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Dining with the Hermaphrodites: Courtly Excess and Dietary Manuals in Early Modern France
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Dining with the Hermaphrodites: Courtly Excess and Dietary Manuals in Early Modern France

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Kathleen Long

A guest post by Kathleen Long In 1605, a satirical novel, now known under the title L’Isle des Hermaphrodites (The Island of Hermaphrodites) was circulating on the streets of Paris. It was very popular at the time, according to contemporary…

A late 15th-century tapestry fragment with visible restorations
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A late 15th-century tapestry fragment with visible restorations

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Erin Blake

Yes, indeed, the Folger collection item the March 2020 Crocodile Mystery is two-toned because of fading (and yes, indeed, it is a tapestry). Congratulations and thanks to Elisabeth, Ed, and Carolyn for their comments. The mystery wasn’t quite solved, though:…

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

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The Collation

It’s said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. The Collation’s March 2020 Crocodile Mystery, however, comes in with a unicorn and stag, and the following questions: what is this object, and why is…

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

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Stephen H. Grant

A Guest Post by Stephen H. Grant Dear Collators, at a Fall 2019 reception in the Great Hall, I captured a rare historic moment in the Library’s history. We contemplate the personification of more than a third of a century…

"Lusty" sack possets, fertility, and the foodways of early modern weddings
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"Lusty" sack possets, fertility, and the foodways of early modern weddings

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Sasha Handley

A guest post by Sasha Handley Take ye yolks of 14 Egs & six whites & boyle them very well strain them into a pewter Bason put a quarte of a pint of Sack to them a grated nutmeg a…

Mellow Yellow and 50 Shades of Grey: the challenges of bi-tonal images
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Mellow Yellow and 50 Shades of Grey: the challenges of bi-tonal images

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Abbie Weinberg

Well, I’m afraid our mystery image might have been a little too mysterious. For those of you still playing along, the mystery image from last week is an image from a microfilm of Folger MS D.a.6 that seems to show…

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

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The Collation

Welcome back to our monthly Crocodile Mystery! For those of you (ahem) mystified by this designation for our reoccurring series of posts, take a look at the post where it was named! For the question this month, we’re returning to…

Ben Greet: “Thank God for Henry Clay Folger”
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Ben Greet: “Thank God for Henry Clay Folger”

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Stephen H. Grant

A guest post by Stephen Grant First, a most Happy New Year to you all! I’m sure that 2020 is the beginning of a big decade for the Folger!! And I can’t wait until the Folger Centennial in 2032!!! For…

Sizing Shakespeare's Sonnets
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Sizing Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Faith Acker

A guest post by Faith Acker I still remember the first rare book I handled in a library. It was Thomas Caldecott’s copy of the Shake-speares Sonnets. Neuer before imprinted (Thomas Thorpe, 1609) a beautiful quarto that Caldecott presented to…

The Eighteenth-Century Manuscript Verse Miscellany
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The Eighteenth-Century Manuscript Verse Miscellany

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Betty Schellenberg

A guest post by Betty Schellenberg Recently I’ve been exploring the very active literary lives of eighteenth-century lower gentry and middle-class individuals. Many of these socially obscure people not only composed and exchanged verse in manuscript form within their own…

Happy New Year (by one calendar anyway)
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Happy New Year (by one calendar anyway)

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The Collation

We’re well aware that around the world, and across time, there are many calendars (boy howdy do we know that), but if the calendar that you use is about to change over to January 1, 2020, we wish you a…

December Greetings
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December Greetings

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The Collation

As we pass the winter solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere, and the days grow longer at last (apologies to our readers in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s all down hill for you), we wanted to take a moment and wish…

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