Monthly Archives: October 2008

An exhibition of books in Oaxaca

Each time I am in Oax­a­ca I stop into the Casa De La Ciu­dad. There is always some­thing inter­est­ing in the lit­tle sala to the right of the entrance.

When I was last there (Sep­tem­ber 2008) it was the exhi­bi­tion -Los Libres, Los Via­jes, y El Tiem­po (Books, Trav­els, and Time — rough­ly)

los libros, los viajes, y el tiempo

los libros, los via­jes, y el tiem­po

The prob­lem of how to let peo­ple look at/through old­er books is not often solved at all let alone nice­ly.

display column

dis­play column

Here they have scanned/photographed the cov­ers and por­tions of the text from sev­er­al books that tie in with the exhibit. Then bound them togeth­er and left them out for peo­ple to look at.

not something you're likely to find on display in the USA

not some­thing you would find on dis­play in the USA

The­se aren’t sophis­ti­cat­ed fac­sim­i­lies. They’re just-good-enough repro­duc­tions that aren’t expect­ed to last beyond the cur­rent exhibit.

reproduction of the text pages

repro­duc­tion of the text pages

They are scanned and then print­ed sin­gle sid­ed on mat­te pho­to paper and “bound” by being sta­pled at the left mar­gin. The sta­ples are cov­ered by cloth tape.

There was this one that fas­ci­nat­ed Jim — the excerpt was from the anten­nas chap­ter.

an early radio manual from Mexico.

an ear­ly radio man­u­al from Mex­i­co.

This one is fine just for the cov­er illus­tra­tion.

that's quite a cover for a botany book!

that

This is a great solu­tion to the prob­lem of how to let peo­ple get hands on with books that can’t take the han­dling.

Cheap, tidy, and cer­tain­ly the only way I’ll ever get my hands on Dueno del Mundo by Julio Verne.

dueno del mundo por julio verne

dueno del mundo por julio verne

Bird Feeders Are Now Up

Yes­ter­day I hung the bird feed­ers for the first time this fall. One hulled seed tube and one thistle tube at the edge of the front yard next to a thick­et of ever­green trees. An ide­al spot.

bird feeders hung in the front yard

bird feed­ers hung in the front yard

I had put off fill­ing the large sun­flow­er seed feed­er (off to the left and not vis­i­ble in the­se pic­tures) in the hopes that the lit­tle birds would have a chance to dis­cov­er that the feed­ers were up before the jays descend­ed. That didn’t quite work out the way I had hoped.

first feeder visitors

first feed­er vis­i­tors

I know the lit­tle birds are out there wait­ing — I have seen them bustling in and out of the trees behind the feed­ers. Soon, soon…