The Huntington Library: Treasures from Ten Centuries
Written by: The Director and Curators
Category: About the Huntington
Format: 160 pages, 190 illustrations, softcover
Release Date: 2004-06-01
About this Book
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The Huntington is one of America’s premier cultural, research, and educational centers, with holdings that are among the most treasured artifacts of Western civilization. Its most famous treasures include a lavishly decorated fifteenth-century manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, one of only eleven known vellum copies of the Gutenberg Bible, Benjamin Franklin’s handwritten autobiography, a rare double-elephant folio of Audubon's Birds of America, and George Washington’s own survey of Mount Vernon. The collections comprise more than five million rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, prints, and ephemera, with extraordinary resources for the study of British and American history and literature, the history of science, and the history of printing. The Huntington Library: Treasures from Ten Centuries opens the doors of what is known as a scholar's paradise, exploring the value of these holdings in history and for the present.
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About the Author
This book features articles from many of the curators at the Huntington Library:
David Zeidberg is Avery Director of the Huntington Library.
Mary L. Robertson is the William A. Moffett Chief Curator of Manuscripts.
John Rhodehamel is the Norris Foundation Curator of American Historical Manuscripts.
Peter J. Blodgett is the H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western American Manuscripts.
Sara S. Hodson is the Curator of Literary Manuscripts.
Stephen Tabor is the Curator of Early Printed Books.
Alan Jutzi is the Chief Curator of Rare Books.
Daniel Lewis is the Curator of the History of Science and Technology.
Jennifer A. Watts is the Curator of Photographs.
Cathy Cherbosque is the Curator of Historical Prints and Ephemera.
Bill Frank is the Curator of Hispanic, Cartographic and Western Historical Manuscripts.
Robert C. Ritchie is the W. M. Keck Foundation Director of Research.
Review of Treasures from Ten Centuries:
“The Huntington Library: Treasures from Ten Centuries … highlights some of the rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, prints, and ephemera which comprise the Library’s renowned research holdings…it is the first major book to celebrate these distinguished holdings… Chapters written by the Huntington curators present highlights from the collections.” – The Quarterly Magazine
For more information on the collections featured in this volume, see the Huntington's:
Rare Books Collection
Historical Prints and Ephemera