Daily Archives: May 11, 2019

You are cordially invited to visit & view: “Footprints Across Time,” the HDS Spring 2019 Group Exhibit

Rudenstine-GalleryVisit and view the 2019 History Design Studio (HDS) group exhibit at the the Rudenstine Gallery in the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Open: Monday – Friday, 10AM – 4PM
Closed: Saturday, Sunday & Official Harvard University Holidays:
Address:  104 Mount Auburn Street, Floor 3R, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
For information call: 617-495-8508

The opening reception took place on  17 May from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

History Design Studio (HDS)

Friday, 17 May 2019

Hutchins Center for African &
African American Research

104 Mount Auburn Street
Floor 3R (in elevator)
Cambridge, MA

As part of this Spring 2019 Group Exhibition, you are particularly invited to view “Maps, Stones & Plants…,” — an exhibit that seeks to integrate traditional museum displays with electronic technologies that have the potential to expand and transform our collective experience of history in the digital age.   The annotated gallery installations are supported with supplemental online material available through:  https://bit.ly/2Uh8qYF


T.C. Weiskel
Research Director
African Historical Graphics Archive

Rats, Lice and History – Hans Zinsser

When “Rats, Lice and History” appeared in 1935, Hans Zinsser (1878-1940) was a highly regarded Harvard biologist who had never written about historical events. Although he had published under a pseudonym, virtually all of his previous writings had dealt with infections and immunity and had appeared either in medical and scientific journals or in book format. He isolated the bacterium that causes the European type of typhus, developed the first anti-typhus vaccine, and, with colleagues, found a way to mass-produce the vaccine. This book recounts the effects of typhus on humankind written by the man who discovered a vaccine for typhus. Asserts that disease had destroyed more civilizations than war and documents mankind’s efforts to eradicate disease. In continuous print since 1935.

This copy comes from the 1st printing as “A Bantam Pathfinder Edition,” by which Bantam publishers denote this title as a culturally significant work. This copy was a privately owned mass-market paperback. Cover is complete with creases from poor storage in covers and reading crease in spine. Names signed by two prior owners on ffep, pages darkening with age. Interior is tight, clean and otherwise unmarked. Copyright 1934,1935. Published by arrangement with Little, Brown & Company, Inc. Indicated that this Bantam Pathfinder Edition of May, 1965 is the 5th edition published and this copy from the 1st printing of that edition. Bantam catalog: SP116. No ISBN or LCCN. MSR = $0.75.


Hans Zinsser (1878-1940) was a highly regarded Harvard biologist.