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I put a spell on you

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.

Img0026Today I encountered our old friend L.W. DeLaurence who you may remember was featured in an earlier post called the Hypnotic Huckster where DeLaurence gives advice and practical lessons in hypnotism.  He was quite a scoundrel and involved in numerous shady dealings.  However in this instance we are looking at The great book of magical art, Hindu magic and East Indian occultism ;and, the book of secret Hindu, ceremonial, and talismanic magic : in one volume.


Written for the “exclusive use of true and faithful chelas (disciples) in the Hindu Magic, Indian Occultism…” the volume details what you might expect for such a tome- talismans, witchcraft, alchemy, and cabalistic magic, but it also contains a gallery of famous occultists and magicians where I found this image of a man named John Dee.  Img0008Dee was an astronomer, mathematician, astrologer, and occult philosopher from the 16th-century in England.  During his lifetime he amassed one of the largest libraries in England and his role as a scholar served as an entree into Elizabethean politics. He was Queen Elizabeth I’s scientific and astrological advisor and even chose her coronation date.  Dee also enjoyed the patronage of Francis Walsingham and William Cecil.  After a few political missteps and his dissatisfaction with his political influence at court he began to turn more towards supernatural knowledge and began to scry using a crystal ball to contact spirits and angels.  These supernatural pursuits were always conducted under an intense Christian piety where fasting, purification, and prayer were included.  During this time he encountered a man named Edward Kelley (also pictured in our volume) Img0009 who convinced Dee of his supernatural success speaking with angels.  Dee and Kelley embraced a nomadic lifestyle of traveling throughout Central Europe while conducting these “spiritual conferences” with angels, most notably for nobility like Emperor Rudolf II in Prague.  At one point Kelley stated that the angel Uriel had commanded that they share all possessions, including their wives, which Dee complied with apparently never doubting the veracity of Kelley’s claim.  However soon after their “wife-sharing” Dee returned to England while Kelley stayed on and became the alchemist to Emperor Rudolf II.  Dee’s wife delivered a son after they returned to England whose paternity still remains a mystery.  To learn more about the magical arts you can find The great book of magical art, Hindu magic and East Indian occultism ; and, the book of secret Hindu, ceremonial, and talismanic magic : in one volume / by L.W. de Laurence in Widener’s collection.

Thanks to Alison Harris, Santo Domingo Project Manager, for contributing this post.

Manchu 1This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.

Among recently-cataloged volumes in the Santo Domingo Collection is this small gathering of works by Sax Rohmer (1883-1959), an English novelist whose signal creation is the villainous crime lord Dr. Fu Manchu. Born Arthur Henry Ward, Rohmer published a handful of short stories before the first Fu Manchu book, The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu, catapulted him to literary success in 1913. He would ultimately write thirteen Fu Manchu books, which were variously adapted into film, radio, television, and comics, assuring the character’s status in the halls of fictional villainry.

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Vultures of vice!

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.



True Detective Mysteries, called True Detective starting with its October 1939 issue, was a magazine about crime and criminals published for over 70 years. Beginning in 1924, it was often regarded as the first true crime magazine, launching the pulp magazine genre. It was jump started by American publisher Bernarr Macfadden , often labeled as an eccentric health enthusiast claimed to have buried part of his fortune in steel boxes across the United States.


Initially publishing fictionalized accounts of true crime, the magazine soon saw merit in reporting straightforward accounts of police investigation and the closing of particularly gruesome or sensational cases. This course of action was a hit, inspiring some 200 titles in the pre-World War II era, with True Detective itself reaching a circulation of two million. With our modern view of pulp as somewhat lurid, readers may be surprised to know that high end true crime magazines like True Detective initially turned away from hypersexualized crime stories, and were popular across the board, garnering support from J. Edgar Hoover himself.



