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Manuscript and Rare Books


With more than 900 illuminated manuscripts, 1,250 of the first printed books (ca. 1455 - 1500), and an important collection of post-1500 deluxe editions, this extraordinary collection chronicles the art of the book over more than 1,000 years. The collection is from all over the world, and from ancient to modern times. It features deluxe Gospel books from Armenia, Ethiopia, Byzantium, and Ottonian Germany, French and Flemish books of hours, as well as masterpieces of Safavid, Mughal and Ottoman manuscript illumination. It also includes important first printed editions of ancient texts by great thinkers such as Aristotle and Euclid, diaries written by Napoleon and intricate bindings crafted by Tiffany. The early printed book collection highlights the experimental nature of the first attempts at printing. Some of these books have been illuminated by hand, and many are unique objects. 


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 L'Offrande Lyrique
L'Offrande Lyrique Title
1925 Period
92.1063 Accession
"Imperial" Menologion with Scenes of Martyrdom
"Imperial" Menologion with Scenes of Martyrdom Title
ca. 1025-1050 Period
W.521 Accession
A Catalogue of Blue and White Nankin Porcelain Forming the Collection of Sir Henry Thompson
A Catalogue of Blue and White Nankin Porcelain Forming the Collection of Sir Henry Thompson Title
1878 Period
92.1090 Accession
A Church representing the Promised Land
A Church representing the Promised Land Title
1400-1404 (Medieval) Period
W.171.117V Accession
gothic, castle, w.171 Tags
Abridgment of the Book of Kings (Shahnama)
Abridgment of the Book of Kings (Shahnama) Title
13th century AH/AD 19th century Period
W.597 Accession
book, islamic Tags
Acts and Epistles of the Apostles with Liturgical Readings
Acts and Epistles of the Apostles with Liturgical Readings Title
early 12th century, with 14th and 15th century additions Period
W.533 Accession
Adimari Book of Hours
Adimari Book of Hours Title
1448 (Renaissance) Period
W.767 Accession
medieval, trunk, adoration Tags
Adoration of the Magi
Adoration of the Magi Title
late 17th century (High Renaissance) Period
W.498 Accession
adoration, magi, religious, nativity, christmas Tags
Album of Indian Miniatures and Persian Calligraphy
Album of Indian Miniatures and Persian Calligraphy Title
late 12th century AH/AD 18th century-13th century AH/AD 19th century (Rajput) Period
W.669 Accession
erotic indian miniatures and persian calligraphy Tags
Album of Ottoman Calligraphy
Album of Ottoman Calligraphy Title
10th century AH/AD 16th century-12th century AH/AD 18th century (Ottoman) Period
W.672 Accession
Album of Persian and Indian Calligraphy and Paintings
Album of Persian and Indian Calligraphy and Paintings Title
late 10th century AH/AD 16th century-13th century AH/AD 19th century (Mughal; Safavid; Qajar) Period
W.668 Accession
Album of Persian and Indian Calligraphy, Miniatures, and Prints
Album of Persian and Indian Calligraphy, Miniatures, and Prints Title
10th century AH/AD 16th century-13th century AH/AD 19th century (Mughal; Qajar; Zand) Period
W.670 Accession
bhr, ??? Tags
Album of Persian and Indian Miniatures, Calligraphy, and European Engravings
Album of Persian and Indian Miniatures, Calligraphy, and European Engravings Title
11th century AH/AD 17th century-13th century AH/AD 19th century (Mughal; Safavid; Qajar; Zand; Deccan) Period
W.771 Accession
erotic, turban, portrait, bullets Tags
Album of Persian Calligraphy
Album of Persian Calligraphy Title
11th century AH/AD 17th century Period
W.673 Accession
Album of Persian Miniatures and Calligraphy
Album of Persian Miniatures and Calligraphy Title
10th century AH/AD 16th century-14th century AH/AD 20th century Period
W.671 Accession
hatt Tags
