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.

PLL at Tacoma Art Museum / Ink This! Contemporary Print Arts in the Northwest



An arrangement of printed matter from the Personal Libraries Library from 2009-2014 is part of Ink This! Contemporary Print Arts in the Northwest at the Tacoma Art Museum. Also included in the exhibition, to name just a few: Tom Prochaska, Christy Wyckoff, Barb Tetenbaum, Morgan Walker, Matthew Letzelter, Yoshi Kitai, Kate Copeland, Palmarin Merges, and Sarah Horowitz. The exhibition is curated by Margaret Bullock.

June 7 - November 9
Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402


Saturday, May 31, 2014

May 2014 Acquisitions



Things have settled down at the Library, after returning to its usual space and shelves. Many new members joined the Library during the Portland Biennial; here are some of the resulting new acquisitions!


Included in this new batch of books:
Volumes I & II of Robert Graves' The Greek Myths (Jorge Luis Borges Personal Library)
Paolo Zellini's A Brief History of Infinity (Italo Calvino Personal Library)


Above is a spread from The Double Helix by James Watson, showing "Linus Pauling with his atomic models." The front cover elaborates on the title: Being a personal account of the discovery of the structure of DNA, a major scientific advance which led to the award of a Nobel Prize. Watson's book is in the Anne Spencer Personal Library, as is Allen Smith's Life in a Putty Factory.


Space, Time, and New Mathematics, edited by Robert Marks, is a compilation of "writings by Einstein, Heisenberg, Schrödinger, Gamow, Wiener, Poincaré, and others." This book, in the Robert Smithson Personal Library, is a great companion to related books by Gamow, Wiener, and more in his collection. The above cartoon likens Einstein to a magician.

Also new to the Smithson Library:
Lost Continents: The Atlantis Theme in History, Science, and Literature by L. Sprague de Camp, and
Language and Myth by Ernst Cassirer


This beautiful frontispiece and title page is from Robert Mudie's The Earth, from Maria Mitchell's Personal Library. The printing is really extraordinary, with debossed birds on very thick paper; about the printing is stated: Baxter's Oil Colour Printing - 3, Charter-house Square.


The Zodiac: A Life Epitome, by Walter H. Sampson, not only has a compelling ct ligature throughout the text, but a lovely frontispiece and fold-out at the end of the book. It is from the Robert Smithson Personal Library, along with the related Meditations on the Signs of the Zodiac by John Jocelyn.



Lastly, is this remarkable book, Within the Circle: Portrait of the Arctic, by Evelyn Stefansson (Robert Smithson Personal Library), with fantastic photographs of land, flora and fauna.


For any questions about the Library, Collections or books, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

First Lines of New Acquisitions


There are many new acquisitions for Spring 2014, mostly from the Robert Smithson Collection. Each new book and their first sentence is listed below, and starting with:
 
1.  The Language of Magic and Gardening by Bronislaw Malinowski:
   
The linguistic problem before the ethnographer is to give as full a presentation of language as of any other aspect of culture.

2.  Seven Types of Ambiguity by William Empson:

An ambiguity, in ordinary speech, means something very pronounced, and as a rule witty or deceitful.





3.  Changing: Essays in Art Criticism by Lucy Lippard: (seen above)

André Ferminier writes: “What has perhaps been most damaging to the art critic is the prodigious gobbledygook that with him takes the place of vocabulary; and the prefaces to exhibition catalogs in particular would provide a classic anthology of the art of saying nothing.”

4.  The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society by Norbert Wiener:

The beginning of the twentieth century marked more than the end of one hundred-year period and the start of another.



5.  Logic Machines & Diagrams by Martin Gardner: (seen above)

A logic machine is a device, electrical or mechanical, designed specifically for solving problems in formal logic.
 


6.  Field Book of Ponds and Streams by Ann Haven Morgan: (seen above)

Minnows and frogs and brown water beetles, scurrying to cover as we approach the shore of a still clear pond, show us that the water has some very lively inhabitants.

7.  The Modern Technique of Rock Blasting by U. Langefors and B. Kihlström:

Within some thousandths of a second after the initiation of the explosive there occurs in a charged hole a series of events which, in drama and violence, have few equivalents in civil technology.



8.   The Message of the Stars by Max and Augusta Heindel: (seen above, outside + next to its dust jacket)

It is a matter of common knowledge among mystics that the evolutionary career of mankind is indissolubly bound up with the divine hierarchies who rule the planets and the signs of the Zodiac, and that the passage of the Sun and the planets through the twelve signs of the Zodiac, marks man’s progress in time and in space.




9.  Field Book of Seashore Life by Roy Waldo Miner: (seen above and with Message of the Stars)

Protozoa are single-celled animals.


10.  Tropical Trees of Hawaii by Dorothy and Bob Hargreaves: (seen above)

High among the list of reasons people love to visit Hawaii is the lovely tropical foliage to be enjoyed everywhere and at all times of the year.
 
11.  Geography Made Easy by Jedidiah Morse: (from the Maria Mitchell Library)

Geography is a science, which describes the figure, motion, magnitude, and component parts of the earth; the situations, extent, and appearances of the various parts of its surface; its productions animal and vegetable; its natural and political divisions; and the history, manners, customs, and religion of its inhabitants.

For any questions about the Library, Collections or books, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

SPIRAL JETTY + THE LOST WORLD



As a part of the Portland2014 Biennial Saturday Series, the Library is very excited to present a double film feature of Robert Smithson's 1970 Spiral Jetty and Harry O. Hoyt's 1925 adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World.

SPIRAL JETTY + THE LOST WORLD
Saturday, April 5 / 7-10 pm
The Best Art Gallery in Portland / 1468 NE Alberta St. / Portland 97211

Hope to see you there!