at Grinnell College Special Collections & Archives

Month: April 2021

Image of open book, illustration of a classic scene and flower petal laid in, overlapping text.

Petals in the pages

Paging through a book during a preservation edit, you never quite know what you’ll find. A fun find this week: flower petals!

Pressed in the pages of a 1774 edition of The Pantheon, Representing the Fabulous Histories of the Heathen Gods … for the Use of Schools by Andrew Tooke, Laura (Project Archivist) discovered flower petals pressed into the pages. How long these petals have been pressed in the pages is hard to determine! Researching more about its history coming to Salisbury House–and if flower petals were laid in then–may tell us more. Did this flower come from the Salisbury House Garden?

 

Welcome to the Salisbury House Library Collection at Grinnell College Libraries online. Acquired in 2019, the collection is open for researchers and hosts books and manuscripts from the 12th century to the 1960s. The collection is being processed, but is fully open to researchers and visitors. For inquiries, please contact Grinnell College Special Collections and Archives staff.

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