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Subject Guide to the Harold and Mary Jean Hanson Rare Book Collection

The following links to Harold and Mary Jean Hanson Rare Book Collection may be repeated if there are overlapping subjects. For instance, the Dun Emer & Cuala Press appears under both Book Arts and Literature. There are many sites that are bibliographies designed to support courses. In these cases, it is important to realize that these courses involved hands-on presentations of the materials by the curator to the classes, explaining the relevance of each book to the course and the use of the Rare Book Collection to their research.

Africa

A selection of materials relating to Africa prepared for a course on the bibliography of Africa.

Almanacs

A database of American almanacs held in the Rare Book Collection.

Book Arts - History of the Book

William Allingham. A side-by-side comparison of a corrected galley proof and the final printed version of his poem Mervaunee. A good example of the transition from manuscript to print and an author's creative process. With the advent of computers, copies of various stages of a draft have become all but nonexistent.

Lucienne Bloch was the youngest daughter of the composer and photographer Ernest Bloch. She worked in a variety of media including ceramics, glass, painting, photography, and prints. The Collection holds a number of her engraved wood blocks from the Joseph Ishill Oriole Press collection.

John Buckland Wright was born in New Zealand and traveled to Paris to pursue printmaking and was associated with Atelier 17. The collection holds a number of prints and ephemera in the Joseph Ishill Oriole Press collection and some acquired separately. Also held are a number of engraved wood blocks. Not listed are they titles of works in which Buckland Wright's work appear, but they can be located by searching the library catalog.

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones. Ten proofs from the story of Cupid and Psyche in William Morris's unpublished Earthly Paradise.

The Doves Press. A bibliography of titles held in the Collection with citations to Marianne Tidcombe's The Doves Press (London and New Castle, DE : British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 2002

The Dun Emer & Cuala Press. A bibliography of titles held by the Collection of the press founded by Evelyn Gleeson with and continued by Elizabeth Yeats. Contains many first editions by W. B. Yeats, the press's literary editor.

Fore-edge Paintings. Examples of fore-edge paintings, which were made by fanning the fore-edge of the text block (the outer edge) and clamp it. Then, a water color painting would be executed on the fanned leaves.

Eric Gill. The Collection holds eight engraved wood blocks by Gill and two that are of doubtful attribution. What cannot be shown digitally because of copyright considerations are the scores of proofs for a number of books Gill illustrated, including his Four Gospels. With citations to The engravings of Eric Gill. Wellingborough : Christopher Skelton, 1983.

Graphic Design: Ideas and Styles. A bibliography prepared for a class.

Graphic Design: Image and Illustration. A bibliography prepared for a class.

Graphic Design: Letterforms. A bibliography prepared for a class.

Francis Hoffman. Hoffman was an eccentric maker of initials, tail-pieces, and head-pieces in early 18th century England. After dabbling in political pamphleteering, he turned his hand to ornaments. He was very prolific and some of his cuts even found their way to the American colonies. This is an ongoing project.

Intaglio. A bibliography of books designed to illustrate various types of intaglio printing. Prepared as a supplement to a course.

Letterpress. A bibliography of books designed to illustrate various stages and reference sources of letterpress printing. Prepared as a supplement to a course.

William Morris. Added materials to Sydney Cockerell's copy of Morris's Love is Enough, including colored initials that were never engraved.

Paleography. This is the analysis of two early manuscripts in the collection by students in a course taught by Florin Curta. The result was mutually beneficial; the students were able to apply their skills to actual texts and the library benefited by being able to more accurately catalog the titles.

Alexander Pope. An side-by-side examination of the changes in the engraved plates of Pope's Rape of the Lock: the first complete (1714) and the fourth (1715).

Printers' Devices. A database of printers' devices or marks. They are images used by printers to identify the book as having been printed at their press. The database, still under construction, has a selection of devices from the 15th through the 18th centuries and includes 20th century devices, nearly all from James Lamar Weygand's books on modern devices.

Printmaking: Art of the Book. A bibliography prepared for a class.

The Renaissance Book. A bibliography prepared for a course taught by Helena Szepe of the University of South Florida. It includes citations to Ruth Mortimer's books on 16th century illustrated books printed in Italy and France.

Typography. Originally prepared as a bibliography of primary examples for a course, this site is also of general interest for historians of typography. It is briefly annotated.

Classics

Joannes Georgius Graevius. This site is designed to provide analytics to the twelve volume 1694-1699 edition of Graevius' Thesaurus Antiquitatum Romanarum. There is no other index or table of contents to this seminal work, resulting in scholars having to request the entire twelve volume folio set in order to do research. Now, they can know exactly which volume contains relevant material. The provision of this site assists scholars internationally.

