Showing posts with label Robert Smithson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Robert Smithson. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

April 2012, New Acquisitions (Arendt to Wyndham)


The Personal Libraries Library newest acquisitions comprise of:

The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt (Robert Smithson Collection)

On Human Communication: A Review, a Survey, and a Criticism by Colin Cherry (Robert Smithson Collection)

The Red Redmaynes by Eden Phillpotts (Jorge Luis Borges Collection)

The Cantos (1-95) by Ezra Pound (Robert Smithson Collection)

Time & Western Man by Wyndham Lewis (Robert Smithson Collection)


The Cantos (1-95) of Ezra Pound include the first 95 Cantos of Pound's monumental poem. These were first published as six separate books: A Draft of XXX Cantos, Eleven New Cantos, The Fifth Decad of Cantos, Cantos LII-LXXI, the Pisan Cantos, and Section: Rock-Drill.

Please contact the PLL at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com for membership details or other information.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June Acquisitions / Somehow None for the Calvino Collection


Our new acquisitions include, from the Jorge Luis Borges Personal Library Collection:

Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
Professional Secrets by Jean Cocteau

and Geometry and Faith by Thomas Hill from the Maria Mitchell Personal Library Collection.

From the Robert Smithson Personal Library Collection, we just accessioned:

Ritual Magic by E. M. Butler
Some Versions of the Pastoral by William Empson
The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein
Symbols, Signals & Noise: The Nature and Process of Communication by J.R. Pierce
and
Rock Art of the American Indian by Campbell Grant



Grant's book includes many incredible photographs and illustrations. Above illustrates sandstone paintings by the Chumash of California. It details that "only the Chumash and the neighboring Yokuts painted on smoke-blackened surfaces."


Some Versions of the Pastoral joins Empson's other book The Structure of Complex Words on the shelf. They make a fine pair.


Please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com for information about the Personal Libraries Library or if you are a member and want to check out any of these new books.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Openings (and New Aqcuisitions, April 2011)


One cannot travel anywhere in the back country of the United States, especially west of the Great Plains, without being impressed by the many evidences of old mines showing grayly on the flanks of ragged mountains and crumbling ghost towns wrapped in sage and silence at the ends of long abandoned dirt roads.

-first sentence from A Range Guide to Mines and Minerals by Jay Ellis Ransom


In addition to the incredible A Range Guide to Mines and Minerals from Smithson's Personal Library, new March/April acquisitions include:

Learning and Language: The Debate between Jean Piaget and Noam Chomsky by Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (Calvino Personal Library)

Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands by Harriet Beecher Stowe (Mitchell Personal Library)

Culture & Anarchy by Matthew Arnold (Smithson Personal Library)

Tycho Brahe: A Picture of Scientific Life and Work in the Sixteenth Century by J.L.E. Dreyer (Smithson Personal Library)


The Complete Poetry of William Blake (Borges Personal Library)
and
Selected Prose, Poetry, and Eureka by Edgar Allan Poe (Calvino Personal Library)


It is with humility really unassumed--it is with a sentiment even of awe--that I pen the opening sentence of this work; for of all conceivable subjects I approach the reader with the most solemn--the most comprehensive--the most difficult--the most august.

-first sentence from Edgar Allan Poe's Eureka: An Essay on the Material and Spiritual Universe

Sunday, February 27, 2011

February 2011 Reading Room & New Acquisitions


The February Reading Room Hours bring to an end the era of the small-bookcase for the Library. I am diligently sanding, staining & finishing the bookshelves for the Library to grow into. Look for the new shelves & Library room next month!

In addition to another successful Reading Room, the Library continues to grow in members and books.


The newest acquisitions include:

The Cyclical Night: Irony in James Joyce & Jorge Luis Borges by L. A. Murillo (Smithson Collection)
The Varieties of Religious Experiences by William James (Borges Collection)
Monsieur Teste by Paul Valery (Calvino Collection)

Also, are two more books to add to the Flaubert contingent!:


The amazing covers of Flaubert's The Temptation of St. Anthony and Victor Brombert's The Novels of Flaubert, from the Borges & Smithson Collections, respectively.


