The “Rare Book Room” site has been constructed as an educational site intended to allow the visitor to examine and read some of the great books of the world.

Over the last decade, a company called “Octavo” digitally photographed some of the world ’s great books from some of the greatest libraries. These books were photographed at very high resolution (in some cases at over 200 megabytes per page).

This site contains all of the books (about 400) that have been digitized to date. These range over a wide variety of topics and rarity. The books are presented so that the viewer can examine all the pages in medium to medium-high resolution.

This song.


So, this is actually a B-side/bonus track of Sondre’s from his self titled album. When I bought it, I got a little card in the CD case with a code to download 2 songs—this and a song called “Wither Street”. I downloaded them and added them to my iPod immediately but for whatever reason, I didn’t listen to them right away. Probably because I have the attention span of a sand gnat. In anycase, I’m in the car one day, listening to a shuffle of Sondre’s entire discography and “Guilty” comes on, a song I don’t know. That’s rare. As a matter of fact, it’s pretty fucking unheard of. I’m listening to the words and I’m about to freakin’ kill myself on the road because his voice, the purity of this very confessional song, is all making me forget how to operate a car. I’m nearly in tears letting this soak in and really hit. Finally, the song ends and I just keep hitting replay until I’m home. And once I’m home, I go into iTunes and hit repeat on that a few times. 

And that is my story on the best and absolute worst way to hear a Sondre Lerche song for the first time. 

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Johannes Gutenberg invented the movable type printing press at approximately 1439.

About 30 years later, “The Jewish War,” written by Flavius Josephus in the first century, was published.

It is currently for sale at Powell’s Books for $12,500.

It is one of the many books found in the Rare Book Room of Portland’s independent bookseller. There is a copy of “The Little Prince,” first published in 1943 by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, yours for $9,000. It is number 458 of the 500 from this printing.

There is a collection by John Keats, once owned by Jack Kerouac, which also has his name and notes inside. There are signed books from Tennessee Williams and Fred Astaire, and others from the 17th and 18th centuries.

However, the crown jewel of the Rare Book Room is “History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, Vol. 1.”

"We just call them the journals, the Lewis and Clark journals," used book buyer Kirsten Berg said. "This is the most expensive book, or set of books, that we own, and we bought it because it’s so closely tied with Oregon history."

It is valued at $350,000.

Inside it contains the first detailed map of the Pacific Northwest, which was made on the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the early 19th Century.

Read the rest of the article on the Rare Book Room at Powell’s City of Books by Tim Becker of KOIN 6:

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Inside the Rare Book Room’s book art collection with curator Anne Garrison.

The task of defining book art or artists’ books is tricky, because their individual forms are each the product of the creator’s whimsy. Book artist Angela Lorenz describes them as works of contemporary art whose creation involves a number of processes. In its final form, each work usually presents a multilevel, multimedia object, access to which often requires a certain amount of effort from the “reader”—such as opening a box, undoing a fastener, or retrieving a page or note from a paper pocket. Sometimes, a text might be camouflaged by its intermingling with a completely different text.

Read the full article here.

You’re not only gaining access to an excellent summer program you’re gaining access to all of Smith College’s wonderful facilities!

Do you love books?

The Mortimer Rare Book Room was established in 1932 and has since become a great source of pride for Smith College. Wether you’re looking to see its extensive Sylvia Plath collection, a page of the Guttenberg Bible, or T.S Eliot’s The Wasteland (as bound by Virginia Woolf’s Press) this summer you’ll be getting a chance to interact first-hand with a wide selection. 

And it’s not just for our history and writing girls! Smith’s rare book room also holds some of the earliest printed books on botany, biology, and a special collection of early scientific writings!


Out today in the UK and tomorrow in the US.

Cover photo by Mick Rock.

Produced by Nicolas Vernhes and Bradford Cox, June 2011 at Rare Book Room, Brooklyn, NY. Engineered and mixed by Nicolas Vernhes, except Terra Incognita and Flagstaff, both produced and engineered by Bradford Cox.


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Brooklyn, New York’s Exitmusic play "The City" in an empty Chicago concert hall during a soundcheck, and manage to give the song even more space and atmosphere.  Their excellent Passages LP, recorded at the Rare Book Room Studio, is out now on Secretly Canadian