Book of the Week – A New and Literal Translation of All the Books…


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London: Printed by W. Richardson and S. Clark, and sold by William Johnston in Ludgate-Street, MDCCLXIV (1764)
First edition

This is the first and only edition of the Bible of the Quakers. Samuel Fothergill (1715-1772) was a prominent Quaker of his generation. He spent two years, 1754-1756, in the American colonies, traveling almost 9,000 miles to attend Friends’ meetings in order to help strengthen their Quaker principles. Earlier, he had become interested in Anthony Purver’s translation of the Bible and encouraged its publication in parts in 1746. Purver (1702-1777) was a Hampshire-born apprentice shoemaker-turned-Quaker-preacher. He learned Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Greek, and Latin, and read massive amounts of Biblical criticism, including rabbinic commentary, and studied early English translations of the Bible. For his translation of the Bible, Purver added critical and explanatory notes. Purver contracted with Bristol printer Felix Farley to undertake the printing project. Purver’s enthusiasm waned and his work ground to a halt. Fothergill urged Purver to persevere, and when Purver completed the work in 1763, he paid Purver for the copyright and published the edition at his own expense. The University of Utah copy is inscribed by Samuel Fothergill (1715-1772) to his niece on the front free endpaper of Volume I: “Doctor Fothergill/To his Niece S T/Now S. Hird.” An ink signature of Fothergill’s niece, Sarah Hird, is on the front free endpaper of Volume II. Book plate of Joseph Crosfield on the front pastedown of each volume. Joseph Crosfield was the brother of George Crosfield (1785-1847), who compiled Memoirs of the Life and Gospel Labours of Samuel Fothergill (1843). A note in a 19th century hand, appears on the verso of the leaf opposite the title-page in volume I. Our copy bound in contemporary speckled calf.

Daily Utah Chronicle Article – Rare Books at the U make History Come Alive


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Daily Utah Chronicle reporter, Mary Royal, talks to Rare Books Managing Curator Luise Poulton, and Curator Alison Conner about rare books at the University of Utah.

Rare Books at the U make History Come Alive

“The real value of the collection cannot be measured in numbers…,” Poulton said. “…It is not about the money, but absolutely about the emotional connection that can be made with the past and with the books.”

Book of the Week – Rights of Man


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THOMAS PAINE (1737-1809)

In Rights of Man, Thomas Paine defended the French Revolution against attacks made by Edmund Burke. Thomas Jefferson championed Rights of Man. Paine was made a French citizen by the assembly in 1792 and was elected to the convention where he allied himself with the moderate republicans who lost power during the terror. Paine returned to the United States in 1802.

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Book of the Week – New Voyages to North-America…


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New Voyages to North-America…
Louis Armand de Lom d’Arce (1666-1715)
London: Printed for H. Bonwicke, T. Goodwin, M. Wotton, B. Took; and S. Manship, 1703
First English edition

One hundred years before President Thomas Jefferson acquired the Louisiana Purchase, and seventy-three years before the United States came into existence, this was one of the most widely read travel narratives of early eighteenth-century America, detailing Indian life with maps and engraved plates. First published in French in the Netherlands, it was published in English in London the same year. Baron Lahontan explored the Great Lakes and upper Mississippi Valley regions in the 1680’s. Lahonton’s narrative is significant for its imaginary trip west of the Mississippi River. To validate this claim, he drew a map on which he outlined the Rocky Mountains and a river that flowed indefinitely west. A century and a half later Capt. Howard Stansbury included this map as a facsimile in his 1852 report on the expedition to what is now Utah. European cartographers of the time copied from this work frequently, attempting to show, among other geographical features, “the big salty lake farther to the west.” President Jefferson had a copy of this book in his personal library.

Book of the Week – New Borders: The working life of Elizabeth…


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New Borders. The working life of Elizabeth…
Pauline Paucker
Oldham, United Kingdom: Incline Press, 1998

Elizabeth Friedlander (1903-1985) produced calligraphy and decorative designs for books from the 1920s until her death. New Borders is based on her workbooks, which she kept throughout her life. Born into an affluent family, she studied typography and calligraphy at the Berlin Academy. She worked for the German fashion magazine, “Die Dame,” designing headings and lay-outs, and attracting the attention of Georg Hartmann of the Bauer Type Foundry in Frankfurt. He invited her to design a typeface. This was to become their Elisabeth-Antiqua. It was originally meant to be named Friedlander-Antiqua. However, Adolf Hitler came to power just as the type was ready to be cast. Hartmann suggested that the name be changed from her Jewish surname to her first name. The font was cut in 1939, after Friedlander left Germany. Under the Third Reich, Friedlander was forced to apply for official registration and was refused a work permit. She moved to Italy, where she was permitted to work so long as she did not become politically active. She learned Italian and worked with the publisher Mondadori, but in 1938, harsh Italian Race Laws threatened her employment. She moved to London, where she learned English and found a job as a domestic servant. Francis Meynell found work for her as a designer. By 1942, she was in charge of design at Ellic Howe’s propaganda unit, where she produced forged Wehrmacht and Nazi rubber stamps while also working on freelance commissions. Her most notable work included patterned papers for Curwen and Penguin Books, decorative borders for the Linotype Corporation, printer’s flowers for Monotype, and calligraphy for the Roll of Honour at Sandhurst. Examples of her work tipped-in. Set in Bembo. Bound in half cream cloth over yellow and green-patterned paper, with a printed paper cover label. Edition of three hundred and twenty-five copies, signed by the author.

