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Beinecke Bucket List 2014

Ten fascinating books, manuscripts, see before you graduate. This list incorporates and expands on our 2013 Beinecke Bucket List.
Bible, New Testament, Ephesians
Rome, 3rd century CE papyrus codex fragment
Call number: P.CtYBR inv. 415
Arthurian Romances
France, 13th century illuminated manuscript, parchment
Call number: Beinecke MS 229
Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, also known as the “Devonshire Chaucer” or “Gentleman’s Chaucer”
England, c. 1440-1460, illuminated manuscript
Call number: Takamiya MS 24
Sir Thomas More
Book of Hours with prayer inscribed by More in margins in early-modern hand, in English
Paris, 1530
Call number: MS Vault More
Voynich Manuscript
16th century cipher manuscript
Call number:  Beinecke MS 408
Shakespeare’s First Folio
London, 1623
Call number: 1978 +83
Hannah Craft’s The Bondwoman’s Narrative
Manuscript novel, fictionalized autobiography of a fugitive slave, c. 1853-1861
Call number: JWJ MSS 29
Lincoln’s pen used to sign the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863
Walt Whitman Collection
Manuscripts and photographs, 19th century
Call number: YCAL MSS 202
Rachel Carson Papers
Letter from Olga Huckins to Rachel Carson, Jan. 27, 1958, that inspired Silent Spring
Call number: YCAL MSS 46
J. M. Barrie and Peter Llewelyn Davies’ Boy Castaways, the basis for Peter Pan
Call number: Ip B276 B64
E. H. Shepard’s watercolor frontispiece for The Wind in the Willows
Call number: GEN MSS 764
Beinecke Top Tens gather (approximately) ten related items to give an at-a-glance look at some of the Library's interesting, important, strange, compelling, beautiful holdings. To see more lists, click here: Beinecke Top Tens. To suggest a list subject, contact us: Top Ten Ideas.


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