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Book Lovers Day

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 9, 2021

Today is International Book Lovers Day!

Oh, what to pick out of the over 500,000 printed pieces in the MNHS Library's hard!

When in doubt, go with the earliest. This map came from the book by Father Louis Hennepin, sometimes called "Minnesota's first author," titled "A Description of Louisiana, newly discovered to the South-West of New Franc." It was published in Paris in 1683 and detailed his travels; life among the Dakota; and the "discovery" of St. Anthony Falls. However, from the get-go the book was a blend of myth and fact, which only got more elaborate with each subsequent editions. Regardless, it is still an early, important work that fed the European dreams of the New World.