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An Inspiration to All Who Enter: Fifty Works from Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Edited by Kathryn James, curator of early modern books and manuscripts & the Osborn Collection at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

(Yale University Press)

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, this illustrated volume features 50 of the library’s most prized rare books and manuscripts. Selected by the library’s curators and accompanied by accessible texts, the featured works range from recently acquired items from living authors and poets to some of the most famous, rare, and notorious books in history. Among these works are the original map of the Lewis and Clark expedition, James Joyce’s proof sheets to “Anna Livia Plurabelle,” a song printed on papyrus from the second-century Roman Empire, the Voynich manuscript, a poem-painting by Susan Howe, Langston Hughes’s “Montage of a Dream Deferred” in original manuscript form, and many others.