PATRICK’S FAVORITES!

Patrick Olson, our colleague who you may recognize from our Staxpeditions YouTube channel, has left Iowa for a position at another University (Michigan State).  To say goodbye, we asked him to tell us about his favorite books that he acquired for Special Collections while at the University of Iowa.

His first answer:

Siculus Diodorus’s Bibliotheca Historica printed by Sebastianus Gryphius — one of the great Lyonese printers — in 1552: http://infohawk.uiowa.edu/F/?func=find-b&find_code=SYS&local_base=UIOWA&request=007441473

Patrick’s explanation:

"It’s a rare example of a 16th-century trade binding with the printer’s device gilt-stamped on the binding itself. We know that it was perfectly common for printers and booksellers to have copies of books available ready-bound, and plenty of those trade bindings still exist. But the average trade binding, especially if simply decorated, can be difficult to distinguish from similar bespoke bindings. The printer’s device on the cover of this book book tells us with near certainty that that particular copy sat ready-bound in the printer’s shop (the most reasonable alternative being that it was bound for the printer’s private library).

And isn’t there something magical about seeing a printer’s device on the binding, not just on the title page or at the end of the text?”


(Colleen adds…) Also, also, also - I think maybe “Sebastianus Gryphius” is an alias for Godric Gryffindor’s secret life as a muggle printer!?!?!?!

You can see Patrick’s other favorite “The Deep” by Kevin Steele on our latest YouTube video HERE (was also featured in THIS Tumblr post). 

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This special episode of Staxpeditions teams us up with Matt Keegan and Tom Gilchrist from the Iowa Digital Engagement and Learning project on campus (IDEAL) which has been creating curriculum called Archives Alive getting students transcribing documents in DIY History and making videos about their research.

The team stopped by to plan for future curriculum transcribing historic cooking pamphlets in the Szathmary Culinary Collection.

And WHAT a recipe they managed to find:

Sex and Sirloin lovingly cut out and pasted into another 1970s pamphlet:

It’s been a while since we have gotten a video out to you due to how much our schedules change over the summer in an academic institution.  But Staxpeditions are still in the works!  
Here’s a hint for a video we’re editing behind the scenes right now:
While in Las Vegas for the American Library Association conference some of the UISpecColl team met with Rebecca Romney at Bauman Rare Books (Rebecca is called up when they need help with rare book appraisals on the TV show “Pawn Stars.”)
From left to right:
Margaret Gamm ( from uimapcoll)
Patrick Olson ( From Staxpeditions) 
Colleen Theisen ( uispeccoll )
Rebecca Romney ( Bauman Rare Books, Rebecca’s Facebook)
Laura Hampton ( uispeccoll Miniature Mondays)
Jillian Phillips ( uispeccoll Thursday posts)

It’s been a while since we have gotten a video out to you due to how much our schedules change over the summer in an academic institution.  But Staxpeditions are still in the works!  

Here’s a hint for a video we’re editing behind the scenes right now:

While in Las Vegas for the American Library Association conference some of the UISpecColl team met with Rebecca Romney at Bauman Rare Books (Rebecca is called up when they need help with rare book appraisals on the TV show “Pawn Stars.”)

From left to right:

Margaret Gamm ( from uimapcoll)

Patrick Olson ( From Staxpeditions

Colleen Theisen ( uispeccoll )

Rebecca Romney ( Bauman Rare Books, Rebecca’s Facebook)

Laura Hampton ( uispeccoll Miniature Mondays)

Jillian Phillips ( uispeccoll Thursday posts)

New Video!  Peter Balestrieri, Patrick Olson and Colleen Theisen have a surreal Staxpedition as chronicpnin sends them to NX440-NX632!  

In Library of Congress classification that is:

N: Fine Arts

NX: The Arts in General

NX440-632: History of the Arts

For UISpecColl collections that section has a lot of Dada and Surrealism.

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The book from our latest Staxpeditions pretty much stumped our panel!  And the catalog record did not add much. The book is titled:

Papel en derecho. Respuesta al manifiesto, que entregaron à los señores del Consejo los diputados de los individuos, llamados de la Calle, que habitan en la isla de Mallorca, en satisfaccion de lo que respectivamente se opuso por la ciudad, Cabildo eclesiastico, y Universidad de la ciudad de Palma, capital de aquella isla. A fin de que no se conceda a los descendientes de judíos la igualdad que solicitan con los hombres buenos del estado general del reyno de Mallorca.  [Madrid, 1778]

HOWEVER!  In the comments for the video, we found out that our follower who requested the book could read a lot of it just from the shots in the video, and he connected the book to another researcher that would be interested in this book!

Heart=Warmed.  That’s why we do this!  

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