Book of the Week — The Farmer’s Diary, or, Beers’ Ontario Almanack, for the Year of our Lord 1824

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“This month is generally ushered in with boisterous wind and nipping frosts. The hapless mariner beholds his vessel wrecked upon the very rocks which bind his much-loved home. Vegetation perishes through severe and untimely ires!; and deluging rains, descending with impetuous force crush the springing blade, and despoil the beauty of the gay parterre. Even thus do the rude passions of man’s soul break forth with resistless force at this unsettled period of existence, wrecking the fragile bark of youth. The tide of dissipation sweeps away the principles of virtue, which have not had time to take root, and every noble energy is blighted by the influence of bad example.”

Happy Spring!

The Farmer’s Diary, or, Beers’ Ontario Almanack, for the Year of our Lord 1824
Canandaigua, NY: Printed and sold, wholesale and retail, by J. D. Bemis, 1824

For all their necessity, American almanacs in the early nineteenth century assumed that most farmers understood, without printed confirmation, events such as the beginning of spring. Nonetheless, warnings such as the one above about the ravages of early spring weather, not to mention the unsettling effect it has on the “fragile bark of youth,” pervaded these sage documents. As evidenced here, spring fever was alive and well in 1824.

Attorney Andrew Beers acted as chief polymath for several almanacs in New York City before he moved to Albany in 1797. He began working with printers in western New York towns wanting to issue almanacs particular to their areas. Newspaperman and publisher James D. Bemis of Canandaigua, nine miles from the home of Joseph Smith, turned to Beers for help with astronomical, monetary and other calculations invaluable to local farmers and businessmen. Bemus was the editor of the Ontario Repository and Genesee Advertiser. Ontario County, New York was home to Joseph Smith and his family between 1816 and 1830.

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Rare Books Exhibition — Enquiring Minds

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Enquiring Minds: Fourteen Centuries of Questions and Answers

Humans have been compiling information to answer an infinity of questions for thousands of years. From Ptolemy to Izaak Walton, the best minds have annotated, edited, translated, measured, arranged, and defined what it means to live a life of wonder.

From facsimiles of medieval encyclopedias, almanacs and atlases to first editions of fifteenth through twentieth century dictionaries, manuals, lexicons, compendiums, and directories, Rare Books celebrates questions and the attempts to answer them.

Keep on asking!

March 17, 2017 — April 30, 2017
Special Collections Gallery
Level 4
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah

This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Books of the Week — Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919)

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“Every morning I am newly amazed at the inexhaustible richness of these tiny and delicate structures. That I thrust myself with sheer passion on these scientific treasures, which are simultaneously so pleasing to the aesthetic eye, you can well imagine.”

Die Radiolarien (Rhizopoda Radiaria)…
Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919)
Berlin: G. Reimer, 1862
First edition
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Rare Books copy from the library of Horst E. Schober (1880-1950), the chef at the Newhouse Hotel and the Salt Lake Country Club during the 1930s and 1940s.

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Anthropologie oder Entwickelungsgeschichte des Menschen…
Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919)
Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 1874
First edition
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Arabische Korallen…
Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919)
Berlin: G. Reimer, 1876
First edition
QL377 C5 H34 1876

Ernst Haeckel traveled the world. The cumination of Ernst Haeckel’s journey in 1873 to Egypt was his visit to the surreal coral banks of Tur in the Red Sea. His exploration of the banks was expedited by the use of a steamer, which Ismail Pasha, Egypt’s Khedive and the dedicatee of the volume, put at his disposal. Landscape painting was a lifelong hobby of Haeckel’s. He painted numerous scenes in watercolor during his travels, some of which are reproduced here in chromolithographic plates. Rare Books copy from the library of Horst E. Schober.

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Mrs. Delany & Her Circle

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“I have invented a new way of imitating flowers.”
— Mrs. Delany

MRS. DELANY AND HER CIRCLE
Mark Laird and Alicia Weisberg-Roberts, eds.
New Haven: Yale Center for British Art; London: Sir John Soane’s Museum;… 2009
NX547.6 D45 M77 2009

Publication to accompany an exhibition organized by the Yale Center for British Art in association with Sir John Soane’s Museum, London: Yale Center for British Art, September 24, 2009 through January 3, 2010 and Sir John Soane’s Museum, February 18, 2010 through May 1, 2010.

