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Select new books from Peru!

This batch of newly purchased Peruvian books represents the whole potpourri of different subjects and different genres. It is difficult to imagine that any particular library in light of current budgetary situation can single-handedly purchase all of the books that are produced by Peru or any other Latin American nation-state. Thus the criteria for selections set in. Please click on the image below to enjoy the photos of our newly acquired books from Peru.

There are several books with catchy covers. I am just posting some of them for your information.

Protecting the collections and Serving the patrons!

As a librarian for Latin American collections, I tend to shelf-read, I tend to walk the stacks and I am curious about what constitutes the collection that I am empowered to manage. The collections in Doe Library that we have are open to our scholars, students, and visitors with a special pass and others. There are many “medium-rare” books that most of the large academic libraries in the United States have in their collections, and many of these libraries have open stacks system. The question then arises, what are my duties as a librarian when it comes to protecting these artifacts? The question becomes extremely important when the book as an object has already been digitized and can be accessed online by multiple users. What kind of relationship, I must have with these “legacy” objects? Some of these books have been already protected at our remote storage, but these still can circulate and get potentially lost, stolen, vandalized, etc.

Today, I want to present our readers with two such books. One sits in our stacks waiting for someone to check the book out. The other sits “protected” at the NRLF.

The first book is”Álbum de la coronación de la Sma. Virgen de Guadalupe … Guia histórica-descriptiva de Guadalupe Hidalgo, para uso de los peregrinos y de los viajeros. Edición de “El Tiempo”. The book was published in 1895-1896 and has been digitized by Hathi Trust. The book can be accessed digitally here. I was able to page it from our storage to see its condition. See my photos below. Please click on the icon to get access to some of the photos that I took this afternoon. The book was priced at about $2,000 here by one of the online vendors. While this is not a firm price, it shows that the book is valuable and expensive. The decision was very logical. Yes, I should serve by offering the Hathi Trust version as needed to anyone and then making the books with restricted circulation status.

The second books about Portuguese experiences in Goa. It is not technically the book that belongs to my curatorial responsibilities: Primeiro roteiro da costa da India; desde Goa até Dio: narrando a viagem que fez o vice-rei. It was printed in Porto (Portugal) in 1843. It has been digitized here. What shall be my strategy to preserve this copy? Any thoughts? I will of course consult with my colleagues here who have been nothing but welcoming and helpful.

 

Happy Monday and New Cartonera Books from Paraguay, Bolivia and Uruguay.

Today, I was extremely surprised to see a large batch of Cartonera books that came in from Paraguay, Bolivia, and Uruguay. Many of these books were published by several different Cartonera publishing houses like Felicita Cartonera, Mamacha Kartonera and Yiyi Jambó Cartonera (Paraguay),  Yerba Mala Cartonera (Bolivia) and La Propia Cartonera (Uruguay). There were several interesting covers that I photographed for you to see. Please click on the image below to see individual books that we have received.

 

For more information on Yiyi Jambó Cartonera, see here.

For more information on La Propia Cartonera, see here.

“Homenaje a la Argentina”: libro con manuscritos de Rubén Darío

I was recently thinking about the Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío and his poetry. As I was pondering over our library’s holdings of his books, I realized that we had over 200 of titles that were authored by him. The oldest circulating item was published in 1902 in Paris by Garnier hermanos, an its title is “La Caravana Pasa.”

And there are several other titles that are equally interesting like a 1904 Madrid edition that is entitled, “Tierras solares,” and others.

Why do I write this? I write this because recently, I purchased for our library the following book that is a box with also facsimiles of Rubén Darío’s poetry. Due to its very interesting materiality and artefactual value, I thought that it was a good idea to ask my colleagues in Bancroft Library to house it. And, they did!

Author Darío, Rubén, 1867-1916.
Title Homenaje a la Argentina / Rubén Darío.
Published Madrid : Del Centro, 2017.
Book Cover
PRINTED MATERIAL
1 copy being processed for Bancroft.
Note Incl. poems in facs. repr.
ISBN 9788494659485
8494659480
Direct Link http://oskicat.berkeley.edu/record=b24129005~S1

Here is some more information about the book.

Creations from Cartons-2- January 2018-Cuba!!

As promised to my faculty members Natalia Brizuela, Francine Masiello and others, I have decided to create a sustainable collection of books from cardboard- Libros Cartoneros from the different parts of Latin America. It is my dream to at least leave a good collection of these books at UC Berkeley Library’s analog collection. We just received some this afternoon. These will be housed in our Doe Library’s medium rare book vault upon cataloging. These can be used as building use items only provided I get approval from the powers to be. These images are just for the informational purposes only.