And lastly is Snapshots, by Alain Robbe-Grillet, from Smithson's Personal Library. The Library's edition has this amazing sheet taped in the back, showing Haslam's Bookstore's acquisition of the book on February 25, 1975. The Personal Libraries Library has now accessioned the same book almost exactly 36 years later! A beautiful parallel & paratext.

Please contact the Library at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com with queries about the books or membership. Also, please browse the Catalogues to see other books in the Library.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

August & September Acquisitions


The newest acquisitions to the Personal Libraries Library span the collections. They include from the Robert Smithson Collection:

Candide by Voltaire
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

From the Jorge Luis Borges Collection:

Hedda Gabler by Henrick Ibsen
The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon


And from the Italo Calvino Collection:

Les Choses: A Story of the Sixties by Georges Perec (pictured above)
Morphology of the Folktale by Vladimir Propp

Please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com to check out any of the books!

Lastly, a confluence of covers:

Friday, July 30, 2010

July Acquisitions! Piles of books from the Borges, Calvino & Smithson Collections!


A brief vacation for the Personal Libraries Library Librarian led to a brief vacation for the Library itself. Belgium was very inspiring & many books were purchased, unfortunately none for the PLL Collection. I did look for French versions of Flaubert, Perec and Queneau, but to no avail. Yet, books were piling up on the PLL doorstep awaiting my return and accession into the Collections. They include:

The Portable Blake with prose, poetry & drawings of William Blake (Robert Smithson Library),
The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann (Italo Calvino Library),
At Swim-Two Birds by Flann O'Brien (Borges Library),
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (Borges, Calvino & Smithson Libraries),
Amerika by Franz Kafka (Jorge Luis Borges Library),


and to accompany Madame Bovary, Philip Spencer's Flaubert: A Biography (with an amazing cover.) Another intriguing acquisition is Douglas Hofstadter's Pulitzer Prize winning Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.


A brief excerpt from a section called "Tangles Involving Science and the Occult:"

Speaking of psychics and ESP, another sphere of life where strange loops abound is fringe science. What fringe science does is to call into question many of the standard procedures or beliefs of orthodox science, and thereby challenge the objectivity of science. New ways of interpreting evidence that rival the established ones are presented. But how do you evaluate a way of interpreting evidence? Isn't this precisely the problem of objectivity all over again, just on a higher plane? Of course, Lewis Carroll's infinite-regress paradox appears in a new guise. (p. 693)


And the beautiful Berkeley Highland edition of H.G. Wells' The First Men in the Moon (Smithson Library) is joined by his The Time Machine (Smithson & Borges Libraries.) A stunning duo.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

"Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972" & "The New Novel from Queneau to Pinget"


Two new and exciting books have been accessioned into the Robert Smithson Personal Library this week: Lucy Lippard's Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972 and Vivian Mercier's The New Novel from Queneau to Pinget.

Lippard's riveting book actually has a much longer title:

Six Years: The dematerialization of the art object from 1966 to 1972: a cross-reference book of information on some esthetic boundaries: consisting of a bibliography into which are inserted a fragmented text, art works, documents, interviews, and symposia, arranged chronologically and focused on so-called conceptual or information or idea art with mentions of such vaguely designated areas as minimal, anti-form, systems, earth, or process art, occurring now in the Americas, Europe, England, Australia, and Asia (with occasional political overtones), edited and annotated by Lucy R. Lippard.

Not to be outdone, the sub-title (of sorts) of Mercier's book is as follows:

A brilliant critical examination of the works of the leading creators of le nouveau roman: Raymond Queneau, Nathalie Sarraute, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Michel Butor, Claude Simon, Claude Mauriac, and Robert Pinget

Thursday, April 22, 2010

From Leopardi to Mallarme


New books to the Robert Smithson Personal Library Collection include Leopardi: Poems and Prose, Robert Musil's The Man Without Qualities, Mallarme, and T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land: Facsimile and Transcript.

