Joseph Wood Krutch : Herbal


The cover may not look so inviting but inside this book are lovely woodcut reproductions from the 16th century.  I found this book in the Science stacks while examining some reference books for display. This book, by naturalist Joesph Wood Krutch looks at theories and discoveries of Herbalists from ancient times to present day. 100 plants and 6 creatures are detailed within.


Herbalists were the fathers of medicine, pharmacology and horticulture and herein lies their many beliefs in text and illustration. Beautifully detailed are lettuce, mistletoe, juniper, nasturtiums, oats, and nutmeg along with many other plants. Included are illustrations of animals these herbalists felt could be used in treatment of disease. Herein lies a beautiful book.


“The illustrations in this book are taken from the woodcuts in Pierandrea Mattioli’s huge folio volume, Commentaries on the Six Books of Dioscorides, issued in Prague in 1563 and Venice in 1565.  The work was first published in 1544 and appeared in some fifty editions in several languages, but all of those prior to 1563 had very much smaller plates.


It is not known who made all of these monumental drawings and cut them in wood but most of them are generally attributed to Giorgio Liberale and Wolfgang Meyerpeck. However, on the Orange plate (page 113) the initials WS appear in the lower left corner, indicating that at least one other craftsman was involved.  In any case, these are certainly among the finest Herbal illustrations ever printed and are obviously, for the most part, based upon observation rather than being copies of copies, as was so often the practice up to that time.”

You can view this book in the Science Division. It is a reference book and must be used in the library.

The September Issue… 916 pages of Decadence…Fashion Week

Some wait all year for it and then devour it page by page. Vogue‘s 120th anniversary issue is longer than most novels, the September  issue of Vogue is 916 pages and a good 90% are ads for stunningly beautiful things like Ralph Lauren and Prada, and Lanvin and the ads go on and on. . .

So what if most of us will never own that opulent Marc Jacobs Louis Vuitton dress as seen on a model photographed on a vintage locomotive as it rolls into the station circa 1912. So what we, love looking at them. Read more about this 8 million dollar steam engine here. All photographed by Steven Meisel.

Click to watch the Vuitton Fall 2012 Runway show.

The September issue has always been the one that all Vogue readers have waited for, as it is the issue that signals the turn of the season from summer to beautiful autumn and brings to us the best of the runway collections. This issue also gets the fashion world ready for Fashion’s Night Out, which behind on September 6, 2012. It is the night that brings the editors, stars, models, and designers together as they visit the stores across the country and around the world for fashion’s most iconic extravaganza.

This issue at its 916 pages is full of the most sumptuous collections seen in a very long time. There is the opulence, the brocades, the beautiful cuts of the suits, and ball gowns so full from Dolce & Gabbana, Vera Wang and Dior that the woman who dons such a dress may have to be on the ballroom floor alone.

We also see Victoriana and bustles photographed at Edith Wharton’s estate, The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts. There are delightful Mulberry ads with model Lindsey Wixson all influenced by Maurice Sendak’s, Where the Wild things Are. Shot by Tim Walker in England’s Blackheath Forest (a place whose very name can’t help but conjure fairy-tale visions), the images feature the model surrounded by a host of larger-than-life monsters and beasts.

If you are a Florence and the Machine fan, you can catch an ethereal photo of Florence Welch, on pages on 854-855.  Riding a black horse and swathed in Chanel and Dior she brings theatricality to her photo spread as she does to the stage.

As always there are the special foldouts that feature designers specifically Dior who congratulates Vogue in their 120th year of publication. One fold out features a spectacular red Dior dress which show the inside construction and reminds us why so many pay so much for couture.

This issue as always in the last few does not have a model on the cover but instead a celebrity. Lady Gaga is poised in vibrant  Marc Jacobs fishtail gown for her return engagement as cover “model.” It would be nice to see models on the covers again, as they are the ones who really sell the designer’s goods.

Watch the shoot here.

The whole issue is a fantasy one that most will never see but it is always interesting to see what the designers are up to. You can check out many items from the library collections about designers, models, and fashion. See some of them below from Central’s vast collection.


Available in book, book on CD, & and ebook format


DVDs & Blu-ray

Available in DVD and Blu-ray

Memorial Art Gallery-Transformation/Revelation: The Art of Change

May 24–September 9, 2012 in the Lockhart Gallery

May 24–September 9, 2012 in the Lockhart Gallery

At the heart of nearly every work of art is change, whether it is the transformation of the material itself or the revelation of a new aspect or idea. Each of the more than 30 works in this encyclopedic exhibition invites the viewer to discover that which is transformed or revealed by the artist. The works, all from MAG’s extensive collection of drawings and prints, range from a 16th-century woodcut by the Dutch artist Goltzius to an innovative solarplate etching by a contemporary master printmaker (pictured at left).

Sponsored by the Georgia O’Keeffe Society and the Claude Monet Society of the Gallery’s Director’s Circle