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The modern age begins with European '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 economic consequences. The voyage was prepared with great scientific method, and during it the variation of the compass needle was first observed.…

This leaf, which contains II Corinthians, I:1-III:18, was acquired by the Lilly Library in June 1997. It is believed to have originally been part of the Gutenberg New Testament now owned by the Library, and was one of the leaves already missing from the Lilly Library's New Testament when that volume was discovered in farmhouse in Olewig, Germany in 1828.

One of the earliest examples of Abraham Lincoln's handwriting known to exist. It probably dates from 1826, when Lincoln was 17 years old. Each side of the sheet is headed "Simple Interest" and contains arithmetic problems, as well as handwriting exercises. Other leaves from the sum book are in the collections of the Indiana Historical Society, the Chicago History Museum, and the Library of…

The two-page manuscript of Auld Lang Syne, which has been described as the earliest in existence, has had a distinguished history. It was originally part of a long letter from Burns to a Mrs. Dunlop, dated December 7, 1788, most of which is now in The Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. (From: Joel Silver, J.K. Lilly Bibliophile, 1993.)

Professor Charles R. Boxer purchased this manuscript volume in 1947 from the sale of books and manuscripts from Lord Ilchester's library at Holland House. It dates from the late sixteenth century and contains about 270 pages of text, written probably by a Spanish and possibly by a Filipino clerk, and drawn from a variety of sources. There are also seventy-five colored drawings of the inhabitants…

Washington's letter to Patrick Henry, Governor of Virginia, refusing pecuniary reward for duties performed during the Revolutionary War.

The State of Virginia, in acknowledgement of Washington's service during the American Revolution, voted him certain shares in the companies responsible for opening the navigation of the James and Potomac Rivers. Washington, replying to Virginia Governor…

In this letter to John Langdon, President pro tempore of the first Congress, George Washington accepts the Presidency of the United States, to which he had just been elected. He recognizes the need to be with Congress (then sitting in New York) as soon as possible and says that he will start his journey the day after next. The letter was discovered by a West Coast dealer in the hands of a…

Academy Award. Oscar® statuette awarded to John Ford for best director for How Green Was My Valley, 1941.

The original autograph manuscript of Peter Pan contains a great deal more material than appeared in the published version, including a number of corrections, deletions, variations, and Barrie's illustration of part of Never Land. The manuscript is inscribed to Maude Adams, the actress who originated the stage role of Peter Pan.

A rare Newbery edition of the rhymes of Mother Goose.