Almugavar Hours
Almugavar Hours Title
1510-1520 Period
W.420 Accession
Alphabet Book
Alphabet Book Title
16th century (Renaissance) Period
W.200 Accession
gold, creature, butterfly, insect, iris, flower Tags
Alphonsus de Benavento, Treatise
Alphonsus de Benavento, Treatise Title
1456 Period
W.421 Accession
Amherst Hours
Amherst Hours Title
1400-1500 Period
W.167 Accession
Amida Gospels
Amida Gospels Title
early 17th century Period
W.541 Accession
Amplified Poem in Honor of the Prophet Muhammad
Amplified Poem in Honor of the Prophet Muhammad Title
767 AH/AD 1366 Period
W.581 Accession
Anaphora of Mary (Mass book)
Anaphora of Mary (Mass book) Title
2nd quarter 20th century Period
W.829 Accession
Anthology of Persian Poetry
Anthology of Persian Poetry Title
1105 AH/AD 1693 (Safavid) Period
W.653 Accession
Anthology of Persian Poetry
Anthology of Persian Poetry Title
early 13th century AH/AD 19th century (Qajar) Period
W.655 Accession
Anthology of Persian Poetry
Anthology of Persian Poetry Title
12th century AH/AD 18th century Period
W.654 Accession
Antiphonarium
Antiphonarium Title
ca. 1505 Period
W.472 Accession
stbernard, pray, stbenedict, choirbook Tags
Antiphonary
Antiphonary Title
ca. 1380 (Medieval-early Renaissance) Period
W.153 Accession
choirbook Tags
Antiphonary for Abbess of Sainte-Marie of Beaupré
Antiphonary for Abbess of Sainte-Marie of Beaupré Title
1290 (Medieval) Period
W.760 Accession
crown, music, organ, banquet, choirbook Tags
Apes Dancing to Ring-around-a-Rosy
Apes Dancing to Ring-around-a-Rosy Title
ca. 1315-25 (Gothic) Period
W.82.193R Accession
monkey, apes, animals, dancing, playful, drawign, drawing, creature, checkmate Tags
Apocalypse with Patristic Commentary
Apocalypse with Patristic Commentary Title
ca. 1800 Period
W.917 Accession
Artes Orandi, Epistolandi, Memoranda
Artes Orandi, Epistolandi, Memoranda Title
1485 Period
91.1015 Accession
Aussem Book of Hours
Aussem Book of Hours Title
early 16th century Period
W.437 Accession
w504 Tags
Barbavara Book of Hours
Barbavara Book of Hours Title
ca. 1440 (Medieval) Period
W.323 Accession
Bentivoglio Bible
Bentivoglio Bible Title
ca. 1270 (Medieval) Period
W.151 Accession
Bestiaire Fabuleux
Bestiaire Fabuleux Title
1950 Period
92.813 Accession
Bible Pictures by William de Brailes
Bible Pictures by William de Brailes Title
ca. 1250 (Medieval) Period
W.106 Accession
Binding for Gospel Lectionary
Binding for Gospel Lectionary Title
1594-1596 (Ottoman) Period
W.535.binding Accession
Binding from Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis
Binding from Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis Title
ca. 1175-1200 (Medieval) Period
W.22.binding Accession
Bishop/Moses Holding Asperge and Handing Chalice to Priest
Bishop/Moses Holding Asperge and Handing Chalice to Priest Title
1430-1470 Period
W.141.7R Accession
Book of English Heraldry
Book of English Heraldry Title
1589 Period
W.847 Accession
help Tags
Book of Hours
Book of Hours Title
ca. 1520 (Renaissance) Period
W.452 Accession
Book of Hours
Book of Hours Title
ca. 1470 (Medieval-Renaissance) Period
W.249 Accession
gothic Tags
Book of Hours
Book of Hours Title
ca. 1430-1435, with additions ca. 1460 Period
W.168 Accession
typography Tags
Book of Hours
Book of Hours Title
early 16th century (Renaissance) Period
W.459 Accession
Book of Hours
Book of Hours Title
ca. 1535 (Renaissance) Period
W.451 Accession
Book of Hours
Book of Hours Title
ca. 1500 (Renaissance) Period
W.294 Accession
Book of Hours
Book of Hours Title
ca. 1524 (Renaissance) Period
W.446 Accession
Book of Hours
Book of Hours Title
ca. 1524 (Renaissance) Period
W.449 Accession
Book of Hours
Book of Hours Title
mid 15th century Period
W.534 Accession
Book of Hours
Book of Hours Title
ca. 1490 Period
W.435 Accession
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