Friday, June 28, 2013


FINALLY! The Spring/Summer 2013 edition of printed matter is ready to be shipped!  Members and Friends of the Library can look forward to finding some or all of the printed matter in their mailbox.

Included in the packet is the first-ever PLL screenprinted work, featuring books from the collections, including Italo Calvino's t zero, The Moon by Isaac Asimov and Robert Heizer's Man's Discovery of His Past: Literary Landmarks in Archaeology:

 Also included is this letterpress print, SALT, using a paratextual illustration from L.W. Marrison's Crystals, Diamonds and Transistors (also seen above in the screenprint):

Lastly, is the fourth poster in the Entering the Robert Smithson Library series, Mazes & Labyrinths, by William Henry Matthews:

If you are interested in joining the Personal Libraries Library please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com. Every member of the PLL receives bi-annual packets of printed matter.

Friday, June 14, 2013


ASTRONOMY, GEOLOGY, and DINOSAURS make up the bulk of this spring's acquisitions.
Seen above are Stars: A Guide to the Constellations, Sun, Moon, Planets, and Other Features of the Heavens by Herbert Zim & Robert Baker and The Sun by K.O. Kiepenheuer, both from the Smithson collection.

Below are two spreads from these beautiful books:

Also from the Robert Smithson Collection, you will now be able to check out the cleverly designed The Ambidextrous Universe: Left, Right, and the Fall of Parity by Martin Gardner, and

The World of the Dinosaurs by David Dunkle,
Introducing Astronomy by J.B. Sidgwick,
CRYPTOZOIC! by Brian Aldiss,
¿Aguila o Sol? / Eagle or Sun? by Octavio Paz.

The Geology of New York City and Environs by Christopher J. Schuberth is exhaustive in detailing the geological history and current state of New York.

It also contains a fold-out poster, The Physiographic Diagram of the New York Region, pictured below.

And, finally, I am so excited to be accessioning WORD RAIN, or A Discursive Introduction to the Philosophical Investigations of G,R,E,T,A, G,A,R,B,O, It Says by Madeline Gins.

Within this piece of fiction (and concrete poetry,) Gins lays bare the production of texts and books by explicity marking sentences to be deleted and referring to the materiality of the book itself.  As the dust jacket states: 

In WORD RAIN, an unnamed narrator sits at a desk in a friend's apartment reading a manuscript. Surrounding the undefined character is a birthday party taking place in the next room, a glass of pineapple-grapefruit juice that is supposed to be pure grapefruit juice, the loose leaves of the manuscript, and the variable weather conditions.

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