In the post-war era, True Detective and its competitors moved further into the realm of the taboo, with stories becoming increasingly graphic both in language and the photographs used to illustrate them. At the height of the counterculture movement, during the late 1960s and early 1970s, True Detective joined its cohort in a new and extremely graphic focus on violent sexual crimes. Covers reflected what many remember of pulp today—terrified, nearly naked women often bound and gagged, fighting for their lives against shadowy criminals. These extremes did not hold reader interest, however, and by the 1980s this once booming genre was reduced to two publishers and eleven titles. Although interest in true crime did not wane during the 1980s and 1990s, the genre moved on to film and television, and True Detective ceased publication in 1996.


With true crime experiencing new popularity through podcasts such as Serial and television programming like Making a Murderer and The People vs. OJ Simpson, it is interesting to compare these new forms of investigation with their counterparts from nearly a century ago. Click here for a more detailed account of the rise and fall of True Detective magazine. To see inside more issues of True Detective and other pulp magazines, see the Pulp Magazine Archive hosted by the Internet Archive.

To learn more and see physical copies of True Detective, visit Widener’s collection: New York: Macfadden Publications, [1924-].

Thanks to Irina Rogova, Santo Domingo Library Assistant, for contributing this post.

Summer loving

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Img0020 Flower children, hippies, acid freaks, drop outs, college students, political activists, middle-class tourists, and even some military personnel, all of them were there in San Francisco during the Summer of Love in 1967.  The Haight-Ashbury district commonly known as the Haight was one of the main origins of the hippie subculture movement.  Hunter S. Thompson aptly named it “Hashbury” and it became a community based on drugs, sexual freedom, music, and other counterculture ideals.  L’Aventure Hippie is a French text that takes a look at the rise and fall of the hippies.  The visuals within the volume consist of posters, photographs, comics, and albums just to name a few.  In particular psychedelic rock music was just about entering the mainstream during this time and bands like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Janis Joplin were extremely popular.  Their appeal was magnified by the fact that they only lived a few streets away from the Haight.

Img0019This Summer of Love that exploded in popularity quickly soured as the area couldn’t accommodate the incredible influx of people.  Soon overcrowding, drug problems, homelessness, hunger, and crime were afflicting the area.  These issues combined with the natural departure of people (many of them college students) led to the Haight staging a mock funeral known as “The Death of the Hippie” that fall.

As Mary Kaspar put it- We wanted to signal that this was the end of it, don’t come out. Stay where you are! Bring the revolution to where you live. Don’t come here because it’s over and done with.

L’aventure hippie / Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, Pierre Delannoy ; préface de Jean-Pierre Galland ; postface de Noël Godin.3e éd. Paris :Éditions du Lézard, [2000] can be found in Widener’s Collection.

Thanks to Alison Harris, Santo Domingo Project Manger, for contributing this post. 

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.


The Santo Domingo collection contains plenty of material about various smoking paraphernalia, but Build This Bong has some extremely creative diagrams for building said paraphernalia. Taking a light hearted yet technical approach to the subject, author and illustrator Randy Stratton teaches readers of varying skill levels how to build bongs and hookahs from common household object like apples and cantaloupes to more complicated builds using hardware store supplies and Plexiglas.


Homemade drug paraphernalia has been a common staple in drug cultures around the world, and Stratton hones in on this with a discussion and design for a bamboo bong like those “first encountered in Vietnam in the late 60s and early 70s.” Bongs were introduced to America through the cultural exchange which occurred during the Vietnam War, the name evolving from the Thai word “bhang.” The artistic culture around bong and hookah design has evolved since their introduction to the United States, with designs including pop culture signifiers and advanced glass blowing techniques transferring their significance into the art world. Some of these functional art pieces sell for thousands of dollars.


Depicted here are some of Stratton’s most ambitious creations for beginners, including bong designs using a honey bear, a rubber ducky, a coconut, and a tea kettle.


To learn more, Build This Bong can be found in Widener’s collection: San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2007.

Thanks to Irina Rogova, Santo Domingo Library Assistant, for contributing this post.

Acupuncture Anesthesia

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In the 1950s Chinese physicians in the People’s Republic of China began to wonder if acupuncture, which was typically used to treat pain, could actually be used to prevent pain during surgical procedures, which led to what we refer to here as acupuncture anesthesia.   The volume Acupuncture Anesthesia was published by a division of Pfizer Pharamaceuticals during a closed-circuit symposium in 1974.


