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An 1873 Manual for Modern Mothers

Men have had their say. It is but fitting now that a woman should have hers, especially as the woman who assumes to speak does so with an authority man cannot venture to claim. (18) So writes Eliza Bisbee Duffey … Continue reading

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Paste Paper: The Common Knowledge Craft

What do these two images have in common? They may share neither a color palette nor a design, but both depict paste papers found in eighteenth-century bindings. Such papers — some boasting bright shocks of color, others dull or faded — are scattered … Continue reading

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A Glimpse of Life in a Far-Off Land

In Our Journey Around the World: An Illustrated Record of a Year’s Travel of Forty Thousand Miles Through India, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Palestine, Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Spain, etc. (1895), American minister Francis E. Clark, founder of … Continue reading

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Colorful Transformations: A Marbled Paper Workshop Recap

Many a book could be clothed in style with the papers produced by participants in our February 11th marbling workshop. Among the workshop’s eight attendees were SLU students (both undergraduate and graduate), an alumna, and faculty and staff members from all … Continue reading

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Marbling Workshop in the Rare Books Reading Room

If you missed Rare Books’ Marbling Pop-Up Station during finals week, here’s your chance to learn trough marbling and to create vibrant, Valentine-worthy decorated papers! On Thursday, February 11th, we will be holding a marbling workshop in the Rare Books … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Art of Floating Ink

Our books like to keep many secrets (from centuries-old flowers pressed carefully among their pages to the carcasses of bookworms who gorged to death on words), but among my favorites is their hidden cache of vibrant, marbled papers. The art … Continue reading

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Battling Inherent Vice in Rare Books

What do tending livestock and working in a rare book room have in common? Both have a tendency to make your hands look like this: Fortunately for me, dirty hands spell job satisfaction. I can’t count the number of times … Continue reading

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“Charlotte Jenner her book”

Holding a rare book is the closest I’ve come to time-walking. Perhaps this assertion seems dubious coming from someone who spent childhood summers chopping rutabaga to be stewed in an open hearth and teaching other kids Nine Men’s Morris in … Continue reading

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