Friday, July 27, 2012

Summer Bounty!

The summer has been good to the Library - with lots of new acquisitions being added to the shelves.

New to the Italo Calvino Personal Library:
 VARIETY, Second Series by Paul ValĂ©ry

New to the Robert Smithson Personal Library:
The Day of the Dinosaur by L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Cook de Camp
Albrecht Durer Complete Woodcuts, edited by Dr. Willi Kurth
The Diary of Anais Nin, edited by Gunther Stuhlmann
Madness & Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason by Michel Foucault
The Light of Common Day by Diana Cooper
Mapping by David Greenhood

Also included in this Smithson batch is, probably, the best title for a book that I have ever encountered:
the Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America by Daniel J. Boorstin

And one of the most beautifully printed & designed volumes:

The Succession of Life Through Geological Time by Kenneth P. Oakley and Helen M. Muir-Wood.  This amazing book includes countless illustrations and the stand-alone poster, The Geological Column (both seen below.)  All of this is priced at "Five Shillings."

Lastly, is the incredible Follett Beginning Science Book The Moon by the venerable Isaac Asimov.

Please contact the Personal Libraries Library at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com for questions about membership or checking out books.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Summer 2012 / Printed Matter

The latest round of PLL Printed Matter has been printed, amassed, collated, addressed and enveloped.  Included in the Summer 2012 are two posters and two 3x5 library cards:

Above is the Textual Genetics poster, following how texts can relate and lead to one another (11" x 17" / edition of 200.)  Below is a stack of the latest in the Entering the Robert Smithson Library series, Alain Robbe-Grillet's 'Snapshots' (8.5" x 14" / edition of 200.)

Two 3" x 5" letterpress printed cards round out this summer's packet.  Both are recreations, of sorts, of book cards left in formerly-deaccessioned books that are now part of the PLL collection.  Each card has been translated through OCR and hand-set in metal type.