Please contact the Library if you want to join or check out a book at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com.

Friday, April 2, 2010

"Endgame", "The I Ching" & Other New Acquisitions for Smithson Collection


New members and a trip to a Ventura, California used bookstore has led to the acquisition of new books from the Robert Smithson Personal Library. They include Jorge Luis Borges' Other Inquisitions 1937-1952, Samuel Beckett's Endgame (including Act Without Words: A Mime For One Player, which reads like a Yoko Ono Instruction Piece) and The I Ching, translated by Wilhelm & Baynes with a foreword by C. G. Jung.


Also acquired is the interesting Man's Discovery of His Past: Literary Landmarks in Archaeology, edited by Robert F. Heizer (seen above) and Alice Ford's Audubon's Butterflies, Moths, and Other Studies.


Ford's book on Audubon is a beautifully letterpressed book that gives a history of Audubon and his field sketches. It also contains many plates of Audubon's images, including many insects and beetles that are an important part of his work; yet are generally overlooked.


Lastly, a small volume of The Megalith Builders of Europe by Glyn Daniel rounds out the newest bunch of books accessioned by the PLL. Daniel's book discusses the Pre-Historic megalithic tombs and temples of Europe, detailing their builders, structure, use and prevalence. One can see how these graves and hunebeds of piled stone would interest Smithson, as well as their entropic changes throughout time.


Please contact the Library at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com to join & check out books!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Reading Room & New Acquisitions: March 2010


The PLL has acquired four new books for the Robert Smithson Personal Library Collection. Pictured above, they include: Mircea Eliade's Cosmos and History, Harry Levin's James Joyce, Making Friends with the Stars by Arthur J. Zadde and Frank Edwards' Flying Saucers- Serious Business. And so you know just how serious the business is, exclamations abound on the cover:


The Personal Libraries Library Reading Room was open for the first time today (March 7), an exciting moment here at the Library.


The Reading Room Hours allowed for members to browse the books, talk with the Librarian and other members, and discuss the possibilities for the next collection. Reading Room Hours will occur monthly, stay tuned for April's Hours!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Personal Libraries Library Reference Library

The PLL is pleased to announce the formation of a reference section. Following are books that are great sources about those whose libraries are being collected. These books are available during Reading Room Hours only, and not for check out.

MARIA MITCHELL
Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science by Renee Bergland - Ref MM 1.1

ROBERT SMITHSON
Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings edited by Jack Flam - Ref RS 2.1
Robert Smithson organized by Eugenie Tsai with Cornelia Butler - Ref RS 2.2

ITALO CALVINO (more to be added)
Six Memos for the Next Millennium by Italo Calvino - Ref IC 3.1
The Uses of Literature by Italo Calvino - Ref IC 3.2

JORGE LUIS BORGES (more to be added)
Jorge Luis Borges: Selected Non-Fictions edited by Eliot Weinberger - Ref JLB 4.1

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Books, Books, Books! Science, Science, Science!


The Personal Libraries Library has recently acquired many books from the Robert Smithson Personal Library that are focused on science. One line of inquiry in Smithson's artwork was the transformation, entropy and detritus of geological elements. The images above and below are from Geology: Our Changing Earth through the Ages by Jerome Wyckoff.


"Cross section of a volcanic region shows how igneous activity in the crust produces various landscape forms- volcano, lava flows, dikes and sills, laccoliths, geysers and hot springs, and fumaroles." (Golden Press, 1967: 43)


The Library now has a set of books on rocks, minerals and crystals. They include: Crystals and Crystal Growing by Alan Holden & Phylis Singer, Field Book of Common Rocks and Minerals by Frederic Brewster Loomis, and Crystals, Diamonds, and Transistors by L.W. Marrison.


