Join us for an afternoon open house in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives celebrating the forty-sixth annual Earth Day. Selected items will be on display documenting earth sciences, the environmental movement, and Bowdoin’s special place within it.
Snacks and beverages provided. Free and open to the public.
Presented by the Bowdoin College Library’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives.
Title page of Thomas Burnet’s “The sacred theory of the earth”, London, 1734?
Panoramic view of Julie Chen’s artist book, “Invented Landscape”, 2010.
Illustration from Georg Agricola’s “Bergwerck Buch” (Basel, 1621) – an early work on mineralogy.
Alfred Otto Gross (Biology professor 1913-1953; Director of the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island 1935-1953; Sc.D. 1952) on Kent Island, with the ocean in the background.
Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’ – Monthly Page-Turning
John James Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’ is a portal into the natural world. Printed between 1827 and 1838, it contains 435 life-sized watercolors of North American birds, all reproduced from hand-engraved plates, and is considered to be the archetype of wildlife illustration.
There are only 120 known copies of the double-elephant folio of this remarkable work, and Bowdoin owns one of them. Join us as the SC&A staff turns the page and explore related texts on view in the reading room.
April Audubon Page-Turning
Friday, April 8, 2016
Special Collections, 3rd floor, H-L Library
*Please note this month we will be turning the page on the second Friday of April.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Nixon Lounge, 3rd Floor
Commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and in conjunction with the national tour of Folger Library’s copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio that will be on view at the Portland Public Library from March 4 to April 2, Aaron Kitch, Associate Professor of English, and Abbie Killeen, Assistant Professor of Theater, will present a lecture-demonstration focused on this first-collected edition of the Bard’s plays.
Seven years after Shakespeare’s death in 1616, members of his playing company together with his secretary, investors, printers, and a series of typesetters, produced the first edition of his collected works, a book we now call the First Folio. Without it, the world might never have known some 18 of his 38 plays, including Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and Antony and Cleopatra. But how do we locate Shakespeare’s “voice” in this monumental work of print culture? How do we understand the publication of the First Folio in relation to the history of the book and the cultures of printing in seventeenth-century England? And how do today’s theater artists use the First Folio when bringing the plays to performance? Professors Kitch and Killeen share their insights, while demonstrating through readings how the First Folio, compared to early publications of Shakespeare’s work, shaped his legacy and the playwright we know today.
Join us after the presentation in the reading room of special collections to explore the College’s important holdings of Shakespeareana, including the 2nd and 4th Folios, nineteenth century political cartoons with Shakespeare iconography, and twentieth century artists interpreting the histories, comedies, and tragedies.
Reception with refreshments to follow.
19th c. political cartoon from Harper’s Weekly, March 1872
King Henry IV, illustrated by Rockwell Kent, 1936..
Detail from Caliban Press’s The Tempest, 2001.
From the miniature book, Shall I Die? Shall I Fly? Illustrated by Suzanne Moore, 1986.
Feature on William Shakespeare in Harper’s Weekly, June 1872.
The title page of the 2nd Folio of Shakespeare’s work, 1632.
Join children’s book authors Margy Burns Knight, Anne Sibley O’Brien, Rohan Henry, and songwriter Josephine Cameron for a wonderful program of “illustrated storytelling”, music, and crafts in remembrance of Dr. King.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, January 21, 2013
10:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Daggett Lounge, Thorne Dining Hall
For ages 5 and up. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Copies of selected titles by each presenter will be available for purchase.
Please check the Bowdoin College website for event information in case of inclement weather: www.bowdoin.edu or call 725-3000 opt. 3