Friday, December 25, 2009

New Acquistitions to the Robert Smithson Personal Library!

The Personal Libraries Library has been busy acquiring books for the Robert Smithson Personal Library. These new acquisitions include: t zero by Italo Calvino, Dreamtigers by Jorge Luis Borges, Four Essays on Philosophy by Mao Tse-Tung, H.G. Wells' The First Men in the Moon, and Language as Symbolic Action by Kenneth Burke.

t zero, a collection of short stories that contemplate the creation and evolution of the universe (a sequel to Cosmicomics), has an amazing short story that was most likely of interest to Smithson named Crystals. It follows Qfwfq (the main character of these stories) as it commutes from New Jersey to New York through prisms, crystals, lava & magma. The journey is not only a lesson in entropy but also stretches the boundaries of time:

"It could have been different, I know,- Qfwfq remarked,- you're telling me: I believed so firmly in that world of crystal that was supposed to come forth that I can't resign myself to living still in this world, amorphous and crumbling and gummy, which has been our lot, instead. I run all the time like everybody else, I take the train each morning (I live in New Jersey) to slip into the cluster of prisms I see emerging beyond the Hudson, with its sharp cusps; I spend my days there, going up and down the horizontal and vertical axes that crisscross that compact solid, or along the obligatory routes that graze its sides and its edges." (t zero, Italo Calvino, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich:1967, pp. 28-29)

is reflected (whether directly or coincidentally) in Robert Smithson's own writing, most specifically in his 1967 work, A Tour of the Monuments of Passaic, New Jersey, when discussing the landscape that he was viewing, recording and monumentalizing:

'That zero panorama seemed to contain ruins in reverse, that is - all the new construction that would eventually be built. This is the opposite of the "romantic ruin" because the buildings don't fall into ruin after they are built but rather rise into ruin before they are built. This anti-romantic mise-en-scene suggests the discredited idea of time and many other "out of date" things. But the suburbs exist without a rational past and without the "big events" of history.' (Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings, Jack Flam ed., University of California Press: 1996, p. 72)

Members can check-out these new acquisitions by contacting the PLL at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com. Also look out for even more new books that are forthcoming!

Monday, December 14, 2009

The First Books to be Checked Out!

The PLL is ecstatic to announce that the first books have been checked out of the library by members (besides the Librarian herself.) Both books are from the Robert Smithson Personal Library Collection: Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus and Borges' The Book of Imaginary Beings.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Second PLL Collection: Robert Smithson!

The Personal Libraries Library is happy to announce the beginning of its second collection: the Robert Smithson Personal Library.

The Library was recently reminded (thanks Lacey!) that the personal library of Robert Smithson was catalogued shortly after his death. The catalogue, compiled by Valentin Tatransky, can be found in Robert Smithson, organized by Eugenie Tsai with Cornelia Butler (The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.) This catalogue is not comprehensive in itself, but is quite extensive. Some books from Smithson's personal library are also currently in the Library's librarian's personal library and have seamlessly become the beginning of the Robert Smithson Personal Library. These include Gunter Grass' The Tin Drum, Jorge Luis Borges' Ficciones and Labyrinths, as well as Jean-Paul Sartre's Nausea and Bachelard's The Poetics of Space. Due to this fortuitous overlap, the catalogue set forth by Tatransky, and the Library's interest in Smithson, he seemed like the perfect second collection.

Interestingly enough, there was not only cross-over in Smithson's and the librarian's libraries, but also that of Maria Mitchell! Emerson's Essays and The Marble Faun can be found in the Maria Mitchell- and Robert Smithson Personal Library. Please note the multiple book cards.

Please peruse the Robert Smithson Personal Library Catalogue to see the Library's holdings. Also, check the Robert Smithson Wish List if you want to donate a book, or find a book and care to alert the Library. Contact the Library at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com

Robert Smithson Personal Library Catalogue

The following books are available to be checked out by PLL members:

Art and Visual Perception by Rudolf Arnheim - RS 2.241 2016

Entropy and Art by Rudolf Arnheim - RS 2.27 2009
Matisse and the Nude by Alan Bowness - RS 2.237 2015
Art by Clive Bell - RS 2.36 2010
The Nude by Kenneth Clark - RS 2.40 2010
The Light of Common Day by Diana Cooper - RS 2.128 2012
Jackson Pollock: Energy Made Visible by B.H. Friedman - RS 2.238 2015
Paul Gauguin's Intimate Journals by Paul Gauguin - RS 2.206 2014
Rock Art of the American Indian by Campbell Grant - RS 2.97 2011
Art & Culture: Critical Essays by Clement Greenberg - RS 2.202 2014
The Social History of Art, volume 2 by Arnold Hauser - RS 2.240 2016
The Sun in Art by Walter Herdeg - RS 2.176 2013
How Prints Look: Photographs with a Commentary by William M. Ivins, Jr. - RS 2.145 2012
Module, Proportion, Symmetry, Rhythm by Gyorgy Kepes - RS 2.205 2014
Albrecht Durer Complete Woodcuts edited by Dr. Willi Kurth - RS 2.131 2012
Matisse: A Biographical & Critical Study by Jacques Lassaigne - RS 2.239 2015
J.M.W. Turner by Jack Lindsay - RS 2.236 2015
Changing: Essays in Art Criticism by Lucy R. Lippard - RS 2.190 2014
Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972 by Lucy R. Lippard - RS 2.62 2010
Pleasure in Ruins by Rose Macaulay - RS 2.106 2011
Italian Gardens by Georgiana Masson - RS 2.235 2015
The Artist's World in Pictures by Fred McDarrah - RS 2.243 2016
Modern Artists in America by Robert Motherwell & Ad Reinhardt, eds. - RS 2.234 2015
Discovery of the Circle by Bruno Munari - RS 2.165 2013
Object & Idea: An Art Critic's Journal 1961-1967 by Brian O'Doherty - RS 2.242 2016 
A Concise History of Modern Painting by Herbert Read - RS 2.182 2014
Garden Making by Example by G.C. Taylor - RS 2.244 2016
The Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari - RS 2.181 2014

Cryptozoic! by Brian Aldiss - RS 2.155 2013  
Earthworks by Brian Aldiss - RS 2.118 2012
Flowers of Evil
by Charles Baudelaire - RS 2.15 2009
Endgame by Samuel Beckett - RS 2.55 2010
The Portable Blake by William Blake - RS 2.68 2010
The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges - RS 2.17 2009
Dreamtigers by Jorge Luis Borges - RS 2.19 2009
Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges - RS 2.18 2009
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges - RS 2.16 2009
Nadja by Andre Breton - RS 2.219 2015

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess - RS 2.3 2009
The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs - RS 2.178 2013
Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino - RS 2.20 2009
t zero by Italo Calvino - RS 2.21 2009
A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe - RS 2.73 2010
The Nun by Denis Diderot - RS 2.77 2010
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle - RS 2.147 2012
The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot - RS 2.179 2014
The Waste Land: A Facsimile and Transcript of the Original Drafts Including the Annotations of Ezra Pound by T.S. Eliot, edited by Valerie Eliot - RS 2.58 2010
Emerson's Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson - RS 2.7 2009
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - RS 2.5 2009
Bibliomania by Gustave Flaubert - RS 2.43
Bouvard and Pecuchet & Dictionary of Accepted Ideas by Gustave Flaubert - RS 2.39 2010
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert - RS 2.70 2010
WORD RAIN, or A Discursive Introduction to The Intimate Philosophical Investigations of G,R,E,T,A G,A,R,B,O, It Says by Madeline Gins - RS 2.154 2013
Lord of the Flies by William Golding - RS 2.12 2009
The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass - RS 2.13 2009
The Marble Faun I by Nathaniel Hawthorne - RS 2.8.1 2009
The Marble Faun II by Nathaniel Hawthorne - RS 2.8.2 2009
Poems & Prose by Gerard Manley Hopkins - RS 2.139 2012
The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley - RS 2.218 2015

