1. smithsonianlibraries:

    Happy 25th Internet! To celebrate, we’re doing Throwback Thursday a day early.
    Behold, the Smithsonian Libraries website through the ages. Our first website went up in 1995, when the Internet was a wee bairn of 6.
    Thanks to the Wayback Machine for this trip down memory lane.

  2. radicalarchive:

    'The Battler', Socialist Workers Action Group, Australia, 1975.


  4. michaelmoonsbookshop:

    Rare and unusual white leather binding with red leather panel [not vellum] Milton’s Paradise Lost 1751

    sadly now scuffed and worn - with loss to the label and gilt detailing

    (via shadowtobabylon)

  5. houghtonlib:

    Quarteroni, Domenico. Trattato della fortificazione : manuscript, 1728.

    MS Typ 255

    Houghton Library, Harvard University

  6. textile-museum:

    Mummy-Bundle Masks: Part 2

    Volunteer Heather Hoagland finished up those trays she was constructing, so now its time to put them to good use! Heather pulls the mummy-bundle masks out of their drawers, and places them on a new standard pre-cut piece of archival board. This provides extra support for the object and allows for easier access in the future. The board also prevents shifting in transit, as the pieces fit snugly between the Ethafoam bumpers.

    Next, Hoagland wraps the object and its board in unbleached cotton muslin, with the number carefully written on it. Two mummy-bundle masks can fit side by side in each tray. She places them in their new box, and they are good to go. Great job, Heather!

    • Mummy-bundle mask, Peru, Ica Valley, Ocucaje, Cerro Uhle. TM 91.970. Acquired by George Hewitt Myers.
  7. erikkwakkel:


    'Galdrakver': Lbs 143 8vo (1670).

    This seventeenth-century Icelandic parchment manuscript has been called Galdrakver, which can be translated as ‘little book (or booklet) of magic’. I thought I would share it since another of my posts on an Icelandic book of codes and runes has been so popular.

    This small manuscript has a soft leather binding from the mid-nineteenth century (seen in the last photo). The slim volume, written on animal skin, contains many diagrams, such as the ones seen in these photos, alongside prayers, charms, and related texts. The first 7 folia of the manuscript (not pictured here) contain hymns.

    The book was owned at one point by Hannes Finnson, who we know was born 8 May 1739 and died 4 August 1796 at age 57. He was the Bishop of Skálholt in southern Iceland, and some 95 different manuscripts have been associated with him (listed here).

    All pages of the manuscript can be seen here, at Handrit.ishttp://handrit.is/en/manuscript/imaging/is/Lbs08-0143#0000r-FB.

    Lovely and functional binding around the Icelandic “little book of magic”.

    (via oldbookdoc)

  8. bookpatrol:

    Before and after 

    Books undergo repair as part of the WPA book mending project at Raleigh, NC library

    (via oldbookdoc)

  9. anatomyofbibliomania:

    Un-[opac]-cataloged Caesar’s Commentaries.  Renaissance Florentine binding with clasps.  Printed by Philippi de Giunta, 1514.

    Gift of Walter F. Welch

  10. houghtonlib:

    On this day in 1690, Massachusetts issued the first paper currency in what would become the United States. the slightly later examples here date from 1713, 1717, and 1744. The wavy top edge of the first two bills is an anti-counterfeiting measure; the bills were redeemed by pairing them with a sub retained by the government which matched the cut edge.

    Econ 4598.2

    Houghton Library, Harvard University