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Case 1 – “Shadows and Mirrors”

  • Franz Reinzer. Meteorologia philosophico-politica. Augsburg: Jeremias Wolf, 1698. PN6349 .R37 1698 Cage (image).
  • Johann Theodor de Bry. Proscenium vitae humanae sive Emblematum secularium …. Frankfurt: William Fitzer, 1627. PN6349.B789 P6 1627; displayed fol.27r. (image).
  • Edward Brown.  A Brief Account of Some Travels in Divers Parts of Europe.  London: Benjamin Tooke, 1685.
  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell.  Miner’s lamp.
  • FACSIMILE. Attributed to Pieter Stevens.  Peasants collecting wood.   Oil on wood, ca. 1681.  Danish Royal Collections, Rosenborg Castle.
  • Sir John Davies. Γνώθι σεατόν. Gnōthi Seauton. Nocse Teipsum: or, The Delphick oracle expounded, in two elegies, as a looking–glass for the soul. London, 1688. D400; displayed title page (image).
  • FACSIMILE. Fortunio Liceti, ed. Gerardus Leonardus Blasius. De monstris. Amsterdam: Andreas Frisius, 1665. GR825 .L5 1665 (image).
  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. 4 mercury glass jars. 20th century.
  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. Framed mirror.  18th century.
  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. Piece of hematite.

Wall after Case 1

  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   Dreamers Often Lie.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   All Are Fled.
  • LOAN from Jeffrey Shore. Narwhal Tusk.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   Know my Stops.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   Leviathan.

Case 2 – “All’s The Whale’s A Stage”

  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell.   John Jonston.   Historie Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis.  Frankfurt: Mattaeus Merian, ca. 1650. 
  • LOAN from Olivia Parker. Honorius Philoponus [Caspar Plautius]. Nova typis transacta navigation. Linz, 1621. Displayed at Tab. XLI and Tab. XLII.
  • FACSIMILE LOAN from Olivia Parker. Honorius Philoponus [Caspar Plautius]. Nova typis transacta navigation. Linz, 1621.
  • Conrad Gessner. Nomenclator aquatilium animantium. Zürich: Christoph Froschauer, 1560. 222727; displayed p. 176-177 (image).
  • Strange newes for England. London: W. Thomas, 1659. S5884.6; displayed on t.p. (image).
  • FACSIMILE from Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp, Belgium.  Rorqual washed ashore at Egmond, 1547.
  • Olaus Magnus, Archbishop of Uppsala. Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus. Rome : Giovanni Maria Viotti, 1555. DL45 .M1 1555 Cage; displayed at p. 754 (image).
  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. Whale vertebrae.  Found near South Carolina.
  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. Fossilized inner ears of whale. Found near South Carolina.

Doorway Between Case 2 and 3

  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   Knawing Vulture of Thy Mind

  Case 3 – “Wind”

  • The wonders of this windie winter. London: George Eld for John Wright, 1613. STC 25949; displayed on t.p. (image).
  • Lucas Jacobsen Debes, trans. John Sterpin. Faeroe & Faeroa Reserata. London: Francis Leach for William Iles, 1676. 149- 306q; displayed p.52-53 (foldout) (image).
  • Matthaeus Merian. “Portavit eum ventus in ventre suo” in Michael Maier Atalanta fugiens. Oppenheim: Hieronymus Galler for Johann Theodor de Bry, 1617. QD25.M2 A8 1617 Cage; displayed pp.12-13 (image).
  • Ralph Bohun. A discourse concerning the origine and properties of wind. Oxford: W. Hall for Thomas Bowman, 1671. 142- 004q; displayed on pg. 18 (image).
  • Charles Leigh. The natural history of Lancashire, Cheshire, and the Peak, in Derbyshire.  Oxford: Printed for the author, 1700. L975; displayed p. 164 (image).
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph. Barren Winter.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph. Blasted Heath.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph. This Blessed Plot.

