2006_08_babar.jpgAfter seeing Liao Yusheng's beautiful photograph of the Morgan Library's addition, we decided that we should head over to the museum soon. The Morgan has a collection of early books, historical manuscripts, and more. And one exhibit catches our eye: The Morgan has some of its "Masterworks" on display, and we're particularly interested in the literary and historical manuscripts:

Manuscript drafts that show works in progress include Oscar Wilde's play An Ideal Husband and Bob Dylan's lyrics for the song "It Ain't Me, Babe." Manuscripts that made their way to the printer include Edgar Allan Poe's "Tale of the Ragged Mountains," Jane Austen's Lady Susan, and Ezra Pound's Guido Cavalcanti, shown in corrected proof. Sketches and manuscripts of the beloved children's story about the elephant Babar illustrate the entire composition process from early drafts to finished product.

Babar! You can see some pages of these works online.

And the Morgan's site about its expansion project is very cool -