Most of the illustrations that are pictured in this volume come from the film “Acupuncture Anaesthesia” produced by the Shanghai Film Studio, which was telecast during the symposium.  The stills shown to the left are from a craniotomy using acupuncture anesthesia.  First they prepare the patient, then the neurosurgeon drills a burr hole before removing the bone flap, and the final image is after the surgery where they are testing cranial nerve function. Img0048 Acupuncture needles are made of stainless steel and vary in both length and thickness.  According to this volume one metal has never been proved superior to another so stainless steel is typically used because of the low cost.  Besides a straight needle other types are often used by acupuncturists as well.  In the image below are a few other examples, the triangular shaped points are used for releasing blood and the round needles for massage.  One that I had never seen before is the mallet which has seven small needles clustered in the head and is typically used for children in a rapid, tapping movement.   Img0047

To learn more about our views of acupuncture in the 1970s you can find Acupuncture anesthesia.  New York : Pfizer, 1974. RD85.A25 A18 1974 in Countway’s collection.

Thanks to Alison Harris, Santo Domingo Project Manager, and Joan Thomas, Rare Book Cataloger at Countway for contributing this post. 

Carlyle 1Upon the death of the Scottish philosopher, novelist, historian, and mathematician Thomas Carlyle in 1881, a portion of his personal library was left to Harvard – the only public bequeathal in Carlyle’s will. The annual report of the President and Treasurer of Harvard College for that year quotes the relevant passage, which reads in part:

…I do therefore hereby bequeath the books (whatever of them I could not borrow, but had to buy and gather; that is, in general whatever of them are still here) which I used in writing on Cromwell and Friedrich, and which shall be accurately searched for and parted from my other books, to the President and Fellows of Harvard College, City of Cambridge, State of Massachusetts, as a poor testimony of my respect for that alma mater of so many of my Trans-Atlantic friends, and a token of the feelings above indicated towards the Great Country of which Harvard is the Chief School.

As the will explains, Harvard was in receipt of only the books Carlyle acquired for research for his Oliver Cromwell’s Letters and Speeches, and his History of Friedrich II of Prussia. Carlyle popularized the “Great Man theory”, a 19th-century belief that the lives and actions of the eponymous great men are the principal shapers of history; and it was under that belief that he wrote on the lives of Cromwell and Frederick the Great. Carlyle’s books would later be transferred to Houghton Library, where they reside today. Work was recently undertaken to enhance the cataloging of these volumes and to better describe their provenance, prompting a new look at a long-standing collection.

“A certain symbolical value the bequest may have, but of intrinsic value as a collection of old books it can pretend to very little,” Carlyle claimed in his will. To a modern reader, however, the research value of the books has little to do with their rarity, and everything to do with Carlyle’s extensive annotations, which give us a portrait of a rigorous, cantankerous, and highly opinionated reader in active conversation with his texts. The example pictured here, from a 1758 biography of Frederick II’s grandfather, Frederick I, reads as follows:

There is nothing absolutely in this Book but blundering stupidities and misinformations; except what is copied (stolen) from poor Dilworth, I can recollect nothing deserving another character. T.C. (1858)

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Such vehement disagreements pepper the margins of many of these volumes. At other times these annotations, too voluminous for endpapers and margins, are pasted in on sheets and scraps of paper, or tucked into envelopes. Part of the enhancement work done on these catalog records was to identify volumes with these annotations and inserted manuscript notes, and to provide reference images, particularly of the manuscript material, as part of the Scanning Key Content project. An example of the results may be seen here: http://id.lib.harvard.edu/aleph/006108565/catalog

Carlyle collection: Carl 3 – Carl 288

Thanks to rare book cataloger Ryan Wheeler for contributing this post.

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.


