The World from Here: Treasures of the Great Libraries of Los Angeles

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Cynthia Burlingham, Bruce Whiteman
UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum, 2001 - Art - 464 pages
Essays by Nicholas Barker, Kenneth Breisch, Anthony Grafton Few people are aware of Los Angeles' vast collective resource of rare books, manuscripts, and related objects, housed in Los Angeles-area libraries. Featuring more than three hundred selections from area collections, The World from Here explores this treasure trove of rare books and ephemera. Included are materials ranging from a 1482 atlas of the known world to fiction classics, early botanical and scientific texts, letters, posters, and artists' books. Selections were culled from nearly forty institutions, including the Huntington Library, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles Public Library and the libraries at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California. Essays on libraries in the American West, the history of book collecting in Los Angeles, and library buildings in Los Angeles during the twentieth century make The World from Here an engaging study of this impressive, yet little-known, cultural resource. It catalogues an exhibit at the UCLA Hammer Museum until January 13, 2002.

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This is a catalog of an exhibition held at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles from October 2001 to January 2002. As one of the editors states in the Introduction, The World from Here provides ... Read full review


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Cynthia Burlingham is senior curator at the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts and deputy director of collections at the UCLA Hammer Musuem. Bruce Whiteman is head librarian at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at the University of California, Los Angeles. Nicholas Barker is editor of The Book Collector. Ken Breisch is director of Programs in Historic Preservation in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California. Anthony Grafton Grafton is Dodge Professor of Early Modern European History at Princeton University.

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