Rare Book Room - Past Display
July 13 – October 24, 2009
2009 is the 400th anniversary of Galileo observing the heavens through the lenses of a telescope. Science was changed forever and with it came revolutions in western culture and the view of earth's position in the universe. This exhibit follows the contributions of four pairs of astronomers in creating the new universal order – Tycho Brahe and his sister Sophie, Galileo and the emotional support provided by his daughter Suor Maria Celeste, William Herschel and his sister Caroline and Edwin Hubble and Henrietta Swan Leavitt.
Check out our Pathfinder for information on celestial bodies and the astronomers who discovered them.
Turn the page, twirl the dial, pull the tab, lift the flap --it is spontaneous pleasure to see what happens as pages in mechanical or pop-up books come alive. Disguised as ordinary books, the simple turn of a page transforms a two-dimensional leaf into a three-dimensional paper sculpture. Although pop-up books range greatly from simple to complex designs and from plain to ornate graphic imagery, mechanical books are sure amusement for all ages.
Alexander Hamilton was one of the most influential of the founding fathers especially in the early years of the new government under George Washington. In this exhibit, his life is explored using four themes - as an Immigrant / Soldier, a Lawmaker / Economist, a Futurist and The Duel. There is also a section called Hamilton’s Bookshelf which contains works that Hamilton consulted, some throughout his lifetime. Here is a sample of items included in the exhibit.
This first edition of The Federalist, conceived and principally written by Hamilton along with James Madison and John Jay, was sent to Thomas Jefferson by John Jay. It is annotated in Jefferson’s own hand on page 151.
Hamilton was a prodigious writer and he used this 18th century version of a "laptop" to work on reports and correspondence while he traveled. The desk is on loan from Hamilton College. A letter written by Hamilton rests on it, next to a first edition of his influential Report on Manufactures.
Alexander Hamilton was the First Treasury Secretary. Shown here is a formal letter from him regarding the imposition of taxes on domestic spirits that incited the Whiskey Rebellion.