LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 3 January 2010

The Huntington Library

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens (or The Huntington) is an educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington in San Marino, California, USA. In addition to the library, the site houses an art collection strong in English portraits and French eighteenth-century furniture and botanical gardens that feature North America’s strongest collection of cycads.

The library contains an extensive collection of rare books and manuscripts, including a Gutenberg Bible, the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer, and thousands of historical documents about Abraham Lincoln, including the papers of his bodyguard, Ward Hill Lamon. The rare books and manuscripts in the library are among the most heavily used in the United States. The library holds some 6.5 million manuscripts and more than a million rare books. It is the only library in the world with the first two quartos of Hamlet; it holds the manuscript of Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, the first seven drafts of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, John James Audubon’s Birds of America, a collection of manuscripts and first editions of the works of Charles Bukowski and many other great treasures. Probably an overlooked “gem” with regard to what visitors would like to see on “Hollywood tours” but I would suggest making some time in your schedule for it!

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