Paleography. This is the analysis of two early manuscripts in the collection by students in a course taught by Florin Curta. The result was mutually beneficial; the students were able to apply their skills to actual texts and the library benefited by being able to more accurately catalog the titles.

Virgil. A bibliography prepared for a course on Virgil's Aeneid.

History - History of Science

Historiography. A bibliography prepared for a course on historiography.

History of Science Bibliographies based on the holdings in the Rare Book Collection. Short title truncated entries, obsolete as many titles have been acquired since its creation. Designed only to give a sense of the strengths of the Collection.

Isaac Newton. A bibliography of holdings by and about Newton.

Landscape

Literature and Landscape. It is difficult to categorize this bibliography. It was designed for the use of courses taught by Alistair Duckworth on the subject of the interplay between English literature and landscape, either natural or designed, from the mid 18th through the mid 19th centuries. The course title and number changed several times, but the topic remained the same.

Humphry Repton. Repton produced numerous "Red Books" - manuscript proposals for landscape architecture projects. The Collection holds one for the Witton estate. There are also several printed titles by Repton in the Collection.

Latin America - Caribbean

Brazil Before 1900. The following list was compiled by using Brazil as a keyword search, limiting the library location to the Rare Book Collection, and limiting the date up through 1900. The list is arranged chronologically with the earliest first. There is much more early information on Brazil to be found in books of voyages and travels. Because such works covered such wide geographic areas, they seldom use specific locations in the title or subject. The Rare Book Collection has extensive holdings in this area.

Cuba. This list includes selections from recent acquisitions. Many on the list have provisional record call numbers. Many of these have since been fully cataloged. Please check the titles in the library catalog to be sure that you are requesting the title properly. As we are constantly adding early Cuban imprints, this site should not be taken as a comprehensive list.

Cuban Imprints before 1900. This site reflects the holdings of the Rare Book Collection of books published in Cuba through 1900. As we are constantly adding early Cuban imprints, this site should not be taken as a comprehensive list.

Early Literature of the Caribbean. A bibliography prepared for two course, one undergraduate and the other graduate.

Literature

William Allingham. A side-by-side comparison of a corrected galley proof and the final printed version of his poem Mervaunee. A good example of the transition from manuscript to print and an author's creative process. With the advent of computers, copies of various stages of a draft have become all but nonexistent.

American Modernism A bibliography prepared for a course.

Early Literature of the Caribbean. A bibliography prepared for two course, one undergraduate and the other graduate.

Emily Dickinson A bibliography prepared for a course. It draws heavily on the Parkman Dexter Howe collection and includes citations to reference sources. Included are digitized images of two manuscript notes by Dickinson.

The Dun Emer & Cuala Press. A bibliography of titles held by the Collection of the press founded by Evelyn Gleeson with and continued by Elizabeth Yeats. Contains many first editions by W. B. Yeats, the press's literary editor.

Literature and Landscape. It is difficult to categorize this bibliography. It was designed for the use of courses taught by Alistair Duckworth on the subject of the interplay between English literature and landscape, either natural or designed, from the mid 18th through the mid 19th centuries. The course title and number changed several times, but the topic remained the same.

Parkman Dexter Howe Library. The Library is devoted to early New England history and New England authors. An important part of the arrangements made during the fall of 1980 for the acquisition of the Parkman Dexter Howe Library of New England authors was the commitment to produce a printed catalogue. From 1983 to its completion in 1994, the catalogue grew to ten parts with descriptions of the works of 22 authors and a section on early New England by nearly as many editors.

John Milton. This site focuses on first editions and early major collected works. It also includes titles that attack Milton. It is not to be understood that it represents the entirety of Milton's and Milton related works in the Rare Book Collection.

Poetry in 17th Century England. A bibliography for a course that encompasses more than the poetry. The cultural context is considered equally important.

Poetry Writing. A bibliography for a course designed to give creative writing students in poetry a sense of earlier presentations of poetry.

Gertrude Stein A bibliography of important books in the Collection by Stein prepared for a course. Includes an autograph in a limited edition.

Miscellaneous

Analysis. An analysis of the subject areas in the Rare Book Collection by Dewey and Library of Congress classification number. Out of date, yet still indicative of the strengths of the collection.

How much is it worth? A guide to determining the value of a book.

Museum Studies. A bibliography prepared for a class. Largely consists of natural history titles.


For further information contact the department.

Created: June 11, 2005.

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