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This week Gerome has decided to highlight our oldest item, a clay tablet from Sumeria, circa 1974 B.C. The cuneiform inscription is an administrative text written during the Third Dynasty of Ur at Umma, which was at the center of a large agricultural district in southern Mesopotamia. The text orders ...
July 31, 2015 • Sara Gunasekara
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With the Tour de France in full swing, Gerome has cycling on his mind. So, this week’s highlight is Around the World on a Bicycle (1889) by Thomas Stevens. This two volume work details Stevens  journey as the first person to ride around the world on a bicycle. His trip, ...
July 17, 2015 • Sara Gunasekara
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In celebration of National Martini Day today, Gerome presents recipes for the original Martini Cocktail, a Medium Martini, and a Sweet Martini, from Cocktails, How to Mix Them,  by Robert of the Embassy Club. This book, from the A.W. Noling Hurty-Peck Collection of Beverage Literature, was recently digitized through ...
June 19, 2015 • Sara Gunasekara
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In celebration of National Iced Tea Day today, Gerome has decided to highlight the work, Iced Tea: a Nation-wide Study of American Beverage Habits in the Summertime, from the A.W. Noling Hurty-Peck Collection of Beverage Literature. Produced and distributed by the Tea Bureau in 1948, this report is an ...
June 10, 2015 • Sara Gunasekara
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Gerome had an enjoyable trip to Denver, but is happy to be back home in Davis. In celebration of his return, he decided to highlight the 1881 work, Amenities of Home, by M.E. Sherwood. The work, volume 5 of Appletons’ Home Books series, discusses subjects that ...
June 4, 2015 • Sara Gunasekara
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For this week, Gerome has decided to highlight the book, Chocolata Inda: Opusculum de Qualitate & Natura Chocolatae (1644) by Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma. This rare, early book on chocolate was purchased through the Maynard Amerine endowment to celebrate the groundbreaking on June 23, 2005 of the Robert Mondavi Institute ...
May 1, 2015 • Sara Gunasekara