Mitch Fraas


Scholar in Residence at U Penn. Special Collections and Interim Director Penn DHF. Historian. British India, Rare books, Manuscripts, Digital Humanities, etc.

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Frontispiece to Capt. Isack Pyke's 1712-13 diary. Now BL IOR Mss Eur D 5.

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Persian Mss. from the #sdbm mapped around central provenance nodes.

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Beautiful lining papers from Penn's collection of early 20thc. Japanese pocket fiction.

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Ok I'll bite. Another manicule from @N07/8663169078/in/photostream" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">

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Manicule of the day from @N07/8663172578/in/photostream" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">

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From Garrett Scott Books: "Detroit: n. p., 1912 & ca. 1912-1920? Postally used real photo postcard, approx. 5.5 x 3.5 inches, cancellation dated Oct. 1912, addressed in pencil to a correspondent in Addison, Mich. Black and white photo, approx. 6 x 4. The postcard additionally annotated on the verso in ink, “Rex in dress Nelson Omans on Post.”" (item 3)

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Library expenses - milk and food for a cat. University of Pennsylvania Library Petty Cash Book: 8 August 1908 (University Archives UPB 55, Box 6)

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I think they could have found a more sinister mouse. "Control Destructive Mice"

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Tavern licensed issued to Abraham Lincoln and William Berry in 1833 with approved price list for liquor and lodging. Copy at the Illinois State Historical Library. See also

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"A Ragout of Snipes" from Susannah Carter's "The frugal housewife: or, Complete woman cook" (Philadelphia, 1796):

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"Boone Man Adds Another Chapter to Interesting Topic" Man spent night with Lincoln - confirms he drank whiskey.

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"Aprons and Caps: Examination Questions" - Oh god I'm really bad at tests.

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An image from that map of travel times to Rome #DHFvisualization

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Book Cover of the Day: "Cash on Delivery: a novel of love and the passion for gaming" (1887)

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King No-To-Bac defeating Nicotine [1890s] via the latest amazing catalog no. 20

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"HIROSHIMA. No More Hiroshimas. [Fund raising brochure][Hiroshima, 1948]" Front and back covers. Box 5, Folder 20 in UPenn Print Coll. 11:

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Favorite printed form of the day. A subscription form for Pope's Iliad c.1713. From the Hannay coll., Princeton.

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Enough said: "Drollery, Monkey playing bagpipes, f.174r" ( Ms. Codex 724)

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June 23, 1865 (p.84): Log entry for the whaling ship Milo recording its capture by the CSS Shenandoah: "This day wind NE at 2 PM the steamer Shanandore [sic] spoke and parold us put four Ships Crews on board of us concequently [sic] We have to make a port. Men employed at Ships Duty [] ends this day"

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German chained binding on Venetian incunable in the amazing Verhsbow sale at Christie's(lot 8)

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