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Manuscripts 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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Funerary Papyrus
Funerary Papyrus Title
ca. 304-30 BCE (Ptolemaic) Period
W.551 Accession
The Book of the Faiyum
The Book of the Faiyum Title
1st century BCE-2nd century CE (Greco-Roman) Period
W.738 Accession
cool, muslim Tags
Gospels
Gospels Title
966 Period
W.537 Accession
Franciscan Liturgical Psalter
Franciscan Liturgical Psalter Title
late 13th century Period
W.111 Accession
Fieschi Psalter
Fieschi Psalter Title
ca. 1275-1300 Period
W.45 Accession
Seven Leaves from Various Manuscripts (see W.530.A; W.530.B; W.530.C; W.530.D; W.530.E; W.530.F; W.530.GR; W.530.GV)
Seven Leaves from Various Manuscripts (see W.530.A; W.530.B; W.530.C; W.530.D; W.530.E; W.530.F; W.530.GR; W.530.GV) Title
see related leaf records (Byzantine) Period
W.530 Accession
Psalter
Psalter Title
mid 13th century Period
W.78 Accession
Beneventan Sacramentary-Missal
Beneventan Sacramentary-Missal Title
2nd half 11th century Period
W.6 Accession
Undecorated;in Greek uncial scrawls;
Undecorated;in Greek uncial scrawls; Title
551 Period
W.519 Accession
Fragment of the Book of Exodus
Fragment of the Book of Exodus Title
8th century Period
W.739 Accession
rangoni bentivoglio book of hours. Tags
Qur'an
Qur'an Title
3rd century AH/AD 9th century (Abbasid) Period
W.552 Accession
Qur'an
Qur'an Title
3rd century AH/AD 9th century (Abbasid) Period
W.553 Accession
Collection of Works by Augustine, Didymus the Blind, and Quodvultdeus
Collection of Works by Augustine, Didymus the Blind, and Quodvultdeus Title
2nd half 9th century (Medieval) Period
W.2 Accession
carolingian, slavonic, slavic, lechistan Tags
Freising Gospels
Freising Gospels Title
2nd half 9th century (Medieval) Period
W.4 Accession
Qur'an
Qur'an Title
late 3rd century AH/AD 9th century-5th century AH/AD 11th century (Abbasid) Period
W.554 Accession
Gospel Book
Gospel Book Title
first half 10th century Period
W.524 Accession
Gospel Book
Gospel Book Title
10th century Period
W.523 Accession
Gospels
Gospels Title
early 10th century (Medieval) Period
W.1 Accession
Corvey Gospel fragment
Corvey Gospel fragment Title
ca. 950-975 (Ottonian) Period
W.751 Accession
Lectionary
Lectionary Title
ca. 1000 with later additions (Medieval) Period
W.9 Accession
Gospels
Gospels Title
late 10th century (Medieval) Period
W.3 Accession
Gospel Book
Gospel Book Title
ca. 1000 Period
W.527 Accession
Gospel Lectionary
Gospel Lectionary Title
11th-13th century (Medieval) Period
W.550 Accession
The Mondsee Gospels and Treasure Binding with the Evangelists and Crucifixion
The Mondsee Gospels and Treasure Binding with the Evangelists and Crucifixion Title
11th-12th century with later additions and alterations (Medieval) Period
W.8 Accession
pattern, religious, byzvir Tags
Gospels
Gospels Title
early 11th century (Medieval) Period
W.5 Accession
Qur'an
Qur'an Title
5th century AH/AD 11th century-6th century AH/AD 12th century (Abbasid) Period
W.555 Accession
quran Tags
"Imperial" Menologion with Scenes of Martyrdom
"Imperial" Menologion with Scenes of Martyrdom Title
ca. 1025-1050 (Byzantine) Period
W.521 Accession
animated Tags
Reichenau Gospels
Reichenau Gospels Title
mid 11th century (Medieval) Period
W.7 Accession
reichenau Tags
Gospel Book
Gospel Book Title
mid 11th century Period
W.529 Accession
Gospels
Gospels Title
2nd half 11th century (Medieval) Period
W.14 Accession
Gospel Book
Gospel Book Title
late 11th century Period
W.532 Accession
Leaf of a Missal with the Crucifixion and Canon of the Mass
Leaf of a Missal with the Crucifixion and Canon of the Mass Title
late 11th-early 12th century Period
W.757 Accession
Gospel Book
Gospel Book Title
late 11th century Period
W.522 Accession
Gospel Book
Gospel Book Title
ca. 1100 (Medieval) Period
W.17 Accession
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
animated Tags
On Christian Rulers
On Christian Rulers Title
early 12th century (Medieval) Period
W.12 Accession
Qur'an
Qur'an Title
6th century AH/AD 12th century Period
W.556 Accession
goatskin, calligraphy Tags
Qur'an
Qur'an Title
6th century AH/AD 12th century Period
W.557 Accession
Rochester New Testament
Rochester New Testament Title
ca. 1130 (Medieval) Period
W.18 Accession
calligraphy, dragon, green Tags
Hymnal with Commentary
Hymnal with Commentary Title
ca. 1130-1150 (Medieval) Period
W.32 Accession
Trebizond Gospels
Trebizond Gospels Title
mid 12th century Period
W.531 Accession
Synonyms of Isidore of Seville
Synonyms of Isidore of Seville Title
mid 12th century (Romanesque) Period
W.13 Accession
Sermones CLXXV
Sermones CLXXV Title
1150-1175 (Medieval) Period
W.19 Accession
Three Treatises by Honorius Augustodunensis
Three Treatises by Honorius Augustodunensis Title
2nd half 12th century (Medieval) Period
W.29 Accession
Gloss on The lamentations of Jeremiah
Gloss on The lamentations of Jeremiah Title
2nd half 12th century (Medieval) Period
W.30 Accession
Cosmography
Cosmography Title
late 12th century Period
W.73 Accession
atai, ottomanatai Tags
Helmarshausen Psalter
Helmarshausen Psalter Title
2nd half 12th century (Medieval) Period
W.10 Accession
psalster Tags
Sententiarum libri IV
Sententiarum libri IV Title
ca. 1180 Period
W.809 Accession
Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis
Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis Title
ca. 1175-1200 (Medieval) Period
W.22 Accession
solinus Tags
Binding from Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis
Binding from Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis Title
ca. 1175-1200 (Medieval) Period
W.22.binding Accession