Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

The Grand Eleusinian Spectacle

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on May 14, 2012

Playbill for an evening’s entertainment at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, London, England: The Grand Eleusinian Spectacle of Magic & Mystery, by Professor Anderson, The Great Wizard of The North … Monday, Oct. 22nd, 1855 …

The Sea-mans doleful Farewel

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on January 19, 2011

The seamans doleful farewel or, The Greenwitch lovers mournful departure : see here the pattern of true love, which absence cannot stain : and nothing shall his mind remove, till he returns again : this may be printed, R.P. : tune of, State and ambition. [London] : Printed for J. Deacon at the sign of the Angel in Gilt-Spurr Street without Newgate, [between 1685 and 1688].

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The Agnes Magazine

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on August 26, 2010

A handmade magazine by Gelett Burgess, created for his crush, Agnes Bouchard, while living in London in 1898.

Town Tarrydiddles

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on August 17, 2009

An amateur newspaper, done in manuscript, from 1882. The authors, Guy and Thomas Berry Cusack-Smith, recount the social and sporting goings-on in their neighborhoods in Eccleston Square, London, and in West Sussex.
Included are drawings, puzzles, and rhymes. Sir Thomas Cusack-Smith was later Consul General for Samoa.

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.

The Comical Mélange

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on October 16, 2008

An anonymous book of humor, published in London in 1833
by A.U. Thiselton – with many illustrations similar to the work of Rodolphe Töpffer.

Foreshadowings of “A Soldier’s Things”?

I.I.

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on June 9, 2008

Idiot International, a counter-culture magazine focusing on politics,
published out of London, England, 1970-1971 –
possibly related to the longer-lived French publication
“L’idiot international”, but the link is unclear.

 

 

Humility and Innocence

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on December 21, 2007

Stacey Grimaldi, The Toilet, London, 1821.

The original issue of a book form that was popular in England and then republished in the United States in the 1820s.
A set of virtues is taught using illustrations of items found on a lady’s dressing table (the “toilet” of the title), each revealed with the lift of a delicate flap. This copy was the property of the author.


[Best white Paint]


[Innocence]

 
[INNOCENCE

“The silence often of pure Innocence,
“Persuades, when speaking fails.”

“Innocence shall make
“False accusation blush, and tyranny
“Tremble at patience.”]

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