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University of Otago Library
De Beer Gallery
Special Collections
First Floor
Central Library
Otago
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The exhibition offers a wide variety of materials on display that have been added to Special Collections by purchase or donation over the last three to four years. The old favourites such as 18th century literature, garden history, art and architecture, travel, and works by and about John Evelyn, John Locke, and the English poet Robert Graves are present. And there are also new fields of collecting such as pulp fiction and science fiction and items of special historical significance including: a first edition of Mungo Park's Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa (1799); a 1792 edition of Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man; Fanny Burney's Evelina (1784); a third edition of Thomas de Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-eater (1823); a limited edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula (2008).