We are especially fond of this book for two reasons:

First, our friend and colleague, Kohleen Reeder Jones, worked on this project and wrote the chapter, “The ‘Paper Mosaick’ Practice of Mrs. Delaney & Her Circle.” Kohleen worked at the J. Willard Marriott Library as the Book and Paper Conservator. She went from here to Brigham Young University and then home, where she takes care of her family as wonderfully as she took care of the work of Mrs. Delaney and of our rare books.

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Second, the Rare Books copy is a gift of a most generous friend, who insists on anonymity.

Thank you, friends!

Book of the Week — Mrs. Delany Meets Herr Haeckel

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“Mrs. Delany’s was an age when genteel women, whether amateur or professional, were occupied with crafts, decorative works, design and fine arts. Embroidery, quilling, shellwork, japanning, silhouette making, drawing, painting in oils and watercolours, knitting, sewing, flower making, modelling in wax and clay, miniature painting, and horticulture were among the arts practiced.”

MRS. DELANY MEETS HERR HAECKEL
Barbara Hodgson
Vancouver: HM Editions, 2015

From the publisher’s website: [Mrs. Delany] is an “imagined collaboration between Mrs. Mary Delany (1700-1788), an English widow, woman of accomplishment, and creator of imaginative botanical ‘paper mosaics’ and Herr Ernst Haeckel (1852-1911), a distinguished and controversial German biologist and artist who devoted much of his time to the study and rendering of single-celled creatures.”

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Cut paper image of a microscopic organism affixed to frontispiece with another cut-paper image affixed to the recto of the same sheet; eleven cut-paper interpretations of microscopic organisms tipped on to captioned plates; tipped-in cut-paper initials, numerous smaller cut-paper decorations. The paper cuttings are adapted from Ernst Haeckel’s Die Radiolarien (1862) and Kunstformen der Natur (1899-1904). They are cut from a variety of papers, including Yatsuo, Kozuke, mulberry, Gifu, Kitikata, and Kiraku kozo from Japan; Ingres and unidentified wove from Europe; and Reg Lissel handmade papers from Canada. Some were cut from papers previously marbled in the Turkish or Suminigashi styles. Some were dyed by the papermaker; some were dyed or otherwise hand-colored for this book. The cuttings are mounted on one of Arches text wove (white), Arches MBM Ingres (black) or Hahnemuhle Ingres (black).

Bound in full polished morocco, ruled and stamped decoratively in red and gilt with a gilt-lettered spine by Claudia Cohen. Marbled endpapers. Issued in orange clamshell case with a gilt-lettered spine label.

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Edition of twenty-five copies plus six hors de commerce, each signed by the author, printer, and binder. Rare Books copy is XXII.

On Jon’s Desk: Scrapbook of Clippings from New York Daily Tribune, a collection of newspaper clippings concerning the Utah War (1850s)

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“The following letters were written to the Tribune from Camp Scott by Mr. ….. during my absence from the Camp from Jan 5. to May 27. 1858. During that interval I was employed on a journey to the States with despatches from Gen. Johnston to Gen. Scott, and in returning.”
– A. G. B., jr., handwritten note contained in Scrapbook of Clippings from New York Daily Tribune

Title: Scrapbook of Clippings from New York Daily Tribune

Compiled by: Albert G. Browne, Jr.

Printed: New York, 1857-1886

Edition of One (scrapbook)

Call Number: F826 N49

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I would describe the Scrapbook of Clippings from New York Daily Tribune as an outwardly ugly book containing a beautiful wealth of historical information and research value. Any historian who has spent hours searching microfiche will tell you that finding and assembling relevant newspaper articles for research can be brutal. A collection of related articles on a specific subject presented by a contemporary, primary source is, therefore, a veritable treasure trove. This is exactly what this scrapbook of clippings is. As a collection of newspaper article clippings from the New York Daily Tribune primarily from the 1850s on the topic of Johnston’s Army and its expedition to Utah it provides insight into the historical record of that time from an East Coast perspective (albeit resting upon accounts from witnesses present with the Army).

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The Library of Congress describes the New York Daily Tribune in this way:

“Horace Greeley founded the New York Tribune as a Whig party, penny paper on April 10, 1841, and would continue as its editor for the next thirty years. During Greeley’s tenure the Tribune became one of the more significant newspapers in the United States, and Greeley was known as the outstanding newspaper editor of his time. In 1924 the Tribune merged with the New York Herald to form the New York Herald Tribune, a publication which would remain a major United States daily until its demise.

