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Rare Books and Special Collections

This guide provides an overview of the rare books at UNCC and highlights some unique resources

Robert Frost

A poet, Frost received numerous awards and honors for his works, such as four Pulitzer Prizes and the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1961. He even served as consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress in the late 1950s.  

The Complete Poems of Robert Frost 
Call Number: PS3511 .R94 1950
Created in 1950, this is number 1089 in an edition run of 1500 and is signed by the author. 

Hard Not to be King
Call Number: PS3511.R94 H3
Number 68 in a signed first edition run of 300 from 1951.

A Way Out;  A One Act Play 
Call Number: PS3511.R94 W3 1929

One of 485 copies printed in 1929 with a preface signed by the author.

Call Number: PS3511.R94 A7
Published in 1954 to coincide with Frost's eightieth birthday. Number 344 of 650, of which only five hundred were for sale, and is signed. 


  • Biography from the Academy of American Poets 

William Faulkner

Born in 1897, Faulkner grew up in and spent most of his life in Oxford Mississippi. His work, often taking place in the south, became well known after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. 

As I Lay Dying 
Call Number: PS3511.A86 A86
First edition and first printing from 1930. 

Idyll in th Desert 
Call Number: PS3511.A86 I4 1931
Numbered 94 out of 400 copies and signed by the author. 

The Wild Palms
Call Number: PS3511.A86 W5 1939b
Numbed 50 out of 250 copies and signed by the author. 


  • Biography from Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Profile from the Nobel Prize website 

My Antonia by Willa Cather

Call Number: PS3505.A87 M8 1918

When Cather was a child, her family relocated to Nebraska from Virginia where they met other settlers from various countries, such as Norway, France, Bohemia, and Mexico. These interactions and growing up on the prairie became sources of inspiration for much of her work, including My Ántonia. The book was published in 1918 and focuses on a lawyer recalling his childhood growing up with the titular character.