At the height of the Vietnam War, a time often remembered for the vigorous anti-war protests from young adults, particularly college students, Diane Divoky edited an anthology collection of pieces from underground high school newspapers from across the United States. From a time that holds the Kent State shootings as the result of young people striving to have their voices heard, to find a just society and avoid being forced into war, How Old Will You Be in 1984? pulls out the voices of those young people, collecting them into a barrage of protest.


Underground newspapers were neither new nor rare in 1969, as the counterculture movement depended upon the circulation of radical ideas to remain buoyant. Most often, high school teenagers were not the source of these papers. Yet in this text, Divoky unearthed a collection of newspapers functioning outside of the structure of the education system. Within them, high school students were able to analyze and antagonize the systems they found oppressive—whether it be their parents, teachers, school administrators, the police, or the federal government. They questioned the very systems intended to keep them safe, the war being fought for their future, and whether the hysteria around drug use and hippies was really worthwhile.


Divoky notes in her introduction that the student voices found in these papers varied greatly from the ones found in school administered newspapers and assignments. Here, teenagers were able to speak freely and with the overwhelming emotion that comes with adolescence: “Gut reactions, awareness, vibrations are the surest signs of reality in a world where rhetoric is phony, and ‘reason’ and ‘common sense’ become the weapons of the defenders of the status quo.”

Whether they discussed hair length and dress codes, or the desegregation of their schools and the prospects of being drafted, student voices in How Old Will You Be in 1984? speak to a very particular moment in time.

To learn more, How Old Will You Be in 1984?: Expressions of Student Outrage From the High School Free Press can be found in Widener’s collection: New York: Discus Books, 1969.

Thanks to Irina Rogova, Santo Domingo Library Assistant, for contributing this post.

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.

 Benzedrine for Breakfast is the autobiography of Noreen Price, who lived quite an unconventional life.  Born in South Africa by accident because her Dutch mother missed the boat while visiting relatives there.  Noreen was schooled in a French convent and spent time in several different countries while growing up.  Raised as a debutante in the 1930s she briefly dabbled in modeling and after two marriages, lots of champagne, mink coats, and caviar her life took a turn that most would not expect when she became a smuggler.
Img0014 At loose ends after her second marriage ended she met a man named Johnny and began to smuggle cigarettes from Tangier into Spain at a decent profit.  With her daring methods her organization was soon operating out of North Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, and even into England.  Eventually Noreen was caught and sentenced to a year of prison in the Holloway Jail as well as a thousand pound fine.  Her description of her time in prison is filled with stories of her trying to exploit the system, descriptions of how dull it was on the inside, and her attempts to get back in the smuggling game in prison.  The writing style is very entertaining and you can see from the captions that accompany her photos that she had a droll sense of humor.
To learn more about her exploits you can find Benzedrine for breakfast / Noreen Price and Peter Jackson. London : Robert Hale Limited, [1963] in Widener’s collection.
Thanks to Alison Harris, Santo Domingo Project for contributing this post.

Write Me In!

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Dick Gregory is an African American comedian, political activist, humanitarian, and nutritional consultant. His political comedy was groundbreaking for its take on race relations and other social injustices during the civil rights movements of the 1960s. He first became interested in comedy during his time in the military, and then moved to Chicago to continue his career. Performing for primarily black audiences while working day shifts at the post office, Gregory made a name for himself through his satirical political and social criticism. In 1961, he was hired at the Playboy Club at the request of Hugh Hefner, propelling him into the national spotlight. At the height of his career, Gregory out-earned the likes of Frank Sinatra, used his celebrity and close friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr. to focus national attention on the injustices of segregation, marched with Gloria Steinem in support of the Equal Rights Amendment, and went on a hunger strike during the Iran hostage crisis.

This 1968 text, Write Me In!, marked Gregory’s very serious foray into political office. He ran for president as a write-in candidate for the Freedom and Peace Party, and received 1.5 million votes. Considering Hubert Humphrey lost the election to Richard Nixon by some 510,000 votes, Gregory had a massive impact on the election. The book outlines his political platform, with heavy focus on racism in America, the war in Vietnam, corporate greed, foreign policy, and civic duty, just to name a few. Interspersed are “humor interludes,” reminding the reader of the comedic talent which launched Gregory into the national spotlight to begin with.


