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Experiments and Observations on Electricity, Made at Philadelphia in America, Benjamin Franklin, London: Printed and sold by E. Cave ..., 1751-1753.

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Audubon Birds

Timeless illustrations from "Birds of America" by ornithologist, artist, and naturalist John James Audubon.

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Sigmund Freud Collection

First editions of Freud's works in German and English.

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Whitman: Designing Leaves

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The Book That Changed the World: The Gutenberg Bible

Biblia Latina, (The Gutenberg Bible). [Mainz, Printer of the 42-line Bible (Johann Gutenberg) between 1454 and 1455?, not after 1456


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Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774 to 1789

We the People...

277 documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution.

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Incunabula; the Art & History of Printing in Western Europe, c. 1450-1500


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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  May 15, 2019
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