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This week’s #feathursday post is brought to you by Diderot’s Encyclopédie.

We at Special Collections & Archives hope you enjoy the plumage and the remainder of your week!

World Sea Turtle Day!

Today is World Sea Turtle Day! In celebration, we share some images from Special Collections & Archives’ copy of Louis Agassiz’s Contributions to the natural history of the United States of America Volume II Part III, “Embryology of the turtle.”

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The image above includes one of the sea turtles native to the United States, the loggerhead sea turtle (no. 13-32), as well as several freshwater softshell turtles (no. 1-7), a painted turtle (no. 8-9), and a musk turtle (no. 10-12). Several illustrators worked with Agassiz on “Embryology of the turtle:” Jacques Burkhardt, Henry James Clark, and Auguste Sonrel.

While Agassiz’s legacy includes endorsement of the theory of polygenism, a form of scientific racism, in his early career he was a well recognized biologist and geologist. The four volumes of Contributions to the Natural History of the United States of America were published from 1857-1862 and detail the zoology of American turtles and jellyfish. The compendium was meant to eventually include ten volumes but was never finished.

Below are more images from “Embryology of the turtle” of both freshwater turtles and their eggs and embryos.

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Additional images from Contributions to the natural history of the United States of America can be found in the fully digitized volumes in HathiTrust and in a digital exhibit from the Gould Library at Carleton College, or come view the volume in person in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room on the third floor of the library.

Happy day, world sea turtles! Do you like turtles?

Letters from Iceland

It’s summer–what are your vacation plans? Perhaps a trip to chilly Iceland? For travel tips, look no further than W.H. Auden’s Letters From Iceland, previously detailed on the blog here.

Bon voyage!

Djuna Barnes in the Giroux Collection

Djuna Barnes, 1905. Public domain photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Today marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Djuna Barnes, a writer and artist whose novel Nightwood is considered one of the earliest prominent American novels to portray lesbian relationships.

Djuna Barnes' The Antiphon, Nightwood, and Ryder from the Robert Giroux Book Collection

The Robert Giroux Book Collection in Special Collections & Archives contains several novels by Barnes.

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Search the library’s collections for more info on Barnes, or come to the Booth-Bricker Reading Room in Special Collections & Archives Tuesday-Thursday, 9-12 or 1-4:30, to view the books pictured above.

Collection Highlight: M. Aguilar sets

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Occasionally I come across a few rare gems in our public stacks that I carefully rescue to be catalogued in Special Collections. Last week, I gathered many multi-volume sets in series of Spanish theater and poetry published by M. Aguilar in the 1940s-50s. What caught my eye was the hint of color on the top edge of one of the books, and when I pulled it from the shelf I gasped at the bright, intricate stencil that looks to have been airbrushed along the textblock’s head, tail and fore-edge. Some have faded over time along the head, but the edges that have not been exposed to light in some time are as bright as ever. The books vary in size and are all cased in soft leather dyed in various colors. Many feature whimsically illustrated end-sheets as you open the cover, and each has a sepia toned portrait of the author facing the book’s title page. A classy and surprising series indeed! You can now access these books in the Reading Room of SC&A, on the third floor of Monroe Library.

On This Day in 1884, Cotton Centennial

The World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, New Orleans, 1884-85

December 16, 1884 marked the opening day of The World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition. The Cotton Planter’s Association chose to commemorate the first recorded shipment of cotton from the United States to England, which happened in 1784, at the World’s Fair that year in New Orleans.

Special Collections & Archives has several books commemorating the Exposition. The World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, New Orleans, 1884-85 describes the opening ceremony and exhibits in the fair. Each state in the U.S. (of which there were 38 at the time), the 7 territories (Arizona, Dakota, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Washington, Wyoming), and 17 foreign nations (of which the Mexico exhibit was particularly lauded) had its own exhibit, and there were also dedicated  exhibits on the government, education, women, people of color, the railway, horticulture, art, and livestock.

Catalogue of the art collection describes the art on display at the exhibition and includes prices.

Finally, Map of the city of New Orleans showing location of exposition grounds and all approaches thereto by land & water shows the exhibition’s locations around the city as well as drawings of some of the exhibition buildings. Special Collections & Archives’ copies are very fragile, but the map is digitized and available online in David Rumsey’s Map Collection, Harvard University’s Digital Maps Collection, the University of Milwaukee’s American Geographical Society Library – Maps Collection, and Wikimedia Commons (shown below). Most of the exhibition took place in what is now Audubon Park.

There are many more items related to the Cotton Centennial in the Louisiana Digital Library, including LSU’s  New Orleans Centennial Exposition Stereoscopic Views collection.

A Louisiana "Swamp Angel," G. & S. Building, from New Orleans Centennial Exposition Stereoscopic Views, LOUISiana Digital Library, Baton Rouge, La.

You can view the three books detailed above in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room in Special Collections & Archives, Monroe Library, Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm.

Found in the Archives: Estrays

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Today we take a glance at a thin volume of poetry. Estrays was first published in 1918 and then again edited and in hardcover in 1920. It is populated with poetry composed by the poets: Thomas Kennedy, George Steele SeymourVincent Starrett, and Basil Thompson.

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Below is a selection of a poem that that is both representative of the collections’ title and themes (estray : stray); The Quest, by Thomas Kennedy.

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You can browse either edition Monday – Friday from 9:00-4:30  in Booth-Bricker Reading Room inside the Special Collections & Archives at Loyola University New Orleans.

Le Scarabée D’or

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Even though Halloween is over, there’s still time to appreciate things on the creepier side! These are a few pictures from a French copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Gold Bug printed in 1892. This story was one of the most popular ones during his lifetime, and was submitted for a writing contest in the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper, for which he earned the grand prize of $100 dollars, or about $3,230 today. Not only that, but this popularized the idea of cryptography, because the plot is based around an epic treasure hunt, which contains a rather complex cryptogram, with an explanation on how to crack it. So if you like mysteries with a couple chills down your spine, maybe you should check it out!

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This item and more can be viewed in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library.

Blog by student worker Miranda Renzi.

Germany’s Wild Medicinal Plants (Deutschlands wildwachsende Arzney-Pflanzen)

Published in 1828, Deutschlands wildwachsende Arzney-Pflanzen (Germany’s Wild Medicinal Plants), by Johann Gottlieb Mann, contains hand-colored lithographs of medical plants, flowers, and fruits. Here is a small selection. To view more of these lithographs click HERE to access them via Louisiana Digital Library.

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History of the Fan

Today Found in the Archives takes a look at The History of the Fan.

This large and lavishly illustrated volume was assembled by G. Wolliscroft Rhead, and published in a limited edition of 450 in 1910.

Inspired by the fact that despite the fan’s ubiquity, “[e]ven on the continent the literature of the Fan is exceedingly scanty,” Rhead traces, in minute detail, the fan from ancient times…

…through the eighteenth century.

The volume features many beautiful examples:

As well as helpful instruction on the language of the fan:

Come see The History of the Fan for yourself in Special Collections & Archives!