Entries Tagged as 'Early'

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Glossing the Law in Houghton Library MS Typ 121

So why would the Ames Foundation, which focuses on the history of law, want to have Houghton MS Typ 121 digitized? There are dozens of manuscripts of the Digestum vetus, roughly the first third of Justinian’s Digest or Pandects, which is itself the largest part of the Corpus Iuris Civilis, the compilation of texts of […]

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

“Attribute the faute to my ivel hed, and not to my slothful hande”

Houghton has in its collection several letters written or signed by Elizabeth I of England. She wrote one of these letters (cataloged as MS Typ 686) in her own hand to her brother Edward VI, then King of England. It is dated April 21, but there is no given year. It is likely, however, that […]

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Grin and Bear It

Early printers often faced the problem of what to do with a page that only had a few lines of type on it–ideally you want a flat, even surface to print from. Oftentimes, they would use “bearer type,” type chosen more or less at random to fill out the page, perhaps lines of type from […]

Monday, April 21st, 2014

New Digitization January-March 2014

Here are the complete works and collections we’ve digitized in the last three months. Highlights include one of our most spectacular medieval manuscripts, the Emerson-White Hours, a 17th century manuscript on magic tricks, a sonata by Handel, and a 19th century book of paper dolls. Account of Miss Pastrana, the Nondescript; and the Double-bodied Boy, […]

Friday, January 31st, 2014

New Digitization October-December 2013

Here are the complete works and collections we’ve digitized in the last three months. Highlights include Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson manuscripts, photographs of the home of Sarah Orne Jewett, and an illustrated Dutch incunabulum on the destruction of Troy.

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The Enduring Classical Tradition IV

This elegiac title page introduces 8 leaves of engravings and 2 pages of printed text, reveals a poignant personal story and is the occasion for another blog on the theme of Enduring Classics.  Lucernae veterum was was published, presumably in Nuremberg, on 9 February 1653 and records the death in Lyons on 13 January 1653 […]

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

The Enduring Classical Tradition III

These 14 leaves of manuscript notes record a week-long trip in July 1849 of a group of British antiquaries along a portion of Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland.  Hadrian’s Wall is a defensive fortification system, begun in 122 AD under the orders of the Emperor Hadrian, to mark the northernmost extent of the Roman empire, and […]

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

The Enduring Classical Tradition II

A second recent acquisition which reflects the theme of the Enduring Classical Tradition is Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen’s Verses Written in the Portico of the Temple of Liberty at Woburn Abbey, on the Placing before it the Statues of Locke and Erskine, in the summer of 1835.  London: James Moyes, 1836.  According to the colophon in the […]

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The Enduring Classical Tradition I

This is the first of a series of posts about recent acquisitions by the Department of Early Books and Manuscripts in Houghton Library of classical material which reflect the continuing use of material that falls inside and outside the Department’s traditional chronological division (material before 1600) of the Library’s curatorial departments. The first is Jacques Charpentier […]

Monday, October 21st, 2013

New Digitization July-September 2013

Here are the complete works and collections we’ve digitized in the last three months. Highlights include programs from the Ballets Russes, a 16th century manuscript map of the Mediterranean, and the typescript of a play by Henry James.