“Distinguishing features of the early penny press were their inexpensiveness, their appeal to the average reader, their coverage of more and different types of news, and, in some instances, a marked political independence. Penny papers such as the New York Sun and the New York Herald were known for their emphasis on lurid crime reporting and humorous, human interest stories from the police court. The Tribune offered a strong moralistic flavor, however, playing down crime reports and scandals, providing political news, special articles, lectures, book reviews, book excerpts and poetry. As with other penny papers, the Tribune was not averse to building circulation by carrying accounts involving sex and crime, but it was careful to present this material under the guise of cautionary tales.

“Greeley gathered an impressive array of editors and feature writers, among them Henry J. Raymond, Charles A. Dana, Bayard Taylor, George Ripley, Margaret Fuller, and, for a while, Karl Marx served as his London correspondent. Reflecting his puritanical upbringing, Greeley opposed liquor, tobacco, gambling, prostitution, and capital punishment, while actively promoting the anti-slavery cause. His editorial columns urged a variety of educational reforms and favored producer’s cooperatives, but opposed women’s suffrage. He popularized the phrase “Go west, young man; go west!” The Tribune supported Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, but opposed his renomination in 1864.”

Please see the Library of Congress webpage here http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030213/ for more information on the New York Daily Tribune.

Also of interest is the provenance, or history, of the scrapbook, itself. According to stamps in the scrapbook it once belonged to the Catholic University of America. Why they chose to let this treasure go may perhaps always be a mystery. If you are interested in what the Catholic University of America is, please go to these links:

https://www.cua.edu/index.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_University_of_America

The Scrapbook of Clippings from New York Daily Tribune be just about the ugliest looking book you have ever seen, but it is an amazing historical source that likely has and will continue to save researchers much time and eyesight thanks to the scrapbooking skills of one newspaper clipper, Albert G. Browne, Jr., a century and a half ago.

Contributed by Jon Bingham, Rare Books Curator

Editors note:

We recommend the Aileen H. Clyde 20th Century Women’s Legacy Archive Lecture:

Save Everything

“Save Everything!: Reflections of a Historian on Archives of the Future”
Dianne Harris, Dean, College of Humanities and Professor of History
Tuesday, March 7 at 7PM
Gould Auditorium, Level 1
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah

For centuries, historians have been using primary source material preserved in archives — drawings, texts, artifacts of material culture [like this scrapbook!], and more — to shape their narratives of the past. How has the digital turn changed the ways historians now interact with primary sources? How has the availability of vast quantities of digital data shaped the nature of historical research? And what is the future of the archive in the digital era?

Please join Dean Dianne Harris as she discusses this topic from her perspective as an architectural and urban historian.

Dianne Harris is Dean of the College of Humanities at The University of Utah, where she is also a professor in the Department of History. She holds a PhD in Architectural History from the University of California, Berkeley. Dean Harris currently serves on the boards of the National Humanities Alliance, and the Utah Humanities Council. In 2015, she was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Council on the Humanities.

For more information contact Judy Jarrow at 801-581-3421 or judy.jarrow@utah.edu

Book of the Week — Images and Impressions

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“Out of heaven the stars we were reading a little as they tarried
into exile.”
— Brewster Ghiselin, from “Light”

Images and Impressions
Salt Lake City: Printmaking Department, University of Utah, 1969
Z239 U8 U8 1969

Project conception by Professor Russell T. Gordon, Department of Art. Work by students of the Printmaking Department consisting of sixteen prints (fifteen zinc and copper etchings and one stone lithograph). Type is Optima. Papers are Rives BFK and English Etching. Edition of twenty-five copies, signed by the poets and the artists.

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Book of the Week — Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant

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“‘Let us have peace.’ The expressions of these kindly feelings were not restricted to a section of the country, nor to a division of the people. They came from individual citizens of all nationalieties; from all denominations — the Protestant, the Catholic, and the Jew; and from the various societies of the land — scientific, educational, religious, or otherwise. Politics did not enter into the matter at all.”

PERSONAL MEMOIRS OF U. S. GRANT
Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885)
New York: C. L. Webster & Co., 1885-86
First edition
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An ineffectual, if not disastrous, president, ruined by bankruptcy after being defrauded of his estate, and dying of throat cancer, Ulysses S. Grant, Union hero of the American Civil War, agreed to publish his memoirs. He needed the money to try to secure an economically stable future for his family.

