Making the English Book: The Takamiya Deposit at the Beinecke Library
Friday, September 1, 2017 to Saturday, December 9, 2017
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
121 Wall St., New Haven, CT 06511
The most impressive collection of medieval English manuscripts in private hands will be on exhibition for the first time in the United States at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 2017. Four unique Chaucer manuscripts, numerous devotional rolls, and works as varied as Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy, Langland’s Piers the Plowman and a Middle English medical manuscript—all from the collection of Toshiyuki Takamiya—will be shown in the context of the Beinecke’s own rich holdings of English and Continental manuscripts.
With a rare combination of scholarly and antiquarian expertise, Professor Emeritus Takamiya of Keio University in Tokyo assembled an unrivaled collection of medieval manuscripts over four decades. Held privately in Japan, the collection has been relatively unstudied in the West, and Professor Takamiya’s generous deposit of these manuscripts at the Beinecke makes a significant contribution to medieval scholarship at Yale University and internationally.
This exhibition is curated by Raymond Clemens, Diane Ducharme, Eric Ensley, Gina Hurley, Alexandra Reider, Joseph Stadolnik and Emily Ulrich.