EXHIBITION CLOSING PARTY
How is a Book?
Multitudes: A Celebration of the Yale Collection of American Literature, 1911 – 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011 at 5:00
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Yale University, 121 Wall Street, New Haven
Free and open to the public
Image: [Crowd gathered for a tug-of-war competition at the University of Montana, Missoula], [1911-12]
Pages from Elizabeth Peabody’s Universal History: Arranged to Illustrate Bem’s Charts of Chronology. New York: Pub. for the author by Sheldon and Co, 1859.
A system for charting historical events on a grid (representing historical periods, arranged chronologically); squares, divided into 9 parts each, to represent distinct categories of historical events; and colors, to show different “Nations”.
A curious abstract visual system for reducing history to shapes and color on a standard, single field of two-dimensional representation.
The end product, while perhaps not becoming a real mnenomic device for learning history (or a compelling Visual Display of Quantitative Information), produced some intriguing designs.
A beautiful example of a kindergarten exercise – specifically the 14th of Friedrich Fröbel’s “gifts”
intended to allow young children free range of play and expression.
This 26-panel paper weaving book shows a variety of patterns,
including one page with the makers initials and the date of creation.
This example is apparently American, from 1892, made by “M. Kistler”
From: People of all nations : an useful toy for girl or boy. Philadelphia : Published by Jacob Johnson, No. 147, Market-street, 1807 (Whitehall [Pa.] : A. Dickinson)
Sample pages from an 1848 book for children intended to teach physical and political geography by way of rhymes set to popular tunes – jingoism notwithstanding.
Lyon, Sarah M. 1848. The musical geography: a new natural arrangement of the names of all the physical features of the globe. Troy [N.Y.]: Young & Hart.