From the Research Files

A selection of scholarship from the collections.
  • Imaginary Landscapes

    July 16, 2015

    Readers would be hard-pressed to find a better point of entry into the imaginary world of Christopher Robin, Pooh Bear, Piglet, Roo, Rabbit and Eeyore than...
  • The Castle No. 9

    June 25, 2015

    Mention the author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans, and most people think of his yellow-hatted heroine, Madeleine. Bemelmans won a Caldecott in 1954 for...
  • “When the Duchess Was Dead”

    June 18, 2015

    When Anthony Trollope began writing the last Palliser novel, The Duke’s Children , he made swift dispatch of a much-loved character in the series: Lady...
  • An Early Edition of Don Quixote

    June 4, 2015

    That ingenious gentleman from La Mancha, familiarly known to readers as Don Quixote , was introduced to the world by Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra in 1605...
  • Marbled Endpapers from the Halcyon Press

    May 28, 2015

    Marbled endpapers, like these that line the covers of a twentieth-century fine-press edition of Keats’s letters, sometimes can stand as works of art in their...
  • A Happy Pair

    May 20, 2015

    On September 4, 1893, Beatrix Potter sent a letter to five-year-old Noel Moore. The little boy was the son of her friend and former tutor, Annie Moore, and...
  • (Re)Building a Monument

    May 14, 2015

    One of the great delights of working inside the iconic Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, designed by Gordon Bunshaft and completed in 1963, is that...