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The Robert T. Aitchison Rare Books digital collection is selected from the medieval incunabula and 16th and 17th century rare books collected by Wichita illustrator, cartographer, and printer, Robert T. Aitchison (1887-1964).  He established and then headed the art department at the McCormack Armstrong Company in Wichita for forty years, ultimately becoming an officer and major stockholder in the printing company, which helped to make the city a regional publishing center in the Midwest.  Aitchison also served as president of the Kansas State Historical Society and was a judge for the American Institute of Graphic Arts 50 Books Show. He was a founder of the Wichita Bibliophiles and cofounder of the Wichita Art Association and the Artists Guild.  Aitchison’s interest in printing inspired him to become an award-winning mapmaker and to collect several thousand rare books and manuscripts that mainly focus on cartography, early modern science, and social and cultural life in early modern Europe.

Illustrated capital letter “D” in book, Enchiridion ad Laurentium

 
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