Image: Calendarium, Johannes Regiomontanus
Libraries hold books, yes. And some libraries hold books and ephemera that are really beautiful and special, weighty with their own history. Here are a few held in libraries throughout Los Angeles: Klange, “a book of prose poems about sound,” with woodcuts by Wassily Kandinsky (Library, Getty Research Institue); Calendarium, Johannes Regiomontanus, 1476 is a “text recording the saint’s days, the position of the sun, and the phases of the moon (Libraries of the Claremont Colleges, Wilson Collection, Honnold/Mudd Library); Amelia Earhart log of flight across the Atlantic, 1928 (Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County).
Those and more accompanied by a group of excellent essays make this book well-worth perusing.
Library, Getty Research Institute. “The Getty Research Institute library collections include over one million books, periodicals, study photographs, and auction catalogs as well as extensive special collections of rare and unique materials. Focusing on art history, architecture, and related fields, they begin with the archaeology of prehistory and extend to the contemporary moment.”
Special Collections of the Claremont Colleges libraries. Holds “unique and rare collections.”
Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. “The purpose of the Seaver Center for Western History Research is to collect, preserve, and make available to the general public research materials documenting the history of the trans-Mississippi West, with special emphasis on Southern California and Los Angeles. Historic records include manuscript materials, books, serials, pamphlets, broadsides, maps, posters, prints, and photographs.”