August 24 – November 20, 2015
In celebration of the lush landscape of summer, this exhibit drew upon the holdings of Special Collections to explore the color green — from matters botanical to dye samples, book bindings to frogs. Examples included
- Elizabeth Blackwell, botanist, A curious herbal: Containing five hundred cuts, of the most useful plants, which are now used in the practice of physick, engraved on folio copper plates, after drawings, taken from the life (1739)
- works on the theory and practice of aniline dyes
- books from the Thordarson Collection, bound by Rivière & Sons in a distinctive bottle green with marbled endpapers to match
- Sarah Wyman Whitman’s binding design for Sarah Orne Jewett’s The country of the pointed firs (1896), as highlighted in Publishers’ Bindings Online, 1815-1930
- John Norris Wood’s An alphabet in praise of frogs & toads, from the Inky Parrot Press,
as well as illustrations of ferns and mosses, maps of the Emerald Isle and of Greenland, early editions of The Emerald City of Oz, book covers designed by Margaret Armstrong, and many other works. Check here for a checklist of titles exhibited.