Poesía y esclavitud
Author: Juan Francisco Manzano; Juan Nicolás Padrón Barquín; Yanelys Encinosa Cabrera; Abel Tamayo Oset; Alejandra Jeidys Ferrer Cairo; All authors
Publisher: La Habana, Cuba : Costanera Editorial, [2017]
Series: Colección Veintiúnica.
Subjects
Slavery — Cuba — History — 19th century — Poetry.
Cuban poetry — 19th century.
Chapbooks — Specimens.
OCLC Number: 983462178
Notes: A cartonera book
“Los 21 ejemplares de este título han sido confeccionados de manera artesanal en La Habana, en noviembre del 2016, y están debidamente numerados”–Colophon.
Description: 24 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

La tarde romántica cubana
Author: Juan Nicolás Padrón Barquín; Abel Tamayo Oset; Ángel Jorge Encinosa Careaga; María Cristina Cabrera Arencibia; Costanera Editorial,
Publisher: La Habana, Cuba : Costanera Editorial, [2017]
Series: Colección Veintiúnica.
OCLC Number: 987382435
Notes: A cartonera book
“Los 21 ejemplares de este título han sido confeccionados de manera artesanal en La Habana, en energo de 2017, y están debidamente numerados.”–Colophon
“Datos de los autores”–Pages 24-26
Description: 27 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Atardeceres románticos en Cuba / Juan Nicolás Padrón —
La tarde / José Jacinto Milanés —
Aniversario / Federico Milanés —
La oración de la tarde / Rafael María de Mendive —
Poema mitológico (fragmentos) / Joaquín Lorenzo Luaces —
Por la tarde / Juan Cemente Zenea —
Horas poéticas / Luisa Pérez de Zambrana

Especulando
Author: Juan Nicolás Padrón Barquín; Yanelys Encinosa Cabrera; Abel Tamayo Oset
Publisher: La Habana, Cuba : Costanera Editorial, 2017
Series: Colección Veintiúnica.
Edition/Format: Print book : Poetry
Subjects
Cuban poetry — 21st century.
Cartonera books — Cuba — Specimens.
Small presses — Cuba — Specimens.
OCLC Number: 988028080
Notes: Issued in an edition of 21 numbered copies
A cartonera book
Front cover illustrated with a collage design.

Cantos de amor y de ausencia : poesía cubana del siglo XIX
Author: Juan Nicolás Padrón Barquín; Alejandra Jeidys Ferrer Cairo; Abel Tamayo Oset; Yanelys Encinosa Cabrera; Ángel Jorge Encinosa Careaga; All authors
Publisher: La Habana, Cuba : Costanera Editorial, [2017]
Series: Colección Veintiúnica.
Subjects
Love poetry.
Cuban poetry — 19th century.
Chapbooks — Specimens.
OCLC Number: 983462454
Notes: A cartonera book
“Los 21 ejemplares de este título han sido confeccionados de manera artesanal en La Habana, en noviembre del 2016, y están debidamente numerados”–Colophon.
“Datos de los autores”–Pages 25-26
Description: 26 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Lejanías / Juan Nicolás Padrón Barquín —
A Emilia / José María Heredia —
Fidelia / Juan Clemente Zenea —
La vuelta al bosque / Luisa Pérez de Zambrana.

The whole album can be seen by clicking below.

Select new books from Venezuela

Despite the crisis that is currently surrounding Venezuela on every level, the cultural production of the nation has not come to a stand-still. This is evident from the whole array of the new book shipment that I just reviewed this morning. These books include several interesting titles in both Humanities and Social Sciences areas. Below is album of the photos of the select new Venezuelan books that are currently getting cataloged in our library. These will be made available to our readers. Please click on the icon of the album below and it will take you to the album itself, where you can see individual books separately. Enjoy your weekend!

There are several books that I wanted to display separately so that one can get an idea of what is being produced in Venezuela as I write…!

La devastación chavista: transporte y comunicaciones.

For more information see here.

