Huntington Library, L.A.

rare book library, huntington, los angeles

The Huntington Library is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public.

The library building was designed in 1920, by architect Myron Hunt in the Mediterranean Revival style. The library contains a collection of rare books and manuscripts, concentrating in British and American history, literature, art, and the history of science. Spanning from the 11th century to the present, the library contains 7 million items, more than 400,000 rare books, and a million plus photographs, prints, and other ephemera. Highlights include one of eleven vellum copies of the Gutenberg Bible known to exist, the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer ca. 1410, and letters and manuscripts by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln. It is the only library in the world with the first two quartos of Hamlet; it holds the manuscript of Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, Isaac Newton′s personal copy of his Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica with annotations in Newton′s own hand. the first seven drafts of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, John James Audubon’s Birds of America, and first editions and manuscripts from authors such as Charles Bukowski, Jack London, Alexander Pope, William Blake, Mark Twain, and William Wordsworth

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