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 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 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.