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Irwin Library Rare Book Sale

Rare Book Sale Items

Irwin Library of Butler University has received a large donation of items from the estate of a rare book collector, and will be holding a book sale 10:00 AM–5:00 PM, May 17 and 18, 2019, composed mainly of these items. The bulk of the collection dates from the 18th and 19th centuries across the major authors (primarily in classics, philosophy, history, and literature), in a variety of bindings, with a smaller amount of items (some first or rare editions) from the early 20th century. 

Also for sale will be some ex-library vinyl records, generally classical and opera recordings, and a small amount of ex-library books, largely from the 20th century.

Credit cards will be accepted; items will be priced and organized on shelves in Irwin's 2nd floor northwest quad. Proceeds will support the endowed fund created in honor of the donor who assembled the collection, which will be used in support of future library initiatives and improvements.

Parking is available at the Butler Parking Garage on Sunset Avenue, a short walk north of Irwin Library

Please direct any questions to Josh Petrusa, Associate Dean for Collections and Digital Services, at

***Update: Based on demand for further information, we are now providing the inventory of the collection as it existed when appraised in 2011—not all items are still on hand—so please look through the four PDFs linked below for a better idea of what will be available.

Collection Notebook 1a | Collection Notebook 1b | Collection Notebook 2 | Collection Notebook 3