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The Mississippi newspaper shown here came to Houghton Library from the 1957 bequest of Lee Max Friedman (1871-1957), a prominent scholar of Jewish-American history. Established July 9th, 1868 and offering weekly coverage of the presidential election, The Corinth Caucasian is neither listed in American Newspapers 1821-1936, nor in a 1942 union list of Mississippi newspapers […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. The novelist and music-hall performer Colette (1873-1954; full name Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette) is known both for her literary work – principally the novel Gigi – and her love affairs with men, women, and in one case, her own stepson. […]

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A lover of souls

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Maurice Barrès (1893-1923) was a French novelist, journalist, and political ideologue who aligned himself with the anti-Semitic French nationalist movement of his period. Besides novels and political works, Barrès also produced several books of travel writing, including this […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. The French poet and novelist Edmond Haraucourt began his career with a volume of poems, La légende des sexes: poëmes hystériques, first published in 1882. The poems were controversial for their time, and Haraucourt published under the pseudonym […]

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Léonor Fini’s O

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. The infamous erotic novel Histoire d’O has featured in this space before, but this version is striking enough to warrant revisiting: a 40-centimeter large-format edition of 350 numbered copies published by Cercle du Livre Précieux in 1962, eight […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Propos d’un intoxiqué, Jules Boissière’s 1896 chronicle of opium use and dissipation in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, receives a lavish reissue in 1929. A limited edition of 97 copies, the book is designed with a motif of bamboo […]

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For over five years, student assistants in the Modern Books & Manuscripts department have diligently cataloged and scanned thousands of bookplates from Houghton’s collections. Compiled primarily by collector Daniel Butler Fearing (Harvard 1882), the bookplate collection is organized roughly by subject, which include Fearing’s favorite collecting topics, fish and watercraft. The groups of bookplates that […]

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Les petites alliées

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. This week we feature a copy of Les petites alliées, by the French novelist Claude Farrère and published in this edition by Éditions de l’Intermédiaire du Bibliophile in 1927. While Farrère’s popularity has declined in the half-century since […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Today’s volume from the Santo Domingo Collection concerns Montmartre, the famous Parisian district of artists’ communes and nightclubs. In Les après-midi de Montmartre, published in 1919, author René Baudu documents the drinking, drug use, and prostitution that attended […]

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Deux coeurs simples

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Today’s Santo Domingo Feature: this copy of Deux coeurs simples, by the French novelist Jacques de Lacretelle. This limited edition, published by Gérald Cramer in 1947, features a suite of evocative lithographs by illustrator Valentine Hugo. This particular […]

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Known for his contributions to logic, set theory, and semantics, Willard Van Orman Quine (1908-2000) stands among the most influential American philosophers of the twentieth century. From 1956 until his retirement in 1978 Quine held the Edgar Pierce Chair of Philosophy at Harvard University, and his papers and library are now held by Houghton Library. […]

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Holy communion

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. As the use of hallucinogenic drugs proliferated in the counterculture of the 1960s, instructional texts appeared to guide novice users in the preparation and consumption of these substances. This week’s volume from the Santo Domingo Collection, The psychedelic […]

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Dipsomaniac

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Though the Santo Domingo Collection is exhaustive in its coverage of opium and LSD, this week we feature a text on a perfectly legal drug: alcohol. A literary gent: a study in vanity and dipsomania, published in 1895 […]

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Reefer madness

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. The Santo Domingo Collection gathers together publications ranging from the 16th century to the present day, and from the mass-market to the obscure. Obscure indeed is this week’s feature: a selection of issues from Hawkfrendz, a British fanzine […]

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Book of smoke

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. The opium dens prevalent in France and the United States during the 19th century, as well as the culture surrounding them, resulted in copious literature, such as this rarely-seen work: Le livre de la fumée, by […]

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Gallows Orchard

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. This week, we depart briefly from drugs and the counterculture to focus on the aesthetic beauty of modern books. Gallows Orchard, a romantic tragedy by first-time Scottish author Claire Spencer, was published in this American edition […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. The illustrated presidential report of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography is the product of curious historical circumstance. Authorized by Congress to investigate the validity of obscenity laws in 1967, during Lyndon Johnson’s presidency, the Commission’s […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. The works of Aleister Crowley, the British occultist and author at turns renowned and infamous, are ably suited for inclusion in the Santo Domingo Collection: Crowley’s mysticism, drug use, bisexuality, and overall libertinism, emblemized in his […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. Known for the openly sexual themes in his work as well as for his battle with opium addiction, the creative polymath Jean Cocteau is a fitting author for inclusion in the Santo Domingo Collection. Maison de […]

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Hitler’s Kokain

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. The volumes in the Santo Domingo Collection are variously remarkable for their content, their condition, their presentation, and their provenance. Perhaps the most arresting example yet of the latter is this unassuming item: Kokain, a German […]

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