This collection contains six groupings representing the printed book. The six series are: Choice Examples of Early Printing and Engraving [Facsimiles from Rare and Curious Books]; Choice Examples of Oriental Printing and Engraving; Choice Examples of Paleography [Facsimiles from Rare and Curious Manuscripts of Oriental Countries]; Choice Examples of Book Illumination [Facsimiles from illuminated manuscripts and illuminated books of early date]; Ancient Bible Pages [Facsimiles of Title Pages and Original Leaves]; and Parchment pages.
The facsimiles are partial in nature, single pages derived from several genres of manuscripts and early books including religious texts, grammer programs and historical texts. Items range in date from 700 to 1796; the majority are products of the 15th and 16th centuries. Each facsimile includes a description of the identified page.