Voices from the Beinecke Library

Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Beatrice Wood, "A Nickellette, or Unsophisticated Mary" manuscript and painting, (YCAL MSS 219)
September 28, 2012
  Arnold Rampersad "Reflections on Nationalism & Literature"
September 17, 2012
Ye Comical Rhymes of Ancient Times, Dug Up Into Jokes For Small Folks (New York: Hurd & Houghton, circa 1864) Laughing! Out! Loud!!!
September 10, 2012
A late 18th century guide to astronomy listing the most recent observations. Included in the list of known planets is a then-recent discovery, a planet named "Hershel" - what is today known as Uranus. Discovered in 1781 by the German polymath, Sir Frederick William Herschel, the planet was first known as "The Georgian Star", for Britain's King George III. Due to the King's lack of popularity in France, that country used the name "Hershel".
September 4, 2012
Images of birds from a compilation of engraved plates: Eillars, Giovanni. Varii Et Diversi Uccelli Cavati Dal Naturale Et Intaglate ["sic"] in Rame ... Dno Francisco, Dni Marii Piccolominei Filio, Joan. Eillars D. D. S.l: s.n, n.d.. which may be variant or copied plates from a more widely-known work:
August 29, 2012
More portraiture by Pierre et Gilles, of an artfully made up Iggy Pop, an assortment of club-goers - and a characteristic shot of Karl Lagerfeld.
August 13, 2012


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