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Treasures from the Hispanic Society Library

With a Foreword by Szilvia Szmuk-Tanenbaum

Exhibiting the full range of the Manuscripts and Rare Books Department of the Hispanic Society of America, Treasures from the Hispanic Society Library, which accompanied the eponymous Grolier Club exhibition, relates the history of Spain and the spread of its language and culture to the Americas through manuscripts and printed books. It also tells the story of Archer M. Huntington, the founder of the Hispanic Society, whose passion for books and Spain led him to form one of the most important collections of Spanish and Hispanic books in the world. Featuring medieval charters, holograph royal letters, sailing charts from the Age of Exploration, letters patent of nobility, manuscript Bibles, books of hours, indigenous manuscripts from the Americas, as well as historical, scientific, and literary manuscripts, this lively volume provides a visual guide to the history of Spain and Latin America.


260 pages | 111 color plates, 2 halftones | 8 x 11

History: American History, History of Technology

Library Science and Publishing: Library Science


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Table of Contents

Foreword • Szilvia Szmuk -Tanenbaum
Archer M. Huntington and the Creation of the Library of
The Hispanic Society of America • John O’Neill
Medieval Manuscripts
Spanish and Portuguese Incunabula
Spain of the Three Cultures
15th to 17th-Century Cartas Ejecutorias/Letters Patent
Ejecutorias Bindings
Ejecutorias Illuminations
Hapsburg Spain: Charles V to Philip IV
Navigating the Globe
Golden Age Literature
American Incunabula and Early Imprints
16th-Century Mexican Indigenous Manuscripts
17th-Century New Spain
India, China, and the Philippines, 1600–1800
From the New Philippines to Texas
Works Cited
List of Authors

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