Book of the Week – Inversnaid


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Gerard Manley Hopkins
Colorado Springs, The Press at Colorado College, 1988
PR4083 H44 I58 1988

“This book is frankly experimental in character. It is the product of a one-month Topics course taught at The Press at Colorado College by James Trissel. Six students were involved in the planning and printing of the poem in this manner which turned out to be more ala prima and less seriatum than one normally expects in book printing. The students are Betsey Biggs, Tully Bragg, Kelly Cress, Leigh Fletcher, Brian Molanphy, and James Schuster.

The paper is Arches Cover and the type, A T F Garamond. The inks for color-printing are generally lithographic inks printed relief from zinc and linoleum.

Although the poem, “Inversnaid,” is in the public domain, Oxford University Press gave us its blessings. There are fifty numbered copies; and this is 12.”

Curiosity Killed the Cat


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“Helter skelter, hang sorrow, care’ll kill a Cat, up-tails all, and a Louse for the Hangman.”

Ben Jonson (1573?-1637)
London: Printed by Thomas Hodgkin for H. Herringman, E. Brewster, T. Bassett, R. Chiswell, M. Wotton, G. Conyers, MDCXCII
Third folio

The Works of Ben Jonson was first published in 1616 in folio. It was reprinted in 1640. Both of these editions appeared in two volumes. This, the third folio, is the first Works to appear in one volume. The 1692 edition includes a comedy, “The New Inn,” appearing in the Works for the first time. Ben Jonson was a friend of William Shakespeare. In 1616, James I granted Jonson a pension, giving him a stature close to what might be termed the first Poet Laureate of England. That same year, the publication of his collected works, in folio format, helped elevate the acceptance of drama as literature. The 1692 folio contains Jonson’s plays and poetry, translations of Horace, and a collection of leges convivales, or rules of the house, used in the tavern where Jonson spent much time, this last also added to the Works for the first time. In the third folio, the “care’ll kill a Cat” line is in Act I, scene 4 of “Every Man in His Humour,” written in 1598. William Shakespeare acted in its first performance. The line in its earliest printed iteration uses the word “pox,” not “Louse.”


“What, courage man! what though care killed a cat, thou hast mettle enough in thee to kill care.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
London: Printed by Tho. Cotes for Robert Allot, 1632
“The second impression”

About one year after Jonson wrote and produced “Every Man in His Humour,” William Shakespeare used a similar quote in his play, “Much Ado About Nothing.”

“Care killed the Cat. It is said that ‘a cat has nine lives,’ yet care would wear them all out.”

Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1810-1897)
Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Co., 1898
New ed., rev., corrected, and enl., to which is added a concise bibliography of English literature
“Altemus edition”

Ebenezer Cobham Brewer attended Trinity Hall, Cambridge where he received his degree in law in 1835. He was ordained as a reverend in the Church of England in 1838. In 1856, he began putting together his “dictionary of phrase and fable.” Among many sources, he used correspondence with readers of his previous work, Guide to the Scientific Knowledge of Things Familiar (1841). Dictionary was first published in 1870, with a first revised edition in 1894. The work became so well-known that it is referred to simply as “Brewer.”

Since we are as curious as cats, here are a few more cat references from “Brewer:”

Cat I’ the Adage (The). The adage referred to is, the cat loves fish, but does not like to wet her paws.
– Letting I dare not wait upon I would,
Like the poor cat I’ the adage
Shakespeare, Macbeth [Shakespeare, again!]

Cat Proverbs.
A cat has nine lives. A cat is more tenacious of life than other animals, because it generally lights upon its feet.


George Wither
Louisville, KY: Innominate Press, 1971
PR2392 .C4 1971

Salt Lake Tribune – 9 women you didn’t know changed Utah


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Salt Lake Tribune reporter, Amy McDonald, visited the J. Willard Marriott Library, Special Collections, to celebrate Equal Pay Day, and Utah women.

9 women you didn’t know changed Utah

Book of the Week – Everyday Readers


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Everyday Readers
Mary V. Marsh
Oakland, CA: Quite Contrary Press, 2010
N7433.4 M373 E8 2010

From the colophon: “Blockprint on checkout cards, mulberry paper, brads, type, vintage cover.” Issued in case. Orange card in pocket on p.3 of cover numbered and signed by the author/artist. University of Utah copy is no. 14.

Mark Strand (April 11, 1934 – November 29, 2014), In Memorium


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Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Strand taught at The University of Utah from 1981 to 1993.

“And though it was brief, and slight, and nothing
To have been held onto so long, I remember it,
As if it had come from within, one of the scenes
The mind sets for itself, night after night, only
To part from quickly and without warning.”

