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St. Anne teaching Mary to read: Illustration from Book of hours  (Ms. Library of Congress. Rosenwald ms. 10).
Book of hours. (Ms. Library of Congress. Rosenwald ms. 10). 1524.

The Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection

Medieval and Renaissance Digital Materials | Block Book Digital Materials | 15th Century Digital Materials | 16th Century Digital Materials | 17th Century Digital Materials | Maps from the 16th and 17th Centuries | 18th Century Digital Materials | William Blake Digital Materials | 19th and 20th Century Digital Materials | Reference Materials

The Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection stands out among the distinguished resources of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. Taking the illustrated book as its central theme and containing books from the last six centuries and manuscripts from the three preceding, the collection's greatest strengths are in the fifteenth century woodcut books, early sixteenth-century illustrated books, William Blake, and twentieth-century livres des peintres. Within this grand design the late Mr. Rosenwald sought books produced by the earliest printers and outstanding presses of later periods, and books on the following subjects: science, calligraphy, botany, and chess. The catalog describing the collection published in 1978 contains 2,653 entries, many for books represented by more than one copy. The items in this web presentation are organized by Rosenwald catalog number.

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