2009–2010 Notable Acquisitions


Literature in English and English and American Imprints

Helen Adam, author, and Kiki Smith, artist, I Love My Love: A Ballad (San Francisco: Arion Press, 2009). Accordion-fold fine-press edition of a ballad written by the Scottish born member of the San Francisco Renaissance.

Amateur Performance at Miss Kelly’s Theatre: Ben Jonson’s “Every Man in his Humour” and Mrs. Gore’s “A Good Night’s Rest” (London: Bradbury and Evans, 1845). Playbill for a performance by Charles Dickens’s theatre troupe. From the libraries of William E. Self and Walter Chrysler.

Samuel Daniel, Civile Wares (London: Simon Watersonne, 1609). The first complete printing of Daniel’s poem on the War of the Roses, a source for William Shakespeare. The earliest work by Daniel in the Rare Book Collection.

Harper’s Illuminated and New Pictorial Bible (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1843–1846). Rare survival of the most extensively illustrated American book up until its time, in its original 54 parts in wrappers.

Rev. C. G. Salzmann, author, and Mary Wollstonecraft, translator, Elements of Morality for the Use of Children, Vol. I–III (London: J. Crowder for J. Johnson in St. Paul’s Churchyard, 1799). Includes illustrations by the poet-printmaker William Blake. Bound for Anna Maria Wigley, sister of the writer Catherine Wigley.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden; or Life in the Woods (Boston: Printed for Members of the Boston Bibliophile Society, 1909; Cambridge, Mass.: University Press). Limited edition printed for members only, with palladium prints by Herbert W. Gleason, and the rare original prospectus.

Latin American and Spanish Literature and Imprints

El mundo científico: inventos modernos (Barcelona: Feliu y Susanna, 1912–1922). Eleven-volume encyclopedia of technology with 129 chromolithographic plates with movable parts. Only complete set recorded in North America.

Prudencio de Hechavarria y O’Gaban Archive (1818–1903?). Collection of printed and mss. poems by this neglected Cuban writer, as well as family papers and correspondence, especially documents from Prudencio’s brother, Bernardo Hechavarria y O’Gaban.

Ricardo Benaím, Todos los mares del mundo (Bogotá, Colombia: Arte dos gráfico, 1993). Artist’s book from the distinguished South American workshop.

Maya-Related Materials

Abbé Brasseur de Bourbourg, Monuments anciens du Mexique: Palenqué et autres ruines de l’ancienne civilisation du Mexique . . . dessinés d’après nature et relevés par M. de Waldeck (Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1866). Large folio lithographic plate volume documenting Maya ruins.

John Lloyd Stephens, Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and the Yucatan (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1841). Inscribed by the author to Martin Van Buren.