Friday, December 6, 2013

First Books in the Anne Spencer Collection!

The Library is so happy to announce the newest Personal Libraries Library Collection, that of poet, civil-rights activist and gardener Anne Spencer. The first book of the Spencer Collection is Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, pictured above, and also found in the Borges Collection.

The first acquisitions to the Anne Spencer Personal Library reflect her varied interests and place within American literature:

Star-Land by Sir Robert Stawell Ball
Wild Flowers Every Child Should Know by Frederic William Stack
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Magic Portholes by Helen Follett
House Plants: Their Care & Culture by Hugh Findlay

Pictured above are the endpapers to Follett's Magic Portholes; incredible woodcuts pepper the novel.

Below is the title page spread for The Story of Light by Jeanette Eaton:

Eaton's The Story of Light is joined by,
United States Postal Policy by Clyde Kelly
The White Stag by Kate Seredy
Enough Rope: Poems by Dorothy Parker
Birds in Town & Village by W.H. Hudson

Good-bye to All That by Robert Graves
Knickerbocker's History of New York, Two Volumes, by Washington Irving
Geology, Physical & Historical by H. Cleland
Bird Neighbors by Neltje Blanchan
The Story of Language by Mario Pei

Bird Neighbors includes countless images of birds; these birds are obviously stuffed and are strangely arranged on branches and foliage in front of painted backdrops.

For any questions about the Library, Collections or books (including the new Anne Spencer Collection!), please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com. 

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