Entries Tagged as 'Modern'

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Lasciviousness, libel, and letters

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. As the French Revolution erupted in 1789, the bourgeoisie took up a variety of arms against the aristocracy; among them was literature. Pictured here from the Santo Domingo Collection is La Messaline françoise, a libelous account, published under […]

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

He leaps tall buildings in a single bound!

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Well eight foot walls at least!  Meet Rex III, a black and tan Alsatian who was trained to detect dope and help catch criminals.  Rex worked with the Flying Squad, a special crime unit with London’s […]

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The Jimi Hendrix Bibliographic Experience

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.   This week’s feature is the second of two sculptural volumes: in this case, the binding itself, rather than the enclosure, defies convention. The book, a paperback French biography of Jimi Hendrix published in 1976, is unremarkable in itself. However, […]

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Lakota War Book Named One of “48 Books to Read”

Each year the staff of the Kenyon Review select a number of recent books as suggestions for their readers summer reading. This year among the 48 Books to Read is Castle McLaughlin’s A Lakota War Book from Little Bighorn: The Pictographic “Autobiography of Half Moon.” A Lakota War Book was selected by Natalie Shapero, Kenyon […]

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Eastern Magic

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Indian Conjuring, a book written by L.H. Branson is a detailed instruction manual to a collection of tricks that Branson discovered while living in India.  A magician himself, Branson explains tricks he has witnessed, as well as ones […]

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Cork, resin, and rope

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.   In the course of these posts on the Santo Domingo Collection, numerous fine, extravagant, and perhaps even ostentatious bindings and enclosures have been showcased. This week, we bring you the first of two books that extend past the codex […]

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

A heavenly cure?

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.  As you look at the cover of this pamphlet you might wonder what divine content might hide within its covers, well that would be… The Pink Pills!  The Pink Pills for Pale People were introduced in […]

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

The works of Timothy Leary

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.   Cataloging work is now underway on the complete bibliography of author, psychologist, countercultural guru, and erstwhile Harvard lecturer Timothy Leary. The Leary volumes in the Santo Domingo Collection were previously the collection of Michael Horowitz, Leary’s associate and bibliographer. […]

Friday, June 6th, 2014

New on OASIS in June

Finding aids for five newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS finding aid database this month, including the diaries of a railroad construction engineer, and a poetry notebook belonging to Sarah Orne Jewett. Processed by Bonnie B. Salt: Sarah Orne Jewett Verse Notebook and Family Autograph Album, 1870-1880 (MS Am 2831) Ernest Lewis […]

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The science of anthropodermic binding

Tests have revealed that Houghton Library’s copy of Arsène Houssaye’s Des destinées de l’ame (FC8.H8177.879dc) is without a doubt bound in human skin. Harvard conservators and scientists tested the binding using several different methods. According to Senior Rare Book Conservator Alan Puglia, they are 99% confident that the binding is of human origin. Microscopic samples were taken […]