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Carl Anthon Collection

Carl Anthon was a professor of history at American University from 1961 until 1976. His research related to the Renaissance and Reformation with a special focus on Erasmus. Carl Anthon began collecting rare books in the late 1940s while he was living in Germany. The Anthon Collection features works on history, literature, philosophy, and religion from the 16th through the 19th centuries including texts by Aristotle, Boccaccio, Cicero, Josephus, Suetonius, Tacitus, and Martin Luther. Selection:

  • Erasmus, Desiderius, d. 1536. [Moriae encomium] Ioan. Frobenivs lectori S.D. Habes iterum Moriae encomium: pro castigatissimo castigatius, unà cum Listrij commentarijs, & alijs complusculis libellis, non minus eruditis q[uam] festiuis, quoru[m] catalogum proxma mox indicabit pagella. Bene uale. Apud Inclytam Basileam : [Johann Froben], M.D. XXI.[1521] AU Special Collections Rare PA8512 1521
  • Bembo, Pietro, 1470-1547. Le prose del Bembo. In Vinegia : Per Comin da Trino, 1554. AU Special Collections Rare PQ4608 .A76 1554
  • St. John de Crèvecoeur, J. Hector, 1735-1813. Voyage dans la haute Pensylvanie et dans l'état de New-York: par un membre adoptif de la nation Onéida / Traduit et publie par l'auteur des Lettres d'un cultivateur américain. Paris: Maradan, 1801. AU Special Collections Rare F153 .C92 1801

For a complete list of titles, search the WRLC Catalog using the following search term (keyword): "Gift of Carl G. Anthon". In addition to the book collection, AU Library holds the Carl G. Anthon Papers which contain notes, outlines, and syllabi for history classes Anthon taught at American University as well as notes from talks Anthon gave elsewhere or attended.