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Two Ponds Press has issued an extraordinary edition of a work by Margaret Wise Brown that was never illustrated or published in her lifetime.
March 23, 2016
During a recent visit from a class studying Reformation Europe, I brought out one of my favorite items in the Beinecke’s collection: a sixteenth-century prayer book that Sir Thomas More had with him while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London before his execution in 1535.
March 14, 2016
A set of rough (very rough) drawings that decorate the margins of this manuscript Latin-English vocabulary, copied sometime in the fifteenth century, seem to say that to be bored by Latin grammar is simply to be human.
October 20, 2015
While we are on ABC books, it seems appropriate to point out the richly imagined work of R. André, a pen name for William Roger Snow, a London-born playwright, children’s book author and illustrator, who lived from 1834 to 1907.
September 8, 2015
William Nicholson’s 1898 An Alphabet is part primer, part cautionary tale.
August 14, 2015
In addition to poems, epigrams, and snatches from Shakespeare, James Moore of East Dereham recorded in his commonplace book tales and incidents that doubtless caused him wonder.
August 6, 2015
The swift downfall of Queen Anne Boleyn in May 1536 is talked about perhaps as much today as it was when the scandalous events unfolded during the unquiet reign of King Henry VIII. Some historians pin Anne Boleyn’s demise squarely on the shoulders of Thomas Cromwell, the King’s chief councilor and Lord Privy Seal. Perhaps less conspicuous, and certainly less lamented, is the equally swift downfall of Cromwell himself shortly thereafter.
July 27, 2015

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The Beinecke’s Research Librarian is frequently called to seldom visited corners of the library’s collections. In this blog, Elizabeth Frengel shares some of her intriguing finds.

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