Guide to the Research Collections
Extra-Illustrated Books (Billings *KX-*KZ)
The library has a notable collection of extra-illustrated books largely derived from the Lenox Library. These are published works to which owners have added supplementary illustrative material. Of some 450 volumes, about 100 are in the Rare Book Division (classed under *KX) and the remainder (classed under *KZ) are shelved in the stacks and administered by the General Research and Humanities Division. *KZ is the only subclass of *K that is not administered by the Rare Book Division. Extra-illustrated books were also acquired in the Duyckinck, Stuart, Tilden, Myers, and Ford collections, and the gift of Miss E. D. Brainerd in 1936.
The most important single group of extra illustrated books in the library, the Emmet collection presented by John S. Kennedy in 1896, is administered by the Manuscripts and Archives Division. It consists of a large group of illustrated works relating to the early history of the United States, the volumes being extended by the insertion of thousands of illustrations, autographs, facsimiles, and other material relating to Americans of note before 1800. The Catalogue of the Library Belonging to Thomas Addis Emmet
(1868), of which the library has several copies, analyzes this collection.