Recent Discoveries Among Our Japanese Books

So many Japanese books ready for refinement

I’ve been working on our woodblock-printed Japanese books for several months now, refining their bibliographic records to be more accurate and complete. I thought I would share some of the recent discoveries of books (and more!) we didn’t realize we had. I have let the choice of materials to review be dictated mostly by happenstance, and that has led to a pleasant variety of time periods, sizes, subjects, and creators. Our early Japanese acquisitions were never collected with a narrow focus, and this post shows some of the fascinating objects that made their way into our hands. Each one is a new challenge and each one taught me something about these materials and their bibliographic description.

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Ann Maria Kimball Pingree

Ann Maria (Kimball) Pingree calling card, undated

Like many women of her day, there is substantially less information about Ann Maria Kimball Pingree’s life than about her male family members.  Yet, while the sheer volume of papers for her husband outstrips her papers almost 100:1 (as measured in linear feet), the papers in her collection are no less valuable and provide a picture of this fascinating woman.

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Celebrating Fathers

Contentment, Industry, and Hospitality

Contentment, Industry, and Hospitality from Moral Picture Book reproduced from original in Bodleian Library, inscribed 1852

As soon as I finished writing the blog post honoring mothers in May, I knew I would do the same this month to honor fathers.   It was a bit more of a challenge to locate illustrative text for this entry but I soon remembered the poetry by Anne Bradstreet, considered by many to be the first female poet to be published in America.  The daughter of Governor Thomas Dudley and the wife of Governor Simon Bradstreet, founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Bradstreet arrived in Salem in July 1630 after a journey from England aboard the Arbella.  Read more