The replacements for the missing volumes from the Original Collection of the Redwood Library, which were lost as a result of the American Revolution, are worth our efforts in studying them for reasons beyond their ability to help us tell the story of the Redwood’s holdings. Each replacement volume is unique and comes to the Redwood Library with its own past that enriches our understanding of history.
Our first new exhibit of 2018 officially opened this week and in case you haven’t had a chance to come in and see it yet for yourself, here are a few select items from “Going Once, Going Twice: An Exhibition of New Acquisitions in the Redwood’s Special Collections.” The exhibit includes a Clagget Clock, replacement volumes to the Original Collection, a 16th century printed book of hours, donations to the Hamilton collection and for reference on French prints, oil paintings, and a sample of manuscripts, pamphlets, and printed materials acquired at an auction held this past fall.
With winter upons, we can certainly get the blues. The snow, the wind and the temperatures can keep us frigid. To combat the winter doldrums, lets warm our minds with tales of Outlaws, of lawlessness, and rugged cowboys. Lets look to the wild west and the blazing sun that shines upon it to heat up the day, From Zane Grey's classic tales, to Clint Eastwood's appearance on the big screen, tales of the wild west vividly take us to a romantic time in American history. These books and integral films will take us back to a period when the west was won, or sometimes lost; a time when the six shooter was the law.
The New Year is almost here! This Sunday night, 2017 will officially be over and a whole new year will begin. If, like us, you feel in need of some advice on how to properly approach 2018, we offer up a few lessons from The Gentleman’s New-Year’s-Gift: or Serious Advice to a Nephew (1792).
As we enter 2018, we will see many books; from new bestsellers to older classics adapted into films. This reading list will give you a heads up as to which books to check out before you see their film counterparts. In the end, which will be told better, the book version, or the film version? You be the judge!
As the year comes to a close and we pass through the holidays, your Redwood Librarians have been revisiting some of our favorite treasures in our collection as we make plans for the new year. These treasures include two illuminated manuscripts by James Eddy Mauran (1817-1888) of Newport.
Here at the Redwood Library, we wish you the happiest and safest of Holidays this season. To get even more into the spirit of the season, please enjoy a few selected books that revolve around the December holidays! Whether you are one for mystery, or in love with the classics; ready to laugh, or be moved by a touching tale, there are selections for everyone to bring holiday cheer!
The Redwood Library & Athenæum holds two copies of the volume Essays on Gothic Architecture. Published in 1800 by Josiah Taylor, a leading publisher of architectural treateases and pattern books, the book comprises a number of short contributions on aspects of medieval architecture by early scholars John Milner, Thomas Warton, James Bentham, and Francis Grose. Sometimes two copies of a book may be so close to one another that a comparison tells us little about the book and about its hidden life.
This week's blog post comes from Redwood Library intern and student at Salve Regina University, Christian Isidoro, who has spent the fall semester at the Redwood working with our Newport Collection of photographs. His valuable work scanning, analyzing, and describing these photos will be accessible online soon and new stories about Newport can be told, like the one he is sharing with us today.