Wall after Case 3

  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   Till That Her Garments

  Case 4 – “To One Thing Constant Never”

  • Johann Theodor de Bry “Semicircular world/universe chart.” Engraving in Robert Fludd. Utriusque cosmi maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica … Oppenheim: Johann Theodor de Bry and Hieronymus Galler, 1617. . BD500 F4 1617b Cage vol.1; displayed engr. 4 (image).
  • Charles de Rochefort, trans. John Davies. The History of Barbados, St Christophers, Mevis, St Vincerts, Antego, Martinico, Monserrat, and the rest of the Caribby-Islands. London: John Macock for John Starkey and Thomas Dring, 1666. R1739; displayed p.106-107 (image).
  • Flavius Vegetius Renatus, trans. Nicolaus Wollick. De re militari. French. Paris: Chrestien Wechel, 1536. U101 .V3 F7 1536 Cage Fo.; displayed cxiv (image).
  • FACSIMILE from Houghton Library, Harvard University. Andre Thevet.   La cosmographie universelle.  Paris: Pierre L’Huillier, 1575. 
  • Theodor de Bry. Emblemata nobilitati et vulgo scitu digna …Frankfurt am Main, 1592. PN6349 .B79 E5 1592 Cage; displayed plate 1 (image).
  • Konrad Lykosthenes. Prodigiorum ac ostentorum chronicon …. Basel: Heinrich Petri, 1557. GR825 .L8 1557 Cage; display pg. 24-25 (image). 
  • Andrea Alciati, ed. Pietro Rositini. Emblematum liber. Venice: Sons of Aldo Manuzio, 1546. 219- 060q; displayed p. 42 (image).

Wall after Case 4

  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.  Jacque’s Travels.

Case 5 – “Eyed Awry”

  • FACSIMILE. Matthaeus Merian “Campus Anthropomorphos.” Engraving in Athanasius Kircher. Ars magna lucis et umbrae. Amsterdam: Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge, 1671. Q155 .K5 1671 Cage; displayed p. 709 (middle plate) (image).
  • Gaspar Schott. Magia universalis naturae et artis. Würzburg: Heirs of Johann Gottfried Schönwetter, 1657. Q155.S3 1657 Cage; displayed p.194 (image).
  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. Oil Lamp.
  • FACSIMILE. Athanasius Kircher. Physiologia Kircheriana experimentalis …. Amsterdam: Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge, 1680. 196025; displayed pg. 125 (image).
  • FACSIMILE. Athanasius Kircher. Physiologia Kircheriana experimentalis …. Amsterdam: Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge, 1680. 196025; displayed pg. 127.
  • FACSIMILE. Jean François Nicéron. La perspective curieuse du reverend P. Niceron … avec L’optique et la catoptrique du R. P. Mersenne. Paris: Widow of François Langlois, 1652. QC353.N6 1652 Cage; displayed plate LXVII (image).
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph. To One Thing Constant Never.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   Points of the Compass.

Vitrine after Case 5

  • Eric Stepp, after Athanasius Kircher (1602–80). Model of metamorphosis room constructed for this exhibition.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.    Twenty Shadows.

  Doorway After Case 5

  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. Replica Crocodile, 20th century. 
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   Anthropomorph.
  • Etching of Hippo, quote from Richard Stoneman. 

Case 6 – “The Horrors of War”

  • Flavius Vegetius Renatus, trans. Nicolaus Wollick. De re militari. French. Paris: Chrestien Wechel, 1536. U101 .V3 F7 1536 Cage Fo.; displayed xvii (at top) (image).  
  • Jacques Callot. La pendaison (The hanging) from Les misères et les malheurs de la guerre Etching. Paris, 1633. LOAN Mount Holyoke College of Art Museum.
  • Ein wahres Probiertes und Pracktisches geschriebenes Feuerbuch. Manuscript, 1607. V.b.311; displayed fol.129r (image).
  • Hiob Ludolf. Historia Aethiopica. Frankfurt am Main: Johann David Zunner, 1691. 226296; foldout opposite p.243 (image).
  • LOAN from Lisa Unger Baskin. Leonard Baskin. Hanged man.  
  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. Mandrake Root.
  • LOAN from Lisa Unger Baskin. Life cast of entangled lizards. Northern European, 16th century.