Two additional new books are Harry Asher's Experiments in Seeing and Flaubert's Bibliomania, a short tale about a man obsessed with books:

He saved all his money, all his goods, all his emotions for books. He had been a monk and for books he had abandoned God. Later he sacrificed for them that which men hold dearest after their God: money. Then he gave to books that which people treasure next to money: his soul. (The Rodale Press, 1954: 15)

Friday, December 25, 2009

New Acquistitions to the Robert Smithson Personal Library!


The Personal Libraries Library has been busy acquiring books for the Robert Smithson Personal Library. These new acquisitions include: t zero by Italo Calvino, Dreamtigers by Jorge Luis Borges, Four Essays on Philosophy by Mao Tse-Tung, H.G. Wells' The First Men in the Moon, and Language as Symbolic Action by Kenneth Burke.

t zero, a collection of short stories that contemplate the creation and evolution of the universe (a sequel to Cosmicomics), has an amazing short story that was most likely of interest to Smithson named Crystals. It follows Qfwfq (the main character of these stories) as it commutes from New Jersey to New York through prisms, crystals, lava & magma. The journey is not only a lesson in entropy but also stretches the boundaries of time:

"It could have been different, I know,- Qfwfq remarked,- you're telling me: I believed so firmly in that world of crystal that was supposed to come forth that I can't resign myself to living still in this world, amorphous and crumbling and gummy, which has been our lot, instead. I run all the time like everybody else, I take the train each morning (I live in New Jersey) to slip into the cluster of prisms I see emerging beyond the Hudson, with its sharp cusps; I spend my days there, going up and down the horizontal and vertical axes that crisscross that compact solid, or along the obligatory routes that graze its sides and its edges." (t zero, Italo Calvino, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich:1967, pp. 28-29)

Crystals
is reflected (whether directly or coincidentally) in Robert Smithson's own writing, most specifically in his 1967 work, A Tour of the Monuments of Passaic, New Jersey, when discussing the landscape that he was viewing, recording and monumentalizing:

'That zero panorama seemed to contain ruins in reverse, that is - all the new construction that would eventually be built. This is the opposite of the "romantic ruin" because the buildings don't fall into ruin after they are built but rather rise into ruin before they are built. This anti-romantic mise-en-scene suggests the discredited idea of time and many other "out of date" things. But the suburbs exist without a rational past and without the "big events" of history.' (Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings, Jack Flam ed., University of California Press: 1996, p. 72)

Members can check-out these new acquisitions by contacting the PLL at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com. Also look out for even more new books that are forthcoming!

Monday, December 14, 2009

The First Books to be Checked Out!


The PLL is ecstatic to announce that the first books have been checked out of the library by members (besides the Librarian herself.) Both books are from the Robert Smithson Personal Library Collection: Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus and Borges' The Book of Imaginary Beings.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Second PLL Collection: Robert Smithson!


The Personal Libraries Library is happy to announce the beginning of its second collection: the Robert Smithson Personal Library.

The Library was recently reminded (thanks Lacey!) that the personal library of Robert Smithson was catalogued shortly after his death. The catalogue, compiled by Valentin Tatransky, can be found in Robert Smithson, organized by Eugenie Tsai with Cornelia Butler (The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.) This catalogue is not comprehensive in itself, but is quite extensive. Some books from Smithson's personal library are also currently in the Library's librarian's personal library and have seamlessly become the beginning of the Robert Smithson Personal Library. These include Gunter Grass' The Tin Drum, Jorge Luis Borges' Ficciones and Labyrinths, as well as Jean-Paul Sartre's Nausea and Bachelard's The Poetics of Space. Due to this fortuitous overlap, the catalogue set forth by Tatransky, and the Library's interest in Smithson, he seemed like the perfect second collection.



Interestingly enough, there was not only cross-over in Smithson's and the librarian's libraries, but also that of Maria Mitchell! Emerson's Essays and The Marble Faun can be found in the Maria Mitchell- and Robert Smithson Personal Library. Please note the multiple book cards.


