Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities
Illustrated plates from a German primer on swimming. Carl Purkart, Vorschriften für den Schwimmunterricht (München, 1826)
May 21, 2009
Les Jeux des jeunes garçons représentés en 25 gravures à l'aqua-tints d'après les dessins de Xavier Le Prince ; avec l'explication détaillée des règles de chaque jeu ; accompagnées de fables nouvelles par MM. Armand-Gouffé, Le Franc, etc. et suivis d'anecdotes relatives à chaque jeu. (A Paris : Chez P.C. Lehuby, [n.d., after 1822?]) Noted as “sixieme edition” in the preface. - Scenes of juvenile ludic life in France in the early part of the 19th century. -
May 18, 2009
Selected poems and images from a privately distributed volume from 1935: Noailles, Anna Elisabeth de Brancovan, Philippe Gonin, and Jean Berque. 1935. "Les jardins": Poèmes de la Comtesse de Noailles. Paris: Frères Gonin.
May 14, 2009
An exceedingly rare paper share for an English company traded at the height of the stock mania in the summer of 1720 - perhaps the only known survival of this iconic type of object that appears in numerous satirical prints and plays from the period as the symbol of folly - worthless bits of paper being blown by the wind of speculation.
May 12, 2009
A pair of Mickey Mouse books from the early 1930s. Mickey, chercheur d'or [Paris] : Hachette, [©1931] whose endpapers advertise the adventures of the fellow on film and in the local newspaper. AND Mickey Mouse movie stories. Philadelphia, David McKay Co. [©1931]
May 7, 2009
The records of The Jumble Club, a group dedicated to playing whist (and *only* whist) which thrived in Glasgow, Scotland, approximately between 1799 and 1877. The records consist of 4 ledgers containing minutes of meetings, with additional meeting minutes, inventories, insurance policy, checkbook. flyers and other related papers and ephemera. And they came in a lovely metal coffer, complete with a set of keys, none of which fit the box lock.
May 4, 2009
Poets photographed by Carl Van Vechten, including images featured in the exhibition Living Portraits: Carl Van Vechten’s Color Photographs of African Americans, 1939-1964, on view at the Beinecke Library from April 30 through June 30, 2009. Langston Hughes, 1942
April 27, 2009