Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Funny rhymes!

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on September 10, 2012

Ye Comical Rhymes of Ancient Times, Dug Up Into Jokes For Small Folks (New York: Hurd & Houghton, circa 1864)

Laughing! Out! Loud!!!

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Papagallo, Struzzo, and Bubola

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on August 29, 2012

Images of birds from a compilation of engraved plates:

Eillars, Giovanni. Varii Et Diversi Uccelli Cavati Dal Naturale Et Intaglate [“sic”] in Rame … Dno Francisco, Dni Marii Piccolominei Filio, Joan. Eillars D. D. S.l: s.n, n.d..

which may be variant or copied plates from a more widely-known work:

Olina, Giovanni Pietro. Vccelliera, ouero, Discorso della natura, e proprieta di diversi vccelli : e in particolare di que’ che cantano, con il modo di prendergli, conoscergli, alleuar gli, e mantenergli. E con le figure cauate dal vero, e diligentemente intagliate in rame dal Tempesta, e dal Villamena / opera di Gio. Pietro Olina.
In Roma : Presso M. Angelo de Rossi, 1684.

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The Laughable Game of What D’Ye Buy

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on October 31, 2011

A set of a popular card game.

This edition published around 1850 by S. Hart & Co. in Philadelphia.

No rules included.

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Choco-Choc

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on September 29, 2011

A group of labels for brands of chocolate sold in France in the middle of the 19th century.

Visualizing History

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on September 2, 2011

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.

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Rascal, Villain, Coward,

Posted in Beinecke Library, Modern General Collection by beineckepoetry on June 17, 2010

“Plan for the improvement of the art of paper war” from: The American museum; or, Universal magazine, 1787 May.

Do You Know Who I Am?

Posted in Beinecke Library, Yale Collection of American Literature by beineckepoetry on June 14, 2010

A selection of unidentified persons from the Edmund Wilson Papers:

Lost in the Woods

Posted in Beinecke Library by beineckepoetry on June 7, 2010

Singular Sufferings of Two Friends, who had lost themselves in an American Forest, York, England, C.Croshaw, Coppergate, [c.1801]
A chapbook telling the tale of two travelers who become lost in upstate New York while searching for honey. This narrative, which ends thankfully with both men  – and their plump canine companion – intact, is a pirated excerpt from St. John de Crevecoeur’s Voyage dans la haute Pensylvanie et dans l’état de New-York (1801), and is put to use to illustrate to British readers the dangers, rather than the appeal, of the beckoning North American frontier.

Canvassing for Suffrage

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on June 1, 2010

A booklet with printed slips (one of which is filled in) used by canvassers for the Society of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies in the England, circa 1911.

Mementos

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on May 13, 2010

Pages from an album of drawings given to Robert Browning by André-Victor-Amédée, marquis de Ripert-Monclar, ca. 1830s-1860s, with later additions.

Past Times

Posted in Beinecke Library, Modern General Collection by beineckepoetry on May 18, 2009

Les Jeux des jeunes garçons représentés en 25 gravures à l’aqua-tints

d’après les dessins de Xavier Le Prince ; avec l’explication détaillée des règles de chaque jeu ; accompagnées de fables nouvelles par MM. Armand-Gouffé, Le Franc, etc. et suivis d’anecdotes relatives à chaque jeu.

(A Paris : Chez P.C. Lehuby, [n.d., after 1822?])

Noted as “sixieme edition” in the preface.

Scenes of juvenile ludic life in France in the early part of the 19th century.

The Jumble Club

Posted in Beinecke Library, Cary Playing Card Collection by beineckepoetry on May 4, 2009

The records of The Jumble Club, a group dedicated to playing whist (and *only* whist) which thrived in Glasgow, Scotland, approximately between 1799 and 1877.
The records consist of 4 ledgers containing minutes of meetings, with additional meeting minutes, inventories, insurance policy, checkbook. flyers and other related papers and ephemera.

And they came in a lovely metal coffer, complete with a set of keys, none of which fit the box lock.

Beware of Foreign Lobsters!

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on December 11, 2008

A series of broadsides from 1715, forming a dialogue
arguing for and against the presence of foreign fishermen in English waters.

Strange and wonderful news

Posted in Beinecke Library by beineckepoetry on August 5, 2008

Four 17th century broadsides from Beinecke collections.
[full records can be found in the Beinecke Digital Library.]

Little Sunbeams

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on April 14, 2008

. . . and harried pets. [circa 1890, in the collection of the Beinecke Library
as part of a salesman’s sample book, including Young People’s History of the World. Possibly never published.]





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Oratorical Gestures

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on April 11, 2008

Images of the Delsarte system of expression, popularized in the 1880s
and found in the volume: The Popular Entertainer and Self-Instructor in Elocution
(Chicago: Conkey, 1898) [in the collection of the Beinecke Library as part of a salesman’s sample book, including Wood’s Natural History for Children]

  

  

  

  

  

O, Temperance, O, Mores!

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on September 24, 2007

Young Gentlemen & Ladies Social & Temperance Society of Chester, CT.
A minute book of the organization, 1829-1841

complete with statement of purpose

And lists of members

However, if you fell off the wagon, your name was crossed out *and* you got the finger!

[Watch out for those Smith boys!]