Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities
A souvenir from the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, an attraction that allowed visitors to view the moon through a giant telescope. The imagery for the attraction may be related to the Georges Méliès 1898 film "La Lune à un mètre" (or "The Astronomer's Dream")
November 8, 2011
A set of a popular card game. This edition published around 1850 by S. Hart & Co. in Philadelphia. No rules included.
October 31, 2011
Shades of Al Jaffee and MAD Magazine . . . A printed and folded novelty celebrating Louis XVIII, King of France, 1814-1824. (Published by J.B. Verzy, circa 1814). The piece unfolds to spell out the virtues of the man who ruled during the Bourbon Restoration.
October 25, 2011
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library has acquired the papers of American writer, poet, naturalist, and activist Terry Tempest Williams.
October 20, 2011
Jeu d’Herbes Medicinales par Kneipp [Germany, c. 1905] A board game based on alternative medicine theories promoted by the Catholic priest Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897) who became known for his herbal remedies.
October 17, 2011
New acquisitions, unique documents, and visual and textual curiosities from the collections.