November 08, 2013


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Remarkable Works, Remarkable Times

Highlights from the Huntington Library




1. A Beautiful Manuscript –Time period: 1380–1405

 • The Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, ca. 1400–1405


2. A Landmark in Printing –Time period: 1450–1501

 • Gutenberg Bible on vellum, ca. 1455


3. A Map of the New World –Time period: 1500–1550

 • Hernán Cortés, Tenochtitlan Map (present day Mexico City), 1524


4. A Book of Plays by a Genius –Time period: 1590–1623

 • William Shakespeare’s collected plays, First Folio edition, 1623


5. A Masterful Poem –Time period: 1640–74

 • John Milton, Paradise Lost (First edition, 1667)


6. A Founding Document –Time period: 1774–1801

 • U.S. Declaration of Independence, Massachusetts broadside, 1776


7. A Huge Book of Birds –Time period: 1820–40

 • John James Audubon, The Birds of America, 1827–38


8. An Essay on How to Live –Time period: 1845–55

 • Henry David Thoreau, Walden, autograph manuscript, 1846–53


9. A Civil War Letter –Time period: 1861–69

 • Abraham Lincoln, handwritten letter to General David Hunter, 1863


10. A Vote for Women –Time period: 1870–90

 • Susan B. Anthony, handwritten letter to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1872


11. A Draft of Novel –Time period: 1905–20

 • Jack London, White Fang, autograph manuscript, 1905–06


12. A Portrait of California –Time period: 1930–50

 • Y. C. Hong, “Coaching” paper for prospective immigrants (scroll), ca. 1930

About The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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