Today it’s all about the Yapp!  Here is a three volume set of Livy’s History of Rome printed in Amsterdam by Ludovicum & Danielem Elzevirios in 1664 and edited by the German scholar Johann Fredrich Gronovius.  This set is bound in vellum with lovely yapps at the foreedge.  Yapps were widely used in early modern binding.  (To see another yapp in action check out this Staxpeditions video!)

I just learned how to make a yapp at the uicb!  Here is a model I made out of department office supplies!

Cheers!

-Jillian P.

PA6452 .A2 1664

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Pleased to announce our newest book arts acquisition: 

The Deep by Kevin Steele.


Colophon:  

"The Deep is a tribute to maritime folklore and tradition developed over centuries of nautical exploration… [It] is a circular accordion pop-up book which unfolds to an oversized eight-point compass rose. The compass, arguably the sailor’s most valuable instrument, not only enables accurate navigation but brings good luck, ensuring safe passage home and protecting against a watery end in the Deep.”

Visit the artist’s website, for many more beautiful views of this work and additional description!

If you want to take a look in person just stop by the desk in our reading room and our librarians will probably offer a bit of assistance.  I particularly recommend getting a group together and stopping by since it is a great one to gather around. 

See it in the catalog: http://infohawk.uiowa.edu/F/?func=find-b&find_code=SYS&local_base=UIOWA&request=007449255
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The Hanlon Brothers, or the Hanlon-Lees, were some of the most influential circus and variety performers ever.  Performing first as children in the 1840s and continuing into the early 20th century, they became known for their acrobatics and death defying stunts such as the “Perilous Ladder.” They were also jugglers, acrobats, human projectiles, did pantomime, did early bicycle tricks, and eventually became comedy performers with trick scenery and slapstick gags, dance, illusions and stage magic - basically any kind of extreme public performance.  They were some of the first to adopt the trapeze (which they called zampillaërostation) into their act, and patented the aerial safety net - sadly after the loss of their eldest brother. [source]  Their influence cannot be underestimated, particularly in vaudeville and silent movie actors.

I present to you a truly unique item from U.Iowa Special Collections.  This is a velvet bound scrapbook of watercolor paintings of their various stunts and acrobatics, wax sealed testimonials from European royalty, and press clippings.  The watercolor paintings appear to be from their earlier years - 1860s?.  Special Collections x-Collection FOLIO PN2598.H25 A5 

This scrapbook is not fully digitized but you can take a look at several images which appear in the Iowa Digital Library.

And see this particular [Non GIF] image in the Iowa Digital Library.

For further reading, I recommend Hanlon Brothers : From Daredevil Acrobatics to Spectacle Pantomime, 1833-1931 by Mark Cosdon, which, if you are affiliated with the University of Iowa, you can read right now as an ebook and which features the watercolor illustrations from this scrapbook throughout.

I will bring you more GIFs from this book in the future. The Hanlon Brothers should fly again!

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All hail Miniature Monday!

Although it’s a while past the Ides of March, I couldn’t resist Pictures of Roman History in Miniature. Illustrated and designed by Alfred Mills in 1817, Roman History features images and anecdotes concerning major events in Roman history.  Standing at 2 and 1/2 inches tall, it is truly an example of multum in parvo!

Pictures of Roman History in Miniature. London: Darton, Harvey, and Darton, & J Harris, 1817. 

-Laura H.

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[I like how his smile turned out, so here is another version. The previous post has the original GIF]

Tumblr, I have found wonderful unique historic Tumblers!
The Hanlon Brothers, or the Hanlon-Lees, were some of the most influential circus and variety performers ever.  Performing first as children in the 1840s and continuing into the early 20th century, they became known for their acrobatics and death defying stunts such as the “Perilous Ladder.” They were also jugglers, acrobats, human projectiles, did pantomime, did early bicycle tricks, and eventually became comedy performers with trick scenery and slapstick gags, dance, illusions and stage magic - basically any kind of extreme public performance.  They were some of the first to adopt the trapeze (which they called zampillaërostation) into their act, and patented the aerial safety net - sadly after the loss of their eldest brother. [source]  Their influence cannot be underestimated, particularly in vaudeville and silent movie actors.
I present to you a truly unique item from U.Iowa Special Collections.  This is a velvet bound scrapbook of watercolor paintings of their various stunts and acrobatics, wax sealed testimonials from European royalty, and press clippings.  The watercolor paintings appear to be from their earlier years - 1860s?.   Special Collections x-Collection FOLIO PN2598.H25 A5  
This scrapbook is not fully digitized but you can take a look at several images which appear in the Iowa Digital Library.
And see this particular [Non GIF] image in the Iowa Digital Library.
For further reading, I recommend Hanlon Brothers : From Daredevil Acrobatics to Spectacle Pantomime, 1833-1931 by Mark Cosdon, which, if you are affiliated with the University of Iowa, you can read right now as an ebook and which features the watercolor illustrations from this scrapbook throughout.
I will bring you more GIFs from this book in the future. The Hanlon Brothers should fly again!
See all of our posts with GIFs.