The Selected Works of Alfred Jarry by Alfred Jarry - RS 2.117 2012
Finnegans Wake by James Joyce - RS 2.1 2009
Leopardi: Poems & Prose by Giacomo Leopardi, edited by Angel Flores - RS 2.59 2010
A Soldier of Humor and Selected Writings by Wyndham Lewis - RS 2.98 2011
Mallarme by Mallarme, edited by Anthony Hartley - RS 2.57 2010
The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil - RS 2.60 2010
The Diary of Anais Nin by A. Nin, Gunther Stuhlmann, ed. - RS 2.129 2012
Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor - RS 2.81 2010
Eagle or Sun? / ¿Aguila o Sol? by Octavio Paz - RS 2.156 2013
The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe - RS 2.152 2012
The Cantos of Ezra Pound by Ezra Pound - RS 2.123 2012
Ariel by Sylvia Plath - RS 2.105 2011
The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath - RS 2.76 2010
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon - RS 2.6 2009
Erasers by Alain Robbe-Grillet - RS 2.170 2013
Snapshots by Alain Robbe-Grillet - RS 2.89 2011
Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre - RS 2.9 2009
The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein - RS 2.94 2011
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift - RS 2.63 2010
The Same Door by John Updike - RS 2.11 2009
Myra Breckenridge by Gore Vidal - RS 2.14 2009
Candide by Voltaire - RS 2.75 2010
The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells - RS 2.23 2009
The Invisible Man & The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells - RS 2.79 2010
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells - RS 2.72 2010
Kora in Hell: Improvisations by William Carlos Williams - RS 2.151 2012
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf - RS 2.153 2012

NIL: Episodes in the Literary Conquest of Void during the 19th Century by Robert Martin Adams - RS 2.28 2009
The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt - RS 2.121 2012
The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard - RS 2.4 2009
The Psychoanalysis of Fire by Gaston Bachelard - RS 2.83 2010
Illuminations by Walter Benjamin - RS 2.24 2009
Joyce-Again's Wake by Bernard Benstock - RS 2.31 2010
The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America by Daniel Boorstin - RS 2.135 2012
Other Inquisitions 1937-1952 by Jorge Luis Borges - RS 2.54 2010
The Novels of Flaubert: A Study of Themes & Techniques by Victor Brombert - RS 2.87 2011
Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges by Richard Burgin - RS 2.34 2010
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke - RS 2.86 2010
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus - RS 2.10 2009
Thoreau as World Traveler by John Aldrich Christie - RS 2.64 2010
Metaphysics, Reference, and Language by James Cornman - RS 2.114 2012
Daedalus, "Fiction is Several Languages," a Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; Fall 1966 - RS 2.177 2013
Daedalus, "Utopia," a Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Spring 1965 - RS 2.38 2010
Of Time, Work, and Leisure by Sebastian de Grazia - RS 2.102 2011
Socialism and American Art by Donald Egbert Drew - RS 2.32 2010
The Cardinal Points of Borges by L. Dunham and Ivar Ivask - RS 2.199 2014
Seven Types of Ambiguity by William Empson - RS 2.191 2014
Some Versions of Pastoral by William Empson - RS 2.95 2011
The Aims of Phenomenology by Marvin Farber - RS 2.116 2012
Madness & Civilization by Michel Foucault - RS 2.136 2012
Nine Chains to the Moon by R. Buckminster Fuller - RS 2.2 2009
Phenomenology: Its Genesis & Prospect by Quentin Lauer - RS 2.138 2012

Dialectical Materialism by Henri Lefebvre - RS 2.100 2011
James Joyce by Harry Levin - RS 2.47 2010
Time & Western Man by Wyndham Lewis - RS 2.122 2012
The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Idea in America by Leo Marx - RS 2.169 2013
The Medium is the Massage by Marshall McLuhan & Quentin Fiore - RS 2.22 2009
Mallarme by Guy Michaud - RS 2.225 2015

The New Novel from Queneau to Pinget by Vivian Mercier - RS 2.61 2010
The Cyclical Night: Irony in James Joyce & Jorge Luis Borges by L.A. Murillo - RS 2.88 2011
Flaubert: A Biography by Philip Spencer - RS 2.69 2010
Four Essays on Philosophy by Mao Tse-Tung - RS 2.26 2009
The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics & Society by Norbert Wiener - RS 2.183 2014
Notebooks 1914-1917 by Ludwig Wittgenstein - RS 2.201 2014

Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud - RS 2.37 2010

Elements of Semiology by Roland Barthes - RS 2.66 2010
Writing Degree Zero by Roland Barthes - RS 2.78 2010
Language as Symbolic Action: Essays on Life, Literature and Method by Kenneth Burke - RS 2.25 2009
Language & Myth by Ernst Cassirer - RS 2.197 2014
On Human Communication: a Review, a Survey, and a Criticism by Colin Cherry - RS 2.120 2012
The Structure of Complex Words by William Empson - RS 2.84 2010
Symbols, Signals and Noise: The Nature and Process of Communication by J.R. Pierce - RS 2.96 2011

Culture & Anarchy by Matthew Arnold - RS 2.92 2011
The Story of Maps by Lloyd Brown - RS 2.111 2011
The Triumph of Time: A Study of the Victorian Concepts of Time, History, Progress, Decadence by Jerome H. Buckley - RS 2.115 2012
Conversations with Claude Levi-Strauss by G. Charbonnier - RS 2.85 2010
 The Closing Circle: Nature, Man, & Technology by Barry Commoner - RS 2.217 2015

The Megalith Builders of Western Europe by Glyn Daniel - RS 2.52 2010
Lost Continents: Th Atlantis Theme in History, Science & Literature by L. Sprague de Camp - RS 2.198 2014
The Hopi Indians by Ruth DeEtte Simpson - RS 2.168 2013
Tycho Brahe: A Picture of Scientific Life & Work in the Sixteenth Century by J.L.E. Dreyer - RS 2.90 2011
Let's Explore Indian Villages, Past & Present by Bertha Dutton - RS 2.247 2016********
The Pyramids of Egypt by I.E.S. Edwards - RS 2.99 2011
Cosmos and History: The Myth of the Eternal Return by Mircea Eliade - RS 2.48 2010
A Critique of the New Commonplaces by Jacques Ellul - RS 2.216 2015
New Lives, New Landscapes: Planning for the 21st Century by Nan Fairbrother - RS 2.229 2015

Revolution for the Hell of It by Free (Abbie Hoffman) - RS 2.200 2014

Witchcraft Today by Gerald B. Gardner - RS 2.33 2010
The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things by George Kubler - RS 2.208 2014
Man's Discovery of His Past: Literary Landmarks in Archaeology edited by Robert F. Heizer - RS 2.51 2010
American Space by John Jackson - RS 2.223 2015

The Age of Energy: Varieties of American Experience 1865-1915 by Howard Mumford Jones - RS 2.108 2011
A Fire on the Moon by Norman Mailer - RS 2.143 2012
The Language of Magic and Gardening by Bronislaw Malinowski - RS 2.189 2014
Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man by Marshall McLuhan - RS 2.150 2012
The Antarctic Challenged by Admiral Lord Mountevans - RS 2.203 2014
The Black Death by Johannes Nohl - RS 2.30 2009
Lost Cities and Vanished Civilizations by Robert Silverberg - RS 2.29 2009
Within the Arctic Circle: Portrait of the Arctic by Evelyn Stefansson - RS 2.196 2014
The Aztec: Man and Tribe by Victor W. Von Hagen - RS 2.35 2010
Masked Gods: Navaho and Pueblo Ceremonialism by Frank Waters - RS 2.163 2013

