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The Darley Arabian from Sir Walter Gilbey, The Harness Horse (London, 1898), Fairman Rogers Collection

Images from the Fairman Rogers Collection - A set of twelve notecards

These notecards feature six different images of horses from the Fairman Rogers Collection at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Fairman Rogers (1833-1900) was a Penn Alumnus (A.B. 1853, A.M. 1856), Professor of Civil Engineering (1855-1871), co-founder of the School of Veterinary Medicine, and internationally recognized horseman. These images are from works in the collection, given to the University and consisting of medical guides as well as books on the shoeing, harnessing, training, riding, and racing of horses. The collection serves as an important resource for research into the role of the horse in the technical, scientific, and social evolution of Europe and North America through the end of the nineteenth century.

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(01-18-2013) Fairman Rogers
Woodcut from Flavius Vegetius Renatus's Vier Bucher der rytterschafft (Erfurt, 1511)

Reading Pictures: Sixteenth-Century European Illustrated Books

This exhibition surveys European book illustration during the sixteenth century from Penn's rich collections. Their wide variety of styles and subjects illuminate what early modern book illustrators provided readers in an environment visually far less rich than the one we take for granted. Religion, labor, science, warfare, costume, medicine, portraits, exotic places, and more - all these topics found their way not only into words but also into pictures.

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(03-01-2010) Reading Pictures
Tancrede Dumas, Arched Street in Jerualem (photograph, 1870), Lenkin Family Collection of Photographs;

Images of the Holy Land - A set of twelve notecards

This set of notecards features twelve images of the Holy Land selected from the Lenkin Family Collection of Photography at the Penn Libraries. The Lenkin Collection contains more than 3,700 original photographs of the Holy Land taken from 1850 to 1937.

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(08-15-2012) Images of the Holy Land
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Wonders of the Microscope!

Drawing upon the collection of Howard L. and Karen Schwartz, Wonders of the Microscope! explores the revolution in observational science facilitated by the invention of the microscope in the late 1600s. It also emphasizes the ways in which the microscope entered popular culture over the following centuries. With a preface by Dr. Eugene S. Flamm.

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(03-14-2012) Wonders of the Microscope
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Astrology and Labors - A Medieval Year 2013 Calendar

The Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection of Manuscripts, donated to the University of Pennsylvania Libraries by Penn Libraries Board members Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Schoenberg (C53, WG56), embodies the great scientific and philosophical traditions of the ancient and medieval world. This thirteen-month wall calendar features illustrations selected from two astronomical treatises dating from the 1400s (LJS 463 and LJS 449).

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(08-15-2012) Astrology and Labors
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Birds of Mark Catesby

Thirteen of Catesby's birds from the third edition of The Natural History (1771) are reproduced for this 2012 thirteen-month wall calendar. Each bird is identified with the name given to it by Catesby, followed by both the current common and Latin names.

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(10-01-2011) Birds of Mark Catesby
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Renaissance City Views from Above and Afar

B etween 1572 and 1617, Georg Braun, editor, and Franz Hogenberg, engraver, produced the Civitates Orbis Terrarum, a multi-volume collection of views of cities of the world published to complement the first modern atlas, Abraham Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, a map collection first published in 1570. A selection from collector Jack Sosiak's large group of Braun and Hogenberg's city views are exhibited.

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(03-14-2011) Renaissance City Views from Above and Afar
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Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern

An exploration of Wharton Esherick's artistic evolution during the early decades of the twentieth century. Based on the 2010-2011 exhibition in the Kamin and Kroiz Galleries of the University of Pennsylvania, this catalog includes over 300 images as well as an essay by Paul Eisenhauer, Curator of the Wharton Esherick Museum, expanding upon the exhibition's themes.

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(09-07-2010) Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern
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Zen Classics for the Modern World: Translations of Chinese Zen Poems & Prose with Contemporary Commentary

Zen Classics for the Modern World contains three Chinese Zen texts from different traditions and eras: the 8th century Northern Zen poetic masterpiece Enjoying the Way; Ten Oxherding Pictures, poems from the 12th century Rinzai tradition; and Exhortations for Those Who Don't Arouse the Doubt from the early 17th century SC4tC4 tradition. This edition includes authoritative commentary revealing the depth and diversity of Zen Buddhism as a living tradition.

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(04-26-2011) Zen Classics for the Modern World
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Our Beloved Country: Civil War Pamphlets Published in Philadelphia

This collection of pamphlets published in Philadelphia during and immediately after the Civil War provides fresh perspectives on the views of urban Union supporters. From the challenge to political liberties, to the future of freed slaves, to the medical treatment of soldiers, these accounts provide contemporary points of view from this time of national crisis and reform. Pamphlets in this volume have been selected from the collections of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and are reproduced as high-quality facsimiles.

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(01-15-2011) Our Beloved Country
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"The Good Education of Youth": Worlds of Learning in the Age of Franklin

Eexploration of education, schools, and methods of schooling in Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic in the colonial and early national periods. The volume includes nine essays by scholars of American history and education and the illustrated catalogue of an exhibition prepared by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries in 2006.

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(09-01-2009) Good Education of Youth
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