Special Interest Item
hard cover book (metal hinges); pages (painted, collaged, ink, handwriting); 2 pages (pop-up)
Pre-Mallarme Work --Shaped Poetry --Rebus --Conventional Poetry --Visual Art --Visual/Verbal --Cancelled Text --Calligraphic Text --Pop-Up --Micrography --Labyrinth --Political Poetry --Fragmented Text --Musical Notation --Mathematical Poetry --Anagram --Commonplace Book
Highly organized scrapbook with table of contents and cross index to material collated in England probably from the Victorian era. The Table of Contents lists the following: 1) Anagrams, 2) Charades, 3) Enigmas, 4) Epigrams, 5) Epigraphs, 6) Rebuses, 7) Conundrums, 7) Sermons, 8) Puzzles, 9) Maxims, 10) Musick, 11) Transpositions, 12) Matrimony, 13) Miscellaneous Drolleries, 14) Drawings & Prints, 15) Prose, 16) Verse, 17) Blank-Verse, and 18) Parodies. The author writes 'f's for 's's, thereby dating the book to the the late 18th to middle 19th century. Each section consists mainly of fragments of poetry with lesser amounts of visual material clipped from publications dating from the 17th to 18th centuries. The arrangement of verbal material on the pages is reminiscent of Tom Phillips treatment of text in "A Humument" along with drawn links in red and black links from one fragment of printed text to another. There is also an index present that further defines the content of this book. There are two cut-out, paper butterfly cages collaged to the pages which expand to an igloo shape when an attached thread is pulled. According to Richard Ovenden, Keeper of Special Collections at the Bodleian Library at Oxford, these scrapbooks are also known as Commonplace Books and there was an exhibition at the Beineke Library at Yale several years ago curated by Earl Havens titled "Commonplace Books." The Sackner example appears to be more innovative than any example in this catalogue.