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Thanks to members' support this year, $37,000 was spent to acquire essential titles for the Library.  Unfortunately, not all titles requested could be funded.  Following are a few that remain available for funding via a donation to the Library Society.  If interested please send a check for the full cost of the book, with the title in the comment field, to
The Library Society
1100 East 57th Street, Room 180
Chicago, IL 60637

You may also call Barbara Palmer-Bostick at 773.702.7695.


James Baldwin, Photograph by Carl Van Vechten

Nobody Knows My Name:  More Notes of a Native Son.
by James Baldwin

First Edition.  New York: The Dial Press, 1961

Amount Requested: $750

This purchase is part of a multi-year effort to develop the collection of first editions in Special Collections of key works by African American authors in response to increased requests for these resources from faculty who teach in Special Collections.

Image:  James Baldwin.  Photograph by Carl Van Vechten.  Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-42481).




Linear B Mycenaean TabletConference Proceedings:  Études mycéniennes (Paris, September 20-23, 2010).
Edited by Pierre Carlier

Rome: Fabrizio Serra editore, 2012

Amount Requested: $375

These conference proceedings are absolutely crucial to the study of Aegean texts, especially since many of these texts are published here for the first time.

Image:  Mycenaean tablet (MY Oe 106) inscripted in linear B coming from the House of the Oil Merchant.  The tablet registers an amount of wool which is to be dyed.  National Archaeological Museum of Athens, n. 7671.

This title has been funded through a donation from John and Joan Blew.



Early Commentary on the Twelve Tables.
by LeClerc, Antoine, Sieur de la Foret

Paris:  Apud Marcum Orry, 1603

Amount Requested: $2,500

This early study of the Twelve Tables has several chapters on Roman religious customs and the relationship between church and state.



Panamá, 1:50 000. 107 Maps.

Instituto Geográfico Nacional, "Tommy Guardia," 1964-2001

Amount Requested: $535

The Map Collection's holdings of topographic maps are at the heart of its value for scholars.  Topographic maps are accurate--and accurately dated--government maps that show buildings, settlements, infrastructure, hydrography, vegetation, and relief. The maps are far more precise about everything but street names than Google Map/Earth, and most countries' "topos" are unlikely to be available on the Internet any time soon.




Igor StravinskyIgor Stravinsky:  The Rite of Spring.  Centenary Edition in Three Volumes.
Edited by Ulrich Mosch, et. al.

London: Paul Sacher Foundation, 2013

Amount Requested: $390

This work celebrates the 100th year anniversary of the first performance in Paris.  it includes a full-color facsimile of the composer's full autograph score, a facsimile of the composer's reduction for piano four-hands, and the essay, Avatar of modernity: The Rite of Spring Reconsidered, edited by Hermann Danuser and Heidy Zimmermann.

Image: Photoportrait of Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer.  Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [LC-DIG-ggbain-32392].

This title has been funded through a donation from John and Joan Blew.



Arnold SchoenbergArnold Schoenberg: Variationen für Orchester, op. 31, composed 1926.
Edited by Luigi Nono

Belluno-Venezia:  Colophon, 2011

Amount Requested: $125

This is a full-color facsimile of the composer's full autograph score, consisting of around 80 pages.  The work also includes an analysis of the autograph score by Luigi Nono in Italian and German, as well as a DVD-ROM, which includes an English translation of Nono's analysis.

Image:  Arnold Schoenberg.  Photograph by Florence Homolka.  Los Angeles, circa 1948.



Dmitri ShostakovichDmitri Shostakovich:  Symphony no. 13, composed 1962.
Edited by Manashir Jakubov

Moscow:  DSCH Publishers, 2006

Amount Requested: $350

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth.  This work includes a full-color facsimile of the composer's full autograph score, as well as commentary by Manashir Jakubov.

Image:  Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich.  Photograph by United States Office of War Information, 1948.  Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-97398).





St. Albans PsalterThe St. Albans Psalter: Hildesheim Dombibliothek HS St. God.1.

Simbach, Germany:  Müller & Schindler, 2008

Amount Requested: $8,000

The St Alban's Psalter is one of the great monuments of English illumination. Produced sometime between 1123 and 1143, the manuscript is celebrated for its innovative illumination.  The Müller & Schindler facsimile, by contrast, will give faculty and students a hands-on experience of the book, true to its original size and palette, produced according to the most demanding standards of modern facsimile publication.  The facsimile is of immediate, compelling interest to students of art history, the history of the book, as well as the history of religion, European religious institutions, and European vernacular languages.

Image:  Psalm 136, Initial S. Author Unknown, circa 12th Century.