Entries Tagged as 'Modern'

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

The Poet as Naturalist: Thomas Gray’s copy of Linnaeus’ Systema Naturae

Among the most precious books from the library of Charles Eliot Norton, Harvard’s first Professor of Art History, is the poet Thomas Gray’s copy of Linnaeus’ Systema Naturae. Gray’s youthful interest in natural history was fostered by his uncle Robert Antrobus, an Assistant Master at Eton; in his later years he cherished his uncle’s copy […]

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Plant-lore for the masses

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Aconitum also known as wolfsbane is a particularly poisonous plant that grows mainly in the Northern hemisphere.  Apparently it was historically used to kill wolves thus the reference to the plant as wolfsbane.  The image above is […]

Friday, August 1st, 2014

New on OASIS in August

Twelve finding aids for newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month, including posters from the May 1968 Paris protests and penmanship specimens from 18th century Boston writing schools. Processed by Susan Wyssen: Claude Farrère Papers, 1896-1957 (MS Fr 590) Marseille Heroin Trafficking Collection, circa 1963-1975 (MS Fr 614)

Friday, July 25th, 2014

New acquisitions: Unpublished Robert Gould Shaw letters

Robert Gould Shaw famously wrote more than two hundred letters to members of his family over the course of the Civil War. Five unpublished letters from Shaw to his family, and two letters from Shaw’s sister Susanna to Shaw, have recently been added to Houghton’s collection.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Lasciviousness, libel, and letters

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. As the French Revolution erupted in 1789, the bourgeoisie took up a variety of arms against the aristocracy; among them was literature. Pictured here from the Santo Domingo Collection is La Messaline françoise, a libelous account, published under […]

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

He leaps tall buildings in a single bound!

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Well eight foot walls at least!  Meet Rex III, a black and tan Alsatian who was trained to detect dope and help catch criminals.  Rex worked with the Flying Squad, a special crime unit with London’s […]

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The Jimi Hendrix Bibliographic Experience

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.   This week’s feature is the second of two sculptural volumes: in this case, the binding itself, rather than the enclosure, defies convention. The book, a paperback French biography of Jimi Hendrix published in 1976, is unremarkable in itself. However, […]

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Lakota War Book Named One of “48 Books to Read”

Each year the staff of the Kenyon Review select a number of recent books as suggestions for their readers summer reading. This year among the 48 Books to Read is Castle McLaughlin’s A Lakota War Book from Little Bighorn: The Pictographic “Autobiography of Half Moon.” A Lakota War Book was selected by Natalie Shapero, Kenyon […]

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Eastern Magic

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Indian Conjuring, a book written by L.H. Branson is a detailed instruction manual to a collection of tricks that Branson discovered while living in India.  A magician himself, Branson explains tricks he has witnessed, as well as ones […]

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Cork, resin, and rope

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.   In the course of these posts on the Santo Domingo Collection, numerous fine, extravagant, and perhaps even ostentatious bindings and enclosures have been showcased. This week, we bring you the first of two books that extend past the codex […]