- Achille Etienne Gigault de La Salle (1772-1855)
- Aquatint From Voyage Pittoresque en Sicile (Volume 2) Paris: Didot, 1822-1826
- Curatorial Notes:
- Achille Etienne Gigault de La Salle, a government ocial, lived in Sicily during 1820 and studied Sicilian history and archaeology. The famous Parisian publisher, Didot, gathers here La Salle’s work with illustrations by more than a dozen artists, many British. This scene was engraved by the British engraver William Havell (here spelled ‘Hawell’) and was printed on English paper made by Charles Wise. In the distance is the Città Vecchia (Old City) of Syracuse, on the island of Ortigia. In the foreground is the tomb of Archimedes.
- David Kelly Crow
A Collector in Pursuit of the Picturesque 5 items
Leonard L. Milberg ’53 declared in his 30th reunion book entry, “I have belatedly, but passionately discovered books, prints, and the Princeton University Rare Book Library.” During the past 37 years, Len has shared the fruits of that passion with the University community. His gifts (13,000 items plus) range from 19th-century American prints and drawings to several book collections: American poetry, Irish poetry, prose, and theatre as well as two Judaica collections (Jewish American writers and early American Judaica).
His love of art began during his 1950s Army days in Alaska when he devoted his reading time to American art books. He collected American prints at first and then expanded to related media. American printmakers who were English emigres prompted his collecting British color plate books (late 18th and early 19th centuries). This section shows some favorite selections indicating the wider range of subjects among his more than 115 large format books, now promised as a gift to the Library.