I had a couple of unexpected days off last week, owing to construction going on at the library where I work. I planned to use one of these gifted days to drive down to the libraries at Duke University
, and wallow, neck-deep, in their magnificently complete journal collections. Even better than UVA's, in my opinion. I still have a ton of outstanding, unseen articles to check: undiscovered countries.
Then, my little tuxedoed cat fell ill.
I've always told the cat, "You better not ever got sick, stinky man. Not on our budget. Not unless you go out and get yourself a job with some health insurance!" Of course, when El Gato started spouting nastiness at both ends, I immediately stuffed him in the catbag and hauled him over to the vet. A thousand dollars later, he's his old self again (mostly).
So the photocopying trip to Duke has been postponed. I did, however, pull all the index cards for outstanding citations. It's quite a little stack. Here's the totals:
Articles by Reed: ~61
Other authors: 6
New Statesman and Nation, 1938-1961
Articles by Reed: ~31
Other authors: 1
And that's just two titles! Some may be duplicates or red herring, but that's still too many articles to hope to run down in one day's visit. Even copying from microfilm. Maybe I should get a hotel, stay overnight? If I can get a couple of days off, and the cat can find a job.
Want to own an illustrated Bhagavad Gita
? How about a Neo-Babylonian cylinder seal
? Who wouldn't want their very own piece of Homer
? Or, for the person who has everything, an 18th century shaving kit
, hidden inside a faux book.
All these, and more, at a Christie's auction later this month, "The History of the Book
: The Cornelius J. Hauck Collection from the Cincinnati Museum Center." From the Museum Center press release
The breathtaking top lot of the sale is the Album AmicorumDas Grosse Stammbuch
) of Philip Hainhofer, an illuminated manuscript on vellum and paper in German, Italian, Latin and French, 1596-1633 (estimate: $600,000-800,000). This renowned 'Book of Friendship' is a monument to the princes of Europe and court art. Brought together by Philipp Hainhofer (1578-1647), an internationally influential figure who was employed by the European princes as an art advisor and political agent, the Grosse Stammbuch contains signatures and coats of arms of princely persons, paintings and drawings and an ensemble of lavishly illustrated 'natural history' pages which are strikingly meticulous, delicate and elegant.
The Hauck collection will be auctioned at Christie's, in New York, June 27th and 28th.
1511. William Phillips, and Philip Rahv, eds. New Partisan Reader: 1945-1953 London: Andre Deutsch, 1953. 164-171.
Collects Reed's poem, "The Door and the Window," published in the Partisan Review in 1947.
I wouldn't be a PBS über-geek if I neglected to promote the fourth season of History Detectives
The show is along the lines of Antiques Roadshow
except instead of folks dragging in their trash and treasures a team of appraisers, historians, and authors seek to authenticate the provenance of a few mystery items. They travel to local libraries, delve into archives, and consult with museums and experts in the field.
The season opener explores the extent of the Chisholm Trail; investigates a cache of posters for Harry Houdini; and researches a flag said to have draped the casket of President McKinley.
The show will be broadcast on Monday, June 19th. Check your local listings
for dates and times.
1510. Birmingham Post, "The Merchant of Venice," 5 March 1937.
Photograph of Henry Reed with members of the Birmingham University Dramatic Society's (BUDS) production of The Merchant of Venice. Shylock played by Ian Alexander.