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detail of a page from an early manuscript draft of A Serious Comedy for Trivial People (later retitled The Importance of Being Earnest), Oscar Wilde, 1894
This detail (you can see it as published here) comes from the the first two acts of the original four act version of the play that are held by NYPL’s Rare Book Division.

detail of a page from an early manuscript draft of A Serious Comedy for Trivial People (later retitled The Importance of Being Earnest), Oscar Wilde, 1894

This detail (you can see it as published here) comes from the the first two acts of the original four act version of the play that are held by NYPL’s Rare Book Division.

detail of a map bounded by Hudson Avenue, 16th Street, the Hudson River, and Union Street, from an atlas of Hudson County, New Jersey, published by G.M. Hopkins & Co., 1908-1909
From NYPL’s Map Division.

detail of a map bounded by Hudson Avenue, 16th Street, the Hudson River, and Union Street, from an atlas of Hudson County, New Jersey, published by G.M. Hopkins & Co., 1908-1909

From NYPL’s Map Division.

detail of a rehearsal still for Coco with Katherine Hepburn, Friedman-Abeles, 1971
This behind-the-scenes photograph, from LPA’s Friedman-Abeles Collection, shows a relaxed Katherine Hepburn during rehearsals for the only musical she starred in on Broadway. See more photographs from Friedman-Abeles here.

detail of a rehearsal still for Coco with Katherine Hepburn, Friedman-Abeles, 1971

This behind-the-scenes photograph, from LPA’s Friedman-Abeles Collection, shows a relaxed Katherine Hepburn during rehearsals for the only musical she starred in on Broadway. See more photographs from Friedman-Abeles here.

detail of a photograph of Walt Whitman, Ida Johnston, and an unidentified neighbor in Camden, New Jersey, ca. 1890s, C. H. Palmer’s Photograph and Ferrotype Gallery
This unfortunately faded and damaged photograph of Whitman was digitized as part of a multi-year digitization project, funded by the Polonsky Foundation, focusing on 19th century American literature from the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature

detail of a photograph of Walt Whitman, Ida Johnston, and an unidentified neighbor in Camden, New Jersey, ca. 1890s, C. H. Palmer’s Photograph and Ferrotype Gallery

This unfortunately faded and damaged photograph of Whitman was digitized as part of a multi-year digitization project, funded by the Polonsky Foundation, focusing on 19th century American literature from the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature

detail of a plate from Harry M. Lydenberg's History of the New York Public Library, 1922
This chronicle of NYPL’s early history, written by librarian, conservator and eventual director of NYPL Harry M. Lydenberg, was digitized in it’s entirety and is now available through our Digital Collections portal.

detail of a plate from Harry M. Lydenberg's History of the New York Public Library, 1922

This chronicle of NYPL’s early history, written by librarian, conservator and eventual director of NYPL Harry M. Lydenberg, was digitized in it’s entirety and is now available through our Digital Collections portal.

detail from the spine of an illustrated french translation of Longus’ Daphnis et Chloé, bound with gilt blue crushed Moroccan leather in 1910 by Émile-Phillipe Mercier
The beautiful binding of this edition of Daphnis et Chloé, from the Library’s Spencer Collection of word and book bindings, was digitized recently for reproduction as part of Hartley and Marks Groups’ Paperblanks series.

detail from the spine of an illustrated french translation of Longus’ Daphnis et Chloé, bound with gilt blue crushed Moroccan leather in 1910 by Émile-Phillipe Mercier

The beautiful binding of this edition of Daphnis et Chloé, from the Library’s Spencer Collection of word and book bindings, was digitized recently for reproduction as part of Hartley and Marks Groups’ Paperblanks series.

detail of a letter to Mrs. Byrne, from the third volume (December 2 1910-August 8 1911) of John Quinn's letterbooks
Digitized for NYPL’s Manuscripts and Archives Division.

detail of a letter to Mrs. Byrne, from the third volume (December 2 1910-August 8 1911) of John Quinn's letterbooks

Digitized for NYPL’s Manuscripts and Archives Division.

Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews (I think) during rehearsals for the original Broadway production of My Fair Lady
From the Friedman-Abeles Collection, held by NYPL’s Library for the Performing Arts.

Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews (I think) during rehearsals for the original Broadway production of My Fair Lady

From the Friedman-Abeles Collection, held by NYPL’s Library for the Performing Arts.

detail of plate, “The Little Girl Found (continued)”, made by relief etching from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence, published in 1789
This beautifully illuminated book of poems and artwork is Copy E, held by Library’s Berg Collection of English and American Literature, and was digitized in its entirety by request of The William Blake Archive.  Previous plates were digitized for use in one of our current exhibitions on view, The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter, curated by Leonard S. Marcus.
Each copy Blake made was unique, displaying variations on how he hand colored each printed plate with different washes.  View comparisons of this particular page on The William Blake Archive.  Since the NYPL’s Copy E was so recently digitized, it has yet to be added to the archive, but keep an eye out for its arrival soon.

detail of plate, “The Little Girl Found (continued)”, made by relief etching from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence, published in 1789

This beautifully illuminated book of poems and artwork is Copy E, held by Library’s Berg Collection of English and American Literature, and was digitized in its entirety by request of The William Blake Archive.  Previous plates were digitized for use in one of our current exhibitions on view, The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Mattercurated by Leonard S. Marcus.

