Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities
A wood block, lithographed puzzle featuring scenes of world cities. Publisher unknown, ca. 1880s, possibly made in Germany.
January 10, 2008
From La Cocotologie: Notes pour un Traité by Miguel de Unamuno (Paris, 1946). A detailed philosophical essay on origami, with engravings by Gérard Angiolini. (Translated into French, after the 1902 Spanish original in Unamuno's Amor y Pedagogia, a satirical novel on the excesses of positivism.)
January 7, 2008
La famille quatre cents coups A surrealist artist's book by Claude Roy  Cover stars: A layout with overlay: and without:
January 2, 2008
Painted card sent to art dealer Katharine Kuh from George and Juliet Kepes. More painted cards from the Katherine Kuh papers can be viewed by searching the Beinecke's Digital Library: Beinecke Digital Library; a record for the Katharine Kuh papers is available on line: YCAL MSS 15 Katharine Kuh Papers.
December 31, 2007
The Ballad of the Brown King, a Christmas Cantata, words by Langston Huges and music by Margaret Bonds
December 24, 2007
Stacey Grimaldi, The Toilet, London, 1821. The original issue of a book form that was popular in England and then republished in the United States in the 1820s. A set of virtues is taught using illustrations of items found on a lady's dressing table (the "toilet" of the title), each revealed with the lift of a delicate flap. This copy was the property of the author.
December 21, 2007
Brochure for appearance of Barnum & Bailey's show in Paris, 1901-1902, including chariot races with four horse teams.
December 14, 2007
New acquisitions, unique documents, and visual and textual curiosities from the collections.