Category: hand-colored illustrations

  • The Summer Solstice and the Solar Microscope

    Posted on Jun 21st

    Today, which marks the summer solstice, would be a good day to experiment with what’s called a solar microscope – in fact, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Falling Leaves

    Posted on Oct 8th

    Though we enjoyed summer-like weather this October weekend, the leaves are beginning to pile up around Madison, calling attention to differential patterns […]

  • “Cries of London” in the Thordarson Collection

    Posted on Aug 14th

    While our Thordarson Collection is perhaps best known for its holdings of science and natural history on the one hand and Iceland […]

  • A Closer Look

    Posted on Feb 10th

    We invite you to take a closer look at our new exhibit Natural History :: Natural Philosophy, on display in Special Collections […]

  • Holiday Hours for Special Collections

    Posted on Dec 18th

      Over the next two weeks, the hours for the Special Collections reading room and exhibit area reflect holiday closings and reduced hours: […]

  • Bittern Sightings

    Posted on Nov 4th

    Inspired by Carrie Roy’s piece entitled “Bittern 70,” part of an art installation currently on view in the first floor lobby of […]

  • The Long S, Now Largely Extinct

    Posted on Oct 4th

    We had the opportunity last week to page through two volumes of our copy of Audubon’s double-elephant folio Birds of America with […]

  • Green Green — It’s Green, They Say

    Posted on Aug 26th

    In celebration of the lush landscapes of summer, and with a nod to the first track of the The New Christy Minstrel’s […]

  • Extinct Birds & Rare Books: The Example of the Great Auk

    Posted on Sep 8th

    In conjunction with the first event of the fall semester sponsored by the Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries, we will make available […]

  • A Matter of Scale: The Flamingo in Audubon’s Birds of America

    Posted on Jul 28th

    On display through August 1 (this Friday!) in our exhibit “Books of Nature” is the magnificent illustration of the American flamingo in […]

  • A “Hard Frost” and George Cruikshank

    Posted on Jan 21st

    An exhibit in Special Collections several years ago, entitled “Stormy Weather,” featured a case with volumes of George Cruikshank’s Comic almanack, one per month […]