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Aesop's Fables with His Life: in English, French & Latin
London: Printed by William Godbid for Francis Barlow, 1666
30 cm
Gift of Ruth J. Heffelfinger, 1974; PML 64797

Jacques Aliamet (1726–1788) after Charles Eisen (1720–1778)
Allegory of architecture. Etched frontispiece in Marc-Antoine Laugier (1711–1769), Essai sur l'architecture. Nouvelle édition. Paris: Chez Duchesne, 1755. Purchased on the Gordon N. Ray Fund, 2008; PML 195080

Aristotle
Opera (Works)
Printed on vellum by Andrea Torresanus and Bartolomeo de Blavis in Venice, 1483
Opening, Volume 2: Group of Philosophers Disputing by Girolamo da Cremona
Purchased in 1919; PML 21194-95

Aristotle
Opera (Works)
Printed on vellum by Andrea Torresanus and Bartolomeo de Blavis in Venice, 1483
Opening, Volume 1: Aristotle and Averroes Disputing by Girolamo da Cremona
Purchased in 1919; PML 21194-95

St. Augustine
De civitate dei
Venice: Nicolas Jenson, 2 October 1475
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan with the library of Theodore Irwin, 1900
PML 310

Francis Barlow (1626?–1702)
Aesop's Fables with His Life: in English, French & Latin...
London: W. Godbid for Francis Barlow and sold by Ann Seile and Edward Powell, 1666
Purchased as the gift of Mrs. Alexander O. Vietor in memory of her daughter, Barbara Foster Veitor (1956–1966); PML 127666

Roger Bartlett Mosaic Binding
Oxford, 1678. On: The Holy Bible
London J. Bill, C. Barker, R.T. Newcomb, & H. Hills, 1678.
Purchased as the gift of Julia P. Wightman, 1969; PML 59412

Illustrated title page by Aubrey Beardsley, from Wilde's Salome: A Tragedy in One Act
(London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane; Boston: Copeland & Day, 1894).
The Morgan Library. Purchased in 1948; PML 39665.

William Blake (1757–1827)
America, a Prophecy
Copy A
Lambeth, 1793 (i.e., 1795)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan in 1909; PML 16134

William Blake (1757–1827)
A Cradle Song from Songs of Innocence
London: The Author & Printer W. Blake, 1789
Bequest of Tessie Jones in memory of her father, Herschel V. Jones, 1968
PML 58636

Apocalypsis Sancti Johannis (ca. 1465)
Germany (Hesse?), ca. 1465
Purchased with the Bennet Collection by Pierpont Morgan, 1902; PML 6

Binding by Paul Bonet, 1959
On: André Suarès, Cirque (illustrated by Georges Rouault)
Paris: Ambroise Vollard, 1939 [not published]
Purchased as the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hans P. Kraus, 1979
PML 76385

Book Box (ca. 1465–85)
Northern Italy Lombardy
165 x 130 mm
Gift of a benefactor, 1994; PML 127676

Benedetto Bordone (1460–1531)
Isolario (Book of Islands)
Printed by Nicolò Zappino in Venice, 1528
Opening: Map of Vinegia (Venice)
Gift of Lydia L. Redmond, in memory of her mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. William M. Clearwater, 1996; PML 125859

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547–1616)
El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha
Nueva edicion corregida por la Real Academia Española
Madrid: Joaquin Ibarra, 1780
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan with the Toovey collection, 1899; PML 2147

The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer
Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, June 20, 1896
Gift of John M. Crawford, Jr., 1975
PML 76889

Pierre-Philippe Choffard (1730–1809) after Nicolas André Monsiaux (1754–1837).
Approchez, contemplez ce monument pieux où pleuroit en silence un fils religieux. Etched plate in Jacques Delille (1738–1813), Les Jardins: poëme. Nouvelle édition considérablement augmentée. Paris: Chez Levrault freres, 1801. Purchased on the Gordon N. Ray Fund, 2004; PML 129580