At the age of 83, Gregory still regularly performs and participates in social activism. A Kickstarter funded documentary on his life is expected in the Spring of 2017. Find him on Twitter @IAmDickGregory.

To learn more, Write Me In! can be found in Widener’s collection: New York: Bantam Books, 1968.

Thanks to Irina Rogova, Santo Domingo Library Assistant, for contributing this post.

Watch out for Vipers

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Manual medico-legal des poisons… is a curious French text that appears to be primarily about the legal aspects of poisoning.  It also includes instructions on how to treat snakebites, the bites of rabid animals, as well as victims of anthrax, poisoning, drowning, and asphyxiation.



Img0040This color illustration of a viper is accompanied by a very specific description of the snake’s characteristics.  The text states that a viper has a triangular head that is wide and flat with two oblong black spots which originate between the eyes and form the letter V.  Typically two feet long and about an inch wide their fangs are long and hollow which enable the snake to inject venom into their prey.  The venom is produced by glands located at the back of the snake’s upper jaw. When the snake’s mouth is closed, the fangs recede into a thin membrane and fold against the roof of the mouth.
The text also describes quite lyrically the symptoms if one is bitten by a viper which includes a “sharp pain and burning, which like a flash of fire, slips and spreads across the member and to the internal organs; congestion and tension occurring at a rapid pace…pulse becomes small, uneven; you experience anxiety, weakness, difficulty breathing, cold sweats; the eye becomes cloudy, reason is misplaced; often vomiting occurs, sometimes bilious…”  Luckily instructions on how to treat the bite follow these symptoms.
This only other illustration in the volume is this particularly sad dog suffering from rabies.  The text alerts the reader to the fact that the bite of an animal, in particular the saliva, can pass this acute disease to others.  As with the viper further instructions follow about what to do if you happen to be bitten by a rabid dog.


For more information about the legal aspects of these poisonings the Manuel médico-légal des poisons : précédé de considérations sur l’empoisonnement, des moyens de le constater, du résultat d’expériences faites sur l’acétate de morphine et les autres alcalis végétaux; suivi d’une méthode de traiter les morsures des animaux enragés et de la vipère /Rédigé … sous les yeux de Chaussier, par E. de Montmahou.Paris : Chez Compère Jeune, Libraire, 1824. QK100 .M79 1824 can be found in Countway’s collection in Longwood.


Thanks to Alison Harris, Santo Domingo Project Manager, and Joan Thomas, Rare Book Cataloger at Countway for contributing this post.

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.


Tuli Kupferberg’s 1001 Ways to Live Without Working is a handbook, political satire, and collage all-in-one. Nestled between the actual 1005 point list are newspaper advertisements, photographs of protest, slave sale notices, and other pieces of historical media used to turn the list into a multimedia protest artwork. Matt Groening, creator of the Simpsons, called Kupferberg “a pioneer of list-making as art.” His style is reminiscent of French detournement, an art form where expressions of capitalist and media cultures are appropriated into new art forms used to mock and critique these very cultures. Detournement in the United States is well illustrated by Barbara Kruger’s photography. A heavy critique of American capitalism, Kupferberg’s 1001 Ways juxtaposes struggles of the working class (“have lots of doctors bills so you don’t have to pay any income tax”) with newspaper advertisements claiming a path to phenomenal wealth (“a money miracle can come to you, too!)


Founding member of the first Beat generation band, The Fugs, Kupferberg continued to create anarchist multimedia art in New York City until his death in 2010. Kupferbeg is forever memorialized in Allen Ginsberg’s Howl as the man “who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge this actually happened and walked away unknown and forgotten into the ghostly daze of Chinatown soup alleyways & firetrucks, not even one free beer.”
As for those tips to live without working, the text includes such helpful suggestions as “be 1 year old” (#810), “keep on living with your parents” (#830), “invent a new political party” (#845), and “live on an iceberg” (#269). There are also direct comparisons between material culture and starvation along with a correlation between American capitalism and fascism.

