stenciled music, a sea monster, and a Harry Potter knockoff

Three exciting new acquisitions in Special Collections:


For our history of the book collection, an example of an unusual printing method for music (or anything): stenciling. Description from Les Enluminures: Antiphonal for the Day Offices, Diurnale Carmelitarum in quo continentur omnia quae cantantur in choro per annum [Carmelite Diurnal Containing Everything Sung in Choir throughout the Year]. In Latin, stenciled manuscript on parchment with musical notation. France, Paris, eighteenth century, ca. 1700-40 (?) (after 1689).

Jumping ahead about three hundred years, we have a diorama-style artists’ book, Bryan Kring’s Sea Monster. From the Abecedarian Gallery description: “When the brass ring is pulled, the waves move, the sailboat rocks, and the arm of the monster rises threateningly.” Yes, it does, and it’s wonderful.

Bryan Kring Sea Monst_opt1

Last and perhaps least, Harry Potter and Leopard Walk Up to Dragon, an unauthorized Harry Potter book in Chinese, with illustrations stolen from Disney and other sources. This will be a useful book for Harry Potter fans and anyone interested in copyright and intellectual property. See this article for more information.


2 thoughts on “stenciled music, a sea monster, and a Harry Potter knockoff

  1. Joshua Lowe

    Hahaha I am literally LOLing on that Harry Potter ripoff! What the hell where they thinking. What’s more funny is that link directs you to more of Chinese Harry Potter books lol! Man, that’s some crazy stuff. I’m even confused if I should be pissed at what they did to my favorite book series or if I should be amused for what they did to my favorite book series.


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