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This month we will be highlighting some of the unique and early holdings in our rare book collection.

One of the oldest items at the Davis Library, and one of our many resources on fire prevention and suppression is an original copy of “An Act for Preventing and Suppressing of Fires within the City of London and Liberties thereof” published in London in 1668. It is bound in leather with beautiful marbling on the covers as well as marbled endpages.


This 10 page work was written just two years after the Great Fire of London in 1666, which destroyed much of the city over four days. The ideas presented within were quite revolutionary for the time.

Download the full version (PDF)