New Exhibition

Honnold/Mudd Library, 2nd floor near north entrance
Dec 1, 2010-Feb 25, 2011
John Milton (1608-1674) was not only among the most influential of British poets. He was the most directly involved of any British poet in the centers of political power and in the great historical events of the 17th century in Britain. He was also arguably the most learned of the great British poets, even in a learned and bookish century.
This exhibition, drawn from the collections of Special Collections, Honnold Library, and Denison Library of Scripps College, focuses on our holdings of Milton’s most famous work, his epic, Paradise Lost, first issued in 1667, and on books and pamphlets written by his contemporaries who were espousing ideas of religion, nature, science, politics, and philosophy during this turbulent century.
The exhibit was mounted to coincide with the Milton Marathon of 2010. Many thanks to professors Jacque Wernimont of Scripps College and Colleen Rosenfeld of Pomona College who hatched a fantastic plan to read Paradise Lost all day.

Milton Marathon!

Dec 1, 2010 at 7 p.m.: “How Milton Sounds” talk by Jeff Dolven of Princeton University
Dec 2, 2010 at 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Milton Marathon, Mudd Quad outside the north entrance of Honnold Library. Come by and read and/or listen to friends and colleagues read Paradise Lost. There’ll be refreshments!

17th century manuscript — Journal of the House of Commons

Newly processed in Honnold Special Collections is the official record, in manuscript form, of the House of Commons during the first and second Parliaments of Charles II. The manuscripts are bound in three volumes covering the years 1661-1678. Call number J 301 .K2 1661.
On view below is the first page of the first volume, May 8, 1661:
Typically, Parliament secretaries took verbatim notes employing a variety of abbreviations and shorthand. These three volumes are elaborately written out longhand in red and black, with ornate initial letters at the beginning of each new section and flourishes and decorative pen work, clues that these volumes were commemorative, probably for a member of the House of Commons.