Fore-Edge Painting Books

Happy World Book Day! In celebration, I’m going to share with you the books that make the biggest impression when I give tours: the fore-edge painting books. Fore-edge painting is the very old practice of painting tiny images on the edges of the pages. The book block is angled and clamped while the tiny watercolor painting […]

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Collin McKinney departs the NSLM

Our recent Fellow, Collin McKinney, has left the NSLM and returned to Bucknell University. We asked Collin to share some of his experiences over the last two months in Middleburg and in our collections. Here’s what he had to share. I arrived in Middleburg on a sunny day at the beginning in January. I think […]

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The Bonie Moorhen, 1788

In the F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room, I came across a rare gem, tucked away in the John H. Daniels Manuscripts Collection. It’s a poem called “The Bonie Moorhen: A Hunting Song.” The manuscript is an autograph manuscript by Robert Burns (1759-1796), the foremost national poet of Scotland. Burns wrote poetry and composed songs, and […]

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The Compleat Angler, 1655

A short one today! Izaak Walton (1594 – 1683) is best known for writing the influential The Compleat Angler, a guide to the culture and spirit of fly fishing that grew and expanded over the course of Walton’s life. It’s considered a major classic in the fly fishing world, and NSLM is lucky enough to possess […]

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Somerville Letter, May 4, 1924

The NSLM manuscripts collection is in the F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room, which houses the Library’s rare books collection as well as the John H. Daniels Collection. One of the manuscripts donated by John and Martha Daniels is a letter from Edith Somerville to Virginia sportsman Harry Worcester Smith in 1924. Somerville was a prominent author […]

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A Peep at a Fox Chase, 1829

Our next item of interest is in a small green box, labeled with the mysterious title, “A Peep at a Fox Chase – Ephemera – 1829.” Let me explain why this is intriguing. Merriam-Webster defines ephemera as “paper items (as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have […]

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