Entries Tagged as 'P&GA'

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Babar Comes to Houghton Library

Houghton Library is pleased to announce two important new acquisitions associated with the iconic children’s book character Babar the elephant. The first of these, thanks to a generous gift from Laurent de Brunhoff and his wife Phyllis Rose, is the complete archive of preparatory materials for the book ABC de Babar by Jean de Brunhoff, […]

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Perhaps Silence Is More Decent: Thomas Merton at 100

January 31st marks the closing of the centenary of Thomas Merton’s birth. Merton is best known for his 1948 autobiography The Seven Story Mountain, which charted his trajectory from world citizen and aspiring literati to cloistered monk at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky. In addition to writing prose and poetry related […]

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in September

Finding aids for 16 newly cataloged collections were added to the OASIS database this month. This marks the last time this list will be compiled by Senior Manuscript Cataloger Bonnie B. Salt, who created more than 580 of these finding aids in the course of her distinguished career at Houghton. We are sorry to see […]

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in August

Finding aids for five newly cataloged collections, as well as a preliminary box list for one new acquisition, were added to the OASIS database this month, including a collection of watercolors by Edward Lear (an example at left). Processed by Caroline Duroselle-Melish (with the assistance of Bonnie B. Salt): Edward Lear Studio Watercolors, 1848-1884 (MS […]

Monday, June 1st, 2015

New on OASIS in June

Fourteen new finding aids have been added to the OASIS database this month, including Gilbert & Sullivan libretti, programs from Harvard theatrical productions, and documents from U.S. colonial history. Processed by Irina Klyagin: Claud Lovat Fraser Designs, 1919-1921 (MS Thr 1131) Processed by Ashley M. Nary: Plays and Librettos by W. S. (William Schwenck) Gilbert, […]

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Silhouettes: from Craft to Art

The central scene in this engraving (left) faithfully reproduces an engraved vignette that depicted a method of drawing a silhouette. The vignette was printed in the second volume of Johann Caspar Lavater’s treatise on physiognomy, Physiognomische Fragmente, zur Beförderung der Menschenkenntniss und Menschenliebe published in Leipzig between 1775 and 1778.

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Proof plates printed on satin … and on vellum, India, large, and ordinary paper

Since the days of the Silk Road, silk fiber has been woven into satin, a luxurious fabric that characteristically has a lustrous and a dull side. Satin has a long history, notably in Great Britain, as a printing support: maps, theatre programs, broadsides, bookplates, and menus are just a few of the objects that have […]

Monday, April 21st, 2014

New Digitization January-March 2014

Here are the complete works and collections we’ve digitized in the last three months. Highlights include one of our most spectacular medieval manuscripts, the Emerson-White Hours, a 17th century manuscript on magic tricks, a sonata by Handel, and a 19th century book of paper dolls. Account of Miss Pastrana, the Nondescript; and the Double-bodied Boy, […]

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

2014 Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting Books or Art

On March 25, 2014, winners of the Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting Books or Art were announced in a ceremony at Houghton Library. The Hofer Prize is awarded each year to a student or students whose collections of books or works of art best reflect the traditions of breadth, coherence, and imagination exemplified in the […]

Friday, February 28th, 2014

What the well-dressed print is wearing

The series of prints, entitled “Salus generis humani”, that are bound in this volume were made in the 1590s by the engraver Aegidius Sadeler II (1570-1629). They were engraved after the work of the Mannerist painter Johan von Achen (1552-1615) and after drawings of emblematic borders by the draughtsman Joris Hoefnagel (1542-1601). Hoefnagel’s name prominently […]