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Jane Austen (1775–1817)
Autograph manuscript of a plan of a novel, according to hints from various quarters [circa 1815]
23.3 cm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1925; MA 1034.1

Jane Austen (1775–1817)
Autograph note concerning the "Profits of my Novels, over and above the £600 in the Navy Fives" ca. March 1817
9.4 x 11.4 cm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr.,1925; MA 1034.5

Jane Austen (1775–1817)
A portion of the autograph manuscript of The Watsons, an unfinished novel written ca. 1804
13.3 and 19.2 cm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1920; MA 1034.2

Jane Austen (1775–1817)
Steel engraving after a sketch by Cassandra Austen; evidently executed as a frontispiece portrait for James Edward Austen-Leigh's biography of Austen entitled A Memoir of Jane Austen
London: Richard Bentley, 1870
Oval image: 120 x 96 mm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1925; MA 1034.12

Jane Austen (1775–1817)
Autograph letter signed, dated Bath, 2 June 1799, to Cassandra Austen
22.5 cm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1920; MA 977.4

Jane Austen (1775–1817)
Autograph manuscript of a brief poem on Captain Foote's marriage to Miss Patten
50 x 115 mm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1925; MA 1034.3

Jane Austen (1775–1817)
Autograph letter signed, dated Godmersham, 20–22 June 1808, to Cassandra Austen
22.6 cm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1920; MA 977.16

Jane Austen (1775–1817)
Lady Susan
Autograph manuscript, written ca. 1794–95 and transcribed in fair copy soon after 1805
Purchased in 1947; MA 1226

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Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850)
Eugénie Grandet
Autograph manuscript and corrected galley proofs signed, 1833
21.9 cm
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1925; MA 1036

Anne (1820–1849), Patrick Branwell (1817–1848), Charlotte (1816–1855), and Emily Jane Brontë (1818–1848)
Autograph manuscripts and letters
The Henry Houston Bonnell Brontë Collection, bequest of Helen Safford Bonnell, 1969; MA 2696

Emily Jane Brontë (1818–1848)
"The night of storms has passed"
Autograph manuscript, 10 June 1837
12.2 cm
Bequest of Helen Stafford Bonnell, 1969; MA 2696.48

Jean de Brunhoff (1899–1937)
Histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant (The Story of Babar)
Preliminary design and layout, cover, ca. 1930
Wax crayon and graphite
8 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches (21 x 16 cm)
Gift of Laurent, Mathieu, and Thierry de Brunhoff, and purchased with the assistance of The Florence Gould Foundation and the Acquisitions Fund, Fellows Endowment Fund, Gordon N. Ray Fund, and Heineman Fund, 2004; MA 6304
© Heirs of Jean de Brunhoff

George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788–1824)
Don Juan
Autograph manuscript, 1818–20
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1900; MA 56

George Gordon Lord Byron, 1788–1824
Don Juan
Autograph manuscript 1818–1820
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1900, MA 56

George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788–1824)
Manfred
Autograph manuscript [1816–17], 106 pages
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1900; MA 59

Alexander Calder (1898–1976)
Illustrated notes for an exhibition at the Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, 1941–42
Gift of the Pierre Matisse Foundation, 1997; MA 5020
© 2006 Estate of Alexander Calder / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Stuart Davis (1892–1964)
Journal, page 139
Autograph manuscript diary, dated 20 May 1920–28 November 1922
188 pages, with 48 illustrations, 31.6 cm
Purchase, Young Associates Fund, MA 5062

Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
Our Mutual Friend
Autograph manuscript, 1862–65
26.2 cm
Purchased in 1944; MA 1202–3

Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
A Christmas Carol in Prose: Being a Ghost Story of Christmas
Autograph manuscript signed, December 1843, 68 pages
23.4 cm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan before 1900; MA 97

Richard Doyle (1824–1883)
Illustrated autograph letter signed July 1843, to his father, John Doyle
Purchased on the Fellows Fund, with the special assistance of Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Page, 1974; MA 3315

Albert Einstein (1879–1955)
"Grundgedanken und Methoden der Relativitätstheorie, in ihrer Entwicklung dargestellt"
(Fundamentals and Methods of the Theory of Relativity . . . ), signed, [Berlin, ca. 1919–20]
The Dannie and Hettie Heineman Collection; gift of the Heineman Foundation, 1977; MA 6791

Galileo Galilei (1564–1642)
Autograph notes on the satellites of Jupiter, 14–25 January 1611
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr. in 1928; MA 1064

Histoire Naturelle des Indes
Illustrated manuscript, ca. 1586
30.4 cm
Bequest of Clara S. Peck, 1983; MA 3900

This work has been informally dubbed the Drake manuscript because the English explorer Sir Francis Drake is twice mentioned in the text and some thirty geographical references match his ports of call.

