the Scribes and Pharisees in Our Blessed Savior Jesus Christ's Time.... London, 1718. This is the only edition of a two-volume treatise on Jewish customs and practices. The book was printed in English with some Hebrew and contains an oversized folding plate depicting Shabat practices. The book retains a contemporary blind tooled calf binding.