The Birth and Development of the Geological Sciences by Frank Adams - RS 2.144 2012

Dictionary of Geological Terms by the American Geological Institute - RS 2.233 2015

Experiments in Seeing by Harry Asher - RS 2.46 2010
The Bloodstream: The River of Life by Isaac Asimov - RS 2.146 2012
The Moon by Isaac Asimov - RS 2.134 2012
Shells & Shelling by Ralph Barrett - RS 2.207 2014
Yellowstone- Its Underworld by Clyde Bauer - RS 2.211 2015

New Handbook of the Heavens by Hubert Bernhard - RS 2.212 2015

Canals by Fon W. Boardman Jr. - RS 2.113 2012
Trees of North America by C. Frank Brockman - RS 2.209 201
Crystals: Their Role in Nature by Charles Bunn - RS 2.65 2010
The Geological Evolution of North America by Thomas Clark & Colin Stearn - RS 2.127 2012
Lawns and Ground Covers by James Crockett - RS 2.232 2015
The Dinosaur Book by Edwin Colbert - RS 2.171 2013
Biogeography of the Southern End of the World by Philip Darlington - RS 2.137 2012  
Atlantis: The Antediluvian World by Ignatius Donnelly - RS 2.119 2012
The World of the Dinosaurs by David Dunkle - RS 2.158 2013
An Experiment with Time by J.W. Dunne - RS 2.82 2010
Principles of Geomorphology by Don J. Easterbrook - RS 2.166 2013
Flying Saucers- Serious Business by Frank Edwards - RS 2.49 2010
The Invisible Pyramid by Loren Eiseley - RS 2.180 2014
The Unexpected Universe by Loren Eiseley - RS 2.174 2013
Tracks by E.A.R. Ennion and N. Tinbergen - RS 2.112 2012
Exploring American Caves by Franklin Folsom - RS 2.103 2011
Audubon's Butterflies, Moths, and Other Studies by Alice Ford - RS 2.53 2010
Cryptanalysis by Helen Fouche Gaines - RS 2.109 2011
Discovering Rocks and Minerals: A Nature and Science Guide to Their Collection and Identification by Roy Gallant - RS 2.74 2010
The Birth and Death of the Sun by George Gamow - RS 2.172 2013
The Ambidextrous Universe by Martin Gardner - RS 2.162 2013
Logic Machines & Diagrams by Martin Gardner - RS 2.187 2014
The Origin of the Zodiac by Rupert Gleadow - RS 2.67 2010
The Ants by Wilhelm Goetsch - RS 2.230 2015
Mapping by David Greenhood - RS 2.133 2012
Tropical Trees of Hawaii by Dorothy & Bob Hargreaves - RS 2.188 2014
The Realm of the Nebulae by Edwin Powell Hubble - RS 2.149 2012
Crystals and Crystal Growing by Alan Holden & Phylis Singer - RS 2.42 2010
Concepts of Space by Max Jammer - RS 2.164 2013
Meditations on the Signs of the Zodiac by John Jocelyn - RS 2.195 2014
Clocks & Watches by Chester Johnson - RS 2.231 2015

Western Gem Hunter's Atlas by Robert & Cy Johnson - RS 2.140 2012
Mathematics and the Imagination by Edward Kasner & James Newman - RS 2.110 2011
The Sun by K.O. Kiepenheuer - RS 2.161 2013
Landscape into Cityscape by Frederick Law Olmstead - RS 2.175 2013
Field Geology by Frederic Lahee - RS 2.126 2012
Modern Techniques of Rock Blasting by U. Langefors & B. Kihlström - RS 2.184 2014
 The Observer's Book of Common Insects & Spiders by E.F. Linssen & Hugh Newman - RS 2.227 2015
Watershed: A Biography of Johannes Kepler by Arthur Koestler - RS 2.226 2015
Field Book of Common Rocks and Minerals by Frederic Brewster Loomis - RS 2.44 2010
Islands, Their Lives, Legends & Lore by Seon Manley - RS 2.210 2015
Space, Time & the New Mathematics by Robert Marks - RS 2.194 2014
Crystals, Diamonds, and Transistors by L.W. Marrison - RS 2.45 2010
Mazes & Labyrinths by William Matthews - RS 2.148 2012
Field Book of Seashore Life by Roy Waldo Minor - RS 2.185 2014
Field Book of Ponds & Streams by Ann Haven Morgan - RS 2.186 2014
The Succession of Life Through Geological Time by Kenneth Oakley & Helen Muir-Wood - RS 2.130 2012
The Architecture of Molecules by Linus Pauling & Roger Hayward - RS 2.173 2013
Face of North America: The Natural History of a Continent by Peter Farb - RS 2.228 2015
A Range Guide to Mines and Minerals by Jay Ellis Ransom - RS 2.91 2011
Magic and Schizophrenia by Geza Roheim - RS 2.80 2010
The Zodiac by Walter Sampson - RS 2.193 2014
The Geology of New York City and Environs by Christopher J. Schuberth - RS 2.157 2013
Landforms of Australia by Vincent Serventy - RS 2.141 2012
Geology Illustrated by John S. Shelton - RS 2.104 2011
Introducing Astronomy by J. B. Sidgwick - RS 2.159 2013
The Day of the Dinosaur by L. Sprague de Camp & Catherine Cook de Camp - RS 2.132 2012
Stripping, A Sierra Club Battlebook by John F. Stacks - RS 2.107 2011
Treatise on Sedimentation, Volume I by William Twenhofel - RS 2.124 2012
Treatise on Sedimentation, Volume II by William Twenhofel - RS 2.125 2012
The Petrified River: The Story of Uranium by Union Carbide Corporation - RS 2.214 2015
Insect Ways by Clarence Weed - RS 2.245 2016

Geology: Our Changing Earth through the Ages by Jerome Wyckoff - RS 2.41 2010
Mystery or Matter by Louise Young - RS 2.204 2014
Making Friends with the Stars by Arthur J. Zadde - RS 2.50 2010
Stars: A Guide to the Constellations, Sun, Moon, Planets, and Other Features of the Heavens by Herbert Zim and Robert Baker - RS 2.160 2013

Ritual Magic by E.M. Butler - RS 2.93 2011
A Rebirth of Images: The Making of St. John's Apocalypse
by Austin Farrer - RS 2.101 2011
The Message of the Stars by Max & Augusta Heindel - RS 2.192 2014
The Bhagavad-Gita
, introduction by Aldous Huxley - RS 2.71 2010
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki - RS 2.205 2014
The I Ching, translated by Wilhelm & Baynes, Foreword by C. G. Jung - RS 2.56 2010

Arizona Rock Trails by Fred Bitner - RS 2.221 2015

Easy Guide to Merida, Yucatan, & Nearby Archaeological Zones by Richard Bloomgarden - RS 2.246 2015
An Illustrated Guide to Fossil Collecting by Richard Casanova - RS 2.220 2015
Indians of New Mexico by Bertha Dutton - RS 2.222 2015
Gardens of England & Wales Open to the Public by National Gardens Scheme - RS 2.224 2015
Desert Gem Trails by Mary Francis Strong - RS 2.215 2015

Palenque by Alberto Ruz - RS 2.212 2015

Please contact the Library at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com to check out a book from the Robert Smithson Personal Library. * latest book / accession number

The personal library of Robert Smithson was catalogued shortly after his death. The catalogue, compiled by Valentin Tatransky, can be found in Robert Smithson, organized by Eugenie Tsai with Cornelia Butler (The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.) This catalogue is not comprehensive in itself, but is quite extensive.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Robert Smithson Personal Library Wish List

There are many books that comprised Smithson's personal library; thus the Wish List represents the books that are the PLL's most wanted. This list will grow and change as Smithson books are acquired.

