Archive for June, 2008

Oh la la! A manuscript on Louis XIV’s mistresses

parut affligee et lui temoigna avec beaucoup de tendresseThe engraving of Madame de la Valliere, in this manuscript account of the mistresses of Louis XIV. From the facing page: “Ouy madame continua il avec un trouble qui charma la belle, vous ete maitresse absolue de ma vie et de ma mort et meme de mon repos. vous pouvez tout pour ma fortune.”

Metamorphic Card

Printed c. 1740 by Isabella Hertsens in Antwerp, the “Thresor des ames devotes” is a “metamorphic card,” a single folded sheet which reveals different pictures and text at each stage of its unfolding.

Welcome to the Beinecke’s Summer Graduate Fellows!

The Beinecke is very happy to welcome this year’s Yale graduate fellows, and will be inviting them to post a column on their findings over the course of the summer.

Mary and Mrs. Bean

Mary Serjant’s exercises on multiplication, taken from Osborn fb98, entitled “Mary Serjant her book scholler to Eliz Bean Mrs in the art of writing and arithmetick 1688”

Welcome to Beinecke Early Modern

Welcome to Early modern at the Beinecke, a new blog highlighting the Beinecke Rare and Manuscript Library’s British and European collections, from 1500 to 1800. This blog will include introductions of new acquisitions, conversations by researchers and research fellows, and information on events, resources, and exciting whatnots of the Beinecke’s early modern-iana.