Please peruse the Robert Smithson Personal Library Catalogue to see the Library's holdings. Also, check the Robert Smithson Wish List if you want to donate a book, or find a book and care to alert the Library. Contact the Library at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com

Robert Smithson Personal Library Catalogue

The following books are available to be checked out by PLL members:

ART & AESTHETICS:
Entropy and Art by Rudolf Arnheim - RS 2.27 2009
Art by Clive Bell - RS 2.36 2010
The Nude by Kenneth Clark - RS 2.40 2010
The Light of Common Day by Diana Cooper - RS 2.128 2012
Rock Art of the American Indian by Campbell Grant - RS 2.97 2011
The Sun in Art by Walter Herdeg - RS 2.176 2013
How Prints Look: Photographs with a Commentary by William M. Ivins, Jr. - RS 2.145 2012
Albrecht Durer Complete Woodcuts edited by Dr. Willi Kurth - RS 2.131 2012
Changing: Essays in Art Criticism by Lucy R. Lippard - RS 2.190 2014
Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972 by Lucy R. Lippard - RS 2.62 2010
Pleasure in Ruins by Rose Macaulay - RS 2.106 2011
Discovery of the Circle by Bruno Munari - RS 2.165 2013
A Concise History of Modern Painting by Herbert Read - RS 2.182 2014
The Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari - RS 2.181 2014

FICTION & POETRY:
Cryptozoic! by Brian Aldiss - RS 2.155 2013  
Earthworks by Brian Aldiss - RS 2.118 2012
Flowers of Evil
by Charles Baudelaire - RS 2.15 2009
Endgame by Samuel Beckett - RS 2.55 2010
The Portable Blake by William Blake - RS 2.68 2010
The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges - RS 2.17 2009
Dreamtigers by Jorge Luis Borges - RS 2.19 2009
Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges - RS 2.18 2009
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges - RS 2.16 2009
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess - RS 2.3 2009
The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs - RS 2.178 2013
Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino - RS 2.20 2009
t zero by Italo Calvino - RS 2.21 2009
A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe - RS 2.73 2010
The Nun by Denis Diderot - RS 2.77 2010
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle - RS 2.147 2012
The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot - RS 2.179 2014
The Waste Land: A Facsimile and Transcript of the Original Drafts Including the Annotations of Ezra Pound by T.S. Eliot, edited by Valerie Eliot - RS 2.58 2010
Emerson's Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson - RS 2.7 2009
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - RS 2.5 2009
Bibliomania by Gustave Flaubert - RS 2.43
Bouvard and Pecuchet & Dictionary of Accepted Ideas by Gustave Flaubert - RS 2.39 2010
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert - RS 2.70 2010
WORD RAIN, or A Discursive Introduction to The Intimate Philosophical Investigations of G,R,E,T,A G,A,R,B,O, It Says by Madeline Gins - RS 2.154 2013
Lord of the Flies by William Golding - RS 2.12 2009
The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass - RS 2.13 2009
The Marble Faun I by Nathaniel Hawthorne - RS 2.8.1 2009
The Marble Faun II by Nathaniel Hawthorne - RS 2.8.2 2009
Poems & Prose by Gerard Manley Hopkins - RS 2.139 2012
The Selected Works of Alfred Jarry by Alfred Jarry - RS 2.117 2012
Finnegans Wake by James Joyce - RS 2.1 2009
Leopardi: Poems & Prose by Giacomo Leopardi, edited by Angel Flores - RS 2.59 2010
A Soldier of Humor and Selected Writings by Wyndham Lewis - RS 2.98 2011
Mallarme by Mallarme, edited by Anthony Hartley - RS 2.57 2010
The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil - RS 2.60 2010
The Diary of Anais Nin by A. Nin, Gunther Stuhlmann, ed. - RS 2.129 2012
Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor - RS 2.81 2010
Eagle or Sun? / ¿Aguila o Sol? by Octavio Paz - RS 2.156 2013
The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe - RS 2.152 2012
The Cantos of Ezra Pound by Ezra Pound - RS 2.123 2012
Ariel by Sylvia Plath - RS 2.105 2011
The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath - RS 2.76 2010
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon - RS 2.6 2009
Erasers by Alain Robbe-Grillet - RS 2.170 2013
Snapshots by Alain Robbe-Grillet - RS 2.89 2011
Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre - RS 2.9 2009
The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein - RS 2.94 2011
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift - RS 2.63 2010
The Same Door by John Updike - RS 2.11 2009
Myra Breckenridge by Gore Vidal - RS 2.14 2009
Candide by Voltaire - RS 2.75 2010
The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells - RS 2.23 2009
The Invisible Man & The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells - RS 2.79 2010
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells - RS 2.72 2010
Kora in Hell: Improvisations by William Carlos Williams - RS 2.151 2012
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf - RS 2.153 2012

