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October 12, 1994
1995 Calendars Highlight Library of Congress Collections
Fifteen calendars featuring the wide-ranging collections of the Library of Congress have been released for 1995. Produced cooperatively by the Library and Pomegranate Publications, Rohnert Park, Calif., the calendars draw on the Library's collections to illuminate and illustrate different facets of art, cartography, ethnography, social history, literature and music.
The 12 full-color wall calendars, with a different image for every month, cover subjects from Native Americans to Art Nouveau posters to the Civil War, while the three spiral-bound desk calendars highlight children's book illustration, daring women and literary people and events. All of the calendars are printed on heavy-weight, glossy stock and are now available in the Library's Madison Sales Shop as well as from bookstores and other calendar retailers. Bulk orders and general inquiries can be made directly to Pomegranate Calendars & Books, toll-free, at (800) 227-1428.
The titles of the calendars are:
- The Civil War -- fourth in a series, featuring more than 40 full- color and duotone illustrations, 20 to 30 historical entries for each month, and continuing excerpts from the diaries of John Yates Beall, a Confederate soldier, and
- Lawrence Van Alstyne, a Union infantryman. This edition of The Civil War also includes a 15"x20" poster suitable for framing (13"x12"; $11.95).
- Alphonse Mucha -- a rich sampling of the poster and book illustration work of Mucha (1860-1939), one of the finest and best-known practitioners of the Art Nouveau style, including the 1894 Sarah Bernhardt poster that launched his career (12"x12"; $10.95).
- The American Cowboy -- an artful gathering of images that convey both the realities and myths of one of America's most enduring and romanticized symbols. This sampling of some of the most striking cowboy images from the Library's collections includes photos from the J.C.H. Grabill and Farm Security Administration collections (12"x12"; $9.95).
- Edward S. Curtis: Portraits of Native Americans -- second in a series, the calendar features 12 evocative photo reproductions taken by Curtis as he compiled his monumental work The North American Indian (1907-1930). The visual power and humanity of Curtis's subjects suffuse the images in this monthly calendar, which also contains important events in Native American history (12"x12"; $10.95).
- A Literary Companion -- fourth in a series, this popular and informative collection of biographical essays and historic photographs features 12 notable writers, from Ivan Turgenev to Ursula Le Guin. It also includes birthdays of literary figures for each day of the year (12"x12"; $10.95).
- The World of Oscar Wilde -- a gathering of memorabilia, quotations and images of one of the Victorian age's most celebrated and notorious literary geniuses, culled from various collections of the Library of Congress (12"x12"; $10.95).
- Women Who Dared -- fourth in a series, this best-selling title features photographs, quotations and short biographies of 12 path-breaking women, from Gray Panthers founder Maggie Kuhn to Nobel Peace Prize recipient Riogoberta Menchu. The calendar includes citations for additional reading and birthdays of daring women (13"x12"; $10.95).
- Classical Music -- Fourth in a series, the calendar features photographs, manuscripts, instruments and descriptive text relating to the Library's extensive music collections. It includes birthdays and other musical milestones, as well as a selection of pertinent quotes (14"x16"; $13.95).
- N.C. Wyeth -- a sampling of the art of well-known illustrator N.C. Wyeth, father of Andrew and grandfather of Jamie, who was a powerful and versatile artist in his own right during the first third of the 20th century, from the Library's general collections (12"x12"; $10.95).
- By Any Means Necessary: The Protest Poster in America -- a lively and thought-provoking assemblage of powerful images from the Library's Yanker Poster Collection, celebrating the oldest of American activities: petitioning one's government (and attempting to sway fellow citizens). It also features entries marking significant protests in American history (12"x12"; $10.95).
- Courting Justice: The Evolution of Law -- a wealth of visual imagery and test from the Law Library and general collections in the Library of Congress that provide an engaging smorgasbord of Western law -- its history and development, triumphs and follies -- and the unique reflection of societal evolution it embodies. The calendar highlights important events in legal history (13"x12"; $10.95).
- Maps of the Heavens -- second in a series, this oversized art calendar features 12 dazzling 15th and 16th century representations of celestial phenomena in full color from the Library's Rare Book and Special Collections Division (17"x20"; $17.95).
- Engagement calendar: A Literary Companion - fourth in a popular series featuring an enigmatic-looking Herman Melville on the cover, the Literary Companion for 1995 is packed with all- new photographs, quotations, literary lore, and dates related to authors, their works and the writing life (6"x9"; $11.95).
- Engagement calendar: Dreams of Childhood -- a collection of 53 full-color illustrations and excerpts of text from children's books in the Library's collections, from the tender and amusing world of Raggedy Ann creator Johnny Gruelle to the rich realism of Jessie Willcox Smith (6"x9"; $11.95).
- Engagement calendar: Women Who Dare -- an instant hit in its first desk version last year, the Women Who Dare engagement calendar for 1995 features a new array of 53 women from all walks of life and historical periods who challenged adversity and limitations. It also includes important dates and birthdays in women's history (6"x9"; $11.95).
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