2nd Week of December 2022

December 11th, 2022

The 2,000-Year Story of Building the Book

The New York Times’ Jennifer Schuessler covers the new Grolier Club exhibition celebrating the teaching of the history of the book at Rare Book School. (NYT gift link)

Erasable ivory tables


Huntington’s Shōya House Will Open in Fall 2023

The newest addition to The Huntington’s grounds is 320 years old–the Shōya House, a magistrate’s residence moved from Marugame, Japan and reconstructed The Huntington’s Japanese Garden.

Exterior of the Japanese Heritage Shōya House


A Holiday Feast of Colorants

Can you smell what the Library of Congress is cooking? It’s the spices traditionally used to make dyes.

From left to right: saffron threads, annatto seeds, sumac powder, and some experimental colorant patches made from them following 16th-18th C. treatises.


Armenian Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library

The Bodleian has digitized 14 Armenian manuscripts and one early printed book as part of an ongoing Carnegie-funded project.

Betrayal of Judas. Bodleian Libraries, MS. Arm. d. 13, fol. 12r


Digital Jigsaw Puzzles: Holiday 2022 Edition

Enjoy these virtual jigsaw puzzles drawn from the collections of the Smithsonian Libraries.

Plate 38, The natural history of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands (1771).


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