From “Luminism,” The Continuous Life


Sleeping With One Eye Open
Iowa City: Stone Wall Press, 1964
PS3569 T69 S55 1964

Printed by K. K. Merker from Romanée type on Curtis Rag paper. Edition of two hundred and twenty-five copies. University of Utah copy is no. 60.


Reasons for Moving
New York: Atheneum, 1968
PS3569 T69 R4 1969

University of Utah copy is poet’s autographed copy.


New York: Atheneum, 1970
PS3569 T69 D3 1970

University of Utah copy autographed by the poet.


Elegy for my father: Robert Strand, 1908-1968
Iowa City: Pillar Guri Press, 1973
PS3569 T69 E44 1973

Photo-silkscreens by Gretchen Esping. Printed by Shari Madsen in 14 pt. Bembo on handmade Japanese Shogun paper. Edition of one hundred and fifty copies.


The Story of Our Lives
New York: Atheneum, 1973
PS3569 T69 S7

University of Utah copy autographed by the poet.


Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)
Austin: Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, 1975
PQ7797 B635 T4 1975

Translation by Mark Strand. Keepsake for the members of The Manuscript Society of America, designed by William R. Holman. Set in Linotype Janson. Edition of two hundred and ninety-five copies.


The Night Book
New York: C. N. Potter: Distributed by Crown Publishers, 1985
First edition
PS3569 T69 N55 1985

Illustrations by William Pène du Bois (1916-1993)


Portland, OR: Charles Seluzicki, 1987
PS3569 T69 P76 1987

Drawings by Josef Albers. Printed by Barbara Cash at the Ives Street Press, Sweden, Maine. Text set in Monotype Univers. Titles hanset in Stempel Helvetica. Blind-stamp throughout. Paper is Rives BFK. Edition of one hundred and eighty-seven copies. University of Utah copy is no. 80, signed by the poet.


Blizzard of one
New York: Alfred A. Knopf: Distributed by Random House, 1998
PS3569 T69 B57 1998

Uncorrected proof.


The Continuous Life
Iowa City: Windhover Press, 1990
PS3569 T69 C66 1990

Woodcuts by Neil Welliver. Printed by Kim Merker and Don Howell using a Vandercook Test press from handset Spectrum types on Windhover paper. Binding by Larry Yerkes. Edition of two hundred and twenty-five copies, numbered.


Selected Poems
New York: Knopf: Distributed by Random House, 1990
PS3569 T69 A6 1990

Uncorrected proof.


A poet’s alphabet of influences
Salt Lake City: Red Butte Press, 1993
PS3569 T69 P64 1994

Drawings by Bonnie Sucec, hand-painted by the artist. Designed, set by hand and printed damp on an 1846 Columbian handpress by Day Christensen. Type is 16 pt Van Dijck. Paper is handmade cotton rag from Twinrocker Paper Mill. Bound and boxed in linen case by BookLab. Edition of seventy-five copies plus 20 copies hors de commerce. This is copy XX, signed by the poet, artist, and printer.

Books of the Week – Nance O’Banion


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Domestic Science: Idioms
Nance O’Banion
Berkeley: Flying Fish Press, 1990
N7433.4 O33 D66 1990

Double-sided accordion-folded to be read in two directions and from both sides. Illustrated with linoleum block prints cut by author. Concertina binding. Printed on Fabriano Rosapina paper. Housed in checkered box by Sandy Tilcock. Edition of 150 copies, 15 copies deluxe edition.

Correspondence Course
Nance O’Bannion
Berkeley, CA: Flying Fish Press, 1993
N7433.4 O33 C67 1993

Nance O’Bannion’s text juxtaposes familiar sayings in unfamiliar groupings playing off similar words. For instance, “Be a fly on the wall” is followed by “wallflower” and “Catch it on the fly” is followed by “Open fly.” The text is juxtaposed against colorful images of ordinary items, made extraordinary by the groupings. Organized as an instructional notebook divided by tabs for a course in life. Papers are Canson Vidalon, Coventry Rag and Elephant Hide. Text letterpress printed with Gill Sans, Condensed, and Kaufmann by Julie Chen. Card images screen printed by Thomas Wojak at the W.O.R.K.S. Designed and assembled with the assistance of the staff of Flying Fish Press. Bound in purple cloth over boards, exposed blue threads sewn on reddish-gold cloth spine. Housed in slipcase of mustard-colored paper over boards. Edition of one hundred copies.

