The Harold and Mary Jean Hanson Rare Book Collection in the University of Florida Libraries' Department of Special and Area Studies Collections is one of the finest in the nation. It is an invaluable resource for primary printed materials and is utilized by students, faculty, researchers at the University and other research centers throughout the country and abroad. The books range in date from the 15th Century through the contemporary era. Subject strengths include New England authors (Parkman Dexter Howe Collection of literature and related cultural/historical topics for the 17th-19th Centuries); classical literature in early printed editions; Restoration literature; 18th Century poetry, prose and drama; Irish literature of the 19th and 20th Centuries; and select 20th Century British and American poetry and fiction. Our history of science collection provides researchers with access to an important selection of works dealing with botany and agriculture from the 16th Century onward as well as the scientific revolution in 17th-Century Europe and biological studies from 19th-Century Germany. Book arts and the history of the book include special bindings, fine presses, book illustration, proofs and engraved wood blocks by Eric Gill and John Buckland Wright, and fore-edge paintings. Other subject areas materially represented in the collections include social and military history, theology, travel, and landscape architecture. In addition to traditional rare books, the department also is fortunate to hold several special print collections.