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This event will feature a display of rare and one-of-a kind items from the U.S. Naval Academy’s special collections archive.  The library is unparalleled in its holdings of naval and maritime materials, including many accounts (some lavishly illustrated) of polar and Russian journeys that directly or indirectly influenced Shelley’s frame narrative.  It is also home to several important sources on animal magnetism, mesmerism, and bio-electricity, including Luigi Galvani’s personal, hand-annotated copy of his seminal 1791 book, De Viribus Electricitatis.

A short presentation on the novel’s contexts by St John’s College tutor Louis Petrich, will accompany the display during the noon-hour on 10/31; the book display will be accessible in the days before and after.

If you are interested in attending or learning more, please contact Prof. Noah Comet (comet@usna.edu).  Access to the Naval Academy is not difficult, but there are a few important things to know ahead of time, so you are encouraged to rsvp for those details.