Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Sea of Japan

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on January 12, 2010

Pages from a unique book of 121 mounted seaweed specimens from the Sea of Japan [collected, possibly by Lauriston B. Hardin, on the Perry Japan Expedition, 1853-55].

Evidence of follies past

Posted in Beinecke Library, Modern General Collection by beineckepoetry on May 12, 2009

An exceedingly rare paper share for an English company traded at the height of the stock mania in the summer of 1720 – perhaps the only known survival of this iconic type of object that appears in numerous satirical prints and plays from the period as the symbol of folly – worthless bits of paper being blown by the wind of speculation.