Category: Duveen Collection

  • “Stupendous and Marvelous Secrets”: Secret No More (Part II)

    Posted on Oct 3rd

    We continue our exploration of so-called books of secrets (secreti italiani) in the Duveen Collection, recently digitized as part of the subcollection […]

  • “Stupendous and Marvelous Secrets”: Secret No More (Part I)

    Posted on Sep 9th

    Some of the smallest treasures of the Duveen Collection of Alchemy and Early Chemistry, cataloged under the collective title of “Miscellaneous pamphlets […]

  • Alchemy and Other Curiosities

    Posted on Jul 6th

    This year’s Madison Early Music Festival, with its theme “A Cabinet of Curiosities: Journey to Lübeck,” offers us the opportunity to showcase […]

  • Hofmann’s Violet and Perkin’s Mauveine

    Posted on Mar 12th

    Today’s Google Doodle honors Sir William Henry Perkin’s 180th birthday and the organic dye mauveine for which he is best known. We […]

  • Glassblowing and our Chemistry Collections

    Posted on Sep 23rd

    We call your attention to tomorrow’s regional meeting of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society, at which Prof. Catherine Jackson of the UW-Madison Department […]

  • Basil Valentine – No Relation

    Posted on Feb 14th

    Among the strengths of the Duveen Alchemy and Chemistry Collection are numerous works attributed to one Basil Valentine (Basilius Valentinus), nearly as mysterious […]

  • Volta and Inflammable Airs

    Posted on Feb 18th

    Today’s Google doodle honoring the 270th birthday of Alessandro Volta prompted us to explore works by Volta in two of our outstanding […]

  • Secrets Reveal’d

    Posted on Dec 11th

    We are delighted to announce that a digital version of our copy of the intriguingly titled Secrets reveal’d — with copious annotations by […]

  • Little books of secrets

    Posted on Oct 12th

    Alerted by a reference in William Eamon’s Science and the secrets of nature: Books of secrets in medieval and early modern culture […]