Art historian Julius S. Held (1905-2002), a longtime professor at Barnard College, Columbia University, was renowned for his scholarship in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art. Many of the extraordinary books in this collection were collected for their illustrations by artists such as Peter Paul Rubens, Albrecht Dürer, and Anthony van Dyck. These books include works by Virgil and Ovid, versions of Aesop's fables, as well as titles on astronomy, religion, natural history, and anatomy dating from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century, in a range of languages, including Greek, Latin, German, Italian, English, and French. The collection also includes important art histories and early treatises on iconology and emblems. The Held library, which comprises more than 200 volumes, was acquired through combined purchase and gift in 2002.
View list of titles from the Julius S. Held Collection of Rare Books in the Library's online catalog.