PHILOSOPHY / CRITICISM:
NIL: Episodes in the Literary Conquest of Void during the 19th Century by Robert Martin Adams - RS 2.28 2009
The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt - RS 2.121 2012
The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard - RS 2.4 2009
The Psychoanalysis of Fire by Gaston Bachelard - RS 2.83 2010
Illuminations by Walter Benjamin - RS 2.24 2009
Joyce-Again's Wake by Bernard Benstock - RS 2.31 2010
The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America by Daniel Boorstin - RS 2.135 2012
Other Inquisitions 1937-1952 by Jorge Luis Borges - RS 2.54 2010
The Novels of Flaubert: A Study of Themes & Techniques by Victor Brombert - RS 2.87 2011
Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges by Richard Burgin - RS 2.34 2010
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke - RS 2.86 2010
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus - RS 2.10 2009
Thoreau as World Traveler by John Aldrich Christie - RS 2.64 2010
Metaphysics, Reference, and Language by James Cornman - RS 2.114 2012
Daedalus, "Fiction is Several Languages," a Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; Fall 1966 - RS 2.177 2013
Daedalus, "Utopia," a Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Spring 1965 - RS 2.38 2010
Of Time, Work, and Leisure by Sebastian de Grazia - RS 2.102 2011
Socialism and American Art by Donald Egbert Drew - RS 2.32 2010
Seven Types of Ambiguity by William Empson - RS 2.191 2014
Some Versions of Pastoral by William Empson - RS 2.95 2011
The Aims of Phenomenology by Marvin Farber - RS 2.116 2012
Madness & Civilization by Michel Foucault - RS 2.136 2012
Nine Chains to the Moon by R. Buckminster Fuller - RS 2.2 2009
Phenomenology: Its Genesis & Prospect by Quentin Lauer - RS 2.138 2012

Dialectical Materialism by Henri Lefebvre - RS 2.100 2011
James Joyce by Harry Levin - RS 2.47 2010
Time & Western Man by Wyndham Lewis - RS 2.122 2012
The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Idea in America by Leo Marx - RS 2.169 2013
The Medium is the Massage by Marshall McLuhan & Quentin Fiore - RS 2.22 2009
The New Novel from Queneau to Pinget by Vivian Mercier - RS 2.61 2010
The Cyclical Night: Irony in James Joyce & Jorge Luis Borges by L.A. Murillo - RS 2.88 2011
Flaubert: A Biography by Philip Spencer - RS 2.69 2010
Four Essays on Philosophy by Mao Tse-Tung - RS 2.26 2009
The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics & Society by Norbert Wiener - RS 2.183 2014

PSYCHOLOGY:
Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud - RS 2.37 2010

LANGUAGE AND WRITING:
Elements of Semiology by Roland Barthes - RS 2.66 2010
Writing Degree Zero by Roland Barthes - RS 2.78 2010
Language as Symbolic Action: Essays on Life, Literature and Method by Kenneth Burke - RS 2.25 2009
Language & Myth by Ernst Cassirer - RS 2.197 2014
On Human Communication: a Review, a Survey, and a Criticism by Colin Cherry - RS 2.120 2012
The Structure of Complex Words by William Empson - RS 2.84 2010
Symbols, Signals and Noise: The Nature and Process of Communication by J.R. Pierce - RS 2.96 2011

