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A Billedbog to a Boy; a Handcrafted Scrapbook by Hans Christian Andersen

Billedbog til Jonas Drewsen, compiled by Hans Christan Andersen and A.L. Drewsen. Kjøbenhavn, ca. 1862.

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Precious Dutch Minatures

Images taken from Verscheyde Soorte van Miniatuur from the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection.

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Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention 1774-1789
Contains 277 documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution.

The Gutenberg Bible
The Gutenberg Bible is the first great book printed in Western Europe from movable metal type. It marks a turning point in the art of bookmaking and in the transition from the Middle Ages to the modern world. Completed in Mainz, Germany, probably in late 1455, Johann Gutenberg is generally credited with inventing the process of uniform type. The Bible was purchased for the Library of Congress from Dr. Otto H. F. Vollbehr by an act of Congress in 1930.

Miller NAWSA Suffrage Scrapbooks, 1897-1911

The Elizabeth Smith Miller and Anne Fitzhugh Miller scrapbooks are a part of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA)

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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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  April 18, 2016
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