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In the Kitchen, by Elizabeth Smith Miller. From the Katherine Golden Bitting Collection on Gastronomy
See the blog post: A Suffragist "In the Kitchen" to find out more about this book.
New Pinterest Board: Hocus Pocus; Prestidigitation, artifice, ruse, subterfuge and general illusory wonderment
Webcast: I Cannot Live Without Books; The Thomas Jefferson Library (Mark Dimunation)
Th. Jefferson. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
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This extensive collection of Lincolniana is now available online from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
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The Gutenberg Bible is the first great book printed in Western Europe from movable metal type. It marks a turning point in the art of bookmaking and in the transition from the Middle Ages to the modern world. Completed in Mainz, Germany, probably in late 1455, Johann Gutenberg is generally credited with inventing the process of uniform type. The Bible was purchased for the Library of Congress from Dr. Otto H. F. Vollbehr by an act of Congress in 1930.
Miller NAWSA Suffrage Scrapbooks, 1897-1911
The Elizabeth Smith Miller and Anne Fitzhugh Miller scrapbooks are a part of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA)
The Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake
Sir Francis Drake, English explorer and naval strategist, circumnavigated the earth from 1577-1580. Comprises important primary and secondary materials accumulated about Drake’s voyages throughout the then Spanish territory of the Americas
|The unique materials of the Rare Book
and Special Collections Division, now totaling over 800,000 items,
include books, broadsides, pamphlets, theater playbills, prints,
posters, photographs, and medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. At
the center is Thomas Jefferson's book collection, which was sold
to Congress in 1815.