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Month: September, 2012

Catherine Impey of Street, Somerset, and her radical anti-racist newspaper

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Quaker Strongrooms

Between 1888 and 1895, Catherine Impey (1847–1923) of Street, Somerset, wrote and published what is credited as being Britain’s first anti-racist periodical. Anti-Caste, as it was called, is one of the most remarkable serials in our collection: the Library holds the only complete set known to have survived in this country. It includes reports on visits to Britain by prominent African American campaigners such as Ida B. Wells and Frederick Douglass, and anti-lynching campaigns in the southern states of America, as well as looking at issues of racism within the British Empire.

Catherine Impey edited the newsletter with her sister, Ellen, and mother, Mary Hannah Impey.  She sold it for the nominal sum of a halfpenny (to cover postage) to aid circulation, bearing the main production costs herself.

While Anti-Caste had only 300 subscribers (mainly within the Society of Friends) it had a circulation of 1900 copies each month…

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How I, Rare Books Cataloger, Became the World’s Expert on The Days’ Doings

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Special Collections Cataloging at Penn

Until now, it had been so simple and I had been having so much fun. Now, however, things were different. Now I was at my wit’s end. What started as the least complicated of the projects I had done using Archivists’ Toolkit, the library’s finding aid creation software, had suddenly become a black hole.

My task was to create a finding aid for The Days’ Doings, a sensationalist illustrated weekly newspaper from the 1870s.  A finding aid lists the contents of a collection to simplify the process of accessing and using it, and ideally, shows potential readers why they might want to use the collection for their research. The four issues of The Days’ Doings I was working with are part of the extensive collection of Mark Twain materials the library owns: the issues we have were at some point bound together in a flimsy volume with brown paper…

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The Conveyor

(Lecture, 19 September 2012)

Anna Marie Roos, author of “Web of nature: Martin Lister 1639-1712), the first arachnologist”  introduced the copperplates, shells, drawing and printed pictures in the Bodleian Library’s temporary display of material from the library and personal papers of Martin Lister (1639-1712).

This display took advantage of Lister’s bequest to the University of Oxford of over 1000 copper plates made to illustrate his great work on conchology — the study of molluscs — printed privately during the 1680s and 1690s. The original copper plates, from which the printed illustrations were made, are now kept in the Bodleian Library, Department of Special Collections.

Lister’s own attention to the classification and dissection of molluscs made this a widely respected work which, much later, Charles Darwin still consulted. The success was not Martin Lister’s alone, for the illustrations were made by his daughters, who drew the shells and dissected specimens and…

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Archive of the Month and Rare Book Gems

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UCA Archives

University of the Creative Arts is now producing an Archive of the Month feature to sit alongside Rare Book Gems

Archive of the Month and Rare Book Gems is where an archive or rare book is focused on in depth to bring it to attention for UCA’s staff, students, and wider community

We would be interested to hear feedback from students, lecturers, and the wider community of what they want to see reviewed. Are there any budding journalists who would be interested in reviewing a rare book/archive? Do any students feel their courses/interests are being missed out on?

Please provide feedback!

Canterbury Architectural Student Association Magazine-1957

September’s Archive of the Month is the Canterbury Architectural Student’s Association Magazine produced entirely by the students of the School of Architecture, accessed here http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/38113/Archive-Treasures

The Magazines run from 1948-1965

This provides

information of  courses and architecture teaching from the students points of view

Architecture Humour!

Drawings and sketches…

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A false imprint: the strange case of Ecclesiasticae disciplinae

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University of Glasgow Library

An imprint – usually found at the bottom of a book’s titlepage (from the 16th century onwards at least!) – is a statement to the reader and to the authorities, on behalf of the publisher and printer, claiming responsibility for the work. Given this fact, the existence of false or misleading imprints is hardly surprising in a trade where, for centuries, opportunistic printers pirated copyrighted works and protesting voices used the printing press to attack powerful individuals and established ideas and practices. Let’s be honest, if you were ‘up to no good’ in the eyes of law enforcement, effectively taking out an advert implicating yourself in the treason, piracy, heresy or other illegal act wouldn’t have been a sensible plan! Therefore some publishers chose to omit the imprint entirely, while others (as I’ve written about in a previous blog) chose to create a false imprint to throw the…

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A Maddening Stamp

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Special Collections Cataloging at Penn

[This stamp has been solved!  It is the stamp of 20th-century Paris bookseller Arthur Lauria. Many thanks to Jasmin and Mitch Fraas for solving the mystery!]

Stamps should be easy to identify. You don’t have to decipher bad handwriting. You are more likely to find information about people, libraries or businesses who stamp their books since, presumably, they have collections large enough to make designing and purchasing a stamp worthwhile. [I say “presumably” because, as far as I know, nobody has ever wanted to find out who owned all of the Dell Yearling paperbacks proudly stamped “From the library of R.R.K.”] Of course, you expect a hefty challenge when stamps have only an owner’s coat of arms or initials, but when there is both a name and a place on the stamp, the mystery should be solvable. Right?

Wrong!

This Red Circular Stamp first appeared in Rare Book Cataloging a…

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Renaissance in Astronomy Lecture Tuesday 4 Sept

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