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

The Beinecke Library is pleased to announce the inauguration of the Beinecke Distinguished Fellowship in the Humanities, a year-long visiting research fellowship. This five-year long fellowship program will bring prominent scholars, writers, and artists to the Library to investigate projects related to the broad theme: “Material Cultures: Reading, Writing, Research.” We are thrilled to welcome our inaugural fellow, Johanna Drucker, for the 2018-19 academic year.
August 30, 2018
Welcome 2018-2019 Research Fellows!
August 28, 2018
The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired an early illustrated copy of Telesphorus of Cosenza's LIbellus de magnis tribulationibus et de statu ecclesiae.  Telesphorus Liber is a compilation of several earlier apocalyptic traditions brought together by a follower of the fraticelli heresy and updated in 1378 to account for the Great Schism.  The Beiencke Apocalypse is extensively illustrated with red letters explaining the action taking place in the pictures.
March 13, 2017
Bull of Pope Gregory IX
This is a recently acquired papal letter written by Pope Gregory IX in 1234.  Papal letters are called bulls after the lead seal affixed to the document called a bulla.  Such documents were fairly common in European archives until the Reformation, after which many of them became useless and were destroyed.
December 17, 2015
Lisa Fagin Davis describes the "world's most mysterious manuscript" in a dispatch from her recent road trip to New Haven. Yale University Press will be publishing a photofacsimile of the Voynich along with interpretative essays in a new series entitled Yale Studies in Materials and Texts, of which the Voynich book will be the first volume. 
January 22, 2015
Lisa Fagin Davis, executive director of the Medieval Academy of America, has published her account of the early books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Her outstanding description can be found here.
January 22, 2015
The Olivetan Gradual (Beinecke MS 1184) is a stunning 15th-century example of the gradual, a liturgical book containing the musical components of the Mass in written notation. Susan Weil, whose husband Kenneth M. Weil graduated from Yale in 1945, generously donated this lavishly illuminated manuscript to the Beinecke Library earlier this year. Mrs.
September 12, 2014


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