Samuel Clemens, whose pen name was Mark Twain, served as his editor. In the last month of his life, Grant struggled to dictate his notes to a stenographer and managed to finish his memoirs shortly before his death. For Clemens, witnessing the tenacity of the dying man, Grant became, once more, a heroic figure.

The memoirs focused almost entirely on the old general’s actions during the war. Still considered among the greatest of military memoirs, the two volume set became an immediate bestseller, praised for its high literary qualities. Grant’s style was straightforward and compelling. Clemens compared the book to Julius Caesar’s Commentaries. Gertrude Stein admired the book and said that she could not think of Grant without weeping.

His Memoirs were a financial and critical success. Thousands of war veterans and their families made a ready market for the book. Grant’s family, who received seventy-five percent of the royalties, quickly re-established their fortune, receiving nearly a half million dollars from the book.

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Love is enough

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“Love is enough:
though the World be a-waning
And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,
Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover
The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder,
Though the hills be held shadows, & the sea a dark wonder,
And this day draw a veil over all deeds passed over,
Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter;
The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter
These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.”

LOVE IS ENOUGH, OR THE FREEING OF PHARAMOND…
William Morris (1834-1896)
Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897

William Morris worked with prominent artists of his time to develop collaborations that redefined the artist’s relationship to the studio and the factory. Morris acheived this through a mastery of craft techniques, such as lettepress printing, and a rejection of industrial processes.

Two-page decorative woodcut border and numerous partial-page borders throughout. Two full-page illustrations by Sir Edward Burne-Jones: the frontispiece and an illustration opposite p. 90. According to the colophon this last was „…not designed for this edition…but for an edition projected about twenty-five years ago, which was never carried out.“

Love is Enough is one of only two Kelmscott Press books printed in three colors – blue, red, and black. Bound in full limp vellum with gilt spine, green silk ties. Edition of three hundred copies on handmade paper.

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Book of the Week — The Architextures 1-7: The Man of Music

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“Who are we that fled the thousand lives we did not lead in order to escape the very one life that we were destined for?”

The Architextures 1-7: The Man of Music
Nathaniel Tarn (b. 1928)
Sherman Oaks, CA: Ninja Press, 1999
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Nathaniel Tarn was born in Paris and lived in Belgium until he was eleven. He studied history and English at King’s College, Cambridge. After returning to Paris he studied anthropology and received a Fulbright grant. He studied at Yale University and the University of Chicago and did his doctoral fieldwork in Guatemala. He then completed his graduate studies at the London School of Economics. Tarn published his first volume of poetry, Old Savage/Young City, in 1964. His next published work was a translation of Pablo Neruda’s The Heights of Macchu Pichhu, published by Jonathan Cape, in London. He joined Jonathan Cape as General Editor of its international series.

In 1970, he immigrated to the United States, became a citizen, and taught as Visiting Professor of Romance Languages at Princeton University, and later, at Rutgers and other universities.

Of his poetry, Ian Robinson wrote in 1982, “Landscape, geography, and the history and culture of that landscape, that geography, of the societies living there now and that lived there once, all of the present in its present, are the key factors for Tarn.”

The Architextures 1-7 are the first seven from a collection of seventy prose poems.

The book was handset and letterpress printed on a Vandercook Universal I with Meridien type in six colors and 72pt Felix Titling for display and opening initials. Paper is dove-gray abaca, made by Katie MacGregor at the MacGregor/Vinzani papermaking studio in Whiting, Maine. Six-color wood blocks illustrate the text throughout.

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Ninja Press was begun in 1984 by Carolee Campbell, whose main publishing focus is contemporary poetry. Carolee began her book work as a photographer working with nineteenth and twentieth-century photographic processes. Binding her photograph sequences introduced her to bookbinding and experimental book structures. She then expanded her book work with letterpress printing. Bookmaking opened “the way into contemporary poetry — confronting it for the first time with a directness and penetration she seldom experienced as a reader.” (Ninja Press) All book work from Ninja Press is by Carolee Campbell.

Bound in torched and patinated thin brass boards, with a spine of brass and stainless steel hinges. Issued in a clamshell box covered in black kyosei-shi, a handmade paper from the Fuji Paper Mills Cooperative in Tokushi-ma, Japan. Edition of sixty-five numbered copies, signed by the poet and the bookmaker.

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