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Sample book containing models for monastic scribes. Guinifortus de Vicomerchato. 1450

Sample book containing models for monastic scribes. Guinifortus de Vicomerchato. 1450. photograph Dave Repp, 1997

Lilly Library collections include over 400 medieval and Renaissance manuscript books and fragments, dating from the 7th to the 17th century A.D. Religious, liturgical, and secular texts are all represented, as is a full range of decoration, from no decoration at all to richly colored miniatures and illuminations.

The head of a chief of New Zealand, the face curiously tataowd, or mark'd, according to their Manner. Sydney Parkinson, A Journal of A Voyage To The South Seas, In His Majesty's Ship The Endeavor London, 1773.

"The head of a chief of New Zealand, the face curiously tataowd, or mark'd, according to their Manner." Sydney Parkinson, A Journal of A Voyage To The South Seas, In His Majesty's Ship The Endeavor London, 1773.

The Lilly Library has extensive holdings of manuscripts, printed books, and pamphlets describing travelers' impressions of exotic lands, reporting on expeditions, and documenting the contacts between Europeans and the inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere and the Far East.

Andreas Vesalius. De humani corporis fabrica. Oporinus, Basel 1543.

"Humani corporis ossium...". Andreas Vesalius. De humani corporis fabrica. Oporinus, Basel 1543.

J. K. Lilly, Jr. was a major collector of important books in the history of science and medicine and it is to his efforts that the Lilly Library is indebted for many of its treasures in both fields. His medical books contain such monumental works as the great De Humani corporis fabrica of Vesalius (1543) and William Harvey's description of human blood circulation, De Motu cordis, (1628).

Infants Own Book-case. London, Darton and Harvey, 1800-1801.

Infants Own Book-case. London, Darton and Harvey, 1800-1801.

The Library's holdings of children's books come from the efforts of two dedicated collectors. The Elisabeth Ball collection focuses on English language books of the 18th and 19th centuries. The Ruth Adomeit collection forms a remarkably comprehensive group of materials covering all aspects of the miniature book.

[Watercolor in the style of Pancho Fierro]. [1838?], Latin American mss. Peru.

[Watercolor in the style of Pancho Fierro]. [1838?], Latin American mss. Peru.

The Lilly Library is rich in resources relating not only to the European expansion into Latin America, but also to the social history of the colonial era in Latin America and Latin America's struggle for independence. The watercolor pictured here is one of a group depicting daily life, in and around Lima, Peru, in the 19th century.

Harriet Staunton, or, Married and starved for money. No. 1. London: G. Purkness, [n.d.].

Harriet Staunton; or, Married and starved for money. No. 1. London: G. Purkness, [n.d.].

The library's holdings related to 19th century London include the collection of materials related to London "low life" formed by the novelist and bibliographer, Michael Sadleir. This collection, which contains a great deal of ephemeral material, is concerned with the darker side of London life-- the gambling dens, criminal refuges, brothels, music halls, and slums.

[Poster for the 1914 film adaption of The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.]

"It's the meat that made her sick." [Poster for the 1914 film adaption of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle.]

The Library's extensive Upton Sinclair collection provides a complete record of Sinclair's literary, social, and political activities. Film-related resources in the Lilly Library include hundreds of press books and film scripts, as well as the papers of directors Orson Welles and John Ford.

At the Old Settler's Reunion. 1931. Photographed by Frank M. Hohenberger.

At the Old Settler's Reunion. 1931. Photographed by Frank M. Hohenberger.

One of over 200 manuscript collections that relate to developments in Indiana from its territorial days to the present, the Frank M. Hohenberger collection documents daily life in Brown County, Indiana, from 1917 to 1960, in thousands of photographs and negatives.

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