Each copy Blake made was unique, displaying variations on how he hand colored each printed plate with different washes.  View comparisons of this particular page on The William Blake Archive.  Since the NYPL’s Copy E was so recently digitized, it has yet to be added to the archive, but keep an eye out for its arrival soon.

detail of a page from Taccuinum Sanitatis, ca. 1460
This volume, an early and exhaustively illustrated medical text based on an 11th century Arabic treatise, was digitized in its entirety at the request of a scholar. Our copy, in an Italian dialect rather than Latin, is a descendant of an earlier version held by the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna.

detail of a page from Taccuinum Sanitatis, ca. 1460

This volume, an early and exhaustively illustrated medical text based on an 11th century Arabic treatise, was digitized in its entirety at the request of a scholar. Our copy, in an Italian dialect rather than Latin, is a descendant of an earlier version held by the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna.

detail of a page from Sophia Peabody Hawthorne's Letters of Travel in England, Scotland, and Italy, June 1857, ink on paper
With a “hurried sketch” of the Brig o’ Doon drawn while in Scotland, this journal served as the printer’s copy for Hawthorne’s Notes in England and Italy. Her journals are being digitized, along with manuscripts from Emerson, Thoreau, Clemens and her husband Nathaniel Hawthorne, as part of a multi-year project funded by the Polonsky Foundation.

detail of a page from Sophia Peabody Hawthorne's Letters of Travel in England, Scotland, and Italy, June 1857, ink on paper

With a “hurried sketch” of the Brig o’ Doon drawn while in Scotland, this journal served as the printer’s copy for Hawthorne’s Notes in England and Italy. Her journals are being digitized, along with manuscripts from Emerson, Thoreau, Clemens and her husband Nathaniel Hawthorne, as part of a multi-year project funded by the Polonsky Foundation.

detail of a page from an Album of Cut-Outs, 19th century, cut-and-pasted printed paper on fabric
This weird and wonderful album, comprised of more than 100 pages of collaged printed matter by an unknown maker, is held by the Print Collection in the Library’s Wallach Division. We digitized it for Play Things, an exhibit launching in November at NYPL.

detail of a page from an Album of Cut-Outs, 19th century, cut-and-pasted printed paper on fabric

This weird and wonderful album, comprised of more than 100 pages of collaged printed matter by an unknown maker, is held by the Print Collection in the Library’s Wallach Division. We digitized it for Play Things, an exhibit launching in November at NYPL.

detail of a cross section of the Hudson River Vehicular Tunnel [Holland Tunnel], 1922, Clifford Milburn Holland, architectural drawing
This fantastic cross section of the Holland Tunnel is in the hand of the tunnel’s Chief Engineer and namesake, Clifford Milburn Holland. It was digitized along with hundreds of other sheet maps of NYC and its boroughs held by NYPL’s Map Division.

detail of a cross section of the Hudson River Vehicular Tunnel [Holland Tunnel], 1922, Clifford Milburn Holland, architectural drawing

This fantastic cross section of the Holland Tunnel is in the hand of the tunnel’s Chief Engineer and namesake, Clifford Milburn Holland. It was digitized along with hundreds of other sheet maps of NYC and its boroughs held by NYPL’s Map Division.

detail of a panel from a ceremonial scroll, 18th-19th century, Rajasthan, India, ink and watercolor with gold leaf
We digitized the entirety of this 15 foot long scroll, held by the Library’s Spencer Collection, for a scholar from the University of Michigan. 

detail of a panel from a ceremonial scroll, 18th-19th century, Rajasthan, India, ink and watercolor with gold leaf

We digitized the entirety of this 15 foot long scroll, held by the Library’s Spencer Collection, for a scholar from the University of Michigan. 

detail of marbling inside the case housing Nathaniel Hawthorne's Italian Diary of 1859
Digitized as part of a multi-year grant project, courtesy of the Polonsky Foundation, to make available significant holdings from NYPL’s Berg Collection in the Manuscripts and Archives Division.

detail of marbling inside the case housing Nathaniel Hawthorne's Italian Diary of 1859

Digitized as part of a multi-year grant project, courtesy of the Polonsky Foundation, to make available significant holdings from NYPL’s Berg Collection in the Manuscripts and Archives Division.

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