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Title page of Shakespeare's First Folio

William Shakespeare. Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, Published According to the True Originall Copies. (First Folio) London: Isaac Jaggard and E. Blount, 1623.

Galileo's Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems

Galilei Galileo. Diagolo sopra I Due Massimi Sistemi del Mondo, Tolemaico e Copernico. Florence: Gio Batista Landini, 1632. First edition.

Penmanship page from the Diderot Encyclopedia

Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d’Alembert. Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une societé de gens de letters. 35 volumes. Paris and Amsterdam, 1751-1780.

Declaration of Independence

United States Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia: John Dunlap, 1776.

Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations

Adam Smith. An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations. London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1776. 2 volumes.

Humboldt's Essai Politique

Alexander von Humboldt. Essai Politique sur le Royaume de la Nouvelle-Espagna . . . Avec un Atlas Physique et Geographique du Royaume de la Nouvelle-Espagne. Paris: F. Schoell, 1811-1812.

Texas: Observations by Mary Austin Holley

Mary Austin Holley. Texas: Observations, Historical, Geographical and Descriptive, in a Series of Letters. Baltimore: Armstrong & Plaskitt, 1833.

Declaration of Causes for Taking Up Arms Against Mexico

Declaracion del Pueblo de Tejas, Reunido en Convencion General. (Declaration of Causes for Taking Up Arms Against Mexico) San Felip de Austin: Baker & Bordens, November 7, 1835.


Qur’an. Arabic manuscript written by the scribe Mohamet Naci Effendi. Persia, dated 1886.


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