Demons, dames, and devices

Those of us who process dance music in the Ward Collection sometimes feel like we are running our own version of Big Data. John M. Ward donated to Houghton a significant collection of music used for social dance, from the Tudor era right up through the Vietnam War. The Strauss family was a particular favorite of his, and lately we have been up to our ears in waltzes, polkas, and schottisches. We are currently focused on Johann Sr. and Jr., and Eduard, and have begun to notice some interesting trends moving from father to son to younger brother. I’ll start with DEMONS, in honor of Halloween.

TS 552. title page

TS 552. title page


Story of Eleonore

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

Img0003L’homme considéré dans l’état d’aliénation mentale : ouvrage divisée en trois livres … is a 19th-century French volume about the state of insanity, which starts off with a frontispiece of the beautiful Eleonore.  As the text accompanying her visage reveals Eleonore is a “folie tranquille” or a woman who is not overtly insane (by our modern standards), but coldly and cleverly plotted to discredit her husband.

It doesn’t appear that the author, Charles Dunne, had a very high opinion of women.  He goes on to state that English women are exceedingly more badly behaved than their counterparts on the Continent, partly because they’re so prudish and repressed.  However Dunne claims that once those prudish barriers are down the English women can be wild so caution is advised.


Apparently Dunne was a Surgeon of the Royal College of Surgeons in London, as well as part of the Faculty of Medicine in Paris.  He authored several texts on insanity and participated in a few courtroom dramas where it appears they were either drawing on his expertise with insanity or he was being attacked by opposing counsel.

You can find a digitized version of the Brand’s lunacy case; a full report of this most interesting and extraordinary investigation, including copious animadversions on the principal actors in this drama … the late Lord chancellor, Mr. Sugden, and Mr. Dunne’s reply to councellor Austen, extracts from the author’s “Observations on insanity.” of which he was a principle player in Harvard’s catalog as well as at the Law School.

L’homme considéré dans l’état d’aliénation mentale : ouvrage divisée en trois livres … par le docteur Charles Dunne … Paris : Chez Dentu … ; Bruxelles : Chez Lecharlier …, MDCCCXIX [1819] RC340 .D92 1819 can be found at the Countway Library at the Harvard Medical School in Longwood.

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

“The Study of Books by a Scholar of Matchless Authority”

G. Thomas Tanselle delivered the 100th George Parker Winship Lecture on 1 April 2014 at Harvard University.  “A Bibliographer’s Creed” was published afterwards in Volume 25, Number 1 of the Harvard Library Bulletin.  It was also “handsomely republished” in the same year and this publication has been noticed recently in The Book Collector 64.3 (2015), 362-363, where it is described as “the distillation of a lifetime’s experience in the study of books by a scholar of matchless authority.”  The review continues: “the richness of the argument will provide stimulus to all students of bibliography, but, even more, it is a book to be read for pleasure by anyone interested in the book and its history; Tanselle’s lapidary prose has its own delights.”
This post was contributed by William P. Stoneman, Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts.

Cannabis cooking!

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

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Stuffed mushrooms a la cannabis, shrimp wiggles, wacky cake, majun, pot loaf, cannabis chocolate icing and boston bean pot are all recipes that can be found in the numerous volumes that have recently been added to Schlesinger from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.


Wondering what exactly is this majun?  Majun is concocted from hemp, leaves, nuts, honey, and spices forming a type of sweetmeat. The author Glen Martin advises that you probably won’t feel the effects right away but the amount is quite substantial and one should only use mediocre weed for the recipe, saving the better types such as Oaxacan or Colombian for a pipe.

IMG_0022_aOr perhaps you would like to sample the “Wacky Cake” from Supermother’s Cooking with Grass.  Simply sautee the grass in oil for about half an hour and let it cool, then proceed with cooking the cake via Supermother’s instructions.

Maybe something savory is more to your liking?  Then the volume Cooking with Pot could be just the ticket with a Boston Bean Pot recipe.


Cooking with marijuana / by Evelyn Schmevelyn. Seattle : Sun Magic Publ., 1974.

The art and science of cooking with cannabis: the most effective methods of preparing food & drink with marijuana, hashish & hash oil by Adam Gottlieb. [New York] : High Times ; [San Francisco] : Level Press,c1974.

Majun : sweetmeat of hemp / by Glen Martin. Berkeley, CA : Turkey Press, ©1976.

Supermother’s cooking with grass. San Rafael, Calif. : Sunshine Manufacturing & Import Co., ©1971.

Cooking with pot. [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [1970?]

All of these titles and many other cookbooks that incorporate marijuana can be found in Schlesinger Library’s collection.

Thanks Alison Harris, Julio Mario Santo Domingo Project Manager, and Erin Ellingham from Schlesinger Library for contributing this post.

Police Bulletin

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

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The publication Bulletin de Police Criminelle was a weekly publication distributed to specific police stations throughout France beginning in 1907.  These bound copies come from the Chalon-sur-Saône police station which is located in the Burgundy region of France.  The weekly bulletins, which are of course in French, appear to serve as both a research tool and a tracking system of crimes and criminals throughout the country.  We don’t currently have the entire run of the publication, but we do have issues that span a good 29 years with the most recent being no. 1523 from 1936.  The individual issues are annotated (most likely by various police personnel) with short notes regarding arrests and other relevant details.  At the back of each bulletin is a section that gives updates about the status of the criminals featured in earlier issues.  The first few suspects in each bulletin have photographs to aid in identification, but there are also just text descriptions without any visuals.

Img0015The description of relevant facts varies probably depending on what information was available at the time.  Some of the general facts that most entries have include a description of the crime, the name of the Judge that issued the arrest warrant, Img0017any accomplices or places they may be hiding out in, and often a physical description or distinguishing marks that could aid the police in capturing a suspect.  The bulletins would also occasionally feature descriptions or alerts about stolen jewelry and objects.


Bulletin hebdomadaire de police criminelle. Paris : Ministère de l’intérieur, 1907-; No. 1 (1907)- can be found in Widener’s collection.  

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