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  • Collection: Treasures of the Lilly Library

Pilgrim's Progress was the ninety-eighth title of the Grolier Hundred to be acquired by the Lilly Library, and it remains one of the most difficult (if not impossible) acquisitions for any modern collector of English literature. Its early popularity…

This is the first printed draft of the Constitution of the United States, one of perhaps sixty copies distributed to convention delegates on August 6, 1787. This copy belonged to Pierce Butler, the Irish-born delegate from South Carolina. The…

These two conjugate leaves, one of which is blank, contain the text, from the Gutenberg Bible, of Exodus, chapter xxxii, verse 25 to chapter xxxiv, verse 20. This sheet contains textual errors not found in other copies of the Gutenberg Bible, as well…

Various woodcuts in incunabula, notably those in Brant's Narrenschiff (Basel, 1494), have been attributed on stylistic grounds to Dürer's earliest period. The great full-page woodcuts of the Apocalypse, with their apocalyptic power and…

Harvey's small book is usually considered the most important single medical work ever published. In this book, Harvey announced his discovery of the circulation of the blood, gave a clear description of the heart's action, and reported the…

This, the first suppressed edition of Lewis Carroll's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (one of the rarest books in children's literature) was published in 1865 and illustrated by John Tenniel with whom Carroll collaborated very closely.…

Unique among the many treasures in the Elisabeth Ball collection is the group of materials prepared by Jane Johnson for her son George William Johnson, who later became the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire. There are a total of 438 pieces arranged into…

The modern age begins with the 'discovery' of America, which enormously expanded the known world and encouraged exploration, colonization, navigation, the knowledge of a new flora and fauna, and of meteorology, quite apart from its political and…

The famous Northwest Ordinance prescribed the stages of government to be followed by any given area in order to become a state and guaranteed certain rights of its inhabitants. As a result of this Ordinance the United States solved the problem of…

The Gutenberg Bible is the first major European printed book, and was produced in Mainz, Germany in the mid-1450s, by Johannes Gutenberg. It was the first printed edition of the Vulgate Bible, and although scholars have disagreed as to the number of…
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