This coming week is the last one for the current exhibit in Special Collections, entitled “The Globe/Global in Shakespeare’s Time.” We hope you will take this opportunity to see scores of books from the 16th and 17th centuries on display in 976 Memorial Library (and keep in mind that these and other books from our holdings will be available thereafter for you to consult in our reading room). Our hours are Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm.
Shown here: engravings from Mark Ridley’s Short treatise of magneticall bodies [like the globe!] and motions, published in London in 1613. Call number: Thordarson 2400.
In the exhibit, this slim volume is displayed alongside a polemical response from William Barlow, with the pointed title A breife discovery of the idle animadversions of Marke Ridley, doctor in phisicke upon a treatise entituled, Magnetical advertisements. Barlow’s work was published in London in 1618. Call number: Thordarson T 223. The books by Ridley and Barlow both draw upon the classic work by William Gilbert on the magnet, also on exhibit. Call number: Thordarson T 1702.