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Dr. James Marsden, Regents Distinguished Professor in the Animal Sciences & Industry department, has presented K-State Libraries with one of its largest gift-in-kind to date: a complete Limited Editions Club (LEC) collection of nearly 600 volumes. Only four libraries have the whole series: the Library of Congress, the Nashville Public Library, the University of Texas, and Kansas State University. 

Since 1968, starting with a 1934 copy of Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein," Marsden has been collecting books published by the Limited Editions Club. Other highlights from the collection include “Lysistrata,” with pencil drawings and etchings by Picasso (1934), and James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” illustrated by Henri Matisse (1935).

Established in 1929 by George Macy, each Limited Editions Club book was issued via mail to club subscribers. The books include original art by famous illustrators, photographers and major artists, most of whom hand-signed each copy; they also feature fine typography, design, and binding in a tribute to the art of bookmaking.

Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451,” 1982, illus. by Joe Mugnaini.  Franz Kafka, “Metamorphosis,” 1984, illus. by Jose Luis Cuevas. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, “Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus,” 1934, illus. by Everett Henry.
Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451,” 1982, illus. by Joe Mugnaini. Franz Kafka, “Metamorphosis,” 1984, illus. by Jose Luis Cuevas. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, “Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus,” 1934,
illus. by Everett Henry.