To learn more, 1001 Ways To Live Without Working can be found in Widener’s collection: New York: Grove Press, 1967.

Thanks to Irina Rogova, Santo Domingo Library Assistant, for contributing this post.

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.

 Img0056The Gypsy’s first issue was published in London in 1915 and contained short stories, essays, poems, illustrations, sonnets, and prose.  In their foreword the editors of the magazine acknowledged that many people would criticize their endeavor in light of the fact that half of the world was presently at war, but they firmly believed that it was the duty of an artist to express their ideas whenever they occurred.  It appears that The Gypsy only published two issues.

Alan Odle, an English illustrator, contributed a lot of the artwork contained in The Gypsy.  Odle never achieved a great level of fame in his lifetime and is mainly remembered as the husband of Dorothy Richardson, a British author and journalist.  His style is described as a precursor to surrealism with most of his images being quite grotesque as well as subversive.

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Widener has a few volumes in their collection which feature his illustrations including Candide; or, The Optimist by Voltaire.  Published in 1922 you can see that his style is a little cleaner and less intricate then the work he did for the Gypsy though it still clearly contains a sense of the grotesque.

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Odle also contributed his work for a number of James Hanley volumes including this frontispiece for The Last Voyage.  Only 550 copies were printed and signed by the author and this one is no. 12.  Odle’s work on the frontispiece displays a style that leans more heavily towards surrealism.

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To explore more of Odle’s work in publications of The Gypsy, you can find the two issues in Widener’s collection.

Thanks to Alison Harris, Santo Domingo Project Manager for contributing this post. 

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.


A History of Pharmacy in Pictures, a depiction of the history of the pharmaceutical profession through oil paintings, was first conceived by pharmacist and journalist George A. Bender before the Second World War. He was inspired be a series of photographs showing the history of surgery produced by Davis & Geck in the 1920s.  Despite this early conception, it would take Bender somewhere around a decade to comprise the series of oil paintings.  In 1947, Bender became editor of Modern Pharmacy, a publication of Parke-Davis & Company, once the oldest and largest pharmaceutical company in America, which was acquired by Pfizer in 2000.  Two years into this position, he was finally granted approval for a project then entitled  “Pictorial Interpretations of Pharmacy Through the Ages.”  Though his original intention was to use the the photographic reenactment technique that Davis & Geck used, Bender eventually hired Robert A. Thom, a painter.  The two worked together for nearly a decade to research the history of pharmacy to create historically accurate paintings.  Thom traveled to Europe in 1953 to visit sites he would depict in person.  Although it took Thom about a month to create each painting, approximately half a year of research went into each of the 40 works of art.  Bender and Thom covered some 250,000 miles in the span of their 8 years of research for the paintings.


The paintings were originally published in Modern Pharmacy, then turned into window displays, and eventually shown in a variety of museums including the Smithsonian, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Hôtel des Invalides in Paris.  Pharmacists bought prints of the paintings for display in their establishments.  Although the paintings begin “before the dawn of history,” and cover medical practices in Babylon, Egypt, China, Persia, and Europe, the focus of most paintings lies with pharmaceutical developments in the United States.  This pamphlet contains all 40 paintings in black and white, along with paragraph descriptions of the time period and practices they portray.

Click here learn more about the development of this project, along with its portrayal of the pharmaceutical profession in the United States.  To see the paintings in color, please see a presentation by the College of Pharmacy at Washington State University here.

To learn more, A History of Pharmacy in Pictures can be found in Countway’s collection: Detroit, Michigan: Parke, Davis & Company, 1960.

Thanks to Irina Rogova, Santo Domingo Library Assistant, for contributing this post.

Home grown

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Touted as Europe’s first dope magazine, Home Grown’s first publication was in 1977 and presented an “enlightened and informative, as well as entertaining, attitude to dope and related subjects – views and approaches not expressed by the popular press and other media.”  The content of the magazine ranges from articles about drug legalization and arrests, poetry, comics, stories, photographs, book reviews, articles about growing pot, and much more, but what fascinates me the most are the advertisements found in the pages.

