Book of the Week – Storia Della Letteratura Italiana


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Storia Della Letteratura Italiana
Girolamo Tiraboschi (1731-1794)
Roma: Per Luigi Perego Savioni, Stampator Vaticano nella Sapienza…1782-1785

Girolamo Tiraboschi was born in Bergamo and studied at the Jesuit college there. He entered the order and was appointed professor of rhetoric and belles-lettres at Brera in Milan in 1755. In 1770 he became librarian to Francis III, Duke of Modena, at the Biblioteca Estense. There he collected material for his monumental Storia, the first significant history of Italian literature, first published from 1772 to 1782. A comprehensive work, extending from Etruscan times to 1700, Tiraboschi addressed literature in its broadest sense, including history, philosophy, fine arts, medicine, and jurisprudence. Beautifully written in a clear style, the entire work is heavily documented from sources in the Biblioteca Estense. Tiraboschi was inspired to defend Italian arts against the attacks of foreign critics, an early attempt at unifying the Italian political states through cultural bonds. Bound as issued in publisher’s flexible boards. Anonymous gift.

Book of the Week – Direction of the Road


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Direction of the Road
Ursula K. Le Guin
Santa Cruz, CA: Foolscap Press, 2007

Short story printed on white linen paper made by Le Papeterie Saint-Armand paper mill in Montreal, Canada. Binding is Saint-Armand’s Green Umbrella cover paper. Woodcut by Aaron Johnson. The woodcut is seen by using a reflective polymer mirror in a technique called anamorphic art, first recorded in a codex of Leonardo da Vinci. Book, mirror and woodcut housed in cloth-covered portfolio box covered in green Japanese cloth. Edition of one hundred and twenty, signed by the author and the artist. University of Utah copy is no. 53.

Daily Utah Chronicle Article – WWI Exhibit Revels in History at the Library


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The Special Collections exhibition, “Here and Over There: The Great War, 1914-1918,” was featured in an article in the Daily Utah Chronicle, the University of Utah’s student newspaper.

WWI Exhibit Revels in History at the Library

Margaret Keller, a visitor at the exhibit, came because of her family’s ties to the military.

“My father served in WWI, my husband in WWII, and my great-grandson in Afghanistan,” she said. “As a military family, I think it’s important to revel in these experiences.”

The exhibition is on display through Sunday, December 7, in the Special Collections Gallery and the Special Collections Reading Room, Level 4, J. Willard Marriott Library.

Book of the Week – Nowhere to Go


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Nowhere to Go
Alan Loney (b. 1940)
Portland, OR: INK-A! Press, 2009
PR9639.3 L6 N69 2009

From the publisher: “This book…is an attempt at capturing the beauty, brevity, and fragility of life through words, image, and structure.” Poem letterpress printed from handset 14 point Joanna type. Illustrated with hand-processed photopolymer plates painted with watercolor on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper. Issued in linen-covered case. Book production by Inge Bruggeman. Edition of thirty copies plus five numbered artists proof copies. University of Utah copy is no. 15, signed by the poet and the artist.



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Barbara Hodgson
Vancouver, British Columbia: Heavenly Monkey, 2003
First edition

Designed by the author. Illustrated with engravings by Shinsuke Minegishi printed from the blocks on gampi. Typeface is Garamont. Printed on damp HM Text, an all-cotton paper made by Reg Lissel with a Washington handpress by Rollin Milroy. Issued in slipcase made by Simone Mynen. Edition of fifty copies, signed by the author and the artist. University of Utah copy is no. 24.

Book of the Week – MADOC


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Robert Southey (1774-1843)
London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, and A. Constable and Co. Edinburgh, 1805
First edition
PR5464 M2 1805

Robert Southey was an English poet, a follower of the Romantic Movement, one of the “Lake Poets.” He was appointed poet laureate in 1813. Together with his good friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), he planned to found a utopian community on the Susquehanna River in the United States. While this plan never came to fruition, it is probable that Madoc was inspired by this dream. The four hundred and forty-nine page poem, accompanied by one hundred and four pages of notes is the story of a Welsh king, who, around 1169, settled on the Missouri River in America and founded a great race of Indians, the “Aztecas.” The legend of Madoc is more familiarly associated with the Mandan tribe of North Dakota. During the eighteenth century, white explorers and trappers heard stories of a small, peaceful tribe living in Western North Dakota, some of whom had blue eyes, blonde hair and spoke Welsh. It was believed that this tribe was descended from a Welsh settlement on the Ohio River in the mid-fourteenth century. Engraved title-page. Bound in contemporary three-quarter green morocco with marbled endpapers and edges.

Book of the Week – Ladies’ Companion


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Ladies’ Companion: containing first, politeness of…
Lyman Gale, compiler
Worcester: printed at the Spy Office, 1824
First edition
BJ1681 L15 1824

Sections include lessons on manners, education, religion, marriage and “Fables for the Female Sex.” From the preface, “In offering this work to the public, the compiler was actuated by a desire to place before the female sex, some rules of conduct, and traits of character, which she deemed essential, in order to render their lives useful and pleasant, and make them amiable and agreeable, to those with whom they associate here; and to point out to them, the inestimable value of religion and virtue…” Bound in contemporary mottled sheep with gild burgundy morocco label.

Book of the Week – East of Eden


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East of Eden
John Steinbeck (1902-1968)
New York: Viking Press, 1952
First edition
PS3537 T3234 E18

This is the story of two American families between the Civil War and World War I. Of this retelling of the tale of Cain and Abel, John Steinbeck wrote, “[it] has everything in it I have been able to learn about my art or craft or profession in all these years…I think everything else I have written has been…practice for this.” He later called the novel, “the story of my country and the story of me.” A contemporary reviewer wrote, “Steinbeck is never dull and, even if you miss his message, you’ll not be bored. There is only one Steinbeck and no one writes about ‘his people’ as well.” However, the novel was not generally well-accepted by most reviewers at the time, who judged it heavy-handed and pedantic. Ten years later, Steinbeck would be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. East of Eden, published in September of 1952 was number one on the bestseller list by November of that year. It has never gone out of print.

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Altered Books:
Offerings in (Con)text
A selection of contemporary altered books offered for interpretation

Carol Berrey, Emily Dyer, Frank McEntire, Nancy Steele-Makasci, Loné Vilnius
and others

Opening Reception
Friday, October 3, 6:00-8:00 pm

Finch Lane Gallery
1340 East 100 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

October 3 through November 21


Make it
Stephanie Copoulos-Selle
Waukesha, Wisconsin: Citron Press, 2011

From the colophon: “This book was printed on pages of ‘Creative Hands’ by Doris Cox and Barbara Warren Weismann. Other papers used were Rives, Strathmore, Hahnemuhle, Stonehenge, and laid linen. The text and images were printed with letterpress, Solar Plates, and screen printing. The ‘Journal’ and recipe were laser printed.” Edition of fifty copies, signed by the artist. University of Utah copy is no. 18.