Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Baby Party!

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on March 11, 2010

Happy children posing in historical vignettes from themed birthday parties, ca. 1910-1915,
likely in New Jersey. From a “baby book” recording events in the life of
one Helen Mary Stratz, born March 6, 1906, near Egg Harbor, New Jersey.

The Dog Book Blog

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on October 23, 2008

or rather, the Dog-shaped papier-mâché bookshelf blog entry.

A true gem of an item from the Betsy Beinecke Shirley collection,
highlighted by expert cataloger, Ellen Ellickson,
who describes the object more completely, below. 

Author:            Martin, John, 1865-1947.
Title:             The read out loud books
Published:         New York : Dodd, Mead & Company, c1911.
Description/Quantity:         5 v. : ill. ; 15 cm.
Location:          BEINECKE (Non-Circulating)
Call Number:       Shirley +1247
Exceptions:        To find all titles in the set search by call number:     Shirley +1247
Library has:       v.1-v.5

Notes:             A set of five books issued in a papier-mâché bookcase
                      shaped like a dog (25 x 18 x 20 cm.). On bottom of
                      bookcase: Patent applied for. Dodd, Mead & Co., New  York.

                   “Published October, 1911”–T.p. verso of each vol..

                   Illustrated by Stacy H. Wood.

                   Each volume contains five stories. On the “Index page,” (p.
                      [3] of each vol.), each story is listed in terms of the
                      time it takes to read out loud.

                   Volumes are bound in gingham cloth.

Contents:          Jack and Jill and four other stories — Little Boy Blue and
                      four other stories — Mistress Mary and four other
                      stories — Old King Cole and four other stories — Pussy
                      Cat, Pussy cat and four other stories.

Subjects (Library of Congress):

                   Children’s stories.

Type of Material:  Juvenile literature New York (State) New York 1911.

Also listed under: Wood, Stacy H., ill.

                           Dodd, Mead & Company, publisher.




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Captain Ginger!

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on May 1, 2008

A set of 5 (out of 6 published) titles in the Captain Ginger series,
written by Isabel Anderson and published in 1910 & 1911. (Boston : C.M. Clark).
These copies were the author’s own, specially bound in limp suede covers.