Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities
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
Selected images from a set of transparent playing cards. When held to a light source, an image with a proverb can be seen. Unknown maker, but likely US, circa 1870. See all cards here: beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/getSETS.asp?ITEM=2039620
October 10, 2011
A scrapbook of original designs and proof prints for early Victorian bindings done by R. A. Harrison, ca. 1840s. Along with sketches for roundels and decorative borders, product labels, and a caricature, are a number of proof sheets for bindings, that retain, remarkably, their intense colors, making available to bibliographers for this period of book production, some of the most faithful hues (which can be described using the Centroid Color Chart).
October 6, 2011