In memoriam: Nicanor Parra (1914-2018)

The news of the death of Nicanor Parra of Chile-the antipoet of the masses forced me to reflect on the lifecycle of poetry and its material manifestation-the book. In the era of changing digital environments, the book in its analog form is oftentimes examined through the lens of its utility to the user. Like every material object, the book has its origins, its life-cycle, and its end. However, as a librarian who deeply cares about the preservation of such artifacts in the era of proclaimed digitization efforts, I thought that it might be a good idea to visit our library’s stacks to examine what is sitting on the shelves for a user to grab and read. And yes, Ranganathan is pretty much alive in my memories, and there it was Nicanor Parra’s 1937 edition (the first edition) of “Cancinero sin nombre“, sitting in our “open-stacks.”. This title was published in Santiago de Chile by Nascimento.  The first thought that came to my mind is perhaps as a recent curator, I have failed to protect it and guard it against the ravages of time. The second thought that came to my mind was -what might be some of the ways, I could protect it? Should I transfer it to Bancroft for custodial reasons? But then the original binding was lost..so what should I do next! Thus came the decision to request a transfer of this title to Doe’s protected medium-rare cage! I was able to walk it over in person to our stacks supervisor who was more than helpful in this matter. Thank you, my colleagues, for allow me to protect the common heritage object of our humanity! RIP Nicanor Parra, I, El Indio (as I was called by one of my Latin Americal relatives) from India, remains committed to the preservation of Parra’s contribution to the literature of Chile, Latin America, and the World!

Author Parra, Nicanor, 1914- Title Cancionero sin nombre / Nicanor Parra. Published Santiago de Chile : Nascimento, 1937. Location Call No. Status Main (Gardner) Stacks PQ8097.P32 C3 AVAILABLE PRINTED MATERIAL Description 87 p. ; 20 cm. Direct Link http://oskicat.berkeley.edu/record=b13062606~S1 And here one can hear the poet’s voice (courtesy of the Library of Congress) –Chilean poet Nicanor Parra reading from his work. His poem- Jazmin de muerte, made me really think of life, flowers and death! I want to share an excerpt of it with you here.

Below is the site that our colleague Ms. Claudia Cuevas from Chile shared so generously with us!

 

To collect or not to collect-The Creations from the Carton

At the beginning of this year, as I began to re-read our library’s strategic plan, I noticed that one of the goals/vision’s was to help develop emerging areas of scholarship and the other goal was to tell our story to build community and cultivate relationships. In my meeting with several key faculty members in the department, we did discuss the similar objectives and thus began my quest for building a sustainable collection of books that were made from the cardboard. These books are also called, “Libros cartoneros.” This decision was informed by my discussions with Professor Francine Masiello. 

She encouraged to continue to build our collection of the cardboard books from all parts of Latin America and Caribbean. Thus began our journey. I am providing you below with some images of new purchases of Cuban books that belong to the same genre. I believe that always there are some small steps that might turn into something bigger and better. So below are some of our new books made up of Carton from Cuba. Please click on the image below to see other images.

  1. Pescador de Eneros
    Author: Reynaldo Montalvo; Elizabeth Valero
    Publisher: Matanzas Ediciones Vigía 2015
    OCLC Number: 931974545
    Description: 9 S Ill 17 cm
    Series Title: Colección Andante
    Responsibility: Rey Montalvo. [Diseño y dibujos: Elizabeth Valero Molina]
  2. La Habana, ciudad maravilla : poesía cubana de los siglos XVIII, XIX, y XXAuthor: Juan Nicolás Padrón Barquín; Alejandra Jeidys Ferrer Cairo; Alexis Tamayo Oset; Abel Tamayo Oset; Yanelys Encinosa Cabrera; All authors
    Publisher: La Habana, Cuba : Costanera Editorial, 2016.
    Series: Colección Veintiúnica.
    Subjects
    Havana (Cuba) — Poetry.
    Artists’ books — Specimens.
    Cuban poetry.
    OCLC Number: 973884252
    Notes: Poems.
    Limited edition of 21 numbered copies.
    Cover contains a painting of a silhouette of the watchtower from the Castillo de la Real Fuerza behind a brick wall. Corrugated cardboard covers covered in brown paper with spine of lighter brown waxed paper. Brick wall in cover representation painted and affixed over hand-painted silhouette and trees. Title in black lettering collaged on piece of corrugated cardboard and affixed to front cover. String descends from top of binding headband in interior of book to about 6 cm below bottom with small shell tied on through hole that has been drilled into it.
    RBC has copy 5/21.
    Description: 18 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  3. Poesía erótica cubana
    Author: Juan Nicolás Padrón Barquín; Luisa Pérez de Zambrana; José Martí; Juana Borrero; Regino Eladio Boti y Barreiro; All authors
    Publisher: La Habana, Cuba : Costanera Editorial, 2016.
    Series: Colección Veintiúnica.
    Edition/Format: Print book : Poetry : Biography : SpanishView all editions and formats
    Subjects
    Erotic poetry, Cuban.
    Artists’ books — Specimens.
    OCLC Number: 972679814
    Notes: Limited edition of 21 numbered copies.
    Front has title collaged onto corrugated cardboard covers that have been cut around drawing of a figure to show corrugation beneath and painted in red. Maroon yarn is wrapped around figure’s neck and tied in a knot. String descends from bottom of binding headband in interior of book for about 6 cm with small shell tied on through hole that has been drilled into it.
  4. Libertad sin abolición : la dimensión política de los conflictos entre africanos y traficantes en los tribunales cubanos, La Habana 1795-1844 = Libertade sem aboliçăo : la dimensăo política dos conflitos entre africanos e traficantes de escravos nos tribunais cubanos, Havana, 1795-1844
    Author: Aisnara Perera Díaz; María de los Ángeles Meriño Fuentes; Iacy Maia Mata; Carlos Miguel Oliva; Johann E Trujillo; All authors
    Publisher: Matanzas, Cuba : Ediciones Vigía, 2016.
    Series: Colección Venablos.
    Edition/Format: Print book : Spanish
    Subjects
    Artists’ books — Cuba.
    Slavery — Cuba — History — 19th century.
    Slave trade — Cuba — History — 19th century.
    ISBN: 9789592402249 9592402248
    OCLC Number: 945560446
    Notes: One of a series of handmade books published by Ediciones Vigia under the auspices of the Cuban Ministry of Culture.
    Parallel text in Spanish and Portuguese.
    An artists’ book digitally printed on white and brown papers, with cut-out human figures adhered to front and back covers. Spine wrapped in burlap cloth.. Includes onlay of Ediciones Vigía lamp logo on back, with hand coloring.
    “Edición: Laura Ruiz, Dibujos: Carlos M. Oliva, Diseño: Johann E. Trujillo”–Colophon.
    One of a series of handmade books published by Ediciones Vigía.
    Limited edition of 200 copies.
    Description: 50 pages : illustrations (black and white), 28 cm.

