A deluxe artist's edition. with illustrations by Leonor Fini, of the 1884 novel by the decadent writer, Rachilde.
July 7, 2009
Two versions of the well-known ABC tale, The History of An Apple Pie, both from the early 19th century, but which came first?
July 2, 2009
Well, according to our research, Henri Roorda van Eysinga (1870-1925, who often wrote under the pseudonym Balthazar) was a Swiss educator, humorist, anarchist, and pacifist who wrote everything from math textbooks to plays to essays. Hardly known in the US, he is feted in an exhibition at the Musee Historique de Lausanne. Beinecke Library has added a small group of books and a typescript of a play "The League against Stupidity"
June 1, 2009
A curious production from the early 1920s intended to mimic motion in a book for young readers. Each "movie" is viewed by turning back successive panels on a scored page to reveal new scenes. While a bit awkward to manipulate, the idea works well enough to entertain and delight. Wonder movies by Victor M Earle; Illustrated by Benjamin Seielstad (Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, Page, 1923).
May 26, 2009
A saleman's sample book for a line of playing cards produced in Northern Germany, circa the early 1950s.  
February 16, 2009
A schoolteacher's manuscript exercise book containing a variety of simple and complex mathematical problems, 1806, Pennsylvania.   including such all-time favorite as the two travelers starting off from two points of origin traveling as such a speed  . . . under the category: "Promiscuous Questions"
January 29, 2009
Titles in a series of educational books for children published in the early 1940s by the Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
December 1, 2008


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