The Collation

Research and Exploration at the Folger

Acquisitions Night: February 5, 2015

Got your tickets yet? Acquisitions Night is just over a week away! This once-a-year event directly supports the growth of the collection by giving people the chance to “adopt” selected items acquired over the past year—that is, reimburse the purchase price to the library so that more material can be purchased. Attend in person to enjoy a buffet dinner, talk with Folger staff, and examine almost one hundred new items with your own eyes (you’re under no obligation to adopt). Can’t make it in person? It’s also possible to adopt online.

Screenshot for Online adoptions 2015

Although you can’t take adopted items home with you, you’re free to come visit them in the future. You will also be acknowledged in the item’s Hamnet record, if you wish. Looking for a gift for the person who has everything? Why not adopt?

Hamnet record reading "Adopted by Helen and David Kenney, in honor of Jerome Harclerode"

Prices start as low as $250. All adoptions are fully tax deductible.

Selections this year include…

  • an engraved 16th-century Italian handwriting manual (with previous owners’ attempts to follow its examples in the margins):

Two pages of italic handwriting samples

  • a Dutch emblem book from 1648 with hand-colored engravings:

Hand-colored engraving

  • the first Spanish edition of Utopia:

Title page of Spanish edition of Utopia

  • a scrapbook compiled in the early 19th century by a woman named Charlotte Anne Chetwode, with her watercolor drawings of scenes from Hamlet, The Tempestand Henry V:

Watercolor: Hamlet, Gertrude, the Ghost, and Polonius (dead)

  • six pre-war posters for productions at the Forest Theater in Carmel-by-the-Sea:

Poster for "Julius Caesar"

We hope to see you there!

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