Tag Archives: 1700s

Detail from a manuscript book in German with figures depicting cirles and celestial orbits in red and black ink. March 14

A Piece of Pi: Historical Perspectives from NLM

By Kenneth M. Koyle and Jeffrey S. Reznick Today is Pi Day, the internationally-recognized event when communities of various disciplines come together to celebrate the importance and significance of the Greek letter π, the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant—the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter—which is approximately 3.14159. […]

Caricature of food consumption; two men and a woman eating ice cream. December 29

Sup on a Syllabub

By Anne Rothfeld Want an intriguing dessert from the past to satisfy your present day holiday palate? Serve the syllabub: a cream-based treat, mixed with sweet wine and lemon juice, then whipped with cream until frothy, and garnished with a seasonal herb. The acids, which rise from the lemons to firm the cream, then separate […]

Colored botanical illustration of a dandelion plant. April 14

Some of the Most Beautiful Herbals

By Michael North This post is the sixth in a series exploring the National Library of Medicine’s rich and varied collection of “herbals,” which are books devoted to the description of medicinal plants (and sometimes other natural substances) with instructions on how to use them to treat illness. The Library’s herbals are some of the […]

A plate from the Journal Philosophical Transactions illustrating the Eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1767. February 03

Early Journals: What’s in a Name?

By Atalanta Grant-Suttie The journal is so much a part of the current apparatus of scholarly communication that one never really thinks where and how the term might have originated. The origins of the word “journal” derive from Old French, Middle English and Late Latin in the fourteen century. However, perhaps the concept of the […]

A colored drawing demonstrating an incision and removal of tissue from a breast. December 03

“Wrapped in flesh”: Views of the body in East Asian Medicine

Circulating Now welcomes guest blogger Yi-Li Wu. Dr. Wu is a Center Associate of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan, and a Research Fellow of EASTmedicine, University of Westminster and an organizer of the recent workshop Comparative perspectives on body materiality and structure in the history of Sinitic and East […]

A foldout illustration showing a rearing hourse encircled by a ring of numbered labels with lines to the illustration indicating the relevant part of the horse. September 10

Wonderful Works on Horses

By Margaret Kaiser The Library has acquired two wonderful works on horses. The first, Il Cavallo da maneggio… is by Giovanni Battista di Galiberto, a Neapolitan count and riding master to Emperor Ferdinand IV, King of Hungary and Bohemia. This book,  printed in 1650 in Vienna, Austria, is the first edition of this beautifully illustrated […]

The symbolic figures of Britannia, Minerva, and Charity look at a document outside a large building. August 27

NLM’s Unique Early English Books Now Online

By Krista Stracka Earlier this summer, the National Library of Medicine announced the release of Unique English Imprints, pre-1800, a new collection available now through the NLM’s Digital Collections. The collection comprises letterpress books and pamphlets printed in the English-speaking world between 1550 and 1800 that are uniquely-held by NLM and are now accessible without […]