In accordance with the Library's acquisition policy (and due to Tatransky's detailed cataloguing) I am trying to acquire the same edition of the books if possible. I am also following Tatransky's categories in the following list:

The Elementary Structures of Kinship by Claude Levi-Strauss (Beacon, 1969)
The Trumpet Shall Sound: A Study of "Cargo" Cults in Melanesia by Peter Worsley

Anonyme Skulpturen: Eine Typologie technischer Bauten by Bern and Hilla Becher (Art-Press Verlag, 1970)
Arte Povera by Germano Celant (Mazzotta, 1969)
A Short Account of Early Muslim Architecture by KAC Creswell (Penguin, 1958)
The Great Pyramid: Its Divine Message by D. Davidson and H. Aldersmith
The Necessity of Art: A Marxist Approach by Ernst Fischer (Penguin, 1963)
Heaven and Hell in Western Art by Robert Hughes (Stein and Day, 1968)
Frederick Law Olmstead's New York by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers (Praeger, 1972)

Borges: The Labyrinth Maker
by Ana Maria Barrenechea (New York University Press, 1965)

Poetry and Mathematics by Scott Buchanan (Lippincott, 1962)
Science Fiction: The Other Side of Realism; Essays on Modern Fantasy and Science Fiction,
Thomas D. Clareson, editor (Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1971)
The Reactionaries: A Study of Anti-Democratic Intelligensia by John Harrison (Schocken, 1967)
Leon Bloy
by Rayner Heppenstall (Yale University Press, 1954)
Romantic Image
by Frank Kermode (Oxford Univ Press, 1967)
Newton Demands the Muse: Newton's Opticks and the Eighteenth Century Poets by Marjorie Hope Nicolson (Princeton University Press, 1966)
For a New Novel: Essays on Fiction by Alain Robbe-Grillet (Grove, 1965)
The Rise of Romance by Eugene Vinaver (Oxford University Press, 1971)
The City as Metaphor by David Weimer (Random House, 1966)

The Draught by J.G. Ballard (Penguin, 1968)
The Essence of Laughter, and Other Essays, Journals and Letters by Charles Baudelaire (Meridian, 1956)
The Aleph and Other Stories, 1933-1969 by Jorge Luis Borges (Dutton, 1970)
The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen (Penguin, 1962)
The Image by Jean De Berg (Grove, 1966)
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey (Doubleday)
Selected Writings of Thomas De Quincey by Thomas De Quincey (Random House, 1937)
Notes From the Underground, Poor People, The Friend of the Family: Three Short Novels by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Dell, 1960)
The Immoralist by Andre Gide (Vintage, 1958)
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Earnest Hemingway
Winner Take Nothing by Earnest Hemingway  (Scribner, 1961)
Selected Writings by Paul Valery (New Directions, 1964)
From Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne
The Aeneid by Virgil (Penguin, 1956)
Candide; or, Optimism by Voltaire (Penguin, 1958)

The Population Bomb
by Paul Ehrlich (Ballantine, 1968)
The Civil War by Harry Hansen (Mentor, 1961)
The Watershed: A Biography of Johannes Kepler by Arthur Koestler (Anchor, 1960)
The Fool: His Social and Literary History by Enid Welsford (Doubleday, 1961)
The Puritan Oligarchy: The Founding of American Civilization by Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker (Scribner, 1947)
In Flanders Fields: The 1917 Campaign by Leon Wolff (Ballantine, 1958)

The Logical Syntax of Language by Rudolf Carnap (Littlefield, Adams, 1959)
Chinese Characters: Their Origin, Etymology, History, Classification and Signification
by L. Wieger (Dover, 1965)
The Subconscious Language by Theodore Thass-Thienemann (Washington Square Press, 1967)
Maya Hieroglyphic Writing: An Introduction by J. Eric S. Thompson (University of Oklahoma Press, 1960)

The Serial Universe by J.W. Dunne (Faber & Faber, 1955)
Against Entropy by Michael Frayn (Viking, 1967)
Poetry, Language, Thought by Martin Heidegger (Harper & Row, 1971)
Further Speculations by T.E. Hulme (University of Nebraska Press, 1962)
On the Nature of the Universe by Titus Lucretius Carus (Penguin, 1955)
Literature and Technology: The Alien Vision by Wylie Sypher (Random House, 1968)
Thoreau: The Major Essays by Henry David Thoreau (Dutton, 1972)
Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein (Anchor, 1966)
A Soviet Heretic: Essays by Yevgeny Zamyatin by Yevgeny Zamyatin (Univ of Chicago Press, 1970)

Myths, Dreams, and Mysteries: The Encounter between Contemporary Faiths and Archaic Realities by Mircea Eliade (Harper, 1957)
Totem and Taboo by Sigmund Freud (Vintage, 1918)
Man and His Symbols by C.G. Jung (Dell, 1964)
Hypnosis: Theory, Practice and Application by Raphael Rhodes (Citadel, 1950)

The Documents of the Vatican II by Walter Abbott, ed. (American, 1966)
The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos (Doubleday Image, 1962)
The Book of the Dead: An English Translation of the Chapters, Hymns, Etc., of the Theban Recension, Trans. E.A. Wallis Budge (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1960)
The Cloud of Unknowing by G.K. Chesterton (Penguin, 1961)
Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis by Robert Graves and Raphael Patai (McGraw-Hill, 1963)
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis (Image, 1955)
Zohar, the book of Splendor: Basic Readings from the Kabbalah, Gershom Scholem, ed. (Schocken, 1968)

Contributions to the Founding of the Theory of Transfinite Numbers by Georg Cantor (Dover)
A Textbook of Mineralogy, with an Extended Treatise on Crystallography and Physical Mineralogy by Edward Salisbury Dana (Wiley, 1958)
The Observer's Book of Common Insects and Spiders by E.F. Linssen and L. Hugh Newman (Warne, 1960)
Islands: Their Lives, Legends, and Lore by Seon and Robert Manley (Chilton, 1970)
The History of Atlantis by Lewis Spence (University, 1968)
Perpetual Motion: Electrons and Atoms in Crystals by Alec Stewart (Anchor, 1965)
Polymorphism and Polytypism in Crystals by Ajit Ram Verma and P. Krishna (Wiley, 1966)

The Deserted Village at Allaire by Alden Cottrell (1960)
Travels in the Congo by Andre Gide (University of California Press, 1962)
The Salton Sea: Yesterday and Today by Mildred de Stanley (Triumph)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Additions to Maria Mitchell Personal Library

The Personal Libraries Library is proud to announce four recent acquisitions to the Maria Mitchell Personal Library. They include Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Aurora Leigh (the main character is rumored to be based on Margaret Fuller, another author in Mitchell's library.) While traveling in Florence, Italy in 1858, Mitchell wanted very much to meet Barrett Browning; she had the perfect introduction in the form of a book from a mutual friend. Yet, Mitchell was too shy (or proper) to call unannounced and left the book on Barrett Browning's stoop. This story is beautifully recounted in Bergland's Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science (Beacon Press).

Also acquired is this beautiful copy of Sarah K. Bolton's Lives of Girls Who Became Famous. This book includes essays about Maria Mitchell, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Margaret Fuller (Ossoli), Madame de Stael, Louisa May Alcott and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The final sentence of the discussion on Maria Mitchell states, "She is an honor to her sex, a striking example of what a quiet country girl can accomplish without money or fortuitous circumstances."

