Entries Tagged as 'Modern'

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Hypnotic huckster

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. In his book Practical lessons in hypnotism & magnetism, L.W. DeLaurence states that “Occult force” is simply personal magnetism that if well developed is able to control man, woman, child or beast at will.  If a person possesses this occult force […]

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

On the Money

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. This edition of Jules Boissière’s Propos d’un intoxiqué has featured before in this space – see this post for a copy formerly owned by its illustrator, Tsuguharu Foujita. This copy, however, warrants revisiting the title. Every page of this 240-volume book […]

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Child’s Play

The partnership between the Argentinian publisher Constancio C. Vigil and the Spanish graphic designer Federico Ribas was an exceedingly fruitful and colorful one. Vigil was born in Uruguay in 1876 and came to dominate the field of Argentinian journalism during the first quarter of the 20th century, editing no fewer than seven highly-popular magazines. In […]

Monday, December 1st, 2014

New on OASIS in December

Finding aids for four newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month, most notably the John Updike Papers, a major collection of some 300 linear feet, which has been under way since its acquisition in 2009. Photo © Martha Updike Processed by Jennifer Lyons and others: John Updike Papers, 1940-2009 (MS […]

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Urdu Punch

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring material from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.  Punch, the seminal British satirical magazine, is credited with popularizing the use of ‘cartoon’ to mean a comic drawing, rather than a preliminary sketch for a painting or tapestry. During the time of the British Raj, a number of publications […]

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Shall I read your future?

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Death.  Typically depicted as a skeleton with a sickle, one might suppose that if this card appeared in a tarot reading that you should prepare for an untimely demise, but it rarely signifies a physical death.  Tarot card […]

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Crowley and the Beast

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.  The Santo Domingo Collection continues to bolster Harvard’s library of works by author and occult leader Aleister Crowley. These range from substantive books on magic to pamphlets containing individual poems (one of these, titled “Tyrol”, is a condemnation of […]

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Street Art in the 1970s

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. The Faith of Graffiti presents the reader with beautiful full-spread photographs of street art by Jon Naar and Mervyn Kurlansky with an accompanying text by Norman Mailer.   By keeping the text separate in the center of the book, the […]

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Spooktacular!

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. In honor of Halloween I thought we share some creepy images that we found recently in a copy of Vu, a French periodical that covers a range of topics concerning France in the early 20th-century.  As the cover attests […]

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Poems on their birthdays

This weekend involves at least two major 100th birthday parties: the first, on Saturday, is for the poet John Berryman, born on 25 October 1914. Celebrations will extend into Monday, appropriately, for Dylan Thomas, born on 27 October 1914. Thomas and Berryman have unfortunately legendary personae (either could have been responsible for drinking 18 straight […]