Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Posted in Beinecke Library by beineckepoetry on November 6, 2012

Navigating NYC in Children’s Books: A Whistle-Stop Tour”

A lecture by Pádraic Whyte, School of English, Trinity College Dublin

Thursday, November 8, 2012
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
121 Wall St., New Haven, CT 06511

(Location is wheelchair accessible)

Free and Open to the Public

From Eloise by Kay Thompson. Illustration by Hilary Knight


Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection, Yale Collection of American Literature by beineckepoetry on August 19, 2010

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The Voice of the New Year

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on January 8, 2010

Along with a new stylesheet – (tell us what you think) – we present:
as a special cautionary post for the New Year, the complete text of:

The Warning Clock; or the Voice of the New Year.
New-York: Mahlon Day, 374 Pearl-Street, 1836

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.

Snow Fun

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays to all the Tramps and Trinkets, here and abroad.

(Selected images from a saleman’s sample book:
Tramp and Trinkets Abroad and Other Stories 
by Mary C. Crowley, Frances A. Humphrey and others.
Boston: D. Lothrop Company. Copyright 1892

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The Book of Accidents

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

The Book of accidents: designed for young children. New Haven :  S. Babcock, Sidney’s press, 1831.



 And it only gets worse . . .

Read the entire book online: