BOOKS RECEIVED: Girolamo Benzoni, “The History of the New World” (Penn State UP, 2017)
The History of the New World is an abridged, unique English translation of sixteenth-century Italian merchant Girolamo Benzonis popular account of his adventures in the Americas and the Spanish colonies. First published in Venice in 1565, Benzonis book was an… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Rene Brimo, “The Evolution of Taste in American Collecting” (Penn State UP, 2016)
Buy from University Press Books The Evolution of Taste in American Collecting is a new critical translation of Ren Brimos classic study of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century patronage and art collecting in the United States. Originally published in French in 1938,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Alan C. Braddock and Laura Turner Igoe, eds., “A Greene Country Towne: Philadelphias Ecology in the Cultural Imagination” (Penn State UP, 2016)
Buy from University Press Books An unconventional history of Philadelphia that operates at the threshold of cultural and environmental studies, A Greene Country Towne expands the meaning of community beyond people to encompass nonhuman beings, things, and forces. By examining… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Claude-Francois de Lezay-Marnesia, “Letters Written from the Banks of the Ohio” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from University Press Books First published in French in 1792, Letters Written from the Banks of the Ohio tells the fascinating story of French aristocrat Claude-Franois de Lezay-Marnsia and the utopia he attempted to create in what is now… Read More
Carolyn Merchant, “Spare the Birds!: George Bird Grinnell and the First Audubon Society” (Yale UP, 2016)
In 1887, a year after founding the Audubon Society, explorer and conservationist George Bird Grinnell launched Audubon Magazine. The magazine constituted one of the first efforts to preserve bird species decimated by the womens hat trade, hunting, and loss of… Read More
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