The Generous Sportsman, c. 1725

We have many things in the F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room, including many beautifully-decorated books. Often, though, fascinating things don’t have gilt, engravings, or woodblock prints. A tiny (five inches by three inches), leather-bound tome came to hand last week, and it turned into today’s highlight. The book is in the manuscripts collection, and is entirely hand […]

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Handwritten Notes, 1656 and 1784

One of the very best things about old books is the history each individual volume contains. After years of working with the NSLM collection, we haven’t even really scratched the surface. Just a few weeks ago, we were going over some copies of Markham’s Masterpiece and the Citizen and Countryman’s Experienced Farrier. We were surprised […]

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