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    Recently, a book published in Cleveland in 1844 caught my eye. It's fairly substantial - two volumes totaling over 500 pages with many illustrations, and a subtitle "Designed As a Book of Leisure Reading For All Classes."  I wondered how many people had time for leisure reading in 1844, and I was surprised that there was a publisher in Cleveland at that time. It was my impression that it still would have been a fairly rural frontier town. (According to the census of 1840, Cleveland had a population of 6,071 - the 45th largest city in the United States - and Ohio City had 1,577 residents.) In fact, one of the earliest commercial enterprises in frontier towns was often a printer, who would start a newspaper. The first newspaper in Cleveland (Cleaveland Gazette and Commercial Register)...

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    By Michael Dalby on

    László Szabó, 1946In 2003 the Cleveland Public Library John G. White and Special Collections Department became the recipient of the László Szabó  Collection and Library, donated by Veronika Szabo? and the Szabo? family.  The collection includes correspondence, membership information, tournament ephemera, annotated games, greeting cards and postcards, photographs (both personal and chess related), newspaper clippings, score cards, and other miscellaneous items related to Szabo?'s chess career.  Included are items from...

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    Bhagavad-GitaSeveral Special Collections items recently cataloged by members of the Cleveland Public Library Catalog Department include materials of unique format and content.  Featured are a miniature version of the Bhagavad-Gita, which is revered as a sacred scripture of Hinduism.  This illuminated manuscript includes ten full pages of illustrations and is written in Sanskrit (Devanagari); and the [Queen Esther scroll], which is a complete 30-page manuscript with color ornamentation on sheepskin...

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    By Michael Dalby on

    Recently, a book published in Cleveland in 1844 caught my eye. It's fairly substantial - two volumes totaling over 500 pages with many illustrations, and a subtitle "Designed As a Book of Leisure Reading For All Classes."  I wondered how many people had time for leisure reading in 1844, and I was surprised that there was a publisher in Cleveland at that time. It was my impression that it still would have been a fairly rural frontier town. (According to the census of 1840, Cleveland had a population of 6,071 - the 45th largest city in the United States - and Ohio City had 1,577 residents.) In fact, one of the earliest commercial enterprises in frontier towns was often a printer, who would start a newspaper. The first newspaper in Cleveland (Cleaveland Gazette and Commercial Register)...

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    By Michael Dalby on

    László Szabó, 1946In 2003 the Cleveland Public Library John G. White and Special Collections Department became the recipient of the László Szabó  Collection and Library, donated by Veronika Szabo? and the Szabo? family.  The collection includes correspondence, membership information, tournament ephemera, annotated games, greeting cards and postcards, photographs (both personal and chess related), newspaper clippings, score cards, and other miscellaneous items related to Szabo?'s chess career.  Included are items from...

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    By Michael Dalby on

    Bhagavad-GitaSeveral Special Collections items recently cataloged by members of the Cleveland Public Library Catalog Department include materials of unique format and content.  Featured are a miniature version of the Bhagavad-Gita, which is revered as a sacred scripture of Hinduism.  This illuminated manuscript includes ten full pages of illustrations and is written in Sanskrit (Devanagari); and the [Queen Esther scroll], which is a complete 30-page manuscript with color ornamentation on sheepskin...

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