Phillips Library Advent Calendar, December 10

Frontispiece and Title Page, Cloud Crystals, A Snow Flake Album

Frontpiece and Title Page, Cloud Crystals: A Snow-Flake Album Collected and Edited by a Lady, 1864

Cloud Crystals includes twenty-seven leaves of plates of snowflake images, such as that pictured above.  Viewing these plates reminded me of a visit to the Snowflake Bentley Museum in Jericho, Vermont, in which many of Wilson A. Bentley’s photographs of snowflakes are housed.  The last poem in Cloud Crystals, which celebrates snowflakes and the viewing and sharing of the plates included in the text, reminded me of Bentley. Read more

Phillips Library Advent Calendar, December 9

Selections from the Hesperides & Noble Numbers of Robert Herrick, With Drawings by Edwin A. Abbey

Selections from the Hesperides & Noble numbers of Robert Herrick, With Drawings by Edwin A. Abbey

Robert Herrick was a 17th century, English lyric poet, author of one of the most famous first lines of poetry, Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.  In his preface to the text shown above, Austin Dobson wrote that Herrick allows the reader to become spectators of a country-life.   Read more

Kitchens of the Past: New Manuscript Cookbook Collection

 Elizabeth Coup

"Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen" by Franz Eugen Köhler via Wikimedia Commons | See The Useful Lemon below

Up until the early twentieth century, it was common for American women to keep a personal, hand-written cookbook. It might have been a new leather-bound book she received as a wedding present, or it might have been a worn book passed down from a relative already containing all the recipes that individual had gathered. The Phillips Library contains a small collection of these manuscript cookbooks dating from about 1809 to 1918. Read more