Artists’ books are a distinct art form that moves the book beyond the traditional codex form. The San Diego Book Arts Fifth National Juried Exhibition, a collaboration between the San Diego Book Arts group and the UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives, demonstrates that artists will ensure that there are more and more different kinds of books than ever.  The selections for this exhibition include fine press books, sculptural bookworks, and books that unfold in unconventional ways. From more than 200 entries from all parts of the U.S., these 61 books will entertain, amaze, edify, and stretch the definition of “a book.”

Artists’ books are a distinct art form that moves the book beyond the traditional codex form. The San Diego Book Arts Fifth National Juried Exhibition, a collaboration between the San Diego Book Arts group and the UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives, demonstrates that artists will ensure that there are more and more different kinds of books than ever.  The selections for this exhibition include fine press books, sculptural bookworks, and books that unfold in unconventional ways. From more than 200 entries from all parts of the U.S., these 61 books will entertain, amaze, edify, and stretch the definition of “a book.”

Happy talk like a pirate day!

The above images are from Bucaniers of America, by Alexander Olivier Exquemelin, published in London: 1684, which is part of our online exhibit: Pirates in Print. Curated by Dr. Mark G. Hanna of the UC San Diego Department of History, the exhibition illustrates sea life during the “golden age of piracy,” as well as more modern works that demonstrate the continuing influence of pirates in popular culture.

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Piratical seizure of the brig Admiral Trowbridge by part of her crew, while lying at anchor off the Island of Sooloo, August 21, 1807 communicated by Capt. Alexander Wallace : including the murder of Mr. C. B. Lloyd and the narrow escape of Mr. William Sharpe. Also the captivity and cruel treatment of M. de Brisson, on the coast of Barbary, between 1807 and 1810
Catalog record

Piratical seizure of the brig Admiral Trowbridge by part of her crew, while lying at anchor off the Island of Sooloo, August 21, 1807 communicated by Capt. Alexander Wallace : including the murder of Mr. C. B. Lloyd and the narrow escape of Mr. William Sharpe. Also the captivity and cruel treatment of M. de Brisson, on the coast of Barbary, between 1807 and 1810

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LXXX sermons, preached by that learned and reverend divine, John Donne, 1640 (448 MB PDF)
Each group of sermons has special half-title
Numerous errors in paging.
Bound with: Donne, John, 1573-1631. Fifty sermons. London : Printed by Ja. Flesher for M.F., J. Marriot, and R. Royston, 1649
UCSD’s copy has bookplate of Don Cameron Allen; handwritten notes in margin; lacks title page and engraved added half-title
Catalog Record

LXXX sermons, preached by that learned and reverend divine, John Donne, 1640 (448 MB PDF)

Each group of sermons has special half-title

Numerous errors in paging.

Bound with: Donne, John, 1573-1631. Fifty sermons. London : Printed by Ja. Flesher for M.F., J. Marriot, and R. Royston, 1649

UCSD’s copy has bookplate of Don Cameron Allen; handwritten notes in margin; lacks title page and engraved added half-title

Catalog Record

New Writing Series reading with Evan Lavender-Smith and Carmen Giménez Smith, recorded May 1, 2013

Evan Lavender-Smith was born in Iowa in 1977. He attended the University of California at Berkeley and New Mexico State University. He is the author of From Old Notebooks (Blazevox, 2010) and Avatar (Six Gallery Press, 2011), Editor-In-Chief of Noemi Press, and Prose and Drama Editor of Puerto Del Sol. His writing has recently appeared in Fence, No Colony, Post Road, and Evergreen Review. He is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at New Mexico State University. He Lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds, four poetry collections— Milk and FilthGoodbye, FlickerThe City She Was, and Odalisque in Pieces. She is the recipient of a 2011 American Book Award, the 2011 Juniper Prize for Poetry, and a 2011-2012 fellowship in creative nonfiction from the Howard Foundation. Formerly a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she now teaches in the creative writing programs at New Mexico State University, while serving as the editor-in-chief of the literary journal Puerto del Sol and the publisher of Noemi Press.