Centuries of Books and Manuscripts : Collectors and Friends, Scholars and Librarians Building the Harvard College Library (Houghton Library Publications)
Anne AnningerISBN: 0914630059; 9780914630050;
Book DescriptionIn 1992 the Houghton Library celebrated fifty years of preeminence with an exhibition devoted to its riches. This work catalogs an astonishing range of books, manuscripts, and curiosities: a miniature stage set made for a 1975 Mabou Minesproduction of Samuel Beckett's play The Lost Ones; manuscript scores and first editions of works by Faure, Schumann, and Beethoven, among others; pathbreaking prints from the hands of Piranesi and Delacroix; drawings and manuscript items from such figures as Edward Lear, Federico Garcia Lorca, and Ben Shahn; remarkable examples of medieval manuscripts and woodblock printed texts, as well as such primary examples of early letterpress as the Gutenberg Bible. Taken together, these items illustratehow a still-young institution becomes a repository of centuries of culture and memory. In 1992 the Houghton Library celebrated fifty years of preeminence with an exhibition devoted to its riches. This work catalogs an astonishing...