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.
detail of “There was an Old Man of Cape Horn,” from A Book of Nonsense, ca. 1850, Edward Lear, pen and ink on paper
With the opening of NYPL’s The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter, another item digitized for the exhibit, this a page from a manuscript draft of Lear’s Book of Nonsense.