History of Books and Printing


Three hornbooks:  #1, horn (ca. 1650); #2, ivory (17th century); #3, ivory (ca. 1700)

Koran (1809). Illuminated in gold and colored inks.

Early examples of censorship: Il Petrarca (1560), passages inked out by order of a papal order of 1595; Jacobus de Voragine, Legenda aurea sanctorum (Madrid, 1688), one passage on page 32 inked out after book was censored in 1707 (the censor has also signed the back of the title page).

Manuscript books in the era of printing:  Constituciones de la Congregación de Nuestra Señora de la Antigua (Mexico, 1648 or later); Apuntes de la fundación y fábrica de la Iglecia del Señor San Josseph y Convento del Corazón de Jesús (Mexico, 1746?).

Newspapers: London Gazette (one issue, 1668), the first English-language newspaper, founded 1665; La Gazeta de Mexico (1728-35), compendium of the first newspaper published in Latin America.

Sammelband of English almanacs (1805). 

Interleaved books: Thomas Rutherforth, Ordo institutionum physicarum (1743), pages added throughout with contemporary manuscript notes.

Extra-illustration: George Eliot, Romola (1886), with photos tipped in at the bindery of Giulio Giannini in Florence.

Mexican Bookplate Collection. 170 eighteenth- to twentieth-century examples.