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2021

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

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Scarbet / in some places of Englande is called a dorre / in som other places a shernebod / it is lyke a humbullbee it is blacke / it fleeth in the euenyng and falleth in beastis donge.
De Immensa Dei Misericordia, trans. Gentian Hervet (1526)
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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