A curious addition to the Beinecke Library's collection: This miniature booklet displays a cover title declaring it to be a "thumb dictionary" of French and German terms. The inside cover betrays its true role, since that is distributed by the "Parti Socialiste Clandestin". Instead of translated words and phrases, this book is full of instructions for members of the French Resistance on how to sabotage German machinery, manufacturing plants, trains, and automobiles.
April 20, 2010
A photograph of the gallerist Anatole Jakovsky and two friends astride a car-like contraption in Paris, ca. 1950. (The shop, named for Jacques Damiot, might provide a clue about the odd vehicle: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Damiot)
March 30, 2010
The Eiffel Tower under construction, 1888-1889. And completed, as seen in 1941.
December 10, 2009
Selected poems and images from a privately distributed volume from 1935: Noailles, Anna Elisabeth de Brancovan, Philippe Gonin, and Jean Berque. 1935. "Les jardins": Poèmes de la Comtesse de Noailles. Paris: Frères Gonin.
May 14, 2009
Cover image: Leon See, Le champion du monde Jack Johnson, Paris : Imp. Paul Dupont, [1910?]
August 25, 2008
Montmartre en 1925 by Jean Gravigny A guide to the high life and low life in a fabled section of Paris in the 1920s. [Illustrations "de RM" - otherwise unsigned.] With jazzy illustrations . . .
August 14, 2008