Two other new acquisitions are On the Connection of the Physical Sciences by Maria Somerville (this purchase was made possible by PLL member Palmarin Merges) and Poems by Bret Harte.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Maria Mitchell Personal Library Catalogue

Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning - MM 1.4 2009 
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage by Lord George Byron - MM 1.10 2010 
In the Sky Garden by Lizzie Champney - MM 1.15 2012
Emerson's Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson - MM 1.1 2009
Poems by Bret Harte - MM 1.6 2009
The Marble Faun, Volume I by Nathaniel Hawthorne - MM 1.2.1 2009
The Marble Faun, Volume II by Nathaniel Hawthorne - MM 1.2.2 2009
The Odyssey by Homer - MM 1.24 2015

Paradise Lost and Other Poems by John Milton - MM 1.3 2009
Corinne by Madame de Stael - MM 1.8 2010
Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands by Harriet Beecher Stowe - MM 1.11 2011

Gravitation by Sir George Airy - MM 1.14 2011
The Geography of the Heavens by Elijah Burritt - MM 1.23 2015

The Private Life of Galileo by Galileo Galilei (Compiled principally from his correspondence and that of his eldest daughter, Sister Maria Celeste) - MM 1.16 2013 
La Lune by Amedee Guillemin - MM 1.17 2013
The Earth and Man: lectures on comparative physical geography, in its relation to the history of mankind by Arnold Guyot - MM 1.19 2014
Outlines of Astronomy by Sir John Herschel - MM 1.26 2016********
Geometry and Faith by Thomas Hill - MM 1.12 2011
A New Treatise on the Use of Globes by Thomas Keith - MM 1.18 2013 
Geography Made Easy by Jedidiah Morse - MM 1.20 2014
The Earth by Robert Mudie - MM 1.21 2014 
Letters on Astronomy, Addressed to a Lady by Denison Olmsted - MM 1.25 2015

Spectrum Analysis by Henry Roscoe - MM 1.22 2014
On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences by Mary Somerville - MM 1.5 2009
Physical Geography by Mary Somerville - MM 1.13 2011

Lives of Girls Who Became Famous by Sarah K. Bolton - MM 1.7 2009
Woman in the Nineteenth Century by Margaret Fuller - MM 1.9 2010

Contact the Library at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com to place holds on a book from the Maria Mitchell Personal Library.

The catalogue will be updated as books are acquired.

This list was compiled with the help of The Maria Mitchell Association of Nantucket; most notably by the incredibly helpful curator of Special Collections at the Association, Jascin Finger. Other books were gleaned by reading Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science by Renee Bergland (Beacon Press, Boston) and Maria Mitchell: Life, Letters, and Journals compiled by Phebe Mitchell Kendall (BiblioBazaar).

Maria Mitchell Personal Library Collection Wish List

In accordance with the Library's acquisition policy (and due to the Maria Mitchell Association's detailed cataloguing) I am trying to acquire the same edition of the books if possible. All publication dates are presented in brackets.

Please notify me if you find an affordable copy of the following books for the Maria Mitchell Personal Library. Book donations are gladly accepted.


--(--), Fireside Stories. (Illustrated by Alice M. Mitchell.) [c.1874]
--Bloomfield, Robert, The Farmer’s Boy. (illustrated with thirty engravings, from drawings by Birket Foster, Harrison Weir, and G.E. Hicks.) [1881]
--Cooper, The Pathfinder. [1862]  
--Fern, Fanny, Fern, Fanny, Little Ferns for Fanny's Little Friends. (With original designs by Fred. M. Coffin.) [1864]
--Hawthorne, Nathaniel, Twice-told Tales. [1851]
--Hawthorne, Nathaniel, Twice-told Tales. [1873]
--Homer, Odyssey. (Translation by Alexander Pope.) [1857]
--Homer. Iliad. (Translation by Alexander Pope.) [1866]
--Ingelow, Jean, The Complete Poems of Jean Ingelow. [1855]
--Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, The Seaside and the Fireside. [1848]
--Lowell, James Russell, Reader! Walk up at once (it will soon be too late) and buy at a perfectly ruinous rate a fable for critics. [1859]
--Murray, Lindley, English Reader; or, Pieces in Prose and Verse, from the Best Writers. [1752]
--Murray, Lindley, Sequel to the English Reader: or, Elegant Selections in Prose and Poetry. [1795]
--Scott, Walter, Sir, Woodstock; or, The Cavalier. [1845]
--Shakespeare, William, The Dramatic Works and Poems of William Shakespeare. (With notes,
original and selected, and introductory remarks to each play, by Samuel Weller Singer.) [1801]
--Story, Joseph, The Power of Solitude: a Poem in Two Parts. [1851]
--Taylor, Henry, Sir, Philip van Artevelde; a Dramatic Romance, in Two Parts. [1839]
--Townsend, Elizabeth, The White Dove, and Other Poems for Children. [1836]


--(--), A New English-German and German-English Dictionary. [1851]
--Bachi, Pietro, A Comparative View of the Italian and Spanish Languages. [1857]
--Barrett, Solommon, The Principles of Language: containing a full grammatical analysis of English poetry, confirmed by syllogistical reasoning and logical induction; with corrections in syntax, and copious examples in prosody. [1855]
--Bartlett, John, A Collection of Familiar Quotations, with Complete Indices of Authors and Subjects. [1857?]
--Brown, Goold, The Institutes of English Grammar, methodically arranged. [1857]
--Sophocles, E. A. (Evangelinus Apostolides), A Greek Grammar, for the use of learners.
--Tower, David B. (David Bates), The Gradual Speller and Complete Enunciator; showing the orthography and orthoepy of all words in common use, and in the forms in which they usually occur. [1872]
--Trench, Richard Chevenix, English Past and Present. [1840]
--Wheeler, William Adolphus, An Explanatory and Pronouncing Dictionary of
the Noted Names of Fiction.


--Dickinson, Rodolphus, A Geographical and Statistical View of Massachusetts Proper. [1833]
--Field, Henry M., Mrs., Sketches in France, and Other Papers. [1849]
--John Murray, A Handbook for Travellers in Northern Italy : being a guide to the states of Sardinia, Lombardy and Venice, Parma and Piacenza, Modena, Lucca, and Tuscany as far as the Val D’Arno.
--John Murray, Murray's Handbook for Modern London : modern London, or, London as it is. [1832]
--John Murray, Handbook for Travellers in Central Italy. Part II. Rome and its environs. [1881]


--Arago, F. (Francois), Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men. [1855]
--Davenport, R. A. (Richard Alfred), A Dictionary of Biography. [1869]
--Draper, John William, Scientific Memoirs, being experimental contributions to a knowledge of radiant energy. [New York: Harper & brothers, 1878]
--Hahn-Hahn, Ida, Grafin, Ilda Schoenholm. (Translated from the German of the Countess Hahn-Hahn by Elizabeth Earle.) [1811]
--Hawthorne, Nathaniel, True Stories from History and Biography. [1855]
--Herschel, John, Mrs., Memoir and Correspondence of Caroline Herschel. (With portraits.) [1849]
--Mackie, J. Milton (John Milton), Life of Godfrey William von Leibnitz. On the basis of the German work of Dr. G.E. Guhrauer. [1712]
--Olmsted, Denison, Life and Writings of Ebenezer Porter Mason; interspersed with hints to parents and instructors on the training and education of a child of genius. [1855-1980]
--Somerville, Mary, Personal Recollections: from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville. (With selections from her correspondence by her daughter, Martha Somerville.)


