gift augments national collection
President John T. Casteen III recently presented to the Library
of Congress a copy of one of the books lost from the collection
that Thomas Jefferson sold to the library in 1814.
The Library of Congress has been searching for copies of a number
of highly sought-after books from Jefferson's collection -- about
780 in all -- to replace volumes that were destroyed in a Christmas
Eve fire in 1851.
At the suggestion of Albert H. Small, a member of both the University's
Board of Visitors and the Library of Congress's Madison Council,
U.Va. librarians reviewed the list of missing volumes and found
that the University possessed two copies of Constantin-Francois
Volney's The ruins: or A survey of the revolutions of empires.
This translation of Volney's work, published in 1796 by William
A. Davis in New York, is the same edition as the one Jefferson
sold to Congress.