China in Print 2013 - a selection from oldimprints.comPublished on 15 Nov. 2013
African-AmericanaPublished on 13 Sept. 2013
Our latest catalog of African-American history and literature contains many literary first editions, broadsides, ephemera, and other unique items, including books signed by authors such as as Amiri Baraka, W.E.B. Du Bois, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Francis E.W. Harper, Carl Van Vechten, and Richard Wright.[...] Read more
South America, Central America and the Caribbean: Maps and related Ephemera 1862 - 1950Published on 02 May 2013
A selection of travel ephemeral including maps, booklets and posters ranging from an 1862 booklet "The Republic of Uruguay, Monte Video, Geographical, Social, and Political to which is appended, Life in the River Plate, a Manual for Emigrants" to a 1912 cruise line booklet "South America. The Land of Opportunity. A Continent of Scenic Wonders. A Paradise for the Tourist." Striking graphics and fascinating historical material.[...] Read more
A catalogue of curious and interesting books, pamphlets & printed ephemera, on a wide variety of subjects.Published on 04 Oct. 2012
Including: Agriculture, Architecture, Botany, Children’s Books, Crime & Law, Cookery, Economics, Education, English Literature, Farriery & Equestrian, The Fine Arts, Genealogy, Geology, Juvenile Games, Ireland, Military & Naval, Natural History, Private Printing, Provincial Poetry, Social Studies, Science & Medicine, Sporting Books, Technology, Trade Catalogues, Travel & Topography, etc.[...] Read more
GERMAN & ITALIAN PROMOTIONAL TRAVEL EPHEMERA 1920s & 1930s: Tourism & Constructs of National IdentityPublished on 27 Sept. 2012
Interest in travel writing as a literary genre has led to several engaging books that examine narratives written by English and Continental authors in the 1920s and 1930s. This scholarly interest suggests an ancillary area of investigation, one at a far remove from literary studies, but intriguing nonetheless; that is, an exploration of likely agendas shaping the ephemeral pamphlets, brochures and booklets crafted by European government agencies or private service providers, those tasked with attracting the much-needed tourist dollar (or lira or deutsche mark) to European countries struggling with depressed post-war economies.
The primary agenda behind these ephemeral items was, of course, commercial, but within a context of self-promotion, issues of national identity inevitably come to the fore. With this idea in mind, we have prepared a short catalogue featuring promotional travel material produced in Germany and Italy between the World Wars, with particular attention given to material aimed at English-speaking travelers. Interest in the travel ephemera of Germany and Italy from these decades stems in no small measure from the idealized constructs foregrounded in their tourist publications, constructs masking the reality of totalitarian regimes complicit in forging the Axis Alliance in the years leading up to World War II.
Products for the Home 1920s through 1950sPublished on 23 Aug. 2011
Catalogues, pamphlets and brochures for a wide variety of home products: practical items such as plumbing fixtures, millwork, hardware, and various building materials (e.g. brick, marble) as well as catalogues and brochures promoting products that add the final touch to interior décor: booklets detailing wall paper and paint products, furniture and accessories, curtains, light fixtures, small appliances, etc. Of particular interest from a social history standpoint are the pamphlets and brochures that target the female consumer. There are a considerable number of these; they serve to illustrate the power and peril associated with choosing home products that must, by necessity, fulfill functional demands while comporting to an understood "refined taste."[...] Read more
The Mimeograph RevolutionPublished on 18 Oct. 2010
Over 400 mimeograph publications from the 1920s onward. Many of these magazines and their contents have yet to be fully documented. They contain little-known first published appearances, overlooked poems and stories, and covers both achingly beautiful and wonderfully wretched.
The do-it-yourself nature of mimeographs meant they could be produced by anyone, anywhere with varying levels of sophistication, from a professional-looking magazine with established writers to a cheaply produced booklet filled with contributions from the aspiring and unpublished. What's more, many of these mimeos are next to impossible to find, with print runs that exist in the low hundreds, making complete sets next to impossible to assemble.
For the sake of this catalog the mimeos and literary magazines are divided into three periods for easier reference. The dates below may seem arbitrary, but I believe movements have a way of defining themselves. They are:
. 1929 – 1957: Starting with Ivor Winters' The Gyroscope at Stanford.
. 1958 – 1970: Beginning with the publication of both Yugen and the suppressed issue of the Chicago Review (later reprinted as Big Table #1).
. 1971 – 1985: Following the deaths of Jack Kerouac and Charles Olson less than three months apart.