John Heaviside Clark (ca. 1770–1836)
Lightning. Aquatint, plate 13 in Clark's A Practical Illustration of Gilpin's Day, Representing the Various Effects on Landscape Scenery from Morning to Night in 30 Designs from Nature. Second edition. London: Priestley and Weale, etc., 1824. Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987; GNR 5625

Cobden-Sanderson Binding
On: Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Poems. London: F. S. Ellis, 1870
Deep blue goatskin, richly gilt to a floral mandorla pattern, with gilt and goffered edges, and with endleaves of Morris silk brocade; signed and dated 1891. The delicate floral patterns, here using roses and tulips, are inspired by Morris designs but do not slavishly copy or follow them.
PML 7242. Purchased with the De Forest collection, 1899

Binding by Thomas Cobden-Sanderson, 1889
On William Morris, The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs.
London: Reeves & Turner, 1887
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, probably in 1901
PML 2109

Attributed to Francesco Colonna (1433–1527)
Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Poliphilo's Strife of Love in a Dream)
Printed by Aldus Manutius in Venice, 1499
Opening: Nymph Discovered by a Satyr
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan with the library of Theodore Irwin, 1900; PML 373

Coptic Binding, 7th or 8th Century
Detached from: The Gospels, in Coptic
Illuminated manuscript on vellum
Egypt: Monastery of Holy Mary Mother of God, Perkethoout near Hamuli, the Fayum, 7th or 8th century
Goatskin over papyrus boards; decorated with onlaid panels of red leather tracery sewn to a gilded leather ground, with plain edges
MS M.569. Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1911

Edward S. Curtis (1868–1952)
The North American Indian: Being a Series of Volumes Picturing and Describing the Indians of the United States, and Alaska
“Flathead Childhood,” plate 235
[Seattle, Washington]: E.S. Curtis; [Cambridge, Massachusetts: The University Press], 1907–30
PML 19073, vol. III

Thomas Daniell (1749–1840)
Hindoo Temples at Bindrabund on the River Jumna, illustration in Oriental Scenery, London, 1795–1807, The Morgan Library & Museum; PML 75757

William Darton, (1781–1854)
British and Foreign Animals: A New Game, Moral, Instructive and Amusing
London: William Darton, 58, Holborn Hill, between 1811 and 1830
49.5 x. 39.5 cm. fold. to 17 x 14 cm
Gift of Julia P. Wightman, 1991; PML 86937

Incunable Bookbinding
Bartholomaeus de Chaimis. Confessionale. Nuremberg: Conrad Zeninger, 13 June 1482.
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1920; PML 21112.

Geoffroy de La Tour-Landry (14th century)
Der Ritter vom Turn
Basel: Michael Furter for Johann Bergmann, 1493
Purchased in 1947
PML 39058

Biblia
Printed on vellum by Vindelinus de Spira in Venice, 1 August 1471
Translated into Italian by Niccolò Malermi.
Opening, Volume 2: Shooting of the Father's Corpse
Purchased in 1929; PML 26984

Charles L. Dodgson (1832–1898)
Edith, Lorina, and Alice Liddell, albumen print, ca. 1862
Gift of Arthur A. Houghton, 1987; AAH 650

Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)
Four Books on Human Proportion (Hierinn sind begriffen vier Bücher von menschlicher Proportion)
Nuremberg: Agnes Dürer, 1532, 1534
Gift of John P. Morgan II in memory of Mrs. Junius S. Morgan, 1981; PML 77029.2

English embroidered binding, 1640s
On: The Bible. London: Deputies of Christopher Barker, 1599
[but actually Amsterdam: J. F. Stam, 1639]
English stump work polychrome embroidery on white silk, over boards
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910
PML 17197

Embroidered binding (ca.1652)
English, ca. 1652
On: The Holy Bible containing the Old Testament and the New
London: Printed by the Companie of Stationers, 1650
150 x 90 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan with the Toovey collection, 1899; PML 2095

William Faulkner (1897–1962)
Light in August
New York: Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, 1932
Inscribed first edition in original dust jacket
Carter Burden Collection of American Literature; gift of the family of Carter Burden, 1998; PML 137140

Florentine Portfolio Binding
Florence, 1516
On: Lanfredino Lanfredini. Libro segreto biancho. Manuscript on paper. [Florence, 1516].
230 x 305 mm
PML 78802. Purchased as the gift of Julia P. Wightman, 1986.

