ABCs of Special Collections: E is for

Welcome to our newest installment in the ABC series!  Today, we give you the letter…

E is for Eccentric French, which is one of 75 alphabets represented in Frank H. Atkinson’s Atkinson Sign Painting up to Now: A Complete Manual of Sign Painting. Chicago: Frederick J. Drake & Co., 1915 (not yet catalogued. Gift of Nicholas Curtis. (Photograph by Petrina Jackson)

E is for Eccentric French, which is one of 75 alphabets represented in Frank H. Atkinson’s Atkinson Sign Painting up to Now: A Complete Manual of Sign Painting. Chicago: Frederick J. Drake & Co., 1915 (not yet catalogued. Gift of Nicholas Curtis. (Photograph by Petrina Jackson)

E is for Endpapers

With rare exceptions, endpapers are not part of the book as printed.
They are the double leaves (or pages) added at front and back by the binder,
the outer leaf (or page) of each being pasted to the inner surface of the
cover (known as the paste-down), the inner leaves (or free endpapers)
forming the first and last of the volume when bound or cased.

Contributed by Petrina Jackson, Head of Instruction and Outreach; text from the Online Books Page: ABC for Book Collectors by John Carter  http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/lookupid?key=olbp43199

Front Free Endpaper page 1 from Liure tres bon plaisant et salutaire de linstitution de la femme chrestienne, tant en son enfance, que mariage & viduite. : Aussi de loffice du mary, · Vives, Juan Luis, 1492-1540 · 1543

Front free endpaper from Liure tres bon plaisant et salutaire de linstitution de la femme chrestienne, tant en son enfance, que mariage & viduite.: Aussi de loffice du mary, 1543. (Gordon 1543 .V58. Douglas H. Gordon Collection of French Books. Image by U.Va. Library Digitization Services.)

Front Free Endpaper page 1 from La Metamorphose d'Ouide figuree · Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 or 18 A.D. · 1557

Front free endpaper from La Metamorphose d’Ouide figuree, 1557. (Gordon 1557 .O85. Douglas H. Gordon Collection of French Books. Image by U.Va. Library Digitization Services.)

Pastedown Endpaper from Le mistere de la conception natiuite mariage. Et annonciation de la benoiste vierge marie. Auec la natiuite de Jesuchrist et son enfance ... · · 153-?

Pastedown endpaper from Le mistere de la conception natiuite mariage. Et annonciation de la benoiste vierge marie. Auec la natiuite de Jesuchrist et son enfance …, 1530. (Gordon 1530 .M57. Douglas H. Gordon Collection of French Books. Image by U.Va. Library Digitization Services.)

E is for Engraving and Etching

E is for Engraving and Etching …the difference?  “A useful analogy is to imagine the surface of the paper as a thin layer of snow on a frozen pond.  The engraver is limited to making lines with the edge of a skate; the etcher can draw with a pointed stick”, notes author Bamber Gascoigne in How to Identify Prints.   The engraver incises a design into a metal plate, allowing for highly detailed renderings.  The etcher scratches an image into a wax coating, and then the design is bitten into the plate with acid, allowing the artist more creative freedom.

Contributed by Donna Stapley, Assistant to the Director

Copper plate from George Cruikshank's Illustrations for Oliver Twist, 1894 (NC978 .5. C78 O55 1894 v. 4. Photograph by Donna Stapley.)

Copper “fireside” plate from George Cruikshank’s Illustrations for Oliver Twist, 1894 (NC978 .5. C78 O55 1894 v. 4. Photograph by Donna Stapley.)

Detail of an etching from Six Signed Proofs of Original Etchings of Pablo Picasso: Made to illustrate an edition of Aristophanes' Lysistrata, 1934. (ND553 .P5 1934. Gift of T. Catesby Jones. Photograph by Donna Stapley.)    

Detail of an etching from Six Signed Proofs of Original Etchings of Pablo Picasso: Made to illustrate an edition of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, 1934. (ND553 .P5 1934. Gift of T. Catesby Jones. Photograph by Donna Stapley.)

Engraving from Encyclopédie; ou Díctionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. (Gordon 1751 .D542 t8. Gordon French Book Collection. Photograph by Donna Stapley.)

Engraving from Encyclopédie; ou Díctionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers.
(Gordon 1751 .D542 t8. Douglas H. Gordon Collection of French Books. Photograph by Donna Stapley.)

E is for the Eliot Bible

The Eliot “Indian” Bible was published in 1663, the first Bible printed in America. The Holy Bible: Containing the Old and the New Testament was translated into the Algonquin language by Puritan minister John Eliot, who was assisted by a young Native American. The first complete English edition of the Bible was not printed in North America for another 120 years.

Contributed by Anne Causey, Public Services Assistant

Title page of John Eliot's The Holy Bible: Containing the Old Testament and the New and the spine of his New Testament translation into the Algonquin language. (A 1663 .B53 and A 1661 .B52, respectively. Tracy W. McGregor Library of American History. Photograph by Donna Stapley)

Title page of John Eliot’s The Holy Bible: Containing the Old Testament and the New and the spine of his New Testament translation into the Algonquin language. (A 1663 .B53 and A 1661 .B52, respectively. Tracy W. McGregor Library of American History. Photograph by Donna Stapley)

First edition of the Eliot Bible opened to the book of Deuteronomy. (A 1663 .B53. Tracy W. McGregor Library of American History. Photograph by Donna Stapley)

First edition of the Eliot Bible opened to the book of Deuteronomy. (A 1663 .B53. Tracy W. McGregor Library of American History. Photograph by Donna Stapley)

E is for William Everson

William Everson, also known as ‘Brother Antoninus,’ or the ‘Beat Friar,’ was a poet, critic, and small press printer. Meeting like-minded poets during his World War II stint as a conscientious objector, Everson became an influential member of the San Francisco Renaissance during the late 50’s, 60’s and 70s. Much of his critical work focused on Robinson Jeffers, and his Lime Kiln Press printed a number of notable editions, most famously Granite & Cypress in 1975.

Contributed by George Riser, Collections and Instruction Assistant

William Everson (Photograph by Donna Stapley)

Career biography of William Everson, featured in The Masks of Drought, 1980. (PS3509 V65 M37. Marvin Tatum Collection of Contemporary Literature. Photograph by Donna Stapley)

Granite and Cypress (Photograph by Donna Stapley)

Title page of Granite & Cypress by Robinson Jeffers. According to our catalog records, “One hundred copies of this book have been printed under the direction of William Everson. The title page woodcut is by William Prochnow … Binding [of German Naturegewebe and spine open-laced with deerskin rawhide] is by The Schuberth Bookbindery of San Francisco. The slip-case, fashioned by one who prefers to remain anonymous, is of Monterey Cypress. Its window of granite is from Jeffers’ own stoneyard ” (PS3519. E27 G7. Photograph by Donna Stapley.)

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