Sewing Circle

In the previous post on the latest issue of Occasional Nuggets I neglected to mention (and thank), the team of top-notch book-sewing experts who donate their time to sew copies by hand:

SewingCircle

 

So special thanks to Susan Newkirk, Alice Beckwith, Phoebe Bean and Louise Moulton. (And thanks as well to Nancy Christy, who isn’t pictured here.)

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The Crane Takes Wing

 

The latest Occasional Nugget is now on it’s way to mailboxes. If yours isn’t on the list, now is the time to subscribe to the next volume (or buy back issues). This issue features an essay by Kim Nusco on a beautiful manuscript volume created by Walter Crane for his son Lionel. And as a complement to the issue, we’ve digitized the entire book and made it available online in two forms. You can either:

flip through the book’s virtual pages

or

view individual, high-resolution images.

You can read the first section of Kim’s essay here.

Death and Occasional Nuggets!

If you’re in a Halloween mood and wondering how to best celebrate, consider a subscription to Occasional Nuggets, the quarterly Special Collections publication that highlights interesting items from the collections in detail.

The current issue will be on its way soon, and its focus is a group of funeral invitations collected by a bookseller in eighteenth-century France:

It’ll be full of spooky images like this one:

You can become a subscriber at any time (more information available here), but today is the deadline for being listed in issue 3.2 as a supporter above-and-beyond the $15 subscription price. The subscription form is available at the Occasional Nuggets page or directly (as a pdf) here.

And as usual, all the funds raised support Special Collections.

Irish Independence

I am pleased to announce the release of Issue #1 (2010) of “Occasional Nuggets,” a series we launched in spring 2009 to promote awareness and appreciation of special collections at the Providence Public Library.

A yearly subscription (4 issues) is $15.00, and donors above the subscription price will be listed in the back at the following levels:

Apprentice Printer ($5-$49)
Journeyman Printer ($50-$99)
Master Printer ($100-$199)
Patron ($200+)

All proceeds go into a dedicated account for special collections. Each issue is printed in a limited, numbered edition of 200 copies. We currently have over 90 subscribers, so act now!
The covers are letterpress printed at the AS220 Community Printshop (http://www.as220.org/printshop/, with ornaments scanned from type specimen books in the Updike Printing Collection.

The Autumn 2009 issue focuses on our copy of the 1916 Easter Rising Proclamation, and features the findings of typographical scholar James Mosley (for a look at his excellent study, see his blog, Typefoundry, at http://www.typefoundry.blogspot.com/).

To subscribe, please e-mail me at
rring@provlib.org and provide a postal address.

Richard J. Ring
Special Collections Librarian
Providence Public Library

There She Blows!

I am pleased to announce the release of Issue #3 of “Occasional Nuggets,” a series we launched in the spring to promote awareness and appreciation of special collections at the Providence Public Library.

A yearly subscription (4 issues) is $15.00, and donors above the subscription price will be listed in the back at the following levels:

Apprentice Printer ($5-$49)
Journeyman Printer ($50-$99)
Master Printer ($100-$199)
Patron ($200+)

All proceeds go into a dedicated account for special collections. Each issue is printed in a limited, numbered edition of 200 copies. We currently have over 90 subscribers, so act now!

The covers are letterpress printed at the AS220 Community Printshop (

http://www.as220.org/printshop/, with ornaments scanned from type specimen books in the Updike Printing Collection (http://www.provlib.org/resources/books/special/updike/updike.html).

The Autumn 2009 issue focuses on a recently acquired journal kept aboard the whaling ship William Rotch, which sailed out of Fairhaven, Massachusetts on January 2, 1852, headed for the South Pacific to hunt for sperm whales. The log was kept by veteran sailor Henry DeForrest, of Utica, New York.

To subscribe, please e-mail me at

rring@provlib.org and provide a postal address.


Richard J. Ring
Special Collections Librarian
Providence Public Library