Leonhart Fuchs (German, 1501–1566)
Two Varieties of Indian Pepper
De historia stirpium commentarii. . . . Basle: Officina Isingriniana, 1542.
Hand-colored woodcut
Binding: 15 3/4 x 10 in. (400 x 254 mm)
Gift of Henry S. Morgan from the collection of Mrs. J. P. Morgan, 1965; PML 25988, pp. 732–33

Binding with Fugger Arms (1591)
Augsburg, 1591
On: Missale romanum...
Lyons: Guillaume Rouillé, 1586
365 x 255 mm
Purchase: Julia P. Wightman, 1980; PML 76387

Parisian Greek-Style Binding for Marcus Fugger, ca. 1555
On: Plato. Opera (Greek). Basel: Johann Walder, 1534
Black goatskin over wooden boards, bound à la grecque with lavishly dotted gilt backgrounds, exuberant gilt interlaces, and varicolored goatskin onlays; painted armorials on center; edges gilt and goffered in an arabesque pattern with red and green paint
PML 42590. Purchased with the assistance of the Fellows, 1951

Galileo Galilei (1564–1642)
Dialogo...sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo
Etched frontispiece by Stefano della Bella (1610–1664)
Florence: Giovanni Batista Landini, 1632
Purchased in 1934; PML 30841

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935)
The Yellow Wall Paper
Boston: Small, Maynard, & Co., 1899
Purchased on the Gordon N. Ray Fund, 1996; PML 127838

J. J. Grandville, (1803–1847)
Les métamorphoses du jour
Paris: Chez Bulla et chez Martinet, 1829
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987; PML 140303

Biblia Latina
Mainz: Johann Gutenberg & Johann Fust
ca. 1455
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1896
PML 818, ChL 1
The Morgan Gutenberg Bible Online »

Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961)
First edition of Three Stories & Ten Poems (1923)
Carter Burden Collection of American Literature at the Morgan Library
PML 128140

Heinrich Hoffmann (1809–1894)
[Der Struwwelpeter]. Lustige Geschichte und drollige Bilder…
Frankfurt am Main: Literarische Anstalt (J. Rütten), [1845]
Gift of H. P. Kraus, 1984
PML 84753

In Congress, July 4, 1776. A Declaration by the Representatives of the United States of America . . .
Philadelphia, [July 4 or 5]: Printed by John Dunlap (1776)
Purchased as the gift of the Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Charitable Trust, 1982, PML 77518

Jack and the Beanstalk (1734)
In: Round About Our Coal Fire, or Christmas Entertainments...
London: For J. Roberts, 1734
Purchased on the Elisabeth Ball and Gordon N. Ray Funds, 1998; PML 86175.3

Livy (Titus Livius Patavinus)
Historiae romanae decades (Roman History)
Printed on vellum by Vindelinus de Spira in Venice, 1470
Opening: Illuminated Page with the Coat of Arms of the Venetian Donà Family
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan with the library of Theodore Irwin, 1900; PML 266

Sir Thomas Malory (fl. 1470)
Thys noble and joyous book entitled le morte Darthur…
Westminster: William Caxton, 31 July 1485
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1911
PML 17560, ChL 1782

John Martin (1789–1854).
View of the Temple of Suryah & Fountain of Maha Dao, with a Distant View of North Side of Mansion House. Etching with aquatint added by Frederick Christian Lewis (1779–1856), in Martin's series of views of Sezincote, ca. 1818. Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987; PML 143240

Noël Le Mire (1724–1801) after Jean-Michel Moreau, called Moreau le Jeune (1741–1814).
[Le premier baiser de l'amour.] Engraving and etching, part of a suite of plates made for Collection complète des oeuvres de J. J. Rousseau. Brussels: Jean-Louis de Boubers, 1774–83. Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987; PML 140140

