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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Today from the Santo Domingo Collection, a curiosity: Scènes d’alcoolisme, a series of transparencies printed on glassine paper and published by Libraire Larousse, depicting the ravages of alcoholism. Included with the sheet of transparencies are a sheet of […]

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Le Milieu

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Considered one of the greatest illustrators of the French press is Jean Sennep, also known as Jean-Jacques Charles Pennes, who worked for several French newspapers including Candide and Le Figaro.  He also published quite a few volumes of […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. The Santo Domingo Collection often comes across volumes that need a little extra TLC before being sent to their forever homes.  Sometimes the binding is no longer attached, the cover has been ripped, or the material needs a […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Reginald Manning was an American artist and illustrator that began working for the Arizona Republic in 1926 as a photographer and spot artist. He eventually began drawing daily editiorial cartoons and worked at the Republic for the next […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection.   Interested in learning more about cacti and where they grow?  This French publication of Les cactées cultivées could be for you.  The volume was published by the Librairie Agricole de la Maison Rustique in 1931 by André Guillaumin, […]

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Pop-up Phobia!

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Coulrophobia, dentophobia, acrophobia, necrophobia. Remember those pop-up books from your childhood?  This one is infinitely more terrifying if you have a fear of clowns, dentists, heights, or even a fear of death.  This clever book, The pop-up book […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. According to popular legend when the root of a mandrake is dug up it screams and kills all who hear it.  Mandrake is the common name for members of the genus Mandragora, it is entirely poisonous and contains […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Searching for information about flowers, medicine, and the secret to great skin?  Look no further than this beautifully illustrated French volume Les fleurs et secretz de medecine. Until the late 19th-century the practice of bloodletting was regularly used […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Most people picture a chastity belt as a device that looks like iron underwear (complete with a lock) that was meant to keep a woman from having sexual relations.  Legend has it that this device was invented during […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Joel Dorman Steele, Ph.D. was the author of a series of textbooks in late 19th-century America including Hygienic physiology : with special reference to the use of alcoholic drinks and narcotics.  It was meant to be used not […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. What to do if you are looking for the “ultimate guide for safe mushroom picking”?  Frank and Cheeri Rinaldo have got you covered with Safe-pik, a flip book of handy mushroom identification cards.  Measuring only about 2 1/2 […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Could it be true that similar animal forms share the same habits?  José Joaquim da Gama Machado certainly thought so, and produced the text and drawings to back it up.  Machado was a 19th-century scientist who studied homeopathy, […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. This week’s find from the Santo Domingo Collection is an extraordinary copy of Baudelaire’s Les fleurs de mal. Number 1 of a limited edition of 1000 copies published by F. Ferroud in 1917, this copy is extra-illustrated with […]

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Heavenly bodies

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Drugs and sexuality constitute the primary subject matter in Santo Domingo, but the collection’s larger function is to investigate the many altered states of the human mind. The collection therefore contains a substantial number of volumes on the […]

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Leather and lace

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Today we feature two twentieth-century French erotic novels: Pauline Réage’s Histoire d’O and Jean Lorrain’s Le maison Philibert, both extravagantly bound by the French binder Alain Devauchelle. On the front cover of Histoire d’O, tessellations of brightly dyed […]

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Nezval at night

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Books in the Santo Domingo collection are predominantly in English and French, per the collecting habits of Julio Mario Santo Domingo himself. Today we have an exception to this rule: Sexuální nocturno, by the avant-garde Czech author Vítězslav […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Les fleurs animées is a beautiful lithographic collection in two volumes that was illustrated in the mid 19th-century by J.J. Grandville, whose real name was Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard.  The book imagines a world where the flowers are able […]

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Verlaine’s Hombres

This post is part of  an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. This week, we have a book whose ownership can be traced back three generations: first to the Santo Domingo family; then to Gérard Nordmann, from whose estate the Santo Domingos purchased it; and finally to René Bonnel, publisher […]

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Pillorying Justine

This post is part of  an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. The Marquis de Sade, author and provocateur, spent the end of his life imprisoned for having produced, among other works, Justine, ou, Les malheurs de la vertu. This copy from the Santo Domingo Collection, formerly owned by Gérard […]

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This post is part of  an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Continuing with the Gérard Nordmann holdings within the Santo Domingo collection, we have this copy of L’École des biches, ou, Mœurs des petites dames de ce temps. Attributed to a small handful of authors, published anonymously for a […]

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