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Tableau Général de l'Empire Othoman, Paris, Imp. de monsieur [Firmin Didot] 1787-1820.

Featured Finding Aid

McManus-Young Clipping Collection of Materials on Magic

Also see the McManus-Young Magic Collection

Upcoming Talk by Andrew Gaudio

Rare and Unique Works on Ichthyology from 1500-1900 at the Library of Congress

February 27th, 3pm. Rosenwald Room, LJ-205

An Introduction to The Fishes of North America and other 16th and 17th century publications on the topic of ichthyology in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division

Featured Webcast

Why Hannah Mather Crocker's Observations on the Real Rights of Women Matters at 200

Review Digitized Book: Observations On the Real Rights of Women, with their Appropriate Duties Agreeable to Scripture, Reason and Common Sense.




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Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 239
  Washington, D.C. 20540-4740
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Featured Digital Collection

The Jay I. Kislak Collection

Historia de Mexico [with] the Tovar Calendar, ca. 1830-1862

Historia de Mexico [with] the Tovar Calendar, ca. 1830-1862.

More than 3,000 rare books, maps, manuscripts, historic documents, artifacts and works of art related to early American history and the cultures of Florida, the Caribbean, and Mesoamerica.


The unique materials of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, now totaling over 800,000 items, include books, broadsides, pamphlets, theater playbills, prints, posters, photographs, and medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. At the center is Thomas Jefferson's book collection, which was sold to Congress in 1815.
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