Monthly Archives: July 2008

Homer in Print – and Image

In May 2007, the University of Chicago Library received a remarkable gift. The Bibliotheca Homerica Langiana is a collection of 187 separate items formed by Michael C. Lang of New York as a comprehensive history of the printed transmission of the texts of the Iliad and Odyssey.


[Homer. Omērou Ilias = Homeri Ilias. Venice : Aldus, 1504. Call number PA4018.A2 1504]

The Bibliotheca Homerica Langiana focuses on editions in Greek, translations into English, and classic translations into languages other than English. It also includes works of scholarship. Mr. Lang’s collection provides a microcosm of the history of printing, classical scholarship, translation theory, and the literary use of the English language since the 16th century.

The collection is a perfect fit with the vibrant classics program and interests in translation at the University of Chicago, and strengths of the Special Collections Research Center, in particular the collections of printed editions of the Greek New Testament and the Grant English Bible Collection.


[Homer. The Iliad of Homer / translated by Mr. Pope. London: Printed by W. Bowyer, for Bernard Lintott, 1715-1720. PA4025.A2P73 1715]

Work has begun on a scholarly catalog of the collection and an exhibition. All titles have been cataloged and are available by searching “Bibliotheca Homerica Langiana” in the Library catalog.

A recent acquisition links the Library’s commitment to develop the Bibliotheca Homerica Langiana with one of the most influential titles published by University of Chicago Press.  Richard Lattimore’s now-classic translation, The Iliad of Homer, was first published by the Press in 1951. A decade later, the Press invited the artist, sculptor and printmaker Leonard Baskin to produce drawings for a lavish, illustrated edition, which came out in 1962. That same year a deluxe portfolio edition of 150 copies was published by Delphic Arts in New York. The Library has acquired one of the copies that include three original etchings by Baskin. The University of Chicago Press Archive contains correspondence and other materials relating to the production of the Lattimore translation and the illustrated edition.


[Apollo the Sun God. Baskin, Leonard, 1922-. Drawings for the Iliad. New York: Delphic Arts, 1962. PA4033.B37 1962]

“New” Book of the Month – Plocacosmos!


July’s "new" book of the month is….

James Stewart. Plocacosmos, or, The whole art of hair dressing; wherein is contained, ample rules for the young artizan, more particularly for ladies women, valets, &c. &c. as well as directions for persons to dress their own hair. London: Printed for the author, 1782.

This volume covers a myriad of topics in addition to hair dressing:

“The Plan of this Work requiring it, there are also complete Rules for the Management of Children and Education of Youth; and excellent Rules for the Preservation of the Health and Happiness of Age; being a Guide through the Seven Ages of Man: The whole interspersed with Moral Thoughts, being necessary for all Families.”


This book is located in the Rare Books Collection (call number TT956.S8 1782). You can find similar books by searching in the library catalog or Lens on the subject heading "Hairdressing" or "Hairdressing – Early works to 1800."

CINAHL accessible through EBSCOhost

CINAHL (Cumulative Index for Nursing and Allied Health Literature) is now
accessible through the EBSCOhost interface, and is no longer accessible through
the previous interface, Ovid.  We apologize for the abrupt switch; we
had expected access to CINAHL via Ovid through December 2008. 

note that the EBSCOhost interface will change by the end of July, when
EBSCO releases EBSCOhost 2.0.

Contact the Library for assistance or to schedule a training session:


CINAHL is not currently available.  We are working to resolve this problem.

It has been reported and we hope to have the problem fixed soon.

Please call the Reference Desk if you have any questions:

Researching the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893

[CLICK TO ENLARGE: Ticket to "Chicago Day," October 9th, 1893]

The Special Collections Research Center supports research on Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair, better known as the World’s Columbian Exposition. Researchers – both casual and professional – come from around campus, around the city, and around the world to consult our collections.


[CLICK TO ENLARGE: Looking east from 57th Street [at the] visitor’s entrance of the World’s Columbian Exposition, from the Archival Photo Files]

To search for books and other printed matter published during the World’s Columbian Exposition, visit the University of Chicago Library’s catalog. Do a "Subject" search using the phrase "World’s Columbian Exposition." If you want to limit your search to materials that are in Special Collections, use the "Advanced Keyword" search screen, where you can find limits for locations, languages, formats, and dates.

That search will also show results for a number of letters to Edward B. Butler, Chairman of the Bureau of Admissions and Collections of the World’s Columbian Exposition.

If you search the same terms in our finding aid database, a number of collections will pop up, including the papers of Harriet Monroe and her "Untitled article on the Swedish rooms of the Exposition," C.D. Arnold’s photographs of the fair, and the papers of anthropologist Frederick Starr, including his notebook on the fair and correspondence with Franz Boas.

Explore our collections! You’re welcome to visit us anytime!

Chicago Tribune’s Blair Kamin on D’Angelo Law Library renovation

New luster for a Saarinen gem: Once-threatened U. of C. Law School building is expertly recycled by OWP/P
Chicago Tribune – July 1, 2008