Ringling Archives to House Selby Gardens Rare Book Collection

Arts & Culture

SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY SEP 6, 2019

In preparation for the start of construction of a new library, the Selby Gardens is working with the Archives at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art to find temporary housing for its collection of rare botanical books and prints. Selby’s collection, which consists of 500 volumes dating from the mid-1700s and 2500 prints that are more than 100 years old, was created in the 1970s by the Selby Foundation. Highlights of the collection include a complete set of Curtis’ Botanical Magazines, starting with edition 1, published in 1787 and a rare copy of The Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala, (1837-1843).

Visitors should make an appointment to view items in the archives and may fill out a request form at the website below. Archivists are available Monday through Thursday, 10am–4:30pm.

The Archives at The Ringling

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