--(--), Plates for Ferguson's Astronomy
--(--), The Mathematical Diary. [1876]
--(--), The Catalogue of Stars of the British Association for the Advancement of Science : containing the mean right ascensions and north polar distances of eight thousand three hundred and seventy-seven fixed stars. [1852, 1847, or 1848]
--Airy, George Biddell, Sir, Lecture on the Pendulum-Experiments at Harton Pit, Delivered in the Central Hall, South Shields, October 24, 1854. [1801]
--Airy, George Biddell, Sir, Mathematical Tracts on the Lunar and Planetary Theories, the Figure of the Earth, Precession and Nutation, the Calculus of Variations, and the Undulatory Theory of Optics.
--Airy, George Biddell, Sir, On the Algebraical and Numerical Theory of Errors of Observations and the Combinations of Observations. [1840]
--Airy, George Biddell, Sir, Six Lectures on Astronomy, delivered at the meeting of the friends of the Ipswich Museum, at the Temperance hall, Ipswich, in the month of March, 1848. [1858]
--Bagay, Valentin, Nouvelles tables astronomiques et hydrographiques, contenant un traite abrege des cercles de la sphere;--la description des instruments a reflexion. [1857]
--Barlow, Peter, An Elementary Investigation of the Theory of Numbers. [1856]
--Benthin, J., Lehrbuch der sternkunde in entwickelnder. [1836]
--Bishop, George, Astronomical Observations taken at the Observatory, South
Villa, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London, during the years 1839-1851.
--Bond, George Phillips, The Total Eclipse of the Sun as Observed in Sweden, July 28, 1851. [1863]
--Bonnycastle, John, Introduction to Astronomy. (Illustrated with copperplates.) [1858]
--Bowditch, Nathaniel, Methods of Computing the Orbit of a Comet or Planet. [1832]
--Breen, Hugh, Corrections of Lindenau's Elements of the Orbit of Venus, deduced from the Greenwich Planetary Observations, from 1750-1830. [1728]
--Bridge, B. (Bewick), A Treatise on the Construction, Properties, and Analogies of the Three Conic Sections. [1850]
--British Association for the Advancement of Science. The Catalogue of Stars of the British Association for the Advancement of Science: containing the mean right ascensions and north polar distances of eight thousand three hundred and seventy-seven fixed stars, reduced to January 1, 1850. [1836]
--Burritt, Elijah H. (Elijah Hinsdal), The Geography of Heavens, and Class- book of Astronomy. (Accompanied by a celestial atlas. Greatly enlarged, revised and illustrated by H. Mattison.) (LC Control No.: 33004115) [1834]
--Burt, William Austin, A Key to the Solar Compass and Surveyor's Companion. [1851]
--Callet, Francois, Tables portatives de logarithms. [1874]
--Carrington, Richard Christopher, Information and suggestions addressed to persons who may be able to place themselves within the shadow of the total eclipse of the sun, on September 7, 1858. [1959]
--Chauvenet, William, A Manual of Spherical and Practical Astronomy. [1857]
--Colbert, Elias, Mathematical Tables to Four Places [and a Fraction.] [1811]
--Colburn, Warren, An Introduction to Algebra, upon the Inductive Method of Instruction. [1854]
--Douwes, Bernardus Joannes, Tafelen, behelzende de sinussen, tangenten, secanten en sinus versus, zo in derzelver natuurlyke getallen als logarithmen, van minuut tot minuut voor ieder boog van het geheele quadrant; benevens de vergrootende breedten in tiende deelen van miniuuten. [1755]
--Euclid, Euclide's Elements; the whole fifteen books compendiously demonstrated: with Archimedes's theorems of the sphere and cylinger investigated by the method of indivisibles. To which is annex'd, Euclide's Data, and a brief treatise of regular solids. [1834, 1837, c1836]
--Ferguson, James, Astronomy Explained upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Principles and Made Easy to those who have not studied Mathematics. [1847]
--Fiske, John, Outlines of Cosmic Philosophy, based on the doctrine of evolution, with criticism on the positive philosophy. [1878]
--Forbes, George, The Transit of Venus. [1872]
--Godfray, Hugh, An Elementary Treatise on the Lunar Theory. [1886]
--Hackley, Charles W[illiam], A Treatise on Trigonometry, Plane and Spherical. [1845]
--Hackley, Charles W[illiam], A Treatise on Algebra, Containing the Latest Improvements. [1882, c1881]
--Hardy, A[rthur] S[herburne], Elements of Quaternions. [1848, c1825]
--Hartnup, John, Report on the Liverpool Observatory addressed by the Astronomer to the Observatory Committee of the Town Council, June, 1857. [1861]
--Hartnup, John, Results deduced from observations, taken with the self- registering anemometer and rain-gauge, at the Liverpool Observatory, during the four years ending December 31, 1855. [1861]
--Harvard College Observatory. Astronomical Engravings from the Observatory of Harvard College. [1867]
--Harvard College Observatory. Zone Catalogue of 4484 Stars situated between 0°20' and 0°40' North Declination, observed during the years 1854-55. [1732]
--Heath, Robert, Astronomia Accurata; or the Royal Astronomer and Navigator. [1881]
--Heather, J. F. (John Fry), Mathematical Instruments: their Construction, Adjustment, Testing, and Use. (Volume II. Optical instruments. Including (more especially) telescopes, microscopes, and apparatus for producing copies of maps and plans by photography.) [1825]
--Herschel, John F. W. (John Frederick William), Sir, Outlines of Astronomy. MDCCLXXVI [1776]
--Herschel, John F. W. (John Frederick William), Sir, Essays from the Edinburgh and Quarterly Reviews, with Addresses and other Pieces. [1776]
-- Herschel, John, Preliminary Discourse.
--Hind, J. Russell (John Russell), The Comet of 1556 : being popular replies to everyday questions referring to its anticipated re-appearance, with some observations on the apprehension of danger from comets. [1855 or 1857]
--Hutton, Charles, A Course of Mathematics. [1877 or 1831]
--Köhler, Heinrich Gottlieb, Logarithmisch-trigonometrisches Handbuch. [1876]
--Le Verrier, U.J. |(Urbain J.), Memoire sur la determination des inegalites seculaires des planetes. [1878]
--Loomis, Elias, The Recent Progress of Astronomy, especially in the United States. [1873]
--Loomis, Elias, Elements of Geometry and Conic Sections. [1845]
--Loomis, Elias, A Treatise on Meteorology: with a Collection of Meteorological Tables. [1842]
--Loomis, William Isaacs, Discovery of the Origin of Gravitation. (In two parts.) [1870]
--MacLaurin, Colin, A Treatise on Fluxions. (In two volumes.) (Illustrated with forty-one copperplates.) [1872]
--MacLaurin, Colin, A Treatise of Algebra, in Three Parts. [1849]
--Mendoza y Rios, José de, A Complete Collection of Tables for Navigation and Nautical Astronomy. [1879-1881]
--Merriman, Mansfield, Elements of the Method of Least Squares. [1819]
--Müller, Johann Heinrich Jacob, Principles of Physics and Meteorology. [1784]
--Mudie, Robert, The Heavens. [1795]
--Newcomb, Simon, Astronomy for Schools and Colleges. MDCCLXXXVII [1787]
--Oliver, James E. (James Edward), A Treatise of Trigonometry. [1848]
--Olmsted, Denison, An Introduction to Astronomy. [1825-1826, 1830]
--Olmsted, Denison. Letters on Astronomy, addressed to a Lady. (With numerous engravings.) [1836]
--Osservatorio del Collegio romano, Descrizione del nuovo Osservatorio del Collegio romano. [1867]
--Peirce, Benjamin, An Elementary Treatise on Plane & Spherical Trigonometry. [1862 or 1869]
--Peirce, Benjamin, An Elementary Treatise on Curves, Functions, and Forces. Vol. second. [1849-1912]
--Peirce, James Mills, The Elements of Logarithms: with an explanation of the three and four place tables of logarithmic and trigonometric functions. [1834]
--Perigal, Henry, The Moon Controversy: Facts v. Definitions. [1827]
--Peterson, Hannah Mary (Bouvier), Mrs., Familiar Astronomy; or, An Introduction to the Study of the Heavens. (Illustrated by celestial maps,and upwards of 200 finely executed engravings.) [1794-1825]
--Pirbright, Henry de Worms, baron, The Earth and its Mechanism: being an account of the various proofs of the rotation of the earth. [1828]
--Proctor, Richard A. (Richard Anthony), The Moon: her motions, aspect, scenery, and physical condition. (With three lunar photographs by Rutherfurd (enlarged by Brothers) and many plates, charts, etc.) [1852]
--Robinson, Horatio N. (Horatio Nelson), A Treatise on Astronomy, descriptive, theoretical and physical. [1813]
--Schellen, H. (Heinrich), Spectrum Analysis in its application to terrestrial substances, and the physical constitution of the heavenly bodies. (Translated from the second enlarged and revised German edition by Jane and Caroline Lassell.)
--Shortrede, Robert, Logarithmic Tables to Seven Places of Decimals; containing logarithmic sines and tangents to every second of the circle, with arguments in space and time. [1830-1861]
--Simpson, Thomas, The Doctrine and Application of Fluxions. [1796]
--Smyth, W. H. (William Henry), A Cycle of Celestial Objects.
--Smyth, W. H. (William Henry), The Cycle of Celestial Objects continued at the Hartwell Observatory to 1859. With a notice of recent discoveries, including details from the Ædes Hartwellianæ.
--Smyth, W. H. (William Henry), Sidereal Chromatics. (A re-print, with additions from the "Bedford cycle of celestial objects," and its "Hartwell continuation," on the colours of multiple stars.)
--Smyth, W. H. (William Henry), Ædes Hartwellianæ; or, Notices of the Manor and Mansion of Hartwell.
--Smyth, W. H. (William Henry), The Akbar Frigate; The Akbar Again! 
--Somerville, Mary, A Preliminary Dissertation on the Mechanism of the Heavens.
--Stansbury, Daniel, Tables to Facilitate the Necessary Calculations in Nautical Astronomy.
--Tait, Peter Guthrie, An Elementary Treatise on Quaternions. [1828]
--Taylor, John, The Astronomy of an Ancient Carthaginian Tablet; Cinderella and her glass slipper: a story of ancient astronomical mythology; Astronomy: a new cometarium; A new celestial globe. [1844]
--Tischner, Gustav, The Fixed Idea of Astronomical Theory. [1824]
--Universitas Dorpatensis Sternwarte, Beobachtungen der kaiserlichen Universitats-Sternwarte Dorpat. [1804 or 1841]
--Vince, Samuel, A Complete System of Astronomy.
--Vince, Samuel, The Principles of Astronomy. [1846]
--Waldo, Leonard, Report of the Observations of the Total Eclipse, July 29, 1878, made at Fort Worth, Texas. [MDCCCXXV (1835)]
--Ward, John, The Young Mathematician’s Guide. [1855] Wentworth, G. A. (George Albert), Elements of Algebra. [1818 or 1854]
--Whiston, William, Astronomical Lectures, read in the publick schools at Cambridge, whereunto is added a collection of astronomical tables; being those of Mr. Flamsteed, corrected; Dr. Halley; Monsieur Cassini; and Mr. Street. [1866]
--Williams, John D. The Mathematical Companion containing new researches and improvements, in the mathematics. [1836-37]
--Winthrop, John, Two Lectures on Comets. [MDCCCXXXII (1832)]
--Young, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), A Text-book of General Astronomy for colleges and scientific schools. [c1863]
--Young, J. R. (John Radford), Elements of the Differential Calculus; comprehending the general theory of curve surfaces, and of curves of double curvature. [1872]
--Zach, Franz Xaver, Freiherr von, Tabulae motuum solis novae et correctae ex theoria gravitatis et observationibus recentissimis erutae. 