Book of the Week – Bishop Burnet’s History of his Own Time


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Bishop Burnet’s History of his Own Time
Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715)
London: Thomas Ward, Joseph Downing & Henry Woodfall, 1724-34
First edition
DA430 B955

Scottish theologian and religious leader Gilbert Burnet was an influential advisor to William and Mary. Burnet’s anti-Catholic writing and preaching gained him the friendship of William of Orange at The Hague. He became bishop of Salisbury. He was fluent in Dutch, French, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. In the mid-1670s a French translation of Nicholas Sanders’ De origine et progressu schismatio Anglicani librie tres (1585) appeared. Sanders attacked the English Reformation as a political act carried out by a corrupt king. Several of Burnet’s friends wished him to publish a rebuttal of the work. In 1679 the first volume of The History of the Reformation of the Church of England was published. It covered the reign of Henry VIII. The second volume (1681) covered the reign of Elizabeth and the Elizabethan Religious Settlement. The third volume (1714) consisted of corrections and additional material. Burnet began his History of His Own Time in 1683, covering the English Civil War and the Commonwealth of England to the Treaty of Utrecht of 1713. This chronicle of the political and religious events during his lifetime demonstrated his fierce bias against James II and was a celebrated book at the time of publication. Undecorated sheep over six raised double cords. Striped cloth bands pasted to head and tail.

Congratulations, Lyuba!


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Lyuba Hemingway

Photograph by Scott Beadles, Rare Books assistant

Congratulations to Lyuba Basin, Rare Books assistant, who received a Fulbright Scholarship for 2016. Writes Lyuba,

“It was through literature that I discovered that the world…was much larger than I first imagined. I began to read and write so as to travel to distant places…only accessible to me through my imagination…When I encountered Latin America, I realized that traveling around the world…no longer [need be] an imaginative endeavor, but a possibility within my reach. I looked for every opportunity…to learn more about many Latin American countries and their unique cultural differences. I have learned Spanish and studied abroad in the Dominican Republic and Cuba; I have been introduced to Andean cultures and the indigenous language of Quechua; I found work in a Mexican restaurant named after the influential artist Frida Kahlo, and in my free time became acquainted with authors such as Neruda, Borges, Cortázar and García Márquez. I have roamed across Latin America both mentally and physically, but now I am searching for a unique experience that will allow me to give back to a culture that has awarded me so much.

As an aspiring educator, I believe in the importance of introducing the English language and American culture in a way that does not undermine the languages and cultures of others. With this in mind, what I would bring to the classroom is a practice of sharing personal narratives cross-culturally and cross-linguistically, without judgment and without fear. For my supplementary project I intend to organize a weekly, after-school creative writing workshop…With my background in literature and writing I hope that I may encourage the students to bridge the gap between nations and share stories, poems, and songs…By providing this outlet for expression, I feel that the students will be able to apply what they learn in the classroom in a relatable way. The workshop would also allow me to get to know the students and the Argentine culture on a personal level, beyond anything I can find in books. Bringing this knowledge back with me to the United States as a collection of student work which would…[enable] others to get to know the culture intimately…”

We know Lyuba is awesome. Now the world will.



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When: Thursday, April 9, 3-5PM
Where: Rare Books Classroom, level 4, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah

This event is free and open to the public.

“Shhhhhh!:Books Banned, Forbidden, Censored, Redacted, Expurgated, Published Anonymously and Otherwise Attempted to be Kept from Public Consumption”

“…the danger of certain books is not in the books themselves but in the passions of their readers.” – Octavio Paz

The Rare Books Division presents a hands-on display of books, pamphlets, newspapers, and magazines that were banned, forbidden, censored, redacted, expurgated, published anonymously and otherwise attempted to be kept from public consumption. From religious and political writings to science, philosophy and poetry; from 14th century Haggadah’s to 20th century novels, hold pieces of paper that were deemed by some too dangerous to exist. This presentation includes first editions of Galileo’s Dialogo (1632), Hobbes’ Leviathan (1651), Swift’s Travels (1726), Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye (1951) and many other books too hot to handle when they were hot off the press.

Secrecy Week is sponsored by

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Additional sponsors

Tanner Humanities Center

J. Willard Marriott Library

S. J. Quinney College of Law

Department of English



Book of the Week – WEST INDIES, LTD.: POEMAS


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Nicolás Guillén (1902-1989)
La Habana: Imp.Ucar, Garcia y cia., 1934
First edition
PQ7389 G84 W4 1934

Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista was a Cuban journalist, political activist and poet. Born of Afro-Cuban parents, he studied law at the University of Havana, but abandoned a legal career for typography and journalism. West Indies, Ltd. was his first collection of poetry with political overtones, reflecting the 1933 overthrow of Gerardo Machado’s dictatorial regime and the political repression that followed. In 1936, Guillén was arrested and jailed. In 1937 he joined the Communist Party. He covered Spain’s Civil War as a reporter. In 1941 he was refused entry into the United States but traveled the rest of the world extensively. He was the inaugural winner of Cuba’s National Prize for Literature in 1983. His poetry is representative of “poesía negra,” a synthesis of black and Hispanic cultures, and is noted for its imitations of drums and drum-like rhythms.