Drawn from the collections of the Bodleian Library, the Marks of Genus exhibit runs through September 28 at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. For those unable to make the exhibit, the accompanying book was published by the Bodleian Library in August and is available for purchase here.
PBS NewsHour talked with Morgan Library curator John McQuillen about Marks of Genius. Via the Morgan Library’s Instagram, enjoy this behind-the-scenes snap!
"Just as WWI brought technological advances in warfare—the armored tank, flamethrowers, poison gas—it also witnessed increasingly sophisticated (if sometimes absurdly ill-advised) techniques of espionage… . Everything from windmills and locomotives to loaves of bread were used to transmit secret messages, leading to the kind of paranoia and suspicion with which, in today’s time of heightened security, we are all too familiar."
Melanie King, author with the Bodleian Library of Secrets in a Dead Fish has written a short piece for the Boston Globe on the the shadowy world of Great War espionage.
The Tradescants’ Orchard is the Boston Globe's “The Find” for July 6:
"Hundreds of years after a British book collector passed away, his volume of 66 luscious watercolors of orchard fruits has taken on a new life. The charming illustrations have been reproduced in facsimile in The Tradescants’ Orchard: The Mystery of a Seventeenth-Century Painted Fruit Book (Bodleian). Here and there, the unknown artist painted a bird, a frog, an insect, even a miniature squirrel. Were the pictures created merely for pleasure or as a catalog for a traveling salesman? The coauthors, plant scientist Barrie Juniper and art historian Hanneke Grootenboer, suggest that a new generation of detectives take up the mystery that has bedeviled them.”
Photograph: Sarah Angelina Acland, Aloe arborescens, circa 1909.
A New York Times piece on early color photography includes a mention of Sarah Angelina Acland: First Lady of Colour Photography, published in the US in November by the Bodleian Library.
From "The Natural World: The Tradescants’ Culinary Treasures" by Amy L. Tigner, in Gastronomic, Winter 2012
The Bodleian Library will publish The Tradescants’ Orchard, a collection of sixty-six watercolors by the Tradescants, in June 2013.
Don’t imagine that any nice-minded girl is going to say “yes” to such a proposition as: “Well, what about a spot of double harness, old thing?”
Check out this slideshow from the Bodleian Library’s Menswear: Vintage People on Photo Postcards—complete with detail on how to get the look—at the online weekly Mr. Porter. Menswear will publish in December in the US.
SF Signal has an extensive list of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books to look forward to in September, including Brian Aldiss’s An Exile on Planet Earth, published by the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford; and Sherryl Vint’s Animal Alterity, new in paperback from Liverpool University Press.