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Photo Gallery: Collection Highlights

Acquisitions During Gail Paster's Directorship

Under Gail Paster's leadership—she first encountered the Folger collection as a doctoral student researching her thesis—new acquisitions have reached their highest level in the library’s history. Among the more than 14,000 new additions are a 16th-century manuscript on magic that completed a grimoire already in the collection; a copy of Martial’s epigrams (Paris, 1617), owned and annotated by Ben Jonson; a rare bird’s-eye etching of London (ca. 1660) by Wenceslaus Hollar; the only broadside inciting the 1849 Astor Place riot known to survive; James Northcote’s 18th-century painting, Romeo and Juliet, act V, scene III: Monument Belonging to the Capulets; and watercolor costume designs for Derek Jarman’s 1979 film, The Tempest.


James Northcote. Romeo and Juliet, act V, scene III. Oil on canvas, ca. 1790

Writing tables bound in finely worked silver filigree. Manuscript, late 17th century

Book of magic: with instructions for invoking spirits, etc. Manuscript, ca. 1580

The Compleat Royal Jester. London, 1696

Yolanda Sonnabend. Costume design of Sprite for Derek Jarman’s The Tempest. Watercolor, 1979

Bible. English. Authorized. 1676. London, 1676

Wenceslaus Hollar. Bird’s-eye plan of the west central district of London. London, ca. 1660

Charles Williams. Theatrical jealousy, or, the rival queens of Covent Garden. Print, 1816

Theodor Meurer. Relationis historicæ continvatio… Frankfurt, 1607

Francesco Bartolozzi after Henry William Bunbury. Wynnstay Theatre. Print, 1785

Chaucer. Works. 1550. London, 1550

Working men, shall Americans or English rule! in this city? New York, 1849

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