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It snowed here in Iowa City yesterday, so I felt like bringing a little bit of Christmas cheer to this #MiniatureMonday feature.

Here we have another itsy bitsy microminature book called CHRISTMAS SONGS. So, I bet you can guess what’s inside: traditional Chistmas Carols like “Deck the Halls,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” and more!

This little Christmas carol book is bound in red leather with guilt gold lettering on the spine and a decorative gold Christmas tree on the front. The lyrics inside are printed letterpress.

Now I feel like going out Christmas caroling.

Well, I may need a slightly bigger caroling book…

-Hannah

Charlotte Smith Miniature Collection ML2880 .C55 1979

Bernier, Bernier, Jane, and Borrower’s Press. Christmas Songs. Winterport, Me.: Borrower’s, 1979.

Manuscript Monday is moving to Instagram! Follow us there for more beautiful illumination and paleography. You’ll get to see images like this: possibly the cutest dragon in our collection, from a processional for the use of the Dominican sisters of St. Louis, Poissy, early 16th century. MU Ellis Special Collections Rare Vault BX2032 .A2 1510z

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December 5th is the birthday of Mister Mind, Venusian worm and arch-foe of Captain Marvel.

Created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck, Mister Mind first appeared in Captain Marvel Adventures #26 (August 1943).

Mister Mind is a two-inch worm from the planet Venus.  He was gifted with intelligence well-above others of his species, and he used his gifts to develop special glasses and an “audio amplifier” to allow others to hear him.  He has the power of hypnosis, and is extremely resistant to electricity (having survived execution via electric chair).  He also has an extremely long lifespan, and could live for centuries.  Mister Mind organized The Monster Society of Evil, notable for being the first super-villain team composed of characters the hero had fought before.

Happy Birthday to the kookiest caterpillar of them all, Mister Mind!

These comics (and many more) are part of the DuGarm Collection at the University of Iowa: Special Collections:

Shazam! v.1 #15 (December 1974), cover by Bob Oksner

interior art from Shazam! v.1 #9 (January 1974), written by Dennis O’Neil, art by C.C. Beck

interior art from DC Comics Presents v.1 #34 (June 1981), written by Roy Thomas with art by Rich Buckler and Dick Giordano

interior art from Shazam! v.1 #15 (December 1974), art by C.C. Beck

interior art from Shazam! v.1 #9 (January 1974), written by Dennis O’Neil, art by C.C. Beck

interior art from Shazam! v.1 #15 (December 1974), written by  Dennis O’Neil, art by Bob Oksner and Tex Blaisdell   

interior art from DC Comics Presents v.1 #34 (June 1981), written by Roy Thomas with art by Rich Buckler and Dick Giordano 

Shazam! v.1 #14 (October 1974), cover by Bob Oksner

interior art from Shazam! v.1 #15 (December 1974), written by Dennis O’Neil, art by Bob Oksner and Tex Blaisdell 

interior art from Shazam! v.1 #2 (April 1973), written by Dennis O’Neil, art by C.C. Beck  

In 1778, Peter Chester, Governor of the colony of West Florida appointed John Lorimer as Botanist of West Florida.

Lorimer was a land speculator and surgeon for the British army during both the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War.
At the time of his appointment the territory of West Florida, last between the Mississippi and Apalachicola Rivers, was controlled by the British. By 1783 Florida passed to Spanish Control. The history of Florida - East and West, as well as the entire colony - is fascinating and much too complicated to enter into in any great detail here.

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Head on over to Words Dance to pick up your very own copy of “Our Bodies and Other Fine Machines” by Natalie Wee! 📖What an absolute honor to have been the first to #publish a version of one of the #poems in this stunningly beautiful #collection. #poets #poetry #writers #writersofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #books #poetrycommunity

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ENEMIES OF BOOKS: WATER AND MOLD DAMAGE

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Aristotelis Stagiritae Peripateticorum Principus…
By Aristotle
Printed in Venice In officina Lucaeantonii Iuntae, 1535

This work, a Latin edition of Aristotle dating from 1535, was printed in Venice on wove pages with a limp vellum cover. The book accrued severe damage, the residual effects of which are most pronounced among the first half of the leaves. Mold is set in with the worst damage to the title page. Mold can quickly arise after water damage in conditions of high heat and humidity (over 70°F and 50% RH). Active mold is a living fungus that feeds on organic substances, such as the rag or wood pulp that is used to make books. Here, the mold contributed to paper loss around the publisher’s information. Although this mold is dormant, the best policy may be to sterilize books that are able to withstand the procedure. As it is now, the mold will not become active again unless re-submerged in water or kept in high temperature or humidity.

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Early English Prose Romances: Robert the Deuyll
By William J. Thoms
Illustrated by Harold Nelson
Printed in Edinburgh by Otto Schulze, 1904

This 1904 retelling of Robert the Deuyll has suffered significant water damage to the pages, the boards, and the spine. The boards and spine are made of cardboard; they warped when they absorbed enough water and then dried out. During the drying process, warping can be prevented or minimized by placing the book under gentle weights. Although this book’s structure has been compromised, it is still entirely usable and will not damage other works also stored in the library’s collection.

It’s Comic Book Librarian Supreme’s Christmas Comic Countdown!  


12/05/2016

Today’s selection is Christmas With the Super-Heroes, v.1 #2 from 1988 (cover date 1989, because comics are weird).  This collection includes holiday stories featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Enemy Ace, Deadman, Flash and Green Lantern.

Christmas With the Super-Heroes, v.1 #2 (1989), cover by Stephen DeStefano and Larry Mahlstedt

This comic is one of many in the DuGarm Collection at the University of Iowa: Special Collections.