Img0054 Img0056  Portobello Road in London was apparently the place to purchase “Clothes to get high in!”  Curious to know whether the shop still exists today I found a blog that revealed that the area around Portobello was quite famous for record shops.  The Hindukush shop which sold Indian textiles was apparently open until 1988 when it became Vinyl Solution, a secondhand record store.  The variety of headshops that are represented is also quite interesting.  You have more esoteric ads, space-age ads, and of course who can resist a smoking leprechaun? Tokin’ & Tootin’ indeed!

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You can find images of the covers of the first ten issues in Hollis.  Home grown : Europe’s first dope magazine. London, England : Alchemy Publications, 1977-, is part of Widener’s collection.

Thanks to Alison Harris, Santo Domingo Project Manager, for contributing this post.

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.


During the blossoming of the counterculture movement of the late 1960s, San Francisco saw the formation of an anarchist collective: the Diggers.  Taking inspiration (and their name) from the 17th century English Protestant radical group which believed in agrarian socialism and called for the cultivation of common land, 20th century Diggers sought an end to capitalism, calling first for “free streets” and soon after, a “free city.”  Working out of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, the Diggers used theater and performance art to protest capitalism and promote their initiatives.  These included daily free food services in Golden Gate Park, multiple free stores, and a free medical clinic for the influx of young people moving to San Francisco during the decade.


This Digger newspaper, believed to be from the summer of 1967, contains writing and artwork for the cause.  The first page includes a goal for a Marx-inspired free society, instructions for making a fire bomb, a remembrance of Malcolm X, and reminders about the winter solstice.  The paper also contains several poems, including a eulogy for Bob Dylan, and a list of free services and communes in cities from New York to Moscow.

Although San Francisco never became a free city, Digger influences remain within the larger culture of American and international activism.  Their establishment of free stores and free clinics became the model for such institutions across the country.  They are also credited with popularizing whole wheat bread, which they baked in coffee cans for their free bakery.  Like many leftist movements of the 1960s, the Digger movement has also been criticized for a sexist division of labor, where women were expected to take on practical tasks such as meal preparation and men controlled event planning and decision making.



A digital archive of the Digger movement can be found here.

To learn more, Free City can be found in Widener’s collection: [San Francisco], [Free City], [196?].

Thanks to Irina Rogova, Santo Domingo Library Assistant, for contributing this post.

Magnificent vellucent!

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This collection has been especially rich with volumes by Charles Baudelaire who though most famous as a French poet was also an art critic, essay writer, and translator of Edgar Allen Poe.  La Fleurs du Mal, The Flowers of Evil, is one of his most recognized works of prose-poetry and is about the changing nature of beauty in the newly modern and industrialized city of Paris in the 19th-century.  This volume of La Fleurs du Mal was published in 1900 and has an extraordinary binding. My colleague at Houghton, Ryan Wheeler, did some investigation about the binding while he was cataloging it and turned up some fascinating information.  Apparently the binding process is known as vellucent, developed by the binder Cedric Chivers of Bath, England.  An artist would paint the original illustration onto the boards, and then a thin, translucent layer of vellum was laid over that, so that everything but the gilt is under the vellum’s surface, including the mother-of-pearl.  Img0006  Img0012On the cover you can see gilt around the creature’s head and on the spine, and on the back cover both the woman’s hair-bow and the sliver of a moon are mother-of-pearl.  The illustration on the cover continues around to the spine so that we can see the arm reaching toward the flowers and the depiction of his wing is carried over onto the back cover.  We are fairly certain that H.G. Fell is the illustrator and apparently he collaborated with Chivers on many other volumes.  And if the binding isn’t impressive enough the volume also has a surprise fore-edge painting.  A fore-edge painting is completely invisible when the text block is closed, but if you fan the pages in a certain direction, an image appears, in this case a skeleton.


You can watch a video of the skeleton appearing on this volume below:

To discover the secret skeleton for yourself you can find this volume in Houghton Library’s collection.  Les fleurs du mal par Charles Baudelaire ; précédées d’une notice par Théophile Gautier. Paris : Calmann-Levy, 1900. FC8.B3247.900f. 

