Posts on January 2015

January Recipe of the Month: Golden Loaf of South Carolina

A loaf of bread on a plate.

This month's recipe is "the Golden Loaf of South Carolina" from Sarah Tyson Rorer's 1899 _Bread and Bread-making: How to Make Many Varieties Easily and with the Best Results_ Rorer was involved in the Cooking School Movement, which advocated for standard measures and exact directions in recipes. While the recipe below is not as explicit as what a 21st century cookbook reader is used to, it goes into considerable detail compared to the average late-19th c. bread “receipt”

Beware! The Grey Drone-Fly is Watching You!

Plate 24, on the eyes and head of the grey drone-fly, from Micrographia. London: John Martyn & James Allestry. Printers of the Royal Society, 1665

This superb engraving depicts what the seventeenth-century English scientist, Robert Hooke, observed when exposing the head of a grey drone-fly through the lens of a microscope. The greatest section of the head was nothing else but two large “protuberant bunches,” mostly covered by thousands of tiny hemispheres arranged in “triagonal order”.

Mapping the Museum Universe

Discovering a new dataset always makes for an exciting time at the Clark Library and provides an excellent opportunity to experiment. We recently learned about the newest version of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museum Universe Data File. The dataset consists of information describing over 35,000 museums throughout the United States. The dataset describes location, type of museum, rural/urban status and tax information (e.g. revenue, income) where available. There is much...

You Must Judge a Book by its Cover!

Gauffered edge from our copy of two medical commentaries by the sixteenth-century Italian doctor, Leon Roganus Caietanus: Leonis Rogani Caietani Medici, in Galeni Libellum de pulsibus, ad tyrones, Commentarius; Leonis Rogani Caietani Medici de urinis libri tres.  Venice: Jacobus de Maria, 1575

This recently acquired edition of two medical commentaries by the sixteenth-century Italian doctor, Leon Roganus Caietanus, is bound in limp vellum with bevelled boards, and the gilded edges of the text block have been expertly decorated, or gauffered, with a special tool.


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