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Centuries of Books and Manuscripts

Centuries of Books and Manuscripts

Collectors and Friends, Scholars and Librarians Building the Harvard College Library

Anne Anninger, Roger Stoddard

ISBN 9780914630050

Publication date: 10/15/2005

In 1992 the Houghton Library celebrated fifty years of preeminence with an exhibition devoted to its riches. This work catalogs an astonishing range of books, manuscripts, and curiosities: a miniature stage set made for a 1975 Mabou Mines production of Samuel Beckett's play The Lost Ones; manuscript scores and first editions of works by Faure, Schumann, and Beethoven, among others; pathbreaking prints from the hands of Piranesi and Delacroix; drawings and manuscript items from such figures as Edward Lear, Federico Garcia Lorca, and Ben Shahn; remarkable examples of medieval manuscripts and woodblock printed texts, as well as such primary examples of early letterpress as the Gutenberg Bible. Taken together, these items illustrate how a still-young institution becomes a repository of centuries of culture and memory.


  • Anne Anninger is a former Curator of Printing and Graphic Arts at the Houghton Library of the Harvard College Library.
  • Roger Stoddard is the former Curator of Rare Books in the Harvard College Library and Senior Curator in Houghton Library of the Harvard College Library.

Book Details

  • 100 pages
  • 9 x 12 inches
  • Houghton Library of the Harvard College Library

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