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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. We return to the occult in this week’s feature from the Santo Domingo Collection. Today’s author is Austin Osman Spare, an English artist, writer, and occultist active in the first half of the twentieth century. While Spare’s finely-wrought [...]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. This 1882 volume of Poe’s poetry and essays, accompanied by biographical information and commentary on the poems, is a fine example of the publishers’ cloth bindings of its period. In response to broadening literacy and therefore increasing demand, [...]

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La Danse Macabre

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. Eros, it should now be obvious, is intrinsic to the Santo Domingo Collection; it follows that Thanatos can’t be far behind. This lavish volume by Éditions Kra is entitled La Danse Macabre, and consists of twenty images by the [...]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. Today’s feature is Etidorhpa, or The end of the earth, a fantastical novel by pharmacologist John Uri Lloyd, written in the hollow-earth mold of Jules Verne’s Journey to the center of the earth. The title is, as observant [...]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection.   The Day-Glo Designer’s Guide offers insights into the way that Day-Glo colors have been used in both art and advertising. Although Day-Glo is common today, the process wasn’t discovered until 1934 by Robert and Joseph Spitzer. While [...]

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Snow vogue

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. The depredations of the drug trade are fertile ground for crime and mystery fiction: pulp, in a word. In the Santo Domingo Collection, these lurid works stand on the shelves alongside opium-inspired poetry and countercultural acid narratives. Pictured [...]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. A particularly sumptuous volume from the collection of Gérard Nordmann is today’s Santo Domingo Collection feature. This 1938 publication of Poèmes inédits (Unpublished poems) by Pierre Louÿs was limited to 109 numbered copies; this is copy 5. Louÿs [...]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection.   Stephen Huneck was not only an American author but a carving artist, painter, and furniture maker.  Originally from Sudbury, Massachusetts he began working in wood when he lived in Rochester, Vermont.  He was ostensibly discovered when an [...]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Description of the Retreat, an institution near York, for insane persons of the Society of Friends is a volume by Samuel Tuke who was a Quaker and mental-health reformer in early 19th-century England.  Tuke believed in this new [...]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Voyage dans la lune avant 1900 is an extraordinary French children’s book that is composed primarily of color lithographs by Herold & Cie., which are based on the original designs of A. de Ville d’Avray’s.  Almost nothing about [...]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. The Santo Domingo collection is broad in scope, but its many volumes also accommodate exhaustive collecting of a number of particular authors. Among these is David Gascoyne (1916-2001), the British poet and translator known for his association with [...]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Today from the Santo Domingo Collection, a curiosity: Scènes d’alcoolisme, a series of transparencies printed on glassine paper and published by Libraire Larousse, depicting the ravages of alcoholism. Included with the sheet of transparencies are a sheet of [...]

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Le Milieu

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Considered one of the greatest illustrators of the French press is Jean Sennep, also known as Jean-Jacques Charles Pennes, who worked for several French newspapers including Candide and Le Figaro.  He also published quite a few volumes of [...]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. The Santo Domingo Collection often comes across volumes that need a little extra TLC before being sent to their forever homes.  Sometimes the binding is no longer attached, the cover has been ripped, or the material needs a [...]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Reginald Manning was an American artist and illustrator that began working for the Arizona Republic in 1926 as a photographer and spot artist. He eventually began drawing daily editiorial cartoons and worked at the Republic for the next [...]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection.   Interested in learning more about cacti and where they grow?  This French publication of Les cactées cultivées could be for you.  The volume was published by the Librairie Agricole de la Maison Rustique in 1931 by André Guillaumin, [...]

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Pop-up Phobia!

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Coulrophobia, dentophobia, acrophobia, necrophobia. Remember those pop-up books from your childhood?  This one is infinitely more terrifying if you have a fear of clowns, dentists, heights, or even a fear of death.  This clever book, The pop-up book [...]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. According to popular legend when the root of a mandrake is dug up it screams and kills all who hear it.  Mandrake is the common name for members of the genus Mandragora, it is entirely poisonous and contains [...]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Searching for information about flowers, medicine, and the secret to great skin?  Look no further than this beautifully illustrated French volume Les fleurs et secretz de medecine. Until the late 19th-century the practice of bloodletting was regularly used [...]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Most people picture a chastity belt as a device that looks like iron underwear (complete with a lock) that was meant to keep a woman from having sexual relations.  Legend has it that this device was invented during [...]

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