The Clog

Dorothea Conyers: a new finding aid

Published: June 13, 2011

The Dorothea Conyers’ Papers are now available for research, with a finding aid available via the Online Archive of California! This collection was purchased in 2002 to contribute to our growing collection of Irish materials, which include the papers of George Savage-Armstrong & his family, as well as, of course, Oscar Wilde and the Irish…

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Item of the Week: Monarchy's Unconquerable Champion

Published: June 9, 2011

This week’s item of the week has been in the Clark’s collections since we purchased it in 1950, but we think you might like it.  It’s a manuscript second edition of George Wood’s Monarchy’s Unconquerable Champion, written by Wood in September 1685 (the full, very long title can be seen in the image of the title…

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Item of the Week: Louÿs and his Astarte

Published: June 3, 2011

Over the last few years, the Clark has been actively acquiring the work of Pierre Louÿs, a French poet whose connections to Oscar Wilde and the decadent movement make him a perfect fit for the Clark. Our most recent acquisition is a special copy on Japon Imperial paper of Louÿs’ first published book, Astarte, printed…

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Huguette Clark has died

Published: May 24, 2011

Our founder’s half sister, Huguette Clark, died this morning in a New York City hospital.  She was 104. More information is available in this MSNBC article.

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Item of the Week: Reading Faces, Hands and Feet

Published: May 20, 2011

Last summer, the Clark had an exhibition devoted to the arts of the occult, which featured several of our collection’s rare books devoted to the subject of palmistry and physiognomy.  Not displayed with these items was a manuscript recently rediscovered by our manuscripts librarian, which includes some fantastic pen and ink illustrations. The drawing below, which…

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Item of the Week: Towser's Kennel

Published: May 13, 2011

We’ve posted examples of Paul Landacre’s fine art prints and illustrations on the Clog before, but today we choose to highlight a piece he created for a more commercial illustration assignment, one of many such works in our Landacre archive here at the Clark.  Indeed, many of our fine press archives contain a large measure…

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Irish Aestheticism conference!

Published: May 12, 2011

Cultures of Aestheticism—Before and After Oscar Wilde, Part 3: Irish Aestheticism  A conference at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Directed by Clark Professor Joseph Bristow (UCLA) Friday June 10, 10:00 a.m. & Saturday June 11, 10:00 a.m. Cultures of Aestheticism will feature a series of conferences that cover a fairly broad historical span, starting with the…

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Item of the Week: Numismatics, Birds and Bulls

Published: May 4, 2011

Last week, the Clark Library welcomed our intrepid volunteer Marvin Lessen and his friend George Kolbe, a numismatist and Bible enthusiast, for a morning tour. They were here to view the current exhibition, Bible. English. Authorized: Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible. As a very generous thank-you gift, Mr. Kolbe donated a…

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Item of the Week: Salammbô by Schmied

Published: April 28, 2011

When Ward Ritchie died in 1996, he bequeathed his personal library to the Clark. Amongst its many treasures was a collection of works by François-Louis Schmied, a Parisian book artist and printmaker with whom Ritchie studied during the 1930’s. Schmied’s mastery of the xylographic process, his use of color, and his sense of pattern and…

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Item of the Week: Circus!

Published: April 21, 2011

In early April, the Clark Library welcomed former head librarian Bruce Whiteman back for memorable afternoon in the drawing room. After the formal events finished, a gift was presented to the Clark in honor of Bruce.  It is the 5th publication of Shanty Bay Press and includes some dynamically beautiful illustrations by Walter Bachinski. Circus:…

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