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DePaul University Special Collections and Archives

Opening Day Collection

Ananas : de deux pieds deux pouces et demy de hauteur, non compris le pot

Fold-out illustration of ananas, or pinapple:
Pluche, Noël Antoine. Le Spectacle de la nature: ou, Entretiens sur les particularités de l’histoire naturelle, qui ont paru les plus propres à rendre les jeunes-gens curieux, & à leur former l’esprit. Paris : Chez la veuve Estienne, 1735. CM. 508 P7331735
- Opening Day Collection. St. Mary’s of the Barrens Seminary, Perryville, MO.

In 1815, the Congregation of the Mission was given a contract to establish its first mission and seminary in the United States. Considering a library essential to the success of their seminary, these missionary priests scoured France and Italy to gather up every type of donated book that would be of use: missals, bibles, breviaries, rituals, catechisms, multilingual dictionaries, histories, etc.
The approximately 3,000 volumes published prior to 1818 retained at the seminary and college at St. Mary of the Barrens, in Perryville, Missouri, are known as the Opening Day Collection.
In 1995, when the seminary and college closed, this collection, along with other notable historic and rare titles from their library, were transferred to the Congregation’s descendant institution, DePaul University.  

Title page of Flagellum daemonum: exorcismos terribles...

Title page:  Menghi, Girolamo. Flagellum daemonum: exorcismos terribles, potentissimos et efficaces ... complectens. Accessit postremo Pars secunda, quae Fustis daemonum inscribitur ... / auctore Hieronymo Mengo ... Lugduni : Sumptibus Petri Landry, 1604. CM. 265.44 M5441604
- Opening Day Collection. St. Mary’s of the Barrens Seminary, Perryville, MO.