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Adèle Hugo (1829–1915)
Autograph journal, 1852–62
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan before 1905; MA 196-7
Purchased in 1962; MA 2241

Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
Autograph letters signed (173), one autograph letter written on birch bark, and stylographic copies of five autograph letters, dated various places, 15 January 1784 to 24 August 1819, to his daughter, Martha Jefferson, later to Martha Jefferson Randolph
Purchased in 1925; MA 1029

James Joyce (1882–1941)
Ulysses
Autograph manuscript fragment of the "Ithaca" episode, 1921; 26.5 cm
Gift of Mr. Rowland Burdon-Muller, 1950; MA 7148

Elmore Leonard (b. 1925)
Stick
Typescript (about 400 pages) with autograph revisions, ca. 1983
The Carter Burden Collection of American Literature, gift of the family of Carter Burden;
MA 5545

Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)
Autograph fragment of a speech, ca. 1858
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan about 1905; MA 230

John Milton (1608–1674)
Paradise Lost. Manuscript of Book I, in the hand of an amanuensis, ca. 1665
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1904; MA 307
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Toni Morrison (b. 1931)
"Toni Morrison: The Art of Fiction"
Typed manuscript with autograph corrections, 1993
The Paris Review Archives, Purchased as the gift of an anonymous donor, 1999; MA 5040
© 2006 The Paris Review

Charles Perrault (1628–1702)
Contes de ma Mere l'Oye
Title page
Manuscript in a scribal hand, dated 1695
59 unnumbered leaves decorated with seven gouache illustrations, 19.6 cm
Purchased as a gift of the Fellows, 1953; MA 1505

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778)
Autograph letter signed, dated Rome, 2 August 1772, to Charles Townley, with study of the Warwick Vase drawn as a heading
Purchased as the gift of Julia P. Wightman, Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, and John P. Morgan II, in memory of Mrs. J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1985; MA 4220

Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)
Tamerlane
Autograph fragment [1828?], 22.2 cm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan with the Stephen H. Wakeman collection, 1909; MA 570

Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)
Letter signed Poe: New York, to John Augustus Shea, 3 February 1845.
27.1 cm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; MA 621

Alexander Pope (1688–1744).
Of Taste: An Epistle to the Earl of Burlington.
Autograph manuscript, 1731
30.2 x 18.6 cm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; MA 352

Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
An Essay on Man
Autograph manuscript [ca. 1731]
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; MA 348

Beatrix Potter (1866–1943)
"Here is another picture of the owl and the pussy cat, after they were married."
Autograph letter signed to Noël Moore, 4 March 1897
Gift of Colonel David McC. McKell, 1959; MA 2009.10

Beatrix Potter (1866–1943)
"My rabbit Peter is so lazy."
Autograph letter signed to Noël Moore, 4 February 1895
Gift of Colonel David McC. McKell, 1959; MA 2009.2

Ezra Pound (1885–1972)
Sonnets and Ballate of Guido Cavalcanti
Galley proofs with autograph corrections [1912], 64.7 cm
The Carter Burden Collection of American Literature. Gift of the family of Carter Burden, 1998; MA 6096

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882)
Autograph letter signed, dated London [1847], to Leigh Hunt
22.7 cm
Purchased on the Gordon N. Ray Fund, 2008; MA 7244

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778)
Julie, ou La Nouvelle Héloïse
Autograph manuscript, 1759–60. In 2 volumes, 19 cm
The manuscript that Rousseau copied for his printer and the one from which the original edition was printed in 1761.
The Dannie and Hettie Heineman Collection, gift of the Heineman Foundation, 1977; MA 6711

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778).
Julie, ou La Nouvelle Héloïse
Autograph manuscript, 1759–60. In 2 volumes, 19 cm
The manuscript that Rousseau copied for his printer and the one from which the original edition was printed in 1761
The Dannie and Hettie Heineman Collection, gift of the Heineman Foundation, 1977; MA 6711

Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640)
Autograph letter signed, dated Antwerp, August 1630, to Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc
31.8 x 20.5 cm
Gift of Julia P. Wightman, 1971; MA 2908

John Ruskin (1819–1900)
"Of Modern Landscape." Vol. 3, chapter 16, sect. 39 of Modern Painters.
One leaf of the autograph manuscript comprising vols. 1–5 [1853–60]
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1906; MA 393–397

John Ruskin (1819–1900)
The Stones of Venice
Autograph leaf from manuscript, 1851–53
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1907; MA 398–400

John Ruskin (1819–1900)
Manuscript leaf from The Stones of Venice, 1851-53
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1907, MA 398–400

John Steinbeck (1902–1968)
Autograph journal, 1938–41
A diary kept while Steinbeck was writing The Grapes of Wrath
Gift of the author; MA 4684

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863)
The Rose and the Ring
Autograph manuscript, with pen and ink sketches, 1853–54; 90 pages
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1915; MA 926

Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)
Autograph manuscript journal entry dated Walden, 5 July 1845; from a collection of 39 journals, 1837-1861
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan; 1909; MA 1302

Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835–1910)
Pudd'nhead Wilson
Autograph manuscript, 1893; 2 volumes (637 pages), 20.5 cm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan from the author, 1909; MA 881–82

Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835–1910)
"A Double-Barrelled Detective Story," 1901
Page 1 of the autograph manuscript, 125 pages, 23 cm
Purchased on the Fellows Fund, 1977; MA 2934

George Washington (1732–1799)
Autograph letter signed, dated Mount Vernon, 20 May 1792, to James Madison, 22.9 cm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan with the Ford Collection, before 1900; MA 505

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)
Autograph letter signed, 1892, to Lord Alfred Douglas
4 pages, 23 cm
Gift of Lucia Moreira Salles, 2008; MA 7258.11

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Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Page 23 of the autograph manuscript [1889–90]
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1913; MA 883.11

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)
An Ideal Husband
Revised typescript of Act III, 24 January 1894; 24 leaves, 25.5 x 19.5 cm
Gift of Frederick R. Koch, 1981; MA 3579

William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
Plan for a winter garden at Coleorton Hall, Leicestershire, seat of Sir George Beaumont, in an autograph letter of Dorothy Wordsworth to Lady Beaumont, 23 December 1806
Purchased on the Fellows Fund, 1954; MA 1581.20

Emile Zola (1840–1902)
Nana
Autograph manuscript signed, 1880; 622 pages, 31.9 cm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; MA 5257


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