Wall After Case 6

  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcel.  Shield made from hippopotamus skin.  Ethiopia, date unknown.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   Armor on the Shore.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   Macduff’s Castle.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   The Wars to Come.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   The Penalty.

Case 7 – “Bad Behavior”

  • Jacob Cats, illus. after Adriaen Pietersz. van de Venne. Silenus Alcibiadis, sive Proteus …Middelburg: Hans vander Hellen, 1618. PN6349 .C2 S5 1618 Cage; displayed pg. 52-53 (image).
  • Walther Hermann Ryff. Der furnembsten, notwendigsten, der gantzen Architectur … Nuremberg: Johannes Petrejus, 1547. 184- 609f; displayed p.1 (image).
  • LOAN from Ricky Jay. John Selman.
  • LOAN from the Richard Balzer Collection. 3 Jack-in-the-boxes.
  • Thomas Hill. The Gardeners Labyrinth. London: Henry Bynneman, 1577. STC 13485; displayed pg. 41 (image).
  • Thomas Fella. A book of diverse devises and sorts of pictures with the alphabets of letters. Manuscript, ca. 1585–1622. V.a.311; display fol. 72v-73r (image1, image2).
  • FACSIMILE. Thomas Fella. A book of diverse devises and sorts of pictures with the alphabets of letters. Manuscript, ca. 1585–1622. V.a.311; display fol. 80v (image).
  • LOAN from Ricky Jay Collection. Rembrandt.  Etching (?) De kwakzalver, 1635.
  • Fragment of a drinking glass. ca. 1650
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph. Jack Cade.

Vitrine after Case 7

  • LOAN from National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Automaton figure of a friar. South Germany or Spain, c. 1560
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph. Awake Your Faith.

Before Case 7

  • LOANS from Richard Balzer. Backlit Protean Views:
    [1] Simon Fokke (1712–84)
    Afbeelding der eerst uitslaande Vlamme in de Amsterdamschen Schouwburg Amsterdam: G. Warnars & P. den Hengst, 1772.
    [2] Noach van der Meer (1740?–1822)
    Afbeelding van den Brand des Amsterdamschen Schouwburgs.  Amsterdam: G. Warnars & P. den Hengst, 1772.
    [3] Noach van der Meer (1740?–1822)
    Afbeelding van den Brand des Amsterdamschen Schouwburgs.  Amsterdam: G. Warnars & P. den Hengst, 1772.

Case 8 – “An Art That Nature Makes”

  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. Mastodon Tooth.
  • Robert Hooke. The posthumous works of Robert Hooke. London : S. Smith and B. Walford, 1705. 165791; displayed 2 openings- p283 Robert Hooke of ammonite & p286 Robert Hooke of mastodon tooth (image1, image 2).
  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. Fossilized ammonite.
  • FACSIMILIE from Rosamond Purcell.  Ole Worm,“The Petrified Snake” from Museum Wormianum.  Leiden, 1655.  (d. 1654)
  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. Wisconsin river concretions.
  • FACSIMILE. Ulisse Aldrovandi. Monstrorum historia. Bologna: Nicolò Tebaldini, 1642. 167114; displayed pg. 145 (image).
  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. Staurolite crosses. Northern Siberia.
  • LOAN from Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University. Hematite in the shape of a bird wing.
  • FACSIMILE. Athanasius Kircher. Ars magna lucis et umbrae … Amsterdam: Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge, 1671. Q155 .K5 1671 Cage Fo.; displayed p.709 (top plate) (image).
  • LOAN from Julia Sheehan. Small agate “Volcano.”
  • LOAN from Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University. Italian marble landscape stone.
  • LOAN from Lisa Unger Baskin. Life cast of lizards after Wenzel Jamnitzer.  Northern European, 16th century.   
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph. The Sounds at Dover Cliffs.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph. An Art That Nature Makes. 

