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Americas Collections Highlights

The British Library holds many rare, unusual or unique items relating to the Americas. Here is a small selection of highlights from our Americas Collections. 

Earliest Surviving Wall Map of America
Americae, sive quartae orbis partis, nova et exactissima descriptio, 1562

'I Sing the Body Electric'
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1855

A Brazilian Journey
Voyage pittoresque et historique au Brésil, ou Séjour d'un artiste français au Brésil, depuis 1816 jusqu'en 1831 inclusivement, etc

Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation
'The central act of my administration, and the greatest event of the nineteenth century' (Abraham Lincoln, February 1865)

First North American Printed Verses
Robert Hayman, Quodlibets, 1628

Americas Collections materials can also be found online on the following pages:


Americas Collections
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