The original Declaration of Independence, from the United States National Archives. The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 representatives from the thirteen original colonies on July 4th, 1776.
Of the thousands of documents in the United States’ National Archives, Our Documents takes a selection of just 100 milestone documents. The team of contributing scholars “considered how each of the documents provided a point of entry into a discussion about the rights and responsibilities of American citizens… [they]found it gratifying to see how the spirit of one document appeared in later documents, and how the documents taken as a whole reflect democratic ideals in action.”
Happy Independence Day!
Philandering, or, The Rose Queen. A comic opera in three acts. Libretto by Samuel Beazley; music by C.E. Horn. London, 1824.
Early 20th century label from the Sage Public Library, West Bay City, Mich. Found in Special Collections’ copy of The Life of Fenelon, Archbishop of Cambrai.
Two cents per day overdue fees!
There are a lot of Jennifers in the world but I think the popularity of the name keeps it from being used often for fictional characters. So I was a little too excited when these mid-20th century novels by Eunice Young Smith turned up on my desk yesterday for the Children’s Literature collection. I, er, might have made the Jennifer is Eleven cover my facebook profile picture.
Some pages from Della nvova geometria, a 16th-century Italian geometry text.
This edition has some nice examples of historiated initials. In this case the illustration has no relation to the text; rather they relate to the letter itself. The final leaf features a colophon with a distinctive printer’s mark as well as the printer’s information. Vittorio Baldini was the official ducal music printer for the court of Duke Alfonso II d’Este in Ferrara, Italy.
This volume was bound with waste manuscript lining the original boards; the endpapers have long since disappeared and bits of the manuscript peek through. Waste manuscript was commonly used in bookbinding for early printed books, and and some medieval manuscripts only survive due to this practice.
Illustrated Catalogue of Surgical Instruments and Appliances, c. 1880. Only $25 for an entire amputating case! What a bargain.
This item is part of our History of Medicine collection, currently being processed for transfer into Special Collections from the Medical Library.