--(--), Mensuration made Perfectly Easy, by the assistance of a new-improved sliding rule. [1841]
--American Association for the Advancement of Science, Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. [1872]
--American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. [1856]
--Bartlett, W. H. C. (William Holms Chambers), Elements of Natural Philosophy. [1881]
--Bowditch, Nathaniel, The New American Practical Navigator. [1844]
--Carter, N. H., Address read before the New-York Horticultural Society, at the anniversary celebration, of the 28th of August, 1827. [1870]
--Cobbett, William, The American Gardener: a treatise on the situation, soil, and laying out of gardens, on the making and managing of hot-beds and green-houses; and on the propagation and cultivation of the several sorts of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers. [1854]
--Comstock, J. L. (John Lee), Elements of Chemistry. (Illustrated by numerous engravings.) [1858]
--Dulague, Vincent Francois Jean Noel, Principes de navigation, ou Abrege ! de la theorie et de la pratique du pilotage, rediges par ordre du roi, pour les ecoles d’hydrographie.
--Hartnup, John, On the Importance of Testing Chronometers before they are used at sea, with examples to show how their most common faults may be detected. [1888, c1882]
--Hartnup, John, On the Method of Testing Marine Meteorological Instruments, recently introduced at the Liverpool Observatory. [1849]
--Hodgson, James, The Theory of Navigation Demonstrated. [1876]
--Hunt, Thomas Sterry, Chemical and Geological Essays. [1870]
--Indiana Geological Survey, Third and fourth annual reports of the geological survey of Indiana, made during the years 1871 and 1872. (By E. T. Cox, State Geologist, assisted by Prof. John Collett, Prof. B. C. Hobbs, Prof[.] R. B. Warder, and Dr. G. M. Levette.) [1870]
--Jevons, William Stanley, The Principles of Science: a treatise on logic and scientific method. [1872]
--Johnston, John, A Manual of Chemistry, on the basis of Dr. Turner's Elements of chemistry. [1875]
--Kelland, Philip, On the Plane and Angle of Polarization of Light Reflected at the Surface of a Crystal. [1853]
--Kelland, Philip, On the Vibrations of an Interrupted Medium. [1868, c1869]
--Martin, Benjamin, The Mariner's Mirror; or, a new treatise on navigation, in theory and practice. (Illustrated with eight copper-plates.) [1876]
--Maury, Matthew Fontaine, The Physical Geography of the Sea. [1846]
--Mayer, Alfred Marshall, Lecture-notes on Physics. [1849]
--Mitchell, Anne M. Crystals. [1879]
--Moore, John Hamilton, The Practical Navigator, and Seaman’s New Daily Assistant. [1787 or 1738]
--Nichol, J. P. (John Pringle), A Cyclopædia of the Physical Sciences, comprising acoustics, astronomy, dynamics, electricity, heat, hydrodynamics, magnetism, philosophy of mathematics, meteorology, optics, pneumatics, statics, &c. [1868]
--Nicholson, John, The Operative Mechanic, and British Machinist. [August 1859]
--Peirce, Benjamin, Ideality in the Physical Sciences. [1829]
--Peirce, Benjamin, An Elementary Treatise on Sound. [1848-1859]
--Phelps, Lincoln, Mrs., Familiar Lectures on Botany. [1849]
--Quincy, John, Lexicon Physico-Medicum; or, A new medicinal dictionary. [1842]
--Rankine, William John Macquorn, On the Mechanical Action of Heat, especially in gases and vapours. [MDCCXCIX (1799)]
--Rankine, William John Macquorn, On Axes of Elasticity and Crystalline Forms. [1809?]
--Rees, Abraham, The Cyclopædia; or, Universal dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature. [1826]
--Redfield, William C. Observations on the Hurricanes and Storms of the West Indies, and the coast of the United States.  [1787]
--Renwick, James, The Elements of Mechanics.
--Science (New York, N.Y.), Science. [1760]
--Silliman, Benjamin, Principles of Physics, or Natural Philosophy. [1850]
--Somerville, Mary, Geografia Fisica. (Traduzione di E. Pepoli.)
--Starbuck, Horace, Flowers and Ferns for Caroline W. Starbuck, from her brother Horace. [1884]
--Steel, David, The Ship-Master's Assistant and Owner's Manual.
--Stevenson, David, The Principles and Practice of Canal and River Engineering. [1871]
--Stöckhardt, Julius Adolph, The Principles of Chemistry, illustrated by simple experiments. (Translated by C. H. Peirce, M. D.) [1870]
--Stokes, George Gabriel, Sir, On the Composition and Resolution of Streams of Polarized Light from Different Sources. [1848?]
--Stokes, George Gabriel, Sir, On the Effect of the Internal Friction of Fluids on the Motion of Pendulums. [1853]
--Tait, Peter Guthrie, Lectures on Some Recent Advances in Physical Science with a Special Lecture on Force. [1866]
--Wakeley, Andrew. The Mariner's Compass Rectified. [1845]
--Whewell, William, The Plurality of Worlds. (With an introduction by Edward Hitchcock) [1841]


