Treasures from the Vault

July 10 through November 12, 2017

The Morgan is home to some of the world's greatest collections of medieval manuscripts, printed books and bindings, literary manuscripts, private letters and correspondence, and original music. Treasures from the Vault, an ongoing exhibition series, features works drawn from these diverse collections in the sumptuous setting of Pierpont Morgan's 1906 Library.

Highlights from this rotation include William Blake’s apocalyptic poem America: A Prophecy and Julia Ward Howe’s manuscript with the lyrics for the Battle Hymn of the Republic, which features the famous “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!” Part of the manuscript of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel The Watsons will also be on display, along with medieval treasures such as a French treatise on chess and other board games from ca. 1300. The exhibited printed books include the 1486 Book of Hunting, Hawking, and Heraldry by Juliana Berners, probably the first female author of a book in print.

Additionally, this installation marks the third of three displays that celebrate the music manuscript collection of Robert Owen Lehman, which is on deposit at the Morgan.  The present selection includes Mahler's Symphony No. 3; Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 2; Puccini's Madama Butterfly; Richard Strauss's Lieder, op. 27; Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire; and Prokofiev's "Ouverture."

Treasures from the Vault is funded in perpetuity in memory of Christopher Lightfoot Walker.

Biblia Latina, Mainz: Johann Gutenberg & Johann Fust, ca. 1455, PML 12