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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.

Book of the Week – Gray’s Elegy


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Gray’s Elegy
Thomas Gray (1716-1771)
London, New York: Longman. Wiley and Putnam, 1846
First edition
PR3502 E5 1846

Illuminated by Owen Jones in his characteristic spidery style, this is one of the earliest examples of chromolithography, a method of book illustration that Jones was instrumental in popularizing. Owen Jones was an English architect and designer. His work on the interior of the Crystal Palace and for the Great Exhibition of 1851 brought his name as an interior designer into prominence. This is the first book issued in a kind of binding heretofore generally reserved for illuminated books – deeply embossed to imitate carved wood. The embossing was built up underneath the leather as well as from the top.

Recorded Vesalius Lecture


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The video can also be viewed on the Marriott Library media streaming service.

The J. Willard Marriott Library, in partnership with the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, hosted Vesalius: Celebrating 500 Years of Innovation, celebrating the contributions of Andreas Vesalius to education, anatomy, and book design.

Mark T. Nielsen is a Professor (Lecturer) in the Department of Biology. He has been teaching at the U of U for over 30 year and has been awarded a University Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2012, Mark Nielsen won a “Beacons of Excellence” award in recognition of his work to provide transformative experience to undergraduate students.

2014 marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), scientific visionary and pioneer of 16th century medicine. A famous anatomist and physician in his own time, Vesalius is recognized today for his contributions to our knowledge of human anatomy. Vesalius is particularly noted for his De Humani Corporis Fabrica (Fabric of the Human Body), first published in 1543, and revised and reprinted in 1555. The 1555 edition of De Humani Corporis Fabrica is held by the Rare Books Division and may be looked at in-person in the Special Collections Reading Room, Level 4 of the J. Willard Marriott Library or online at

Book of the Week – Laboulaye’s Fairy Book


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Laboulaye’s Fairy Book. Fairy tales of all Nations
Edouard Laboulaye (1811-1883)
New York: Harper, 1867
First edition in English
PN6071 F15 L33 1867

Translated from French into English by Mary Louise Booth (1831-1889). Edouard Laboulaye added a special preface to this American edition. Twelve tales are included. Illustrated with black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings.

Live Broadcast of Vesalius Lecture


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Watch the live broadcast of tonight’s lecture, Renaissance Man: The Art and Science of Andreas Vesalius.
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September 18, 2014

Lecture: Gould Auditorium, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 1, 6:30 PM

Reception: Special Collections Gallery, Level 4, 7:30 PM

A 45 minute tour of the exhibitions will begin at 5:30 at the west entrance, Level 1, of the J. Willard Marriott Library.

Learn more about Mark Nielsen.