Thanks to Alison Harris, Santo Domingo Project Manager, and Ryan Wheeler, Rare Book Cataloger, for contributing this post. 

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.


“Everywhere the hands, heads, eyes, arms and legs of millions are manipulated through abominable choreographics of obligations, restrictions, responsibilities, laws; life itself becomes inside out, upside down, flattened to the pastel walls of bureaucratic insensitivity—what is there left, in all this, of human freedom?”

So begins the preface of Surrealism & Revolution, a brief anthology of meticulously typed-out texts from surrealist and Dada writers, artists, and revolutionaries such as Max Ernst and Leon Trotsky, interspersed with line drawings inspired by surrealist art (and one image replicating a painting of Hieronymus Bosch, often credited as the original surrealist).


The goal of this collection was to introduce surrealism and its revolutionary capabilities (claimed by Franklin Rosemont in the preface) to the United States, where Rosemont states that surrealism has been “systemically lied about by academicians and journalists,” but the youth of America have discovered it nonetheless and will “soon leave the schools, churches & government buildings of this country smouldering in ashes.”  Franklin and his wife, surrealist artist Penelope Rosemont, founded the Chicago Surrealist Group in 1965 after a meeting with the movement’s founder, André Breton, in Paris.  The Rosemonts have gone on to create art and publish extensively about surrealism and other radical political movements, becoming directors of the subversive literature Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company in the 1980s.  Read an interview with Penelope Rosemont here.


This ZTANGI & Solidarity Bookshop copy from Chicago of Surrealism & Revolution joins its counterpart from the Wooden Shoe in London at Harvard.

To learn more, both issues of Surrealism & Revolution can be found in Widener’s collection: the Santo Domingo Collection copy, [Chicago], Ztangi, [1966], along with the previously held copy, London, Wooden Shoe; Coptic P., [1967].

Thanks to Irina Rogova, Santo Domingo Library Assistant, for contributing this post.

A Yogi’s thoughts


This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.

This colorful volume is the work of Peter Max, a German artist, who dedicated this book to the brothers and sisters of the Integral Yoga Institute.  The founder of the Integral Yoga Institute was Satchidananda Saraswati, an Indian man who was a religious teacher, spiritual master, and master yogi.  Peter Max apparently asked him to come visit New York City in 1966 and soon thereafter Swami Satchidananda moved to America and started the Integral Yoga Institute, which still exists today.

Swami Satchidananda first gained public attention as the opening speaker in Woodstock in 1969.  He was a spiritual guru to numerous celebrities and musicians as he sought to bring understanding among all religions of the world.  Woodstock-710x380

The text that accompanies Max’s artwork is credited as coming from Swami Sivananda, another Hindu spiritual teacher and proponent of yoga.


Img0047Max’s illustrations are very visually striking with extremely saturated colors that are paired with Swami Sivananda’s words…

“You may wrongly think that you have kept your thoughts in secret.  The thoughts of anger, lust, greed, jealousy, revenge and hatred produce impressions on your face.”

Thought. [With the words of Swami Sivananda, Himalayas].  Editorial assistance by Arjuna (Victor Zurbel). New York, Morrow, 1970 can be found in Widener’s collection. 

Thanks to Alison Harris, Santo Domingo Project Manager, for contributing this post.


The volume pictured here, C.K.C. – his book, chronicles the efforts of a little-known activist to establish international limitations on the opium trade. Charles Kittredge Crane (1881-1932) dedicated himself singly to this cause, which culminated in three League of Nations conventions held in Geneva: the first and second back-to-back in 1924 and 1925, and the third in 1931.

These conventions came at a time when opium and its derivatives were only recently under regulation in the United States. In the first years of the twentieth century, American access to opium was common, albeit restricted to pharmaceutical channels. The Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914 technically enacted new taxes on opiates rather than criminalizing them, but in practice diminished supply and stigmatized use in a manner tantamount to prohibition; where addicts were once prescribed limited doses of drugs, they were now facing mass incarceration.

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