Case 9 – “Snakes”

  • LOAN from Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 4 Apothecary Jars.   Italian Renaissance. 
  • LOAN from Lisa Unger Baskin. Life cast of snake after Wenzel Jamnitzer.  Northern European, 16th century.
  • LOAN from the Ricky Jay Collection.   “Quack Doctor with Snakes.”  Etching in Guiseppe Maria Mitelli.  Di Bologna Arti Per Via D’Annibale Caracci Disegnate, intagliate, et offerte Al grande, et alto Nettuno Gigante.  Rome: Jacomo Rossi, 1660. 
  • FACSIMILE. Thomas Fella. A book of diverse devises. Manuscript, ca. 1585–1622. V.a.311; displayed fol. 61 (image).
  • Moyse Charas. Nouvelles experiences sur la vipère. English. London: T.R. for J. Martyn, 1673. C2038 vol. 1; displayed title page (image).
  • Edward Topsell. The historie of serpents. London: William Jaggard, 1608. STC 24124; displayed title page (image).
  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. Wood in the shape of a snake.
  • Herbarium. Manuscript, ca. 1680. V.a.598; displated fol. between 4 & 5 (image).
  • FACSIMILE/PHOTOGRAPH from Rosamond Purcell. Tazza di terra siglillata
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph. Remember Me.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   Detestable Maw.

Wall Before Case 10

  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   Othello Greets Desdemonain Cyprus.

Case 10 – “Hearsay”

  • Ulisse Aldrovandi. Monstrorum historia. Bologna: Nicolò Tebaldini, 1642. 167114; displayed pg. 14-15 (image).
  • Konrad Lykosthenes, trans. Stephen Batman. The doom warning to the Judgment. London: Ralph Newberry, 1581. STC 1582 c.2; displayed p. 206-7 (image).
  • FACSIMILE. Theodor de Bry. Emblemata nobilitati et vulgo scitu digna … Frankfurt am Main, 1592. PN6349 .B79 E5 1592; displayed plate 19 (image).
  • Liceti, Fortunio. De monstris. Amsterdam: Andreas Frisius, 1665. GR825.L5 1665 Cage; displayed pg 149 (image).
  • FACSIMILE from the J. Paul Getty Museum.  Unknown artist.  Akephalos and Knokephalos.  Ghent, Belgium, c. 1475. 
  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. “Twinned glass.”   
  • LOAN from Lisa Unger Baskin.  Life cast of lizard.
  • FACSIMILE from Tate, London. British School.  The Cholomondelet Ladies, FACSIMILE. Olaus Magnus, Archbishop of Uppsala. Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus. Rome: Giovanni Maria Viotti, 1555. DL45 .M1 1555 Cage; display p.764 (image).
  • FACSIMILE. Olaus Magnus, Archbishop of Uppsala. Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus. Rome: Giovanni Maria Viotti, 1555. DL45 .M1 1555 Cage; display p.780 (image).
  • LOAN from the Ricky Jay Collection. Etching, Tartar prisoner, n.d.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph. Descant of My Deformity.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph. Meadow Fairies.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph. Mandrakes.

Case 11 – “Love of Having”

  • LOAN from the Ricky Jay Collection. John Smith after Egbert van Heemskerck. Jemmy LaRoche the Raree showman. Mezzotint ca. 1690
  • FACSIMILE. Johann Theodor de Bry Self portrait in Jean-Jacques Boissard. De divinatione & magicis praestigiis. Oppenheim: Hieronymus Galler for Johann Theodor de Bry, 1617. BF1750.B6 1616 Cage; displayed 4v (image).
  • Lumb Stocks after Charles Robert Leslie. Autolycus (The winter’s tale). Engraving. Mid-19th century. ART File S528w1 no.49 c.1 (size M) (image).
  • FACSIMILE. Johann Theodor de Bry. Proscenium vitae humanae sive Emblematum secularium … Frankfurt am Main: William Fitzer, 1627. PN6349.B789 P6 1627 (image).
  • Denis Lebey de Batilly, illus. Theodor de Bry after Jean Jacques Boissard. Emblemata. Frankfurt am Main, 1596. PN6349.L353 1596 Cage; displayed F4r (image).
  • Gold coins. England, ca. 1509–1602
  • Embroidery and design by Erin Moody. Imagined design of Dedesmona’s handkerchief.
  • Coronet owned by Julia Marlowe and Edward Hugh Sothern. Late 19th century.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph. The Field of Cloth of Gold
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph. Mirror.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   Richard’s Crown.

