COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: American Big Game Fishing, 1935

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By Steve Hersh

 

American Big Game Fishing (1935) is a must-see for all fishing enthusiasts who want to learn more about the different kinds of fish that exist all over the United States and what methods, environments, and seasons are the most viable for a great catch. It likens fishing to an art form and describes it with open reverence, in which “no other sport offers such a panorama of beauty, never twice alike.”

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Ernest Hemingway pictured with his catch in the chapter “Marlin Off Cuba.”

Captured within this large, comprehensive volume compiled by renowned sportsman and author Eugene V. Connett is an unabashed and fruitful celebration of the sport, giving vivid descriptions of baiting, luring, and catching fish while explaining their migratory patterns and how the weather and the ever-changing seascape affects their populations.

As opposed to most other sports, having the ocean as a playing field not only offers breath-taking scenery but also a tumultuous and unpredictable one, which promises its own unique brand of excitement. Learning to master it is a difficult task, and the book leaves no stone unturned in its quest to teach readers how to make the most out of their fishing trip and what crucial advice to follow. Several anecdotes by various contributors, including one by acclaimed American author Ernest Hemingway are also contained within, detailing some of the best catches the country has to offer accompanied with photos of the largest fish ever reeled in.

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Furthermore, many individual pages feature intricate drawings of fish that mirror the style of old illuminated manuscripts which would  begin the first paragraph of each chapter with a decorative letter and which would line passages with all kinds of ostentatious ornamentation. Hand-drawn diagrams of fish are also included to show certain details that photographs can’t capture, such as the different methods of baiting hooks, and the book’s many maps outline the specific locations of certain fish on various local American coasts. The volume finally concludes with a list of astonishing world records as of 1935, illustrating how vast and popular of a sport fishing is and how it has drawn people of all ages and cultures from all over the globe to take part in it.

 

 

COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL is written by Yvette Yurubi and showcases unique items at Special Collections and the University Archives discovered by librarians and staff members while on the job. They gather monthly for “Show and Tell” to present their top finds. You too can experience these items up close, and access other rare and interesting treasures, by visiting Special Collections and the University Archives, located on the 8th floor of the Otto G. Richter Library.



COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: aUI: The Language of Space

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By Yvette Yurubi

 

Seeking to bridge the gaps of communication between ourselves and worlds beyond, John W. Weilgart created what is described as not a “concocted language” but a “rediscovery of the basic categories of human thought and expression.” In his book, aUI: The Language of Space (1968), Weilgart sought to reduce language to its most primitive and intuitive form to create a universal understanding of it that can bypass cultural divide and prejudices. The book also claims that his language of space, known as aUI (and pronounced a-OO-ee), is capable of simplifying our thought process to a bare state where one can only express what they truly mean without hiding behind metaphors and connotations.

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In The Language of Space Weilgart sought to reduce language to its most primitive and intuitive form. (Click to view full page.)

In addressing the origin of this language, Weilgart himself once explained that it came from a green elf-like humanoid from outer space who decided to teach it to him so he’d be able to transcend barriers and speak with all intelligent beings. In order to educate humanity as a whole and prepare them for their eventual contact with the unknown, he wanted to pass along the language to as many people as possible to inspire and encourage them to engage in civil  negotiations with extraterrestrials rather than approach them aggressively.

In keeping with his noble intentions, each page is outlined with detailed drawings and descriptions of the origins of each symbol, all of which illustrate what he indicates is simple and intrinsic logic. For instance, a single circle serves as the symbol for “space,” and a circle with a dot inside means “inside” while “power” is represented by what appears to be a lightning bolt. These symbols can also be combined in different patterns to form new words and meanings. The book goes on to explain the grammatical structures and pronunciation in further depth to leave readers well-equipped with all of the language’s nuances. So those of you who are interested in communicating with and flattering our future overlords to prevent our eradication as a species should definitely give it a look!

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The book contains detailed drawings and descriptions of the origins of each symbol included in the language of the space. (Click to view full page.)

COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL is written by Yvette Yurubi and showcases unique items at Special Collections and the University Archives discovered by librarians and staff members while on the job. They gather monthly for “Show and Tell” to present their top finds. You too can experience these items up close, and access other rare and interesting treasures, by visiting Special Collections and the University Archives, located on the 8th floor of the Otto G. Richter Library.



COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Train Approaching UM’s Student Union

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By Marcia Heath, University Archives technician

 

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Train approaching Student Union, University of Miami Office of Communications and Marketing Historical Photograph Collection [Collection in Process]

A recent and generous donation from the University of Miami’s Office of Communications and Marketing has provided us with several boxes of captivating photographs which hail as far back as the mid-1900s and capture the essence of university life from UM’s formative years to the present. The growth and transformation of our campus is well documented in these photographs through candid, everyday shots of students, faculty, and staff. The photographs also focus on a particularly interesting aspect of the University during the near decade in which UM owned its very own locomotive train line.

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The Gold Coast Railroad operated from 1958 to 1966. University of Miami Office of Communications and Marketing Historical Photograph Collection [Collection in Process]

How this even transpired was largely due to the efforts of several train enthusiasts in University of Miami’s early administration, who managed to convince the U.S. General Services Administration to lease a set of railroad tracks that had been located near the University of Miami South campus to the University to be turned into a fully operational train. The Miami Railroad Historical Society was then formed and placed in charge of the entire operation, and they officially named the line “The Gold Coast Railroad.” It remained in service from 1958 to 1966, acquiring new train carts along the way through generous donations and concentrated efforts from the administration, and eventually expanded enough to offer rides to the general public.

The Gold Coast Railroad was discontinued during the Cuban Missile Crisis so that the land could be used by the CIA. The train line never reopened. However, the cherished memories of this once treasured University feature are well preserved through these photos. Be sure to visit the University Archives at the Otto G. Richter Library to view this collection.

COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL is written by Yvette Yurubi and showcases unique items at Special Collections and the University Archives discovered by librarians and staff members while on the job. They gather monthly for “Show and Tell” to present their top finds. You too can experience these items up close, and access other rare and interesting treasures, by visiting Special Collections and the University Archives, located on the 8th floor of the Otto G. Richter Library.



COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: The Grandes Heures of Anne of Brittany

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By Cristina Favretto, head of Special Collections

 

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More than 300 pages of the illuminated manuscript have large borders illustrated with a careful depiction of, usually, a single species of plant.

The Grandes Heures of Anne of Brittany (Les Grandes Heures d’Anne de Bretagne in French) is a book of hours that had been originally commissioned by Anne of Brittany, consort of King Louis XII of France and illuminated in Tours or perhaps Paris by Jean Bourdichon between 1503 and 1508. Though our copy is an 1861 facsimile of the book, it showcases the fine quality and care that went into the nineteenth century printing process.

Facsimiles like these often sell for prices well into the thousands today due to the level of accuracy they capture of the original, including its drawings and trimmings which are finely illustrated with rich, appealing colors. Its pages are also delicately lined with gold paint at the edges to emulate the air of luxury that the original contained, and the text inside is presented in beautiful calligraphy, surrounded by adornments of flowers, curling vines, and depictions of various daily scenes of Anne in worship.

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Scenes from the Life of Christ and that of Mary are depicted as well as a number of portraits and scenes of saints.

The book is so detailed and intricate that it contains over a hundred different species of plants simply being used as borders and decorations, and the portraits themselves are an excellent homage to medieval religious art, reflecting the essence of it perfectly.

Since the replica had been created to scale of the original, the weight of this volume truly feels massive in one’s hands, giving the reader a small feel for how the upper echelons of French society had chosen to conduct their persona l worship. Though some would claim this more as a work of vanity than anything else considering the sheer level of labor put into it and how many times Anne shows up as a subject caught in reverent supplication, it is difficult not to feel awed by the presence and magnitude the book has to offer. It’s a stunning work of art on visual merit alone that overpowers the actual text within which primarily offers daily prayers to be recited during canonical times of the day.

 

 

 

COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL is written by Yvette Yurubi and showcases unique items at Special Collections and the University Archives discovered by librarians and staff members while on the job. They gather monthly for “Show and Tell” to present their top finds. You too can experience these items up close, and access other rare and interesting treasures, by visiting Special Collections and the University Archives, located on the 8th floor of the Otto G. Richter Library.