William Morris (ca.1889?)
On: William Morris, A Tale of the House of the Wolfings and all the Kindreds of the Mark
Brocade Velvet Binding
London: Reeves and Turner, 1889
265 x 205 mm
Purchase: Julia P. Wightman, 1992; PML 127290

Andrea Palladio (1508–1580)
I quattro libri dell'architettura (Four Books on Architecture)
Printed by Dominico de' Franceschi in Venice, 1570
Opening: Plan and Elevation of Villa La Rotonda
Gift of Paul Mellon, 1979; PML 76057

Paper Doll Book (1819)
Cinderella; or, The Little Glass Slipper: Versified and Beautifully Illustrated with Figures
London: S. and J. Fuller, 1819
Gift of Julia P. Wightman, 1991; JPW 3754

Planetary Man
Master of Anne de Bretagne
Printed by Philippe Pigouchet for Simon Vostre
Book of Hours, France, Paris, 28 June 1500
PML 580 (ChL 1487), fol. a2r
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1902

The Sacred Bleeding Host of Dijon Adored by a Couple, from the Heures à l'usaige de Romme
Printed in France, Paris (Jean Poitevin), 1501
Illuminations added in Dijon, 1540s
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; PML 129355, MS fol. 3v
Purchased on the Harper Fund and the Acquisitions Fund, 2003

Beatrix Potter (1866–1943)
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
London: Privately printed, 1901
Lid for Potter case designed and hand-tooled by Julia P. Wightman
Both gift of Miss Wightman, 1991; JPW 1517

Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759–1840)
Les Roses, par P. J. Redouté, peintre de fleurs . . . Avec le texte par Cl. Ant. Thory . . .
Paris: Firmin Didot, 1817–24
Estate of Mrs. J. P. Morgan, Jr.; gift of Junius S. Morgan and Henry S. Morgan, 1953
PML 45395–97

John Rocque (d. 1762).
A New and Accurate Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster, the Borough of Southwark, with the Country about it for Nineteen Miles in Length, and Thirteen in Depth. London: Sold by the proprietor John Rocque; printed by W. Edwards, 1748. PML 129921. Purchased on the Henry S. Morgan Fund, 2007.

Pierre de Ronsard (1524–1585)
Les Amours
Paris: Chez la veufue Maurice de la Porte, 1552
Dannie and Hettie Heineman Collection, donated in 1977; Heineman 210

Edward Rooker (ca. 1712–1774) after William Marlow (1740–1813).
A View of the Wilderness, with the Alhambra, the Pagoda, and the Mosque. Etched and engraved plate in William Chambers (1723–1796), Plans, Elevations, Sections, and Perspective Views of the Gardens and Buildings at Kew in Surry, the Seat of Her Royal Highness, the Princess Dowager of Wales. London: Printed by J. Haberkorn . . . for the author, and . . . A. Millar [and nine others], 1763. Gift of Henry S. Morgan, 1962; PML 53027

James Charles Armytage (d. 1897) after John Ruskin (1819–1900)
Lake, Land, and Cloud. Steel-engraving. Frontispiece in vol. 3 of Ruskin's Modern Painters: Their Superiority in the Art of Landscape Painting to All the Ancient Masters Proved by Examples of the True, the Beautiful, and the Intellectual, from the Works of Modern Artists, Especially from those of J. M.W. Turner. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1843–60. 5 vols. Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987; PML 133379

Hanns Rüst (fl. 1472–1497)
Mappa Mundi
Augsburg, ca. 1480
400 x 285 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan in 1912
PML 19921

Léon Jean-Baptiste Sabatier and Adolphe Jean Baptiste Bayot
Cimetière du Père Lachaise, illustration in Paris dans sa splendeur: monuments, vues, scènes historiques, descriptions et histoire, Paris, 1861–63, The Morgan Library & Museum; PML 76209

William Shakespeare
Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies
London: Isaac Jaggard & Edmund Blount, 1623
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan with the Toovey Collection, 1899
PML 5122