HISTORY, ECONOMICS, POLITICS, ANTHROPOLOGY:
Culture & Anarchy by Matthew Arnold - RS 2.92 2011
The Story of Maps by Lloyd Brown - RS 2.111 2011
The Triumph of Time: A Study of the Victorian Concepts of Time, History, Progress, Decadence by Jerome H. Buckley - RS 2.115 2012
Conversations with Claude Levi-Strauss by G. Charbonnier - RS 2.85 2010
The Megalith Builders of Western Europe by Glyn Daniel - RS 2.52 2010
Lost Continents: Th Atlantis Theme in History, Science & Literature by L. Sprague de Camp - RS 2.198 2014******
The Hopi Indians by Ruth DeEtte Simpson - RS 2.168 2013
Tycho Brahe: A Picture of Scientific Life & Work in the Sixteenth Century by J.L.E. Dreyer - RS 2.90 2011
The Pyramids of Egypt by I.E.S. Edwards - RS 2.99 2011
Cosmos and History: The Myth of the Eternal Return by Mircea Eliade - RS 2.48 2010
Witchcraft Today by Gerald B. Gardner - RS 2.33 2010
Man's Discovery of His Past: Literary Landmarks in Archaeology edited by Robert F. Heizer - RS 2.51 2010
The Age of Energy: Varieties of American Experience 1865-1915 by Howard Mumford Jones - RS 2.108 2011
A Fire on the Moon by Norman Mailer - RS 2.143 2012
The Language of Magic and Gardening by Bronislaw Malinowski - RS 2.189 2014
Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man by Marshall McLuhan - RS 2.150 2012
The Black Death by Johannes Nohl - RS 2.30 2009
Lost Cities and Vanished Civilizations by Robert Silverberg - RS 2.29 2009
Within the Arctic Circle: Portrait of the Arctic by Evelyn Stefansson - RS 2.196 2014
The Aztec: Man and Tribe by Victor W. Von Hagen - RS 2.35 2010
Masked Gods: Navaho and Pueblo Ceremonialism by Frank Waters - RS 2.163 2013

SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS:
The Birth and Development of the Geological Sciences by Frank Adams - RS 2.144 2012
Experiments in Seeing by Harry Asher - RS 2.46 2010
The Bloodstream: The River of Life by Isaac Asimov - RS 2.146 2012
The Moon by Isaac Asimov - RS 2.134 2012
Canals by Fon W. Boardman Jr. - RS 2.113 2012
Crystals: Their Role in Nature by Charles Bunn - RS 2.65 2010
The Geological Evolution of North America by Thomas Clark & Colin Stearn - RS 2.127 2012
The Dinosaur Book by Edwin Colbert - RS 2.171 2013
Biogeography of the Southern End of the World by Philip Darlington - RS 2.137 2012  
Atlantis: The Antediluvian World by Ignatius Donnelly - RS 2.119 2012
The World of the Dinosaurs by David Dunkle - RS 2.158 2013
An Experiment with Time by J.W. Dunne - RS 2.82 2010
Principles of Geomorphology by Don J. Easterbrook - RS 2.166 2013
Flying Saucers- Serious Business by Frank Edwards - RS 2.49 2010
The Invisible Pyramid by Loren Eiseley - RS 2.180 2014
The Unexpected Universe by Loren Eiseley - RS 2.174 2013
Tracks by E.A.R. Ennion and N. Tinbergen - RS 2.112 2012
Exploring American Caves by Franklin Folsom - RS 2.103 2011
Audubon's Butterflies, Moths, and Other Studies by Alice Ford - RS 2.53 2010
Cryptanalysis by Helen Fouche Gaines - RS 2.109 2011
Discovering Rocks and Minerals: A Nature and Science Guide to Their Collection and Identification by Roy Gallant - RS 2.74 2010
The Birth and Death of the Sun by George Gamow - RS 2.172 2013
The Ambidextrous Universe by Martin Gardner - RS 2.162 2013
Logic Machines & Diagrams by Martin Gardner - RS 2.187 2014
The Origin of the Zodiac by Rupert Gleadow - RS 2.67 2010
Mapping by David Greenhood - RS 2.133 2012
Tropical Trees of Hawaii by Dorothy & Bob Hargreaves - RS 2.188 2014
The Realm of the Nebulae by Edwin Powell Hubble - RS 2.149 2012
Crystals and Crystal Growing by Alan Holden & Phylis Singer - RS 2.42 2010
Concepts of Space by Max Jammer - RS 2.164 2013
Meditations on the Signs of the Zodiac by John Jocelyn - RS 2.195 2014

