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Jen Bervin's Silk Poems

Jen Bervin Silk Poems reading and research workshop at Beinecke Library
October 26, 2017
Materials Consulted
A compendious account of the whole art of breeding, nursing, and the right ordering of the silk-worm / Illustrated with figures engraven on copper, whereon is curiously exhibited the whole management of this profitable insect.
Call Number: Uzfj15 733b
Pattern book for silk weaving, [circa 1790].
Call Number:  GEN MSS VOL 507  
Words ... / by Bob Brown.            
Call Number: Za B8155 +930     
Modernist era writer and publisher Bob Brown (Robert Carlton Brown, 1886-1959) had a "life-long fascination with the poetics involved in multiple reading machines, from ticker-tape machines to film projectors to his own microfilm-like machine.”  In 1929 he moved to Paris and there established Roving Eye Press; the following year he published The Readies, an anthology of works written to be viewed using a reading machine he invented.
The readies, by Bob Brown
Call Number: Za B8155 930r
Modernist era writer and publisher Bob Brown (Robert Carlton Brown, 1886-1959) had a "life-long fascination with the poetics involved in multiple reading machines, from ticker-tape machines to film projectors to his own microfilm-like machine.”  In 1929 he moved to Paris and there established Roving Eye Press; the following year he published The Readies, an anthology of works written to be viewed using a reading machine he invented.
Tender buttons, tenderly. Adapted from Gertrude Stein
Call Number: Zm St34   
Thirteen 4.5 cm. paper discs joined accordian-style with a pink silk ribbon to form 26 pages, in a hinged brass box with seven buttons affixed to the lid.
The reticule and pocket companion, or, Miniature lexicon of the English language / by Lyman Cobb. New York : Harper & Brothers, 1838.
Description:818 p. : front. (port.) ; 9 x 6 cm.
Call Number: Zm C63
Variant and related titles: Added engraved t.p.: Ladies' reticule companion, or, Little lexicon of the English language. New York, 1834
Petite anthologie des poètes français. [France : s.n., 1942?]
Description:107 p. ; 80 mm.
Call Number: Zm F88 4
 "La résistance passive des civils aux exigences allemandes n'est plus suffisante. En raison des méthodes apportées par les Allemandes dans la conduite de la guerre, il faut que la lutte des populations civiles entre dans une phase active"--"Introduction," p. 1.
Masquerading as a poetry anthology and produced by the French resistance, this is in fact a pocket sabotage guide for French citizens during the Nazi occupation.
Smallest English dictionary in the world : comprising besides the ordinary and newest words in the language, short explanations of a large number of scientific, philosophical, literary and technical terms.
Call Number: Zm Sm18
Qurʼan 1887.  [Constantinople?] : al-Maṭbaʻah al-ʻUthmānīyah, 1304 [1887]
Description:823 p. ; 4 cm.
Call Number: Zm K84
In metal box, which has magnifying glass set into cover and ring to receive string or chain; the whole probably to be worn as an amulet.
Plan of New York. [1838?]
Description:1 map ; 64 x 58 cm.
Call Number: 771 N49 1838
Cartographic detail:Scale [ca. 1:7,200].
Printed on silk.
James Weldon Johnson , Badge and cord for Negro Silent Protest Parade, 19 17
Call Number:  JWJ MSS 49. 150
New York - Silent Protest Parade Photographs
Call Number: JWJ MSS 76. 14 (Oversize). 150-151             
“Conceived by James Weldon Johnson and organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) with church and community leaders, the July 28, 1917, Silent Protest Parade on Fifth Avenue united an estimated 10,000 African Americans who marched down Fifth Avenue from 55th-59th Streets to Madison Square, silently carrying banners condemning racial violence and racial discrimination. They gave powerful witness in the wake of brutal episodes of mass racial violence in the city of East St. Louis, where between fifty and two hundred African Americans were murdered and 6,000 were left homeless by arson attacks. The marchers indicted the U.S. and President Woodrow Wilson, who had just pledged to make the world safe for democracy.”
Chanccani Quipu / Cecilia Vicuña. New York City : Granary Books, 2012.
Physical Description:1 quipu in box (45 x 47 x 10 cm.) + 1 instruction manual.
Call Number: 2014 Folio 20
Notes:" ... a modern interpretation of the 5,000 year-old quipu, which recorded the literature of the Incas on knotted cords. It ... embodies the intention and essence of a poem by Vicuña translated into English by the poet along with Jerome Rothenberg. Accompanying Chanccani Quipu is a full-color signed drawing inserted into a pamphlet entitled Instruction Manual & Orientation to Various Meanings"--Publisher description.
