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Free Library Rare Book Department

Free Library Rare Book Department

The Rare Book Department at The Free Library of Philadelphia offers access to exhibitions of historically important books, manuscripts, and works of art from 3,000 BCE to today. Among its collections are thousands of illuminated medieval manuscripts and cuttings; first editions, letters, and manuscripts of important writers, including some of the largest collections of Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe; nearly 50,000 early American children's books; original artwork by Beatrix Potter and other illustrators; Mughal court paintings; and Pennsylvania German fraktur, manuscripts, and printed books. The Rare Book Department is among the largest in American public libraries.



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Philadelphia Free Library
1901 Vine St.

Philadelphia, PA


(215) 686-5416

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