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Early Books at the Beinecke: From the Curator's Desk

Introducing: Osborn MS 185 Item 11From Westminster to New HavenOsborn MS 185 Item 11, acquired in 2013 as part of the famed Anthony Taussig collection, is a fourteenth-century English manuscript containing an incomplete copy of the Britton. Written in Anglo-Norman, the Britton is derived from the thirteenth-century legal treatise known as the Bracton, and was used from Edward I's reign as a handy reference book for the underpinnings of English Common Law.
March 18, 2014
Introducing: Beinecke MS 1137From the Prisons of Napoli to New HavenIn this, our first installment, we are pleased to present Beinecke MS 1137, acquired in 2007. MS 1137 is a fifteenth-century, Italian manuscript on paper, that contains two primary texts: an Italian translation of Guido dell Colonne's Historia destructionis troiae and Boccaccio's Filostrato.
March 3, 2014
Exhibition of Byzantine manuscripts at the Beinecke Library hosted by Roland Betancourt, Magdalene Breidenthal, Robert Nelson and Nicole Paxton Sullo. 
November 1, 2013
Eric Knibbs, Assistant Professor of History at Williams College (and Yale Ph.D.
October 29, 2013
Two weeks ago, Professor Anders Winroth, Forst Family Professor of History, brought the Library of the Stephan Kuttner Institute of Canon Law back to Yale after a multi-decade journey in which it traveled from Yale to Berkeley (along with Stephan Kuttner, its founder) and then after Kuttner's death it moved to Munich, Germany.  Professor Winroth, working with Law School Special Collections Librarian Mike Widener, oversaw the Library's successful transfer.  More details can be found on Mike
September 27, 2013
Yale School of Music Asst. Prof. Stephen Gorbos used the Voynich Cipher Manuscript, held at the Beinecke, to inspire the text and music of an original piece. "Such Sphinxes as These Obey No One but Their Master" was performed on the Library's mezzanine to a capacity crowd.
February 28, 2013


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