Voices from the Beinecke Library

Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

MS 410               England, [15th century] Indulgence Scroll (in Lat. and Eng.) Parchment roll, 1515 x 165 mm., unevenly trimmed at top and bottom, composed of three membranes segments glued together, the third an addition of the late fifteenth century.  Written and decorated area, 1391 x 141 mm.  Single bounding lines and guidelines for text (6mm. apart) ruled in lead. Written in gothic liturgical script in brown and red ink.
June 19, 2008
. . .  Rock, Rock, Rock, Rock! Scenic postcards from the Beinecke Digital Image database: Balanced Rock, Garden of the Gods, Colorado   Canopy over Plymouth Rock, Plymouth, Massachusetts  
June 16, 2008
Writers at their typewriters. From the Beinecke Digital Image database: William Carlos Williams, 1940s Eric Knight, [1942?] H. L. Mencken, 1913
June 12, 2008
Idiot International, a counter-culture magazine focusing on politics, published out of London, England, 1970-1971 - possibly related to the longer-lived French publication "L'idiot international", but the link is unclear.  
June 9, 2008
A movable scene from Dean's Living Strewelpeter [ca. 1890]
June 5, 2008
An illustrated writing sheet, printed in London, filled out with an original Christmas poem by a young girl named Rebecca Jane Mitchell in New York, 1807.
June 2, 2008
Photographs of dancer and choreographer Pearl Primus dancing "Hard Time Blues," her dance based on a folk song about sharecropping by singer Josh White. Primus was well known and widely celebrated for her dance performances based on important African American poems and songs, including "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Hughes and "Strange Fruit" by Lewis Allen. Photographs by Carl Van Vechten, 1943.
May 28, 2008


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