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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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Today we focus our attention on books from the publishing house of book dealer, collector, and Henry Miller expert Roger Jackson. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jackson is Managing Editor of Nexus: The International Henry Miller Journal, and co-author of authoritative Miller bibliographies.  Since 1994 Jackson has published limited edition books by and about Henry […]

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‘Heil’ bile

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. A curiosity from the Santo Domingo Collection this week, reflective of Julio Santo Domingo’s far-ranging interest in French history and culture: this broadside, printed in France by Librairie Hayard in 1944: The front is printed with […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. Previous posts in this space have focused on the erotica in the Santo Domingo Collection, but prurience is not the only aspect of sexuality to be found there: the medical, psychological, and social history of sex […]

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Dope adventures

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. The Santo Domingo Collection examines mind-altering substances in every detail: from cultivation and manufacture to distribution, consumption, and finally repercussion. While drug culture and its attendant celebration of drug use constitute much of the collection, many […]

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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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An ill wind

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. The two volumes featured today demonstrate the enduring appeal of the scatological. La crépitonomie, ou l’art des pets (1815) and L’art de péter: essai théori-physique et méthodique (1776) are two humorous works on flatulence: the former a book-length […]

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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. Today’s volume, an 1860 edition of Baudelaire’s Les paradis artificiels: opium et haschisch, is handsomely appointed in navy morocco and marbled paper boards, with a matching suede-lined slipcase. It bears the bookplates of the French writer Maxime Du […]

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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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