"To create is divine, to reproduce is human" - Man Ray

Today is the birthday of the seminal photographer / artist Emmanuel Radnitszkywho we all know and love as Man Ray. Though born in Philadelphia Man Ray spent most of his career in Paris. He was an integral part of both the Surrealist and DADA movements. In 1999, ARTnews magazine named Ray one of the 25 most influential artists of the 20th century.

Here is our Five Book Birthday Salute to Man Ray 

Self Portrait by May Ray Atlantic Little Brown, 1963. Buy: First Edition | Penguin Classic

Man Ray 1890-1976. Published by Ludion Ronny Van de Velde and Harry N Abrams, (1995) Buy

Alphabet for Adults. Copley Galleries. Beverely Hills, 1948. One of 500 copies. Buy

Bonsoir Man Ray by Pierre Bourgeade. Published by Pierre Belfond, Paris, 1972.

Deluxe edition limited to 150 copies.  French texts by Pierre Bourgeade and Man Ray are illustrated with a loose full-page original gravure by Man Ray, numbered and signed by the artist in pencil. Buy

Portfolios.  Electra Editrice, Milan, 1980. Text in Italian. Suite of twelve 8 x 10 inch héliogravures on specially made 12 x 15 inch glossy card, each with attached tissue-covering, Edition of 1,000. Buy

Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory: The Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket, and Roald Dahl’s Most Famous Creation by Lucy Mangan. Foreword by Sophie Dahl. Puffin Books, 2014.
Looking for a nice way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s classic,  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? 
Inside Charlies’s Chocolate Factory provides a in-depth look at the life of this classic. From its publishing history to the history of its illustrators to the movie adaptations to the overall impact the book has had on our culture the book will surely add a sprinkle to Dahl cannon. 
Who knew that the book was originally published in America and not the UK or that Maurice Sendak was supposed to be the original illustrator but was too busy working on a book called Where The Wild Things Are or that rumors where abound that the NAACP would picket the movie theaters showing the 1971 film version because they were troubled by the title of the book for, at that time, ‘chocolate’ was a derogatory term for black people and that ‘Charlie’ was hipster slang for white people.
Pre Order: Amazon | Powell’s
First Edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
1971 film version: Watch | Buy
2005 film version: Watch | Buy

Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory: The Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket, and Roald Dahl’s Most Famous Creation by Lucy Mangan. Foreword by Sophie Dahl. Puffin Books, 2014.

Looking for a nice way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s classic,  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Inside Charlies’s Chocolate Factory provides a in-depth look at the life of this classic. From its publishing history to the history of its illustrators to the movie adaptations to the overall impact the book has had on our culture the book will surely add a sprinkle to Dahl cannon.

Who knew that the book was originally published in America and not the UK or that Maurice Sendak was supposed to be the original illustrator but was too busy working on a book called Where The Wild Things Are or that rumors where abound that the NAACP would picket the movie theaters showing the 1971 film version because they were troubled by the title of the book for, at that time, ‘chocolate’ was a derogatory term for black people and that ‘Charlie’ was hipster slang for white people.

Pre Order: Amazon | Powell’s

First Edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

1971 film version: Watch | Buy

2005 film version: Watch | Buy

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and 1 floating library

There are lakes everywhere in Minnesota and now one of them has a floating library.

Thanks to Sarah Peters the contraption above is open for business on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis. Designed by Molly Reichert the 8 foot structure will hold upwards of 80 books for water travelers to peruse and check out.

Canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, rowboats, or even inner tubes are invited to paddle up to the Library and browse the shelves from inside their watercraft. The library has both circulating and reference collections of artists’ books contributed by artists nationwide. A staff of friendly floating librarians facilitate the check out process and make reading suggestions

There are even drop off boxes on the shore to return the books.

About the project, Peters told the Minneapolis Star Tribune “Art books are not a widely known art form..And so there’s an element of delight and surprise. First of all, canoeing along and coming across a library. And then having it stocked with books that are totally unique. It’s like this double whammy of inventiveness. It can expand people’s ideas of what art is.”

True enough but it could also ruin a lot of those unique books. Granted one cannot enter the library but the confluence of books and water rarely ends well.

Perhaps a shore-based library by the landing dock could have achieved the goal of exposing people to the pleasures of book arts and artists books without  the high risk. But then again maybe the reward is in the risk.

Story at the Star Tribune: The land of 10,000 lakes now has a floating library 

Floating Library website

Flickr set of the Floating Library, 2013

h/t Shelf Awareness

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William T. Volmann the Book Artist

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We got a sneak peak at this beautiful new work thanks to our Collection Development Department!

Book of Candles by William T. Vollmann, 2006
 
Over the last thirty years, William Vollmann has established himself as one of the most original voices in American letters, producing a voluminous amount of published work, including Europe Central (2005), which won the National Book Award for Fiction.  Although Vollmann is an established writer of both fiction and nonfiction, less well known perhaps is his work as a producer of original artists books.  Harvard recently acquired the final available copy of Vollmann’s magisterial Book of Candles, an artist book containing original artwork and poetry.  Harvard’s copy of Book of Candles is one of two copies of this scarce and highly original work held in institutional collections.

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Happy Miniature Monday everyone!

Today we are featuring a new acquisition—a TINY TELEVISION from Akiko Noguchi.  The TV is made of wood, and the body stands at a towering one inch tall.  Inside the body are three miniature books, each one focusing on a different aspect  of the lives of Japanese children during the 1930’s and 40’s. By altering the order of the books inside, you can alter the image on the screen. The set also comes with it’s own tiny instruction manual. A tiny TV to showcase tiny books?  Sounds good to me!

 Miniature TV set.  Japan: Akiko Noguchi, 2013. Charlotte Smith Miniature Collection; in-process

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-Laura H.