Literature & Book Arts

The Literature and Book Arts Collections includes illuminated manuscripts and early printed books, ranging from individual leaves to full books, spanning the twelfth through the nineteenth centuries. The collections include some 20,000 items ranging from a 4,000-year-old Sumerian clay tablet to contemporary artists’ books. Costume and botanical books, natural histories, travel accounts, miniature books, illuminated manuscript leaves, and significant early works on photography distinguish the collection.