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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)
Autograph manuscript fragment of the "Ithaca" episode, 1921; 26.5 cm
Gift of Mr. Rowland Burdon-Muller, 1950; MA 7148

Elmore Leonard (b. 1925)
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

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