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Savio Librarian Finds Rare Book

March 27, 2018
By Admin

Recently, our librarian Ms. Diane Powell discovered the Savio Library has a rare book in its possession. With the approaching National Poetry Month in April, Ms. Powell has been working diligently to catalog all the poetry books into the new Library Management System and discovered a rare find.


As she was working through the shelves, Ms. Powell found a book with a signature, called “Dies Irae” by Abraham Coles, M.D. Dies Irae is listed as a 2nd edition, and has a copyright dated from 1861, which dates the book, four years older than the Library of Congress. She decided to research the book and take a closer look to find any other identifying marks on the book.

 “While finishing the cataloging, I was looking through the beginning pages for any other identifying attributes to add when I saw, ‘M. L. M. Lindsly, from his friend, the Author - February 7th, 1863’.” said Ms. Powell.

Who M.L.M Lindsly is remains a question, but most interesting is the author and the date. Dr. Abraham Coles was born December 26, 1813 in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. He was an American physician, translator, author and poet. He wrote several publications including Dies Irae (1859), Stabat Mater Dolorosa (1865), Stabat Mater Speciosa (1866), Old Gems in New Settings (1866), The Microcosm (1866, 1881), The Evangel in Verse (1874) and The Light of the World (1884). He died May 3, 1891, in Hotel Del Monte, now a Naval Post Graduate School Monterey, California.

This book is one of the few that can only be read in the Savio library. If you would like to view the book, contact the Librarian Ms. Diane Powell.