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Heraldic Colors
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Heraldic Colors

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Abbie Weinberg

Yes, indeed. The letters in this month’s mystery image are B, O, and G, and they represent what is missing from the image: color!  The mystery image is a detail of a coat of arms in Folger MS V.b.256, which…

“What manner o’thing is your crocodile?”: July 2020
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“What manner o’thing is your crocodile?”: July 2020

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Welcome back for another Crocodile Mystery! As you enjoy this first week of July (really? really? Who said the calendar could do that?), spare some thoughts for this mystery image. What’s going on in this image? What are those letters…

Announcing the Earle Hyman Collection
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Announcing the Earle Hyman Collection

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Elizabeth DeBold

Earle Hyman as the Prince of Morocco in a 1953 production of Merchant of Venice Earlier this year, the Folger Shakespeare Library was privileged to receive the Earle Hyman Collection, including many of the actor’s personal papers, photographs, and theatrical…

Postcards in the Folger Archives: British Sea Captain John Robinson and Henry Folger
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Postcards in the Folger Archives: British Sea Captain John Robinson and Henry Folger

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Stephen H. Grant

A guest post by Stephen Grant Rosy-cheeked and white-bearded poet, painter, and shipmaster John Robinson of Watford, Hertfordshire was a commanding presence on the bridge of the steamship Minnehaha from 1900 until he retired from the American-owned Atlantic Transport Line…

Words with pictures, or, What's in a name?
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Words with pictures, or, What's in a name?

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Erin Blake

One of the points I like to make when I teach the History of Printed Book Illustration at Rare Book School is that images and words affect each other. The course deliberately focuses on illustrations—that is, on pictures and text…

Pandemic Paleography
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Pandemic Paleography

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Heather Wolfe

“I may be losing what are left of my marbles, but in L.b.21 look at the middle wiggly bits of the brackets on the right hand side of 5r (second & third brackets), 5v (1st bracket) 6v (1st & 2nd…

Early women buying books: the evidence
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Early women buying books: the evidence

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Georgianna Ziegler

In 1684, Bridget Trench bought herself a copy of the Rev. Samuel Clarke’s General Martyrologie, a collection of biographies of those who had been persecuted for their beliefs in the history of the church in England. Samuel Clarke, General Martyrologie…

“What manner o’thing is your crocodile?”: June 2020
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“What manner o’thing is your crocodile?”: June 2020

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The Collation

For June’s crocodile mystery, something made us chuckle in this image. What is it? Image from Luna, click to enlarge Leave your guesses below and we’ll be back with the answer next week.

"To Madame Sarah"
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"To Madame Sarah"

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Elizabeth DeBold

Sarah Bernhardt is, for many, synonymous with the melodramatic. One of the most well-known and celebrated actresses of the late-19th and early-20th centuries, she was described by contemporaries as “indefatigable;” “an actress without a rival;” and “a queen of art.”The…

Inside the Folger Archives: Uncle Henry's Pipers
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Inside the Folger Archives: Uncle Henry's Pipers

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Sara Schliep

As we all adjust to social distancing and teleworking, I have been reflecting on similar disruptions at the Folger during World War II. And in that vein, I would like to share with Collation readers the story of Uncle Henry’s…

First Folger Director: William Adams Slade, Part III
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First Folger Director: William Adams Slade, Part III

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Stephen H. Grant

A guest post by Stephen Grant Similar to First Folger Director William Adams Slade, Part II, Part III will be deltiological in only one instance, as we continue to examine connections between Folgers and Slades (for readers seeking more deltiological…

Following the Trail of Counterfeits in the Folger’s Reformation Collection
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Following the Trail of Counterfeits in the Folger’s Reformation Collection

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Drew Thomas

A guest post by Drew Thomas Among the many collections at the Folger, besides its magnificent Shakespeare Collection, is the Stickelberger Collection of Reformation Tracts. This valuable collection, purchased by the Folger in 1977, was compiled by the Swiss writer…

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