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The record of an overdue library book checked out by a young Edgar Allan Poe. . . . A piece of art created with debris left over from the Rotunda fire. . . . Writer in Residence William Faulkner's typewrier. . . .  A commemorative Coke bottle marking the Cavaliers' 1984 Peach Bowl victory. . . . the sixteen-foot Merton Spire, nearly destroyed by a 2005 tornado. . . . The long history of UVA receives its most colorful treatment yet in Brendan Wolfe's Mr. Jefferson's Telescope: A History of the University of Virginia in 100 Objects. This fascinating and generously illustrated new book accompanies a new exhibition at UVA's Special Collections Library, The University in 100 Objects, which brings the actual artifacts—from the official bell ringer's keys to the Rotunda to a UVA cheerleader Barbie doll—together in one remarkable display of history. The library and the UVA Press invite you to the official launch of the book and the exhibition on October 17. Author Brendan Wolfe will speak and sign books, and free food and drinks will be provided. You can even pick up a souvenir key chain. Complete details are here.

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