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In the Stacks: Playing Cards at the Beinecke September 20, 2012 – Posted in: In the Stacks

One of the most extensive collections of playing cards ever assembled resides at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Known as the Cary Collection, it consists of over 2600 packs of cards, 460 sheets of uncut card papers, and 150 wood blocks for printing cards. The Collection contains standard cards from 16 European countries and 6 countries in the Western Hemisphere, as well as nonstan­dard cards from 23 European and 3 Western Hemisphere…

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In the Stacks: National Library of Ireland August 16, 2012 – Posted in: In the Stacks

[paperback bargains] Dublin, 1969. Next stop for In the Stacks is the National Library of Ireland.  Located in Dublin, Ireland’s national library is home to the most comprehensive collection of Irish documentary material on the planet. Here is a little book-themed grouping from their Flickr offering.  The Reading Room of Miss Sandes Soldiers Home in the Curragh Camp.  Elise Sandes (1851-1934) from Tralee, Co Kerry founded this movement near army camps in Ireland, England and…

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In The Stacks: The Astor Free Library at the NYPL May 2, 2012 – Posted in: In the Stacks

This is the latest installment of  In the Stacks. A series dedicated to exploring the digital archives of the leading libraries, institutions and organizations of the known universe. At the prompting of his close friend, Joseph Cogswell,  John Jacob Astor set aside $400,000 for the creation of a free public library. When it opened in 1854 The Astor Free Library was one of the first public libraries in the United States. It was also one…

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In the Stacks: Women’s Travel Diaries at Duke University April 19, 2012 – Posted in: In the Stacks

The folks at the  Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University have a new digital collection on view. Women’s Travels Diaries features over 100 diaries written by British and American women who documented their travels to places around the globe, including India, the West Indies, countries in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, as well as around the United States. The collection is comprised mostly of the diaries of Mary McCornack…

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In the Stacks: Charles Darwin’s Library June 25, 2011 – Posted in: In the Stacks

Charles Darwin had close to 1500 books in his library. Now, thanks to the Biodiversity Heritage Library, one can digitally peruse over 400 of the books contained therein, including over 300 of the most heavily annotated.  The library of Charles Darwin. Courtesy of Cambridge University Library The Charles Darwin’s Library project is “a digital edition and virtual reconstruction of the surviving books owned by Charles Darwin.”  “a miserable book – all words, words, words.” Annotation…

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