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  • Charlotte Catherine Patin: A Seventeenth-Century Female Art Historian? The Family of Charles Patin (1684). Joseph Juster (active  ca. 1690) after the painting by Noël Jouvenet (died 1698).

    The Family of Charles Patin (1684). Joseph Juster (active ca. 1690) after the painting by Noël Jouvenet (died 1698).   Title page of Pitture scelte... (1691). Marquand Library recently acquired a...

  • A Seventeenth-Century Art Historical Book by a Female Scholar at Marquand Library A Seventeenth-Century Art Historical Book by a Female Scholar at Marquand Library

    On display in Marquand Library is one of the earliest publications of art-historical criticism by a female scholar, Charlotte Catherine Patin (1672?-1744). Described by a recent critic as an “...

  • Ehon imayō sugata from the Edmond de Goncourt Collection Ehon imayō sugata

    In the words of its author and illustrator, Utagawa Toyokuni, ‘Ehon imayō sugata is a book about women of all kinds: from women of noble birth to those of the lowest classes—from the most virtuous...

  • Jacopo Strada and the Study of Antiquity Imperatorum Romanorum omnium orientalium et occidentalium verissimae imagines ex antiquis numismatis quam fidelissime delineatae

    Jacopo (sometimes Latinized to Jacobus) Strada, the author of this elegant volume, played a complex role in the cultural life of some of the most powerful courts in mid-sixteenth-century Europe. Born...

  • Modern Art in Post World War II Japan Seikigun

    Marquand Library is the only institution on record as owning a complete 7-issue run of the Japanese serial entitled Seikigun [世紀群 Century Group]. Published and hand-distributed in 1949 and 1950 by...

  • HOKUSAI’S MANGA (DENSHIN KAISHU) HOKUSAI MANGA

    When we hear the word “manga” today, we think of graphic novels: stories that are dramatically narrated through pictures, often in a comic book-like format. The literal meaning of the term manga (漫画...

  • Two Early French Publications of “Etruscan” Vases L’Introduction à l’étude des vases antiques d’argile peints, vulgairement appelés étrusques

    In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the enthusiasm for Greek and Roman antiquities was nurtured by the publication of celebrated collections of antique art. Inspired in particular...

  • The “German Vasari”? L’Academia todesca della architectura, scultura & pittura: oder Teutsche Academie der edlen Bau- Bild- und Mahlerey Künste. . .

    Sometimes referred to as the “German Vasari,” Joachim von Sandrart, born in Frankfurt, trained first as a printmaker, notably in Nuremberg, and in Prague with Aegidius Sadeler. He then studied...

  • First Steps toward Modernism in Japanese Photography Hakuyō

    Published between 1922 and 1926, Hakuyō was the monthly magazine of the Japan Photographic Art Association (Nihon Kōga Geijutsu Kyōkai), the first national Japanese organization with ‘art photography...

  • Mountains Upon Mountains Ehon kyōka yama mata yama [Picture Book of Comic Poems: Mountains Upon Mountains]

    Another newly acquired Japanese ehon (picture book) in the Marquand Library collection is Katsushika Hokusai’s beautiful Ehon kyōka yama mata yama [Picture Book of Comic Poems: Mountains Upon...

  • Hokusai’s Banned Book Itako zekkushū [‘Chinese-style’ Songs of Itako]

    Celebrating the famous prostitution district of the town of Itako, this picture/ poetry book [ehon] by Katsushika Hokusai and the poet, Fuji no Karamaro, was banned by the Japanese government in 1803...

  • The Grimani Breviary Breviario Grimani : ms. Lat. I 99 = 2138, Biblioteca nazionale marciana, Venezia

    This year, Marquand Library acquired a copy of one of the first complete color facsimiles of the Grimani Breviary, a magnificent example of Flemish Renaissance manuscript illumination.  Monumental in...

  • A TOUR OF PARIS IN THE 1730s Plan de Paris: commencé de l’année 1734 (detail)

    In 1734, Michel-Etienne Turgot (1690-1751), the influential provost of the merchants of Paris (a position roughly equivalent to that of the present-day Mayor), commissioned a new printed map to...

  • ON THE ROAD…AGAIN Tōkaidō meisho zue [Illustrated Guide to the Famous Sites of the Tōkaidō Road]

    Adventure was promised to those who traveled Japan’s three hundred-mile-long Tōkaidō Road from the 17th through early 20th century. For more than three centuries illustrated books and woodblock...

  • A Very Artistic Anatomy Book Tabulae anatomicae a celeberrimo pictore Petro Berrettino Cortonensi delineatae.

    Pietro da Cortona’s Tabulae anatomicae, one of the most artistic anatomical atlases ever produced, was not published until more than 70 years after the artist’s death. Early in his career, Pietro...

  • Chronicling Disaster (Illegally) in Mid-19th Japan Ansei fūbunshū [Reports of (Natural Disasters of) the Ansei Period]

    It is said that if one natural disaster strikes, a second will occur... So begins the preface to this harrowing chronicle of disasters that took place in Japan during the first two years of the Ansei...

  • An Early Study of Trajan’s Column Historia vtriusque belli Dacici a Traiano Caesare gesti: ex simulachris quae in columna eiusdem Romae visuntur collecta

    The triumphal column erected by the Roman senate in 113 A.D. to celebrate the victories of the emperor Trajan (died 117) over the Dacians is one of the best-preserved monuments of Imperial Rome. A...

  • On the Road Tōkaidō gojūsantsugi emaki [Scrolls of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō]

    Adventure was promised to those who traveled Japan’s three hundred-mile-long Tōkaidō Road from the 17th through early 20th century. For more than three centuries illustrated books and woodblock...

  • The ‘Bug Books’ Ehon mushi erami [Picture Book of Selected Insects]

    In this lavishly produced woodblock-printed “picture book” from the beginning of Utamaro’s career, pictures of insects, plants, and reptiles are paired with similarly themed and humorously risqué...

  • Emmet Gowin's First Photobook Concerning America and Alfred Stieglitz, and Myself

    Though it is hard to believe, this recent addition to Marquand’s rare book collection is actually a student project by Emmet Gowin—distinguished American photographer, and Professor Emeritus of...

  • 'Out and About' in Edo Japan Edo meisho zue [Illustrated Guide to the Famous Sites of Edo]

    Written over the course of forty years by three generations of the Saitō family, the Edo meisho zue is a window onto the world of Japan’s capital city during the late 18th and early 19th-centuries....

  • Pirates of the East China Sea Wo kou tu juan (J: Wakō zukan) [Japanese Pirates Scroll]

    In the waning years of the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), wokou (Japanese pirates) raided the coastal provinces of eastern China with increasing regularity.  Despite suffering defeat in Shandong in 1363,...

  • Stuart Lacquerware Manual A Treatise of Japaning and Varnishing: Being a Compleat Discovery of Those Arts...

    Increased trade and diplomatic contact with the Far East during the seventeenth century nurtured European taste for exotic goods, such as lacquer, porcelain, and patterned silks. Oriental lacquer...