Exhibition of Relics of the Prophet Joseph Smith During the L.D.S. Centennial. April 5 to 12th, 1930 at the Auerbach co., Broadway at State, Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, UT: Auerbach Co., 1930
From the title page: “The Auerbach Company, one of the pioneer institutions of Utah, is exhibiting this unique collection on the occasion of the Centenary Anniversary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
Introduction to Creative Writing with Book Arts
THIS MEDIUM SPECIFIC APPROACH to creative writing introduces
emerging writers to the techniques and craft of inventive
writing as well as book arts. Students will consider the
generative process as a performance within a medium
and how the interplay of form and content operate within
the physics of that medium. The course includes six visits
to the Book Arts Studio at the Marriott Library, during
which students will view artists’ books from Rare Books,
get hands-on experience with bookbinding and letterpress
printing from moveable type, and collaborate to produce
a limited-edition book, of which every participant will
receive a copy. As a variation on the final portfolio, students
will be encouraged to produce chapbooks for their final
projects. In both the studio and classroom, we will ask:
What is a book? How might a book’s shape transfigure its
meaning? How do typographic decisions affect creative
texts? What is a creative text? No prior experience in the
book arts or imaginative writing is required.
De Cometis Libelli Tres
Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)
Avgvst Vindelicorvm: A. Apergeri, 1619
Johannes Kepler, a staunch supporter of Galileo, extended the Copernican heliocentric theory of the universe with his three laws of motion, including the revolutionary premise that the planets move not in circular but in elliptical orbits. A mathematician and astronomer, Kepler became Imperial Mathematician to the Emperor Rudolf II of Prague in 1601. After the emperor’s death, Kepler faced religious persecution and for this reason moved often until his death in Regensburg.
De Cometis is divided into three sections. The first and longest contains Kepler’s observations of the comets of 1607 and 1618 and the theories of cometary motion he derived from those observations. The middle section discusses the physical nature of comets. The third section discusses astrological connections with the comets.
As a scientist, Kepler recognized that astrological beliefs were based on superstition, but as a man of his age he nevertheless tended to share those beliefs. This thinking included the belief that comets presaged evil and disaster.
Five fold-out plates illustrate Kepler’s observations.
A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language
Noah Webster (1758-1843)
Hartford: From Sidney’s Press, for Hudson & Goodwin, Book-sellers; New-Haven: Increase Cooke & Co., Book-sellers, 1806
PE1625 W3 1806
Noah Webster’s goal was to produce an “American” dictionary. He envisioned something bigger and better than the English pocket dictionaries that were the standard fare of the time in the new United States. Webster was an enthusiastic patriot. He wanted to use the dictionary to promote national unity and cultural independence from Britain.
Influenced by his friend Benjamin Franklin, Webster worked for “a reformed mode of spelling” but rejected the radical phonetic innovations proposed by Franklin. He did make enough changes, however, to produce a distinct American spelling for some words.
This American spelling first appeared in the Compendious Dictionary. It was immediately adopted by American printers. Webster was struck by the inconsistencies of English spelling. His spelling reform was based upon a combined sense of logic and aesthetics. He changed the ‘-ce’ in words like defence and offence to ‘–se;’ abandoned the second silent “l” in verbs such as travel and cancel when forming the past tense; dropped the “u” from words such as humour and colour; and dropped the “k” from words such as publick. Webster included thousands of words – chowder, hickory, skunk, subsidize, and caucus, for instance – which were in daily use in America but not listed in any lexicon.
John Quincy Adams, a future president, was shocked by some of these “vulgarisms.” Appended to the Dictionary, Webster included a list of the Post Offices in the United States, the number of its inhabitants, and the amount of its exports.