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797–1851)
Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus
London: Printed for Lackington, 1818
PML 16799

G. L. Smith after Benton Seeley.
The Temple of British Worthies, A Gate-way by Leoni, The Cold Bath, The Grotto, etched plate in Stowe: A Description of the Magnificent House and Gardens of the Right Honourable Richard Grenville Temple, Earl Temple, Viscount and Baron Cobham . . . Embellished with a General Plan of the Gardens, and also a Separate Plan of Each Building, with Perspective Views of the Same. Revised edition. London: Printed for J. and F. Rivington; B. Seeley in Buckingham; and T. Hodgkinson . . . at Stowe, 1768. Purchased on the Gordon N. Ray Fund, 2004; PML 128744

Verscheyde soorten van gedierten
Haarlem: Margareta van Bancken..., 1690
36 x 29 cm
Purchased on the Ball Fund, 1985; PML 84761

The Swan of Elegance (1814)
The Swan of Elegance, A New Game Designed for the Instruction and Amusement of Youth
London: John Harris, Dec 20th 1814
Purchased on the Ball Fund, 1980; PML 85346

A Little Pretty Pocket-Book, Intended for the Instruction and Amusement of Little Master Tommy, and Pretty Miss Polly.
With Two Letters from Jack the Giant-Killer; as also a Ball and Pincushion; the use of which Will Infallibly Make Tommy a Good Boy, and Polly a Good Girl . . .The First Worcester edition
Worcester, Mass.: Isaiah Thomas, 1787
Gift of Julia P. Wightman, 1991
JPW 5765

Giacomo Torelli (1608–1678)
Scene e machine preparate alle Nozze di Teti, Balletto Reale. Paris: s.n., 1654.
Purchased on the Gordon N. Ray Fund, 2008
PML 195035.

Cesare Vecellio (1521–1601)
Degli habiti, antichi et moderni di diversi parti del mondo (Of Costumes, Ancient and Modern, of Different Parts of the World)
Printed by Damian Zenaro in Venice, 1590
Opening: Woman Blonding Her Hair
Purchased with the Toovey Collection, 1899; PML 9626

Giovanni Francesco Venturini (1650–1710)
Veduta della cascata sotto l'organo nel piano del giardino. Etching, plate 21 in Giovanni Battista Falda (ca. 1640–1678) and Giovanni Francesco Venturini, Le fontane di Roma nelle piazze e luoghi publici della città. Vol. 4. Rome: Giovanni Giacomo de Rossi, [ca. 1680s].
Gift of Paul Mellon, 1979; PML 76264

"Saint James," woodcut in Catholic Church
Book of Hours. French & Latin.
Horae ad usum Romanum
[Paris: Jean Du Pré or Chablis: Jean Le Rouge] for Antoine Vérard, 2 Sept. 1485
Purchased as the gift of the B. H. Breslauer Foundation and on the B. H. Breslauer Foundation Fund, the Curt F. Bühler Fund, the Lathrop C. Harper Fund, and the Gordon N. Ray Fund, 2007
PML 129974; ChL1447C.

Biblia
Printed on vellum by Vindelinus de Spira in Venice, 1 August 1471
Translated into Italian by Niccolò Malermi.
Opening, Volume 1: Creation of Eve
Purchased in 1929; PML 26983

Phillis Wheatley (ca. 1753–1784)
Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
London: For A. Bell, 1773
Bequest of Tessie Jones in memory of her father, Herschel V. Jones, 1968; PML 77263

Frontispiece portrait of Walt Whitman
Engraved by Samuel Hollyer after a daguerreotype by Gabriel Harrison, in the 1855 first edition of Leaves of Grass
PML 6068

Wotton Binder C (fl. 1552)
Paris, 1552
On: John Bale, Illustrium maioris Britanniae scriptorum, hoc est Angliae, Cambriae ac Scotiae summarium. Ipswich: John Overton, 1548.
210 x 160 mm
Purchase: Julia P. Wightman, 1984
PML 78160


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