 

Aisnara Perera Díaz can be heard in the following clip. Whose story has inspired the creation of the Libertad sin abolición : la dimensión política de los conflictos entre africanos y traficantes en los tribunales cubanos, La Habana 1795-1844 = Libertade sem aboliçăo : la dimensăo política dos conflitos entre africanos e traficantes de escravos nos tribunais cubanos, Havana, 1795-1844.

New Books from Mexico.

Developing our collection of books from Mexico remains my priority as the newly appointed librarian for Latin American and the Caribbean Studies at UC Berkeley. I believe that Mexico, its cultural production, and colleagues have played an extremely important role in my life. Growing up, I had heard stories about one of the Indian anarchists /revolutionaries Mr. Pandurang Kankhoje living and working in Mexico in the 1920s. While most of the stories seemed more close to the narratives of the early Indic mythology, my own journey in the field of Latin American Studies was inspired by these early stories. I now realize that not all stories that seem to be mythological are fictions. There are realities embedded within these narratives that one can learn through a historical lens.

As I started to work as the librarian for Latin America at UC Berkeley, I began to also think about my early days in the racist Los Angeles, where the solace was in las fiestas and the invitations from a close-knit community of Mexican, other Latin American workers with whom I interacted on daily basis. Not a single time, I felt that as an Indian immigrant, I was an outsider. Since then Mexico and its culture have remained an object of affect and admiration. As a librarian here, I have sworn to develop the best possible collection of materials on behalf of our faculty and students. I believe that Mexican imprints that can circulate and used by faculty and students are an important cornerstone of my collection development policies at UC Berkeley. Please see the images of the recent important books from Mexico that we have purchased. These will be made available to our audiences upon their cataloging in Doe Library. Please click on the image below to get access to all of the photos of our new purchases from Mexico.

New Year, and New Books!

As we return from our holiday break, I wanted to wish you a belated Happy New Year and share with you some selected images of the recently published books from Brazil, Peru, and Haiti. These books will be cataloged and made available for our readers.

The books from Brazil remain an important collection development priority for UC Berkeley Library. I have been proactively collecting Brazilian books for our faculty and students. Please click on the image below to get a glimpse of what has come in this month.

 

The pictures of books from Haiti and Peru can be also seen by clicking on the embedded links. One of the interesting books that I am glad to share with you is a 2017 edition of Atlas de comunidades nativas y áreas naturales protegidas del nordeste de la Amazonía peruana.

Atlas de comunidades nativas y áreas naturales protegidas del nordeste de la Amazonía peruana
Author: Richard Chase Smith; Carla Soria; Instituto del Bien Común.
Publisher: Lima, Perú : Instituto del Bien Común, 2017.
Edition/Format: Map : Atlas : Spanish
Subjects
Natural resources conservation areas — Peru — Amazonas — Maps.
Natural resources conservation areas — Peru — Cajamarca (Department) — Maps.
Natural resources conservation areas — Peru — Loreto (Department) — Maps.

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