[I like how his smile turned out, so here is another version. The previous post has the original GIF]

Tumblr, I have found wonderful unique historic Tumblers!

The Hanlon Brothers, or the Hanlon-Lees, were some of the most influential circus and variety performers ever.  Performing first as children in the 1840s and continuing into the early 20th century, they became known for their acrobatics and death defying stunts such as the “Perilous Ladder.” They were also jugglers, acrobats, human projectiles, did pantomime, did early bicycle tricks, and eventually became comedy performers with trick scenery and slapstick gags, dance, illusions and stage magic - basically any kind of extreme public performance.  They were some of the first to adopt the trapeze (which they called zampillaërostation) into their act, and patented the aerial safety net - sadly after the loss of their eldest brother. [source]  Their influence cannot be underestimated, particularly in vaudeville and silent movie actors.

I present to you a truly unique item from U.Iowa Special Collections.  This is a velvet bound scrapbook of watercolor paintings of their various stunts and acrobatics, wax sealed testimonials from European royalty, and press clippings.  The watercolor paintings appear to be from their earlier years - 1860s?.  Special Collections x-Collection FOLIO PN2598.H25 A5 

This scrapbook is not fully digitized but you can take a look at several images which appear in the Iowa Digital Library.

And see this particular [Non GIF] image in the Iowa Digital Library.

For further reading, I recommend Hanlon Brothers : From Daredevil Acrobatics to Spectacle Pantomime, 1833-1931 by Mark Cosdon, which, if you are affiliated with the University of Iowa, you can read right now as an ebook and which features the watercolor illustrations from this scrapbook throughout.

I will bring you more GIFs from this book in the future. The Hanlon Brothers should fly again!

See all of our posts with GIFs.

Tumblr, I have found wonderful unique historic Tumblers!

The Hanlon Brothers, or the Hanlon-Lees, were some of the most influential circus and variety performers ever.  Performing first as children in the 1840s and continuing into the early 20th century, they became known for their acrobatics and death defying stunts such as the “Perilous Ladder.” They were also jugglers, acrobats, human projectiles, did pantomime, did early bicycle tricks, and eventually became comedy performers with trick scenery and slapstick gags, dance, illusions and stage magic - basically any kind of extreme public performance.  They were some of the first to adopt the trapeze (which they called zampillaërostation) into their act, and patented the aerial safety net - sadly after the loss of their eldest brother. [source]  Their influence cannot be underestimated, particularly in vaudeville and silent movie actors.

I present to you a truly unique item from U.Iowa Special Collections.  This is a velvet bound scrapbook of watercolor paintings of their various stunts and acrobatics, wax sealed testimonials from European royalty, and press clippings.  The watercolor paintings appear to be from their earlier years - 1860s?.  Special Collections x-Collection FOLIO PN2598.H25 A5 

This scrapbook is not fully digitized but you can take a look at several images which appear in the Iowa Digital Library.

And see this particular [Non GIF] image in the Iowa Digital Library.

For further reading, I recommend Hanlon Brothers : From Daredevil Acrobatics to Spectacle Pantomime, 1833-1931 by Mark Cosdon, which, if you are affiliated with the University of Iowa, you can read right now as an ebook and which features the watercolor illustrations from this scrapbook throughout.

I will bring you more GIFs from this book in the future. The Hanlon Brothers should fly again!

See all of our posts with GIFs.

Anansi Company : a collection of thirteen hand-made wire and card rod-puppets / animated in colour and verse by Ronald King & Roy Fisher.  London : Circle Press, 1992.  x-Collection Super FOLIO N7433.4.K48 A85 1992 

The seventh collaboration of artist and poet with thirteen screen printed removable wire and card puppets. The content of the book is based on material from Walter Jekyll’s ‘Jamaican Song and Story’, 1907. This version is a modern rendering in verse by Roy Fisher of the familiar tales central to Caribbean culture, concerning Anansi the spider man and his company of friends.  See this item on the Circle Press website.

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Happy Miniature Monday!

In honor of the spring that is surely creeping towards us here are some bright and cheery blank books.  Both sets of books are made of soft Japanese paper and hand sewn.  These books are from the Collection of Fred James Jr., who collected fine decorative papers and fabrics from the 1930’s and 1960’s.  His collection consists of around 2600 sheets (40 ft of boxes!) of paper and fabric, and is housed here at Special Collections under MsC559.  Here is a link to a slightly longer description. The books were gifted to the library by Fritz James.  

-Laura H.

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It’s Miniature Monday!

Here we have an Almanac for 1790 by the Company of Stationers.  This well-loved little volume comes in it’s own leather sleeve, complete with matching gold gilding.  The title page gives a helpful explanation: “The Almanack Explained.  Note that under the Title of every Month is the change of the Moon, & every Month contains three Columns, 1. Days of the Month 2 .Saints Days, &c. 3.Time of high water at London Bridge”.  We have many other almanac’s in our collection, including this mini featured here.  

The Company of Stationer’s Almanac, 1790.  Charlotte Smith Uncatalogued Miniature Collection.

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-Laura H.