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New York University College of Dentistry

345E 24Th Street. Dean's Suite, 10th floor
New York, New York 10010
United States
Andrew I. Spielman, DMD, PhD, Professor, and Director of Rare Book Library
212 998 9241
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NYU College of Dentistry has a very valuable and uniquely assembled dentally related rare book collection. Over 1000 volumes represents a portion of the famous Weinberger Collection. Dr Bernhard Weinberger (1885-1960), an alumnus of University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, class of 1910 and a specialist in orthodontics, was a faculty member at NYU Dentistry from 1923-1931 as lecturer in History of Dentistry. A 1931 article in the Dental Survey stated: the collection was... "the most complete orthodontic, rare books, historical and bibliographic dental library in the world”. During the 1950s he decided to sell some of his books at auction. However, a significant portion of his 5000 books and artefact collection ended up in the possession of NYU College of Dentistry in the late 1950s. The books were kept for decades in relative obscurity until being brought back to prominence during the last decade. The library was moved into new quarters in the Dean's Suite on the 10th floor of the Weissmann building and the current effort to digitize it is a deliberate attempt to open to the world.

Please note: In order to protect the fragile copies in our collection, wherever available, we used already scanned copies to link the digital version of the books. However, we have the original copies available to scholars for inspection.

We recently expanded our rare-book collection with a Virtual Museum of the History of Dentistry. We invite you to explore our interactive digital museum, where some of NYU Dentistry's historical artifacts — dental tools, oral hygiene implements, gold toothpicks, tooth powder bottles, brushes, and toothache patent medicine bottles, from the 1600s to the early 1900s — have been scanned and rendered in 3D and can be manipulated for full inspection. Once accessed, click on any of the artifacts in the museum to get a full view. Here is a link:

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Over 1000 volumes: 20 volumes from the 16th century with the earliest being from 1543; 36 volumes from the 17th century, 124 titles from the 18th century and the rest from the 19th with some early 20th century volumes included. The website lists ALL titles by century. Access them by clicking on the right side of the screen. Having digitized all 16, all 17 and 18th century titles, those completed have a cover story and a link to a digital version of the book. The digitization is now moving to titles from the 19th century. Started two years ago with 16 digital copies displayed, the digitization now has completed 160 titles. The College has been developing a Virtual Museum of Dentistry that includes dental instruments and 19th century painkiller medicine bottles. The web address for this resource is and can be accessed directly in the the URL section at the beginning of this Directory entry.

The College recently received a significant donation of 28 newly restored volumes from the 16th and 17th centuries from Dr. Andrew I Spielman. These volumes have not yet been digitized or written up. The donation includes a 1661 edition of William Harvey's De Motu Cordis and a 1573 edition Girolamo Fracastore's Opera Omnia.

Sampling from the acquisitions of the past two years:

1. Girolamo Fracastore /Alphonso Ferri – Syphilis sive Morbus Gallicus (1547)

2. Galenos of Pergamon – Ars Medica (1549)

3. Hippocrates – Magni Hippocratis Coaca Praesagia (1576)

4. Guy de Chauliac – Laurent Joubert – Annotations of M Joubert sur toute la chirurgie de M Guy de Chauliac (1584)

5. Hippocrates – Magni Hippocratis Medicorum -Annotations by Anutio Foesio. (1596).

6. André Du Laurens – Historia Anatomica (1599)

7. Ambroise Paré – Les Oeuvres (1652)

8. Johannis Scultetus - Armamentarium Chirurgicum –(1656)

9. Cornelius Celsus – De Medica – (1687)

10. Marcello Malpighi – Opera Omnia (1687)

Collection Subject Strengths: A unique collection of History of Dentistry titles-

Subject Strengths:
History of Dentistry; History of Medicine
Last Updated:
24 Aug 2022