On Display: Dombey and Son

Dombey and Son
Written by Charles Dickens, Illustrations by Hablot Knight Browne
823.8 D555dom v. 1 and 2 Greenfield Special Collections

Dombey and Son (also known by its full title Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son, Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation) marked the seventh novel for Charles Dickens, and was serialized between 1846 and 1848. The novel follows the proud and arrogant London merchant Paul Dombey as he strives to bequeath his inheritance to a male heir,
all while neglecting his daughter, Florence. The story also chronicles the rise of the railway age, as London is transformed into a growing industrial center, and older forms of commerce are made obsolete.

The edition of the book on display in Greenfield Library, published by Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1897, is based on an edition corrected by Dickens in 1867 and 1868, and features the original illustrations of the novel by Hablot Knight Browne. Browne was a longtime friend and collaborator with Dickens, and illustrated nine of his major novels, including Martin ChuzzlewitNicolas NicklebyDavid Copperfield, and A Tale of Two Cities. Browne often worked under the pen name of ‘Phiz,’ to coincide with Dickens’s own pen name ‘Boz.’

The illustrations presented here bring to life the characters and world of Dombey and Son, filled with a detail and an expressiveness that any
illustrator today should admire. While the pages of this book have deteriorated, the illustrations have retained their life and sharpness for
us to enjoy today.

Information gathered from The Dickens Index,
edited by Nicolas Bentley, Michael Slater, and Nina Burgis.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Pages 35 and 78.
823 D555z10, Greenfield Reference.

Recommended by Mike Sgier
Recommended by Mike Sgier

Library staff recommendation: Get-a-Way and Háry János

Get-a-Way and Háry János
By Maud and Miska Petersham
741.642 P442g Greenfield Vault

This book from 1933 looks like it was printed yesterday! The color and texture are especially stunning in this quaint story about Háry János the Obsitos, a Hungarian toy soldier, and his companion, the three-legged Get-a-Way. The beautiful, red-and-white polka dot endpapers lead you into a charming tale where even the sad, battered, and unwanted toys are given a new lease on life in a magical faraway place.

Recommended by Casey Murphy

Library staff recommendation: Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3: Contemporary Native and North American Art from the Northeast and Southeast

By Ellen Taubman and David Revere McFadden
Greenfield Open Stacks 704.03970904 M459ch3

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 is a beautiful compilation of works created by emerging and established native artists. They embrace and take inspiration from their cultural traditions while also expressing contemporary aesthetics and innovation. 

These are mainly recent works, created within the past five years, by more than 80 artists from the northeastern and southeastern US and Canada. This is a visual feast of vibrant images that often merge current techniques with traditional materials such as bark, fur, beads, wood, antler, bone and feathers.

This series of books should lead to a heightened understanding and appreciation of the native and indigenous art and artists of our time.
Recommended by Barb Danin

The Libraries and Lenore Tawney

Welcome back, everyone! We hope that you’ve had a rejuvenating winter break.

As you return to campus please take a moment to view the library’s complementary display to the Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For exhibition (January 17th – March 2nd, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery). Assembled by Casey Murphy and Mary Louise Castaldi in the display cases outside the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery you will find realia, library collection highlights, and a biographical timeline created using Tawney’s fiber. The realia on display is part of a generous donation from the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation. The display is made entirely from materials and resources available in the Greenfield Library and from Tawney’s own fibers.

Included in the display are images of the Tawney sculptural installation in Hamilton Hall, Cloud Labyrinth, that was part of the National Sculpture Conference held at UArts in 1992.

Lenore Tawney

The following titles from the library’s collection are on display:

Nugent, Kathleen, ed. Lenore Tawney: A Retrospective. New York: Rizzoli, 1990. Print.

Smith, Nancy. Directions 1968. Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia College of Art, 1968. Print.

Read this title online or download for free through our collection
on Internet Archive: http://archive.org/details/directions196800phil

Tawney, Lenore, Liesbeth Crommelin, and Kathleen N. Mangan. Lenore Tawney: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 11/5-30/6/1996. Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum, 1996. Print.

WCA Honor Awards: Edna Andrade, Dorothy Dehner, Lotte Jacobi, Ellen Johnson, Stella Kramrisch, Lenore Tawney, Pecolia Warner: 5th Annual Ceremony for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts. San Francisco, CA: Women’s Caucus for Art, 1983. Print.

View more of Lenore Tawney’s work in ARTstor:


Region of Fire- Lenore Tawney
“Region of Fire” Lenore Tawney, 1964



And from His Footprints Flowed a River- Lenore Tawney 1968
“And from His Footprints Flowed a River” Lenore Tawney, 1968

Discover primary sources and reviews through the library’s subscription databases!

The following articles are available through either EBSCOhost or Proquest:

Weltge, Sigrid Wortmann. “Spiritual Revolutionary.” American Craft 68.1 (2008): 90-97

Stein, Judith E. “The Inventive Genius Of Lenore Tawney.” Fiberarts 24.2 (1997): 28-34.

“In Memoriam: Lenore Tawney.” Fiberarts 34.4 (2008): 8.

A handout of library resources on Lenore Tawney is available at the Greenfield circulation desk.