--Alcott, Amos Bronson, Conversations with Children on the Gospels.
--Brewster, David, Sir, More Worlds than One: the creed of the philosopher and the hope of the Christian. [1888]
--Chalkley, Thomas, A Collection of the Works of Thomas Chalkley. [1857]
--Chalmers, Thomas, A Series of Discourses on the Christian Revelation, viewed in connexion with the modern astronomy. [1836]
--Cobbe, Frances Power, Darwinism in Morals, and other Essays. [1836]
--Cobbe, Frances Power, Alone to the Alone: prayers for theists, by several contributors. [1885 or 1856]
--Furness, William Henry, Jesus. [1858]
--Maclaren, Mr. America. [1796]
--Newcome, Peter, A Catechetical Course of Sermons for the Whole Year. [1877]
--Paley, William, The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy. [1809]
--Paley, William, Evidences of Christianity. [1822]
--Peabody, Andrew P. (Andrew Preston), Christian Consolations. [1856]
--Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer, Record of a School: exemplifying the general principles of spiritual culture. [1856]
--Smith, Robert, ed. The Friend. A Religious and Literary journal. [1797-1808]
--Thompson, Joseph Parrish, Man in Genesis and in Geology: or, The Biblical account of man’s creation, tested by scientific theories of his origin and antiquity. [1843]


--Davies, Emily, The Higher Education of Women. [1807]
--Davies, Emily, The Higher Education of Women. [1782]
--Horton, Edith, A Group of Famous Women: stories of their lives. [1847]
--Jameson, Mrs. (Anna), 1794-1860, Characteristics of Women, Moral, Poetical, and Historical. (Illustrated by a series of her own vignette etchings, with a new preface, original notes and other important additions.) [1749]
--Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, ed. History of Woman Suffrage. (Edited by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage. Illustrated with steel drawings.) [1843]


--Davis, A. (Asahel). Antiquities of Central America, and the Discovery of New England by the Northmen, five hundred years before Columbus. [1857]
--Lodge, Henry Cabot, Studies in History. [1872]
--Owen, John J., Xenophon, The Anabasis of Xenophon.
--Schiller, Friedrich, Die Jungfrau von Orleans. [1832]


--Whitworth, William Allen, Choice and Chance. [1836-37]
--Wright, Chauncey, Philosophical Discussions. [1854]


--(--), The American almanac and repository of useful knowledge for the year 1858.
--(--), The American almanac and repository of useful knowledge for the year 1832.
--(--), The systematic exercise and example book; for the preservation of exercises and examples in all studies such as spelling, definitions, compositions, arithmetic, algebra, &c. [1879]
--(--), The nautical almanac and astronomical ephemeris for the year 1802. [1851]
--(--), The nautical almanac and astronomical ephemeris for the year 1807. [1850]
--Great Britain Admiralty, The nautical almanac and astronomical ephemeris for the year 1835.
--Nash, M. (Melatiah), The Columbian ephemeris and astronomical diary for the year 1812. [1874]
--United States Naval Observatory, Nautical Almanac Office, Reports of Observations of the Total Eclipse of the Sun, August 7, 1869. [1831]
--United States Naval Observatory, Nautical Almanac Office, The American ephemeris and nautical almanac. [1854]
--(--,) The Year Book: an Astronomical and Philosophical Annual. (Boston, Mass.: Marshall Conant, 1866)


--(--), Essays on the Endowment of Research. [1860]
--Lockwood, R. A. (Rufus Allen), The Vigilance Committee of San Francisco. [1871]
--Smithsonian Institution, Annual Report of the Board of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, showing the operations, expenditures, and condition of the institution for the year 1861.
--Tegnér, Esaias, Die Frithiofs-sage ... Aus dem Schwedischen uberfest von Amalie von Helwig. [1848]
--United States Bureau of the Mint, Report of the director of the Mint: upon the production of the precious metals in the United States, during the calendar year 1885. [1895]
--Wright, Joseph A. (Joseph Albert), Address of His Excellency, Jos. A. Wright, Governor of the state of Indiana, pronounced at the New York Agricultural State Fair, at Elmira, October 5, 1855. [1863]
--Wright, Joseph A. (Joseph Albert), Speech of Gov. Joseph A. Wright, on the bank fraud case, delivered in the Senate chamber, at the request of the Senate, March 9, 1857. [1877]

Books and authors that need more research and may be a part of her library are:
Louisa May Alcott, George Sand, Herman Melville's Redburn, attended a public reading by Dickens of The Cricket on the Heath, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Summer on the Lakes by Margaret Fuller, James Freeman Clarke (biographer of Margaret Fuller), Matthew Arnold, Loomis' The Recent Progress of Astronomy

Please check back on this list, as it will be added to when new books from her personal library come to light. It will also be amended when books are purchased for the Personal Libraries Library.

This list was compiled with the help of The Maria Mitchell Association of Nantucket; most notably by the incredibly helpful curator of Special Collections at the Association, Jascin Finger. Other books were gleaned by reading Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science by Renee Bergland (Beacon Press, Boston) and Maria Mitchell: Life, Letters, and Journals compiled by Phebe Mitchell Kendall (BiblioBazaar).

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Personal Libraries Library's First Books: Emerson's Essays, The Marble Faun & Paradise Lost

The Personal Libraries Library has acquired the first books of the Maria Mitchell Personal Library collection; the first being Emerson's Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson. This book is particularly special because it is also the inaugural book of the entire Personal Libraries Library.

Ralph Waldo Emerson and Maria Mitchell were good friends; when he lectured in Nantucket he was welcomed into the Mitchell household above the Pacific Bank on Main Street. Mitchell also found herself defending the work of Emerson to Dr. Whewell, the Master of Trinity College in 1857.

The PLL has also acquired The Marble Faun, Volumes I & II by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Paradise Lost by John Milton. Maria Mitchell traveled to Italy with Hawthorne and his family in 1858; after which Hawthorne wrote The Marble Faun. Mitchell also had a close connection with Paradise Lost, as she wrote an essay titled "The Astronomical Science of Milton," regarding the epic poem.

Members are invited to check out the inaugural books.