Voices from the Beinecke Library

Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

From a series of postcards by Kenward Elmslie   And a note from Georgia O'Keeffe to Alfred Stieglitz
March 26, 2009
A peepshow (or kullisentheater) by Martin Engelbrecht, circa 1750, showing the exterior of a bordello (Das Bordell). Hand-colored copper-engraved sheets, made in Augsburg, Germany.
March 24, 2009
From a group of letters from Ludwig Bemelmans to his editor at Viking Press, Pascal "Pat" Covici, sending news of his travels, works in progress, and adventures, ca. 1938-1962.
March 19, 2009
Another sample book, for cards produced in, and proudly representing, the Irish Free State, ca. 1936.
March 17, 2009
Images prepared for a volume of a multi-part Traite general des Pesches (i.e. Peches), edited by H. M. Duhamel du Monceau. While the focus of the volume, developed over the 18th century and finally published in its entirety between 1769-1782, is on varieties of fishing and methods of catching them, it also discusses matters related to life along the seashore. such as the droit de varech, the important understanding of the legal limits of salvaging materials washed ashore from shipwrecks.
March 12, 2009
A comic image from a special edition of a French magazine from 1902, focusing on the folly of the stock market.
March 5, 2009


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