Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, extra illustrated

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on July 13, 2009

An 1853 edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin from London, with 100 added illustrations in watercolor by an artist, presumably “Eugene Bauer” by the appearance of his signature next to several images. The detailed and deft characters and objects add a contemporary view of the famous novel by an amateur artist.

Venus as a Boy

Posted in Beinecke Library, Modern General Collection by beineckepoetry on July 7, 2009

A deluxe artist’s edition. with illustrations by Leonor Fini, of the 1884 novel by the decadent writer, Rachilde.
The images from this edition (Editions d’Art Agori, 1972) express just a hint of the complicated, soap opera-level plot that starts with a young woman, cross-dressing as a man, who takes a male lover who cross-dresses as a woman. Throw in drugs, prostitution and a bit of necrophila and you have a snapshot of what constituted the wildest urges of the decadent movement.