Western Gem Hunter's Atlas by Robert & Cy Johnson - RS 2.140 2012
Mathematics and the Imagination by Edward Kasner & James Newman - RS 2.110 2011
The Sun by K.O. Kiepenheuer - RS 2.161 2013
Landscape into Cityscape by Frederick Law Olmstead - RS 2.175 2013
Field Geology by Frederic Lahee - RS 2.126 2012
Modern Techniques of Rock Blasting by U. Langefors & B. Kihlström - RS 2.184 2014
Field Book of Common Rocks and Minerals by Frederic Brewster Loomis - RS 2.44 2010
Space, Time & the New Mathematics by Robert Marks - RS 2.194 2014
Crystals, Diamonds, and Transistors by L.W. Marrison - RS 2.45 2010
Mazes & Labyrinths by William Matthews - RS 2.148 2012
Field Book of Seashore Life by Roy Waldo Minor - RS 2.185 2014
Field Book of Ponds & Streams by Ann Haven Morgan - RS 2.186 2014
The Succession of Life Through Geological Time by Kenneth Oakley & Helen Muir-Wood - RS 2.130 2012
The Architecture of Molecules by Linus Pauling & Roger Hayward - RS 2.173 2013
A Range Guide to Mines and Minerals by Jay Ellis Ransom - RS 2.91 2011
Magic and Schizophrenia by Geza Roheim - RS 2.80 2010
The Zodiac by Walter Sampson - RS 2.193 2014
The Geology of New York City and Environs by Christopher J. Schuberth - RS 2.157 2013
Landforms of Australia by Vincent Serventy - RS 2.141 2012
Geology Illustrated by John S. Shelton - RS 2.104 2011
Introducing Astronomy by J. B. Sidgwick - RS 2.159 2013
The Day of the Dinosaur by L. Sprague de Camp & Catherine Cook de Camp - RS 2.132 2012
Stripping, A Sierra Club Battlebook by John F. Stacks - RS 2.107 2011
Treatise on Sedimentation, Volume I by William Twenhofel - RS 2.124 2012
Treatise on Sedimentation, Volume II by William Twenhofel - RS 2.125 2012
Geology: Our Changing Earth through the Ages by Jerome Wyckoff - RS 2.41 2010
Making Friends with the Stars by Arthur J. Zadde - RS 2.50 2010
Stars: A Guide to the Constellations, Sun, Moon, Planets, and Other Features of the Heavens by Herbert Zim and Robert Baker - RS 2.160 2013

RELIGION:
Ritual Magic by E.M. Butler - RS 2.93 2011
A Rebirth of Images: The Making of St. John's Apocalypse
by Austin Farrer - RS 2.101 2011
The Message of the Stars by Max & Augusta Heindel - RS 2.192 2014
The Bhagavad-Gita
, introduction by Aldous Huxley - RS 2.71 2010
The I Ching, translated by Wilhelm & Baynes, Foreword by C. G. Jung - RS 2.56 2010


Please contact the Library at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com to check out a book from the Robert Smithson Personal Library. * latest book / accession number

The personal library of Robert Smithson was catalogued shortly after his death. The catalogue, compiled by Valentin Tatransky, can be found in Robert Smithson, organized by Eugenie Tsai with Cornelia Butler (The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.) This catalogue is not comprehensive in itself, but is quite extensive.