The Center for Continuing Education
Midwestern State University
Larry McMurtry Lecture: The Nolan Moore Collection
Thursday, March 07, 2002 from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Clark Student Center -- Shawnee Theater
Featuring Pulitzer Prize winning author Larry McMurtry as guest speaker
*From the Wichita Falls Times Record News: Friday, March 8, 2002
History held in collection: Prints document heritage
Author Larry McMurtry taught an audience of about 200 the ABCs of the [Nolan A. Moore III Heritage of Print] collection Thursday night at Midwestern State University's Clark Student Center Theatre. The lecture was offered by the Center for Continuing Education at MSU. McMurtry, an avid bibliophile and book dealer who operates his own 400,000-volume bookstore in Archer City, toured the collection via slide show, offering just a glimpse of the nearly 1,000 items it contains ... a varied collection of rare works, including first editions of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and Joyce's "Ulysses," that documents the human race's written communication."
Nolan Moore III, was an avid collector of rare printed pieces which chronicled the entire history of man's efforts to communicate through print. His collection includes such rarities as a first edition King James Bible (1611), the first newspaper printed in the United States and Shakespeare's Second Folio. Some of the more eclectic pieces from the collection include the 1957 Marilyn Monroe calendar, fruit crate labels, Victorian greeting cards and an Egyptian coffin fragment from the Saite period (664-525 B.C.).Moore also collected pieces from the most famous and respected presses throughout history with works by such printing luminaries as Gutenberg, Kelmscott, Caxton, Aldine, and Bangs.
The Heritage of Print Collection, Nolan A. Moore III's rare printing treasury, is a beautifully displayed and fascinating walk through history. Among the nearly 1,000 items are ancient cuneiform writings, a 200-year-old wooden common press (the only type of printing press used for nearly 400 years), and first editions of famous works such as Uncle Tom's Cabin, Galileo's Dialogue, and Joyce's Ulysses. Visitors can peruse more than 100 rare, original printed pieces of amazing variety - both secular and religious. Everything from the first American comic strip character to Shakespeare's second folio; from ancient maps to illuminated manuscripts; from the first illustrated edition of Milton's Paradise Lost to a rare copy of Mien Kampf.
For more information contact Lorraine Parmer or Pam Morgan at 940-397-4756.
For more information call Midwestern State University’s
Center for Continuing Education at (940) 397-4756