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Up Western! Special Collections Book of the Month

As Western faces strenuous fiscal challenges,
it may help to remember that
the institution has met and  surmounted such situations before, notably  in the mid-1970s. At that time, budgetary cutbacks resulted in invocation of the dread Reduction in Force (RIF) policy resulting in numerous lay-offs.

Western’s faculty engaged in vigorous debate with then-President Jerry Flora, a peppery leader with a distinctly confrontational style. Out of this environment came Up Western, a slim volume illustrating the viewpoint of the then-faculty union (AFT Local 2084) through cartoons and sharp caricatures of Flora created by faculty members Bob Balas and Bob Urso, professors of French and Art, respectively.

Balas, who taught from 1969 to 2001, passed away in 2006; Urso came to Western in 1969 and retired in 2008. Together, they created indelible images of the interactions between equally passionate parties at a pivotal moment in Western’s history. As Up Western demonstrates, a little humor at such times never hurts.

Author: Robert Balas
Publication Information:Bellingham, Wash. : AFT Local 2084, 197-?
Location:Special Collections -- The Western Collection
Call Number: Balas, R.
December, 2010

~Marian Alexander, Special Collections

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Up Western

Author: 
Robert Balas
Publication Information: 
Bellingham, Wash. : AFT Local 2084, 197-?
Location: 
Special Collections -- The Western Collection
Call Number: 
Balas, R.
December, 2010
As Western faces strenuous fiscal challenges, it may help to remember that the institution has met and surmounted such situations before, notably  in the mid-1970s. At that time, budgetary cutbacks resulted in invocation of the dread Reduction in Force (RIF) policy resulting in numerous lay-offs.
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Fine Facsimile Publisher Visits Special Collections

On October 8, 2010, a representative of the fine facsimile publisher M. Moleiro, based in Barcelona, visited Special Collections while participating in the 2010 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair. The M. Moleiro company specializes in the reproduction of codices, maps, and works of art usually made on parchment, vellum, paper, or papyrus created between the 13th and 16th centuries. Many national as well as major museum libraries hold facsimiles created by the company. Here, Jeanne Armstrong of the library faculty and Kathryn Vulic of the English department examine examples of Moleiro’s outstanding work.

   
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Book of Beasts: Special Collections Book of the Month

Book of beasts: a facsimile 
  Book of Beasts: a facsimile of MS Bodley
  764 /
introduction by Christopher de Hamel.

  Full facsimile reproduction of a 13th century illuminated
  manuscript, a bestiary, created in England, perhaps in
  Salisbury, possibly commissioned by Roger de Mohaut.

  Location:
  Special Collections -- Rare Book Collection -- Oversize

  Call Number:
PR275.B47 H36 2008


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Book of beasts : a facsimile of MS Bodley 764 / introduction by Christopher de Hamel.

Author: 
Bodleian Library. Manuscript. Bodley 764.
Publication Information: 
Oxford : Bodleian Library, 2008.
Location: 
Special Collections -- Rare Book Collection -- Oversize
Call Number: 
PR275.B47 H36 2008
November, 2010

Book of Beasts Jacket

Full facsimile reproduction of a 13th century illuminated manuscript, a bestiary, created in England, perhaps in Salisbury, possibly commissioned by Roger de Mohaut.

On the jacket cover there are two illustrations, cropped from illustrations in this wonderful book. 

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The Fly-Fisher's Craft: the Art and History

Author: 
Darrel Martin
Publication Information: 
Guildford, Conn.: The Lyons Press, 2006
Location: 
Special Collections - Fly Fishing Collection
Call Number: 
SH451.M385 2006
July, 2010

Fly Fisher's CraftFly fishing is more than a sport and this book, The Fly-Fisher's Craft: the Art and History, by Darrel Martin, is testimony to the passion it can ignite and the incredible quest it can lead on on.

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The Yearling

Author: 
By Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Publication Information: 
New York: Scribner, 1961, c1939
Location: 
Special Collections - Campus School Collection
Call Number: 
PS3535. A845 Y43 1961
August, 2010

An old standby just in time for your summer reading list. The Yearling won the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1939 and was the best-selling novel in America in 1938. This edition has illustrations by N.C.

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Rivers Of The Heart: A Fly-Fishing Memoir

Author: 
Raymond, Steve; illustrated by August C. Kristoferson
Publication Information: 
New York: The Lyons Press, 1998
Location: 
Special Collections - Fly Fishing Collection
Call Number: 
SH456 R393 1998
October, 2010

As fall settles in it’s a great time to take your fly-fishing indoors and curl up in a chair with a great read. One of my favorites is Steve Raymond’s, Rivers of the Heart: a Fly-Fishing Memoir; illustrated by August C. Kristoferson. A contemplative book, Mr. Raymond shares those things that matter most: the people, places, and things vital to his sport and to him.

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What It Used To Be Like: a Portrait of My Marriage to Raymond Carver

Author: 
Maryann Burk Carver
Publication Information: 
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2006
Location: 
Special Collections -- Northwest Collection
Call Number: 
PS3553.A7894 Z595 2006 (1st ed., signed)
September, 2010

The recent appearance of a new biography of Raymond Carver, as well as fresh speculation about the involvement of his editor in shaping his work has once again piqued interest in this prodigiously gifted author who lived and died hard in the Pacific Northwest. This book is a poignant memoir by Carver's first wife, Maryann Burk, whose role in the realization of Carver's unique genius has been treated inconsistently by biographers and critics alike.

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