    " ... produced and published by Granary Books in an edition of 32 copies each made entirely by hand. The poem was "printed" on unspun wool using stencils made by the poet who also knotted the threads. The quipu is tied or bound to a 16 inch bamboo spine from which it hangs to about 48 inches when installed. The work is housed in a hand-stenciled box (18 1/2 x 18 1/4 x 4 inches) made by Susan Mills. Silicon Gallery Fine Art Prints in Philadelphia printed the drawing and the pamphlet in full-color. Cecilia Vicuña and Jerome Rothenberg signed the edition of 32 numbered copies"--Publisher description.
 Lady's pocketbook with notebook, [circa 1803-1804].
Red morocco wallet-style lady's pocketbook containing a small notebook with three brief manuscript diary entries in an unidentified hand dated 1803 April 17 through 1804 August. The pocketbook is lined with green silk and has a small mirror as well as scissors, a pen-knife with mother-of-pearl handle, a sewing needle, and tweezers in an interior pouch. Pocketbook also houses a small pencil topped in silver with a cameo carved into a small amber colored stone.
Call Number: GEN MSS 1371
Not wanting to say anything about Marcel / John Cage and Calvin Sumsion. Cincinnati, Ohio : Eye Editions, 1969.
NOTE: A work created by John Cage and designer Calvin Sumsion in memory of Marcel Duchamp. The edition consists of 8 plexigrams, each comprised of 8 Plexiglas panels showing silk screened letters, words and visual images which Cage selected according to chance operations. Two panels are tinted bronze, six are clear. The panels can be arranged randomly on an accompanying slotted, wood base measuring 37 x 61 x 2 cm. A black sheet of paper with a white label has typed instructions on how to arrange. Also included is a booklet (38 pages ; 36 x 51 cm) with title: "To describe the process of composition used in Not wanting to say anything about Marcel: Plexigrams I-VIII lithographs A and B / together with a glossary." Inserted into the booklet is a diagram printed on a transparent sheet (fig. 3). Housed in a black cardboard box.
"Lithographs A and B / Using 8 aluminum plates and 9 colors, Lithograph A was hand printed on black Fabriano rag paper 27 1/2" x 40 1/4". Lithograph B, using 8 aluminum plates and 8 colors was hand printed on rag paper 27 1/2" x 40 1/4" ... / Hand printed under the supervision of Hollanders Workshop Incorporated, New York."--Colophon.
Call Number: 2017 Folio 276
North Africa containing Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Italian Libya, and Spanish Rio de Oro. Great Britain. [1942?] World War II maps printed on parachute silk.   
Scale 1:5,000,000. 80 miles = 1 in
Includes index to boundaries and index to adjoining sheets.
Relief shown by hachures and spot heights.
Have hemmed edges.
Call Number:     66 1942 
Gertrude Stein Vests
Call Number: YCAL MSS 76 boxes 165 & 166
165: Bolero style waistcoat in red flower- patterned brocade cloth with gold trim and two-button closures. Includes photograph of Gertrude Stein posing with several vests, modeled by Fania Marinoff and Alice Toklas, taken by Carl Van Vechten, New York, 1935 Apr 23.
166: Bolero style waistcoat in painted and quilted fabric depicting frolicking woodsmen and peasant women.
Jacquard weaving treatises, 1771-1947 (bulk 1855-1947). (3.29 linear feet --19 boxes)
 Call Number: GEN MSS 1092
Note:  The Jacquard loom, invented by Joseph-Marie Jacquard in 1804, used a system of punch cards to weave patterned cloth. The Jacquard loom was employed by the textile industry worldwide during the 19th-20th centuries, and its system of punch cards influenced development of punch card technology for computers. Manuscript treatises and notes on weaving with Jacquard looms, containing instructions, illustrations of looms, cloth swatches, thread samples, and punch card patterns. Eighteen treatises in French were created by students for coursework at the École de tissage de Lyon, France, 1855-1947, some including printed descriptions of Jacquard and Verdol looms, technical drawings of looms, other printed material relating to weaving in Lyon, and diagrams of punch cards. Notes in German, 1829-1832, are bound with a printed copy of Johann Michael Kirschbaum's Neues Bild- und Musterbuch zur Beförderung der edlen Leinen- und Bildweberkunst: in 178 Mustern auf 74 Kupfertafeln (Heilbronn und Rothenburg ob der Tauber, in der Eckebrechtischen Buchhandlung, 1771). A manuscript treatise in German, 1894-1895, is accompanied by manuscript notes; two printed articles about the Sächsische Webstuhlfabrik in Chemnitz, Germany, and Louis Ferdinand Schönherr, with technical drawings of looms, undated; two blueprint technical drawings of looms, undated; and a watercolor drawing of “Howard & Bullough's Sizing Machine,” undated.
Turkman poster concerning propagation of silk worms, 1932
Collected by Langston Hughes
Call Number :JWJ Mss 26.BSD 14212
by Nancy Kuhl
October 27, 2017


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