The Tyndale New Testament (bottom) and The Tyndale Pentateuch (top) were published in Antwerp, Belgium, and had to be smuggled into England.
The opening lines of William Tyndale's English translation of the Book of Genesis: "In the beginning God created heaven and earth…"
The New Testament is bound with a 1535 liturgical primer that bears the royal coat of arms on its first page. The initials "H" and "A" stand for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
A selection from Tyndale's translation of the Gospel of Mathew. Tyndale's translations reformed the English language and set the stage for Shakespeare and others to carry the language forward.
Gianfranco Sanguinetti (left) and Guy Debord in Tuscany in 1972. The archive features more than 650 letters between Sanguinetti and Debord, the French theorist, writer, and filmmaker. The majority of these letters have never been published.
This photo depicts the 1969 Congress of the Situationist International (SI), which was held in Venice, Italy. Debord founded SI, a group of intellectuals and artists that blended Marxist theory and 20th-century avant-garde art into a comprehensive critique of capitalist society.
The publication of “The Laws of Yale-College” in 1774 marked the first time Yale’s regulations were printed in English (the previous editions were in Latin).
The copy acquired by the Law Library belonged to James Kent, one of the most influential jurists in the history of American law, and includes a handwritten record of Kent’s admission to Yale, signed by Yale University President Ezra Stiles.
Uncle Sam: “Have You Had Your Pill Today” (1968) — one of many adaptations of James Montgomery Flagg’s iconic “I want you for the U.S. Army.”
“Nixon’s the One” (1968), a photograph by Shelly Roseman, combined the “Black is Beautiful” theme and political satire through use of the ubiquitous “Nixon’s the One” button of the presidential campaign.
Yale University Library has augmented its rich collections with an array of recent acquisitions including rare English translations of the Bible; a copy of “The laws of Yale-College” published in 1774 and signed by Yale President Ezra Stiles; archives of a key figure in 20th century European counterculture; and historical medical posters from the 1960s. For more information on the library’s acquisitions, collections and exhibitions visit http://web.library.yale.edu.