Book of the Week – New World Saints: a Collection of Twenty-five…


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New World Saints: a collection of twenty-five…
Catherine Ferguson
Santa Fe, NM: Press of the Palace of the Governors, 1995
Z232.5 P7 F4 1995

Text by Spanish Colonial scholar Donna Piers. Pochoir by Palace Press staff. Text designed and printed letterpress by Pamela Smith. Illustrations from line engravings, hand-colored over a five year period. Twenty-six unbound die-cut sheets folded into triptychs set in Dante Monotype by Michael and Winifred Bixler, Skaneateles, New York. Triptychs are made of Somerset Cream paper. Prints are done on Domestic Etching papers. Hand-coloring with watercolors and pochoir process. Housed in an arched, tan cloth-covered box designed with double drop-spine covers to open like the doors of a church. Lined with Italian decorative print and gold papers. Boards held together with a metal closure on front. Box by Craig W. Jensen. Edition of one hundred and fifty copies, signed by the artist, author, and printer. University of Utah copy is no. 69.

Book of the Week – Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer


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Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Robert Lewis May (1905-1976)
Chicago: Montgomery Ward, 1939
First edition

This favorite Christmas story was written exclusively for Montgomery Ward & Co., which was looking for a strategy to encourage youngsters to visit the department store. The store had been buying and giving away coloring books as a Christmas gimmick and decided to save money by creating something similar, in-house. Robert May, a thirty-four year old copywriter on the advertising staff, wrote the booklet as a give-away for children during the Christmas shopping season. May was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1926 and joined Montgomery Ward in 1936. He was known to his colleagues for his unpublished children’s stories and limericks. Rudolph was hugely popular (two and a half million copies were distributed in 1939 alone), and Montgomery Ward continued to publish it every Christmas until 1946, by which time six million copies had been given away. Because May had created the story as an employee of Montgomery Ward, he received no royalties. But in January 1947, May persuaded its corporate president to turn the copyright over to him. His financial future was assured. May claimed that the success of Rudolph enabled him to put his six children through college. May quit his job in 1951 and spent many years managing his creation before returning to Montgomery Ward seven years later, where he worked until his retirement in 1971. May sent a copy of Rudolph to his friend, songwriter Johnny Marks, who wrote the tune that made Gene Autry famous. Forty-one color illustrations by Denver Gillen. This copy was given to Sue Epperson McCoy, five years old, in 1939, as a promotional from the Junction City, Kansas Montgomery Ward. She donated it to the J. Willard Marriott Library.

Book of the Week – Mathematical Elements of Natural Philosophy…


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Mathematical Elements of Natural Philosophy…
Willem Jacob s’Gravesande (1688-1742)
London: Printed for J. Senex and W. Taylor, 1720
First English edition
QC19 G73 1720

Written in Latin by Willem Jacob s’Gravesande, Mathematical elements… was first published in Leiden in 1720. Illustrated with thirty-three folded engraved plates, this edition also contains a publisher’s catalog at the end. Willem Jacob s’Gravesande was appointed Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy in Leiden in 1715. A friend of Isaac Newton, s’Gravesande gained fame by being the first to teach Newtonian philosophy. Mathematical elements… was dedicated to Newton. In 1734, s’Gravesande was promoted to chair of Philosophy. The Reverend John Theophilus Desaguliers, a member of the Royal Society, a Copley medal winner, inventor and Freemason, translated s’Gravesande’s book into English the same year it was first published in Leiden, apparently at s’Gravesande’s request. As was the practice in the eighteenth century, s’Gravesande constantly corrected and added to his work, each edition being an amplification of the first. The work went through six editions. s’Gravesande, who relied heavily on Newton’s Principia and Opticks, used a philosophical and well-argued method of justifying scientific truths by self-evidence and experimental verification.

Books of the Week – Philip Zimmermann


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Philip Zimmermann
Rhinebeck, NY: Spaceheater Editions, 2006
N7433.4 Z54 S54 2006

Colored illustrations on long continuous strip, viewed through a 13 x 9 cm. hole in cut in the center of each page of text. Printed by HP Indigo digital printing on Mohawk Superfine archival paper. Handbound. Edition of fifty copies. University of Utah copy is no. 21.


Sanctus Sonorensis
Philip Zimmermann
Tucson, AZ: Spaceheater Editions, c2006-2009
N7433.4 Z54 S36 2009

From the colophon: “The cover image is part of the Sonoran desert in Southern Arizona about 50 miles from Lukeville, and just a couple of miles from the Mexican border. It is one of the most heavily trafficked and dangerous entry points for illegal Mexican immigrants entering the United States, and many die there each year from exposure and lack of water. The skyscapes are [sic] all photographed in New Mexico and Arizona during 2003 and 2004.” Self-covering board book with rounded and gilded edges in four-color offset lithography.