Wall Before Case 12

  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   Open Your Eyes.

Case 12 – “Speaking in Tongues”

  • Athanasius Kircher. Musurgia universalis sive ars magna consoni.   Rome: Heirs of Francesco Corbelletti, 1650. 163411; displayed pg 30-31 (image).
  • Renold Elstracke title page to Thomas Scot.  Philomythie or Philomythologie. London: John Legatt for Francis Constable, 1616. STC 21869; displayed title page (image).
  • Burnet Reading after John Hamilton Mortimer. Caliban. London : T. & H. Rodd, 1820. ART File S528t2 no.72 (size XS) (image).
  • Gaspar Schott. Magia universalis naturae et artis. Würzburg: Heirs of Johann Gottfried Schönwetter, 1657. Q155 .S3 1657 Cage ; displayed pg. 373 (image).
  • Joannes Jonstonus. A description of the nature of four-footed beasts. London: Moses Pitt, 1678. J1015A.2; displayed Tab LV (image).
  • FACSIMILE from the British Library. A baited bear. Marginal decoration in The Luttrell Psalter English, before 1340. Add. MS 42130, f.161
  • LOAN from the Ricky Jay Collection. Francesco Bartolozzi, after John Alefounder. Peter the Wild Boy. London: John Alefounder, 1784.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph. Exit, Pursued by a Bear.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   Rude Mechanicals. 

Vitrine After Case 12

  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. Chained Book.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph. The Book, The Land. 

Case 13 – “Caliban”

  • FACSIMILE. Ulisse Aldrovandi. Monstrorum historia. Bologna: Nicolò Tebaldini, 1642. 167114; displayed pg 356 (image).
  • FACSIMILE. Ulisse Aldrovandi. Monstrorum historia. Bologna: Nicolò Tebaldini, 1642. 167114; displayed pg 357 (image).
  • FASCIMILE. A. Birrell, after Thomas Stothard. Caliban in the Tempest. London: Edward Harding, 1798. ART File S528t2 no.75 copy 1 (size XS) ; (image).
  • John Gerald.  Herball or Generall historie of plantes.  London: Adam Islip, Joice Norton, and Richard Whitakers, 1633.
  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. Banksia seed pod.
  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. Barnacled shells.
  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. Turtle shell of Stigmochelys Pardalis.  Eastern and Southern Africa.
  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. Amphora covered with vermicularia or tube-worm  shells.
  • John Frith. Vox piscis: or, the bookfish. London: Humphrey Lownes, John Beale, and Augustine Mathewes, 1627. STC 11395 c.3; displayed title page spread (image).
  • Wood from Shakespeare’s birthplace. ART Inv. 1180 (image)
  • LOAN from Rosamond Purcell. Starfish.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph. Caliban’s Freedom.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   Boring the Moon.

Wall after Case 13

  • “Island” created from burned pages of The Tempest. William Shakespeare. Plays. London: Thomas Cotes, 1632. STC 22274 Fo. 2 no. 55; display leave 1,2,3,7 (image1, image2, image3, image4)
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph. Ariel.
  • Rosamond Purcell, photograph.   The Conjurer, Prospero.

Case 14 – “Prospero’s Books”

  • Marcus Tullius Cicero. De Oratore. Venice: Haeredes Federici Torresani, 1569. PA6296 .D6 1569 Cage; displayed pg 5 (image).
  • Astrological notes and tables in Zacuto’s Almanach perpetuum and Stoeffler’s Almanach nova . Manuscript, ca. 1504.. V.a.323; displayed p. 271 (image).
  • Book of magic, with instructions for invoking spirits, etc. Manuscript, ca. 1577-83. V.b.26 (1); displayed p. 88-89 (blue numbering) (image1 , image2).
  • Euclid. Preclarissimus liber elementorum Euclidis perspicacissimi. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 1482. B1749; displayed B1 (image).
  • LOAN from Lisa Unger Baskin.  Life cast of lizard biting another lizard.  Northern European, 16th century.



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