Category Archives: Duveen Collection

From paper wrapper of Legati, Tesoro di varii secreti
October 4th, 2018

We continue our exploration of so-called books of secrets (secreti italiani) in the Duveen Collection, recently digitized as part of the subcollection “Secrets Reveal’d: Early Modern Printed Books of Alchemy […]

September 10th, 2018

Some of the smallest treasures of the Duveen Collection of Alchemy and Early Chemistry, cataloged under the collective title of “Miscellaneous pamphlets in Italian on occult sciences,” have now been […]

July 6th, 2018

This year’s Madison Early Music Festival, with its theme “A Cabinet of Curiosities: Journey to Lübeck,” offers us the opportunity to showcase our many books of curiosities from the 16th-18th […]

March 12th, 2018

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

Detail from Encyclopaedia of chemistry (Philadelphia, 1877-1880).
September 24th, 2016

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 of History of Science, with Tracy Drier, scientific […]

Detail from Basilius Valentinus, Von dem grossen Stein der Uhralten (1666). Duveen Collection.
February 14th, 2016

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

February 18th, 2015

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

December 11th, 2014

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

October 12th, 2012

Alerted by a reference in William Eamon’s Science and the secrets of nature: Books of secrets in medieval and early modern culture (Princeton University Press, 1994), a scholar in France […]