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LEME has settled into bright new quarters in two offices and a carrell on the 14th floor of Robarts Library. My thanks to Larry Alford (Chief Librarian), Sian Meikle (Associate Chief Librarian for Digital Strategies and Technology, and LEME's Library Liaison), and Arts and Science for giving us this high-demand space. The Library also generously furnished LEME offices with... Read more

Word of The Day

THe Horizon is the parting of the earthe or the Sea and the skye, that is to say, the halfe of the heauens beeing aboue ouer your heade, and the other halfe hidden with the earth or Sea vnder them: and this Horizon circle dothe moue as you doe moue: for as you doe by trauell chaunge your place, so doth the Horizon chaunge in all points.
William Bourne, A Regiment for the Sea (1578)
James Howell's Lexicon Tetraglotton (1660) frontispiece

James Howell's Lexicon Tetraglotton (1660) frontispiece,
Courtesy of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
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