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.
Rhode Island has a varied past when it comes to the American Revolution. Riots in Newport during the Stamp Act Crisis in 1765, and the burning of the HMS Gaspee in 1772 were significant displays of protest in the face of British policy in the years leading up to the Revolution. When the War of American Independence began, Rhode Island struggled with trials and tribulations after it was the first colony to declare it's Independence in May of 1776. Newport was occupied by British Forces in December of 1776, and Aquidneck Island remained under their control for almost 3 years. This reading list explores the long and difficult history of Rhode Island during the American Revolution, using Biographies, Diaries (of Americans, British Officers and others) and other forms of text, creating a comprehensive array of books. While the history of Rhode Island during the Revolution tends to be glossed over in many texts, it should not be forgotten, but instead studied, and understood better. This reading list will provide the materials to make that happen.
The calendar has been turned to April and spring weather has finally arrived. The grass has been cut, the air carries on it the smell of hotdogs and popcorn and fans eagerly await the moment their teams take the field. Whether you are a fan of the Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers, or Red Sox, Opening day is always one of the biggest games of the year. Come celebrate the start of the 2017 Major League Baseball Season by checking out some of the books below.
The month of March is Women's History Month. Our staff at the Redwood Library, to commemorate the occasion and its Thirty Year anniversary, has hand selected twenty books written by women. Come check out one of the books below and enjoy a piece of classic literature by many of histories great women writers.
Newport’s history with the Navy truly begins in 1775 when a merchant from Newport named Esek Hopkins, Esq. was named Commander and Chief of the newly created Continental Navy. He would serve as the only Commander and Chief of the Navy during the Revolution.
The history of the Redwood Library through the nineteenth century was captured for us in the Annals of the Redwood Library & Athenaeum, published by George Champlin Mason (1820-1894) in 1891. To provide the history of the Library, he moved chronologically through historical records, from the Philosophical Society that preceded the Library to his present at the end of the 1800s. Mason’s primary sources were the minutes of the annual meetings of the Redwood Library, during which the gathered members assessed the year, elected new officers, and discussed relevant business. The minutiae of these routine meetings have provided us with detailed insight into the workings of the Library and useful information about its most important members.
What better way to spend a cold and snowy winter’s day…or late fall for that matter, than cuddling up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book in hand. Check out our list of titles by notable Nobel Prize writers!