Each and every time I go up into the stacks, I find something new. Today, as I was up looking for some additional books to put in the Krause Room, I had one discovery that was a bit creepy!
I am in and out of the stacks all of the time, and know pretty much what is where. When I was looking for some books today, I came across this:It’s a huge frame… nothing that I would have missed in passing. Just sitting there, leaning against the shelves. Now, the trick is to match the painting with the frame. Although there’s a little ID sticker on the bottom, it doesn’t correlate with anything.
As you can see by the light spot on the bottom of the frame, someone removed all of the identifying information from many of our portraits. It’s been a long and frustrating process to make sure everything is, once again, correctly identified.
Here’s what else I found:It is Paulo Mascagni’s Vasorum lymphaticorum corporis humani historia et iconographia (Lymph vessels of the human body's history and iconography), published in 1787. This is one of the earliest books on the lymphatic system and made Mascagni famous throughout Europe.
The book is fascinating in its handmade, deckle-edged paper and obvious letter-press typesetting. As you run your fingers across the letters, you can feel the history in the pages.Most regrettably, it’s in very poor condition, and although rare, does not have much value remaining.
One of the things I’ve realized is that the worse the condition is, the more lavish and beautiful the illustrations are! This book was presented to us by Thomas Buckler, M.D.This lovely book on the Traits of Syphilis, has the most beautiful script,
There’s always something interesting to find in the stacks, and I wonder if Marcia is playing tricks and leaving things for me to find!