The Black Death: The Plague, 1331-1770 The Black Death: The Plague, 1331-1770 | online exhibit from The John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library Posted on May 22, 2017July 20, 2017 by Sarah Andrews English School, The Black Death, 1348. Source: Scholars Resource: Bridgeman Art Library The March, 2013 John Martin Rare Book Room open house featured books and art on The Plague. Alice M. Phillips edited the original exhibit materials and designed an online exhibit: The Black Death. The plague in Winterthur in 1328. Lithograph by A. Corrodi, Credit: Wellcome Library, London.