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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring material from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. The Beats continue their expansion onto Houghton’s shelves by means of Santo Domingo Collection accessioning; Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) is the most recent author to attain fuller representation in our catalog. Ginsberg books in the collection range from the slightest volume […]

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Morbid beauty

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring material from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.  Of the many altered states of consciousness chronicled in the Santo Domingo Collection, death may be merely the most permanent; as a subject often circumnavigated out of discomfort, fear, superstition, or propriety, it takes its place alongside sexuality and drug […]

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While cataloging American Civil War broadsides, I found this playbill advertising Wesley’s War Tableaux, to be presented in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the Lyceum Hall from February 23-25 [1863]. Moving panoramas were large painted scenes on rolls of canvas, framed by a proscenium to hide the mechanism; they were unwound from one roll to another, to […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring material from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.  Today’s featured item from the Santo Domingo Collection is L’internationale hallucinex (Le Soleil Noir: 1970), a collection of writings by French, American, and English countercultural authors in the form of a series of pamphlets. The collection announces its subversive intent […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Poltroon Press put out the volume Pshaw! 1975-2005 : 30 Years of Poltroonery to “celebrate thirty years of existence.”  Poltroon is a small press from Berkely, California that is still printing today.  The volume includes some of their […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring material from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.  Henri Austruy, born in 1871, was an attorney and editor of the journal La nouvelle revue from 1913 to 1940, when occupying Nazi forces shut the journal down. 1940 is also the approximate date of Austruy’s unrecorded death, which may […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring material from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.  Today’s volume from the Santo Domingo Collection is a chronicle of social and intellectual life in nineteenth-century France, and its provenance establishes an acquaintance between two prominent figures thereof. Jean Lorrain (1855-1906, given name Paul Duval) was a prolific author […]

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Anti-Opium

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring material from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.  Today’s feature from the Santo Domingo collection is both a rare volume and an artifact of the fraught history of the opium trade in China. Convened in the 1890s, the Anti-Opium League was part of a movement on the part […]

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The following is the fourth in a four-part series on books from the library of Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) and her family. Though Jewett had published stories in magazines beginning in 1868, Deephaven (1877) was her first book, and its publication signaled her debut as a notable American author. Her pride is evident in the […]

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The following is the third in a four-part series on books from the library of Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) and her family. Presented to Jewett in 1885, this copy of Celia Thaxter’s Poems contains 22 original watercolor sketches by Thaxter, depicting flowers, birds, spiders, and seascapes. Best known for her poem “The Sandpiper,” Celia Thaxter […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. Today’s feature demonstrates the Santo Domingo Collection’s diversity of genres and formats. While clearly literary in nature, Sherlock Holmes: consulting detective is not a work of literature. Rather, it’s a game based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels, in which players […]

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The following is the second in a four-part series on books from the library of Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) and her family. Published by the Paris firm of Edwin Tross in 1871, this volume of poetry by Louise Labé belongs to a limited edition of 500 copies, and is distinguished by the remarkable typeface used. […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Or perhaps a giant winged insect?  As always the truth lies in the interpretation of the viewer.  Bruce Connor was a renowned American artist who worked in a variety of media including film, collage, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, […]

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The following is the first in a four-part series on books from the library of Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) and her family. Best known for her novels and stories set in Maine, including Deephaven (1877) and The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896), Jewett’s papers and family library came to Harvard in 1931, the bequest […]

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On the Money

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. This edition of Jules Boissière’s Propos d’un intoxiqué has featured before in this space – see this post for a copy formerly owned by its illustrator, Tsuguharu Foujita. This copy, however, warrants revisiting the title. Every page of this 240-volume book […]

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Urdu Punch

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring material from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.  Punch, the seminal British satirical magazine, is credited with popularizing the use of ‘cartoon’ to mean a comic drawing, rather than a preliminary sketch for a painting or tapestry. During the time of the British Raj, a number of publications […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Death.  Typically depicted as a skeleton with a sickel, one might suppose that if this card appeared in a tarot reading that you should prepare for an untimely demise, but it rarely signifies a physical death.  Tarot […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.  The Santo Domingo Collection continues to bolster Harvard’s library of works by author and occult leader Aleister Crowley. These range from substantive books on magic to pamphlets containing individual poems (one of these, titled “Tyrol”, is a condemnation of […]

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Demons and devils

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.   Though outnumbered by books on drugs and sexuality, the Santo Domingo Collection’s occult works are nonetheless considerable in number. Featured today are two early works on demonology, one by a French political philosopher and statesman, and the other by […]

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Launched on October 23, 2013, the Emily Dickinson Archive (EDA) celebrates its first year of operation today, during Open Access Week. The site received 1.2 million “hits” from poetry lovers in its first 10 days; after a year, monthly usage averages 10,000 visits and 377,000 page views per month.  About 80% of visitors are from […]

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