Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New Acquisitions / January to June 2015!

 So many books and booklets! New acquisitions include the (above & below pictured) fossil, gem, rock and travel booklets from the Robert Smithson Collection:

Desert Gem Trails by Mary Frances Strong
Arizona Rock Trials by Fred Bitner
The Petrified River: The Story of Uranium by The Union Carbide Corporation
Palenque by Alberto Ruz
Yellowstone: Its Underworld by Clyde Bauer
Indians of New Mexico by Bertha Dutton
An Illustrated Guide to Fossil Collecting by Richard Casanova

  An illustration from Ruz's Palenque.

Also new to the Robert Smithson Collection:

Nadja by Andre Breton
New Handbook of the Heavens by Hubert Bernhard
The Closing Circle by Barry Commoner
The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley

New additions to the Anne Spencer Collection:

New World A-Coming by Roi Ottley
A Guide to African History by Basil Davidson
Democracy in American (2 vols.) by Alexis de Tocqueville


The Odyssey by Homer (above) and The Geography of the Heavens by Elijah Burritt (not pictured) are the newest books in the Maria Mitchell Collection.

Rounding out this group of books are Seon Manley's Islands, Their Lives, Legends & Lore and A Critique of the New Commonplaces by Jacques Ellul - both in the Robert Smithson Personal Library.

For any questions about the Library, the Collections, membership, or to check out a book, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December 2014 Printed Matter!

The latest installment of printed matter was mailed out early this month and, thanks to the US postal service (and those in the UK, Iceland, New Zealand and Canada), should be in the hands of the PLL members.

The matter includes the latest PLL anniversary poster (yes, five years!) and a lovely poster of Smithsonite. 

Also included: a letterpress print, Some Quasi-Versions of Pastoral, an homage to Robert Smithson, after Ian Hamilton Finlay's print Some Versions of Pastoral (an homage to William Empson and his book, Some Version of Pastoral).

All members receive packets of printed matter twice a year. If you would like to join the Library and receive this matter too, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com.

Monday, September 15, 2014

PLL Reading Room / Schneider Museum of Art

PLL Reading Room / Schneider Museum of Art / October 3 - December 6

A selection of 70 books from the Personal Libraries Library, accompanied by an arrangement of PLL printed matter and framed works, will be at the Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland this autumn. The PLL Readings by Tom Prochaska (No. 1), Louis Schalk (No. 2) and Diana Pembor (No. 3), and published by Publication Studio will also be on display.
The 70 books consist of all of the books acquired by the Library in the past year, including all of the books available in the Anne Spencer Collection. This installation of the PLL Reading Room is part of Selections from Portland2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, made possible by Disjecta, Amanda Hunt, and everyone at the Schneider Museum of Art. Thanks to all!

Opening Reception / Thursday, October 2 / 5 - 7
Schneider Museum of Art
1250 Siskiyou Blvd
Ashland, OR 97520

Monday, September 8, 2014

September New Acquisitions!

As we head into Autumn, I found a moment to accession the PLL's newest batch of books. All but one are from the Robert Smithson Collection. The following, Spectrum Analysis by Henry Roscoe, is from the Maria Mitchell Collection. This beautiful volume has multiple color images of spectra, such as the "Spectra of the Metals of the Alkalies & Alkaline Earths:"

A grouping of blue covers
The Antarctic Challenged by Admiral Lord Mountevans
Module, Proportion, Symmetry, Rhythm by Gyorgy Kepes
The Mystery of Matter, edited by Louise Young

Kepes founded the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT; his research can be seen in these book spreads:

A group of grey covers

Notebooks 1914-1917 by Ludwig Wittgenstein
The Cardinal Points of Borges, edited by L. Dunham and Ivar Ivask
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

The last groupings contain

Revolution for the Hell of It by Free (Abbie Hoffman)
Shells & Shelling by Ralph Barrett
Trees of North America by C. Frank Brockman
The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things by George Kubler
Art and Culture by Clement Greenberg
Paul Gauguin's Intimate Journals by Gauguin

Shells & Shelling is a comprehensive guide that is beautifully designed:

For any questions about the Library, the Collections, membership, or to check out a book, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

JUNE 2014 Printed Matter Mailing!

Late last month I mailed the most recent packet of printed matter from the Personal Libraries Library! They should all be safely in members' hands. Included in the mailing were two letterpress prints made specially for the Library's inclusion in the Portland2014 Biennial this Spring. 

One announces the evidenced Readings of the Library by Tom Prochaska, Louis Schalk and Diana Pembor. The Readings are published by Publication Studio and are available to purchase!

The other small print contains the Rules of the Library made by Larissa Hammond in conjunction with her organization schema of the PLL collections.

Also included is the next When Looking Down is Looking Up poster (2.2); a beautiful engraving of the Moon. And, the following poster of a spread from Evelyn Stefansson's Within the Circle, from the Robert Smithson Personal Library.

For any questions about the Library, Collections or books, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com.  Every member of the PLL receives bi-annual packets of printed matter.