Sunday, September 03, 2017

Links & Reviews

- Rare Book School scholarship and fellowship applications are now available, with a due date of 1 November.

- The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair is coming up on 8–10 September. Purchase of an opening night preview ticket benefits the RBS Scholarship Fund. Hope to see some of you there!

- Scans of the Library of Congress' collection of Alexander Hamilton papers are now available online.

- A hard drive containing unpublished works by Terry Pratchett was destroyed by steam roller this week, per the author's wishes.

- Ithaka S+R and the Mellon Foundation have released a report on employee diversity in ARL libraries.

- Jeanette Lerman writes on the current LCP exhibition "The Living Book" for the Philadelphia Inquirer, highlighting the (utterly wonderful) leaf books of Joseph Breintnall.

- David Fuchs talked on "Morning Edition" this week about Walter and Graham Judd's Flora of Middle Earth.

- Miriam Katazawi reports in for the Globe and Mail from an ongoing inventory at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.

- Books from Vivien Leigh's library will go on the auction block on 26 September at Sotheby's London.

Reviews

- Two Walt Whitman texts recently identified and edited by Zachary Turpin; review by Ted Genoways in the NYTimes.

- David Williams' When the English Fall; review by Abigail Deutsch in the NYTimes.

- Lawrence P. Jackson's Chester B. Himes: A Biography; review by Robert B. Stepto in the WaPo.

- Helen Pilcher's Bring Back the King and Ursula K. Heise's Imagining Extinction; review by Colin Dickey in the LARB.

- Carol Berkin's A Sovereign People; review by Monica Rico in the LARB.

Upcoming Auctions

- Printed Books, Maps & Documents at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 6 September.

- Rare Books & Manuscripts, with the Fred Bennett Collection of the Book Club of California at PBA Galleries on 7 September.

- Eric C. Caren – How History Unfolds on Paper at Cowan's Auctions on 8 September.

- Books and Ephemera at National Book Auctions on 9 September.

- Fine Books and Manuscripts at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on 13 September.

- Books at Heritage Auctions on 14 September.

- The Glory of Science at Bloomsbury on 14 September.

- Rare Cartography – Americana – Travel & Exploration at PBA Galleries on 21 September.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Links & Reviews

- An important early Latin commentary on the Gospels has been identified in the Cologne Cathedral Library and translated into English for the first time.

- A copy of the Columbus Letter stolen from the Vatican Library and replaced with a fake has been located and returned.

- A fire in the southern Italian city of Cosenza has reportedly destroyed a private museum "housing the collection of the Bilotti Ruggi D'aragona family, described as "the most important library in southern Italy."

- On the Library of Congress blog, a Q&A with aspiring book conservator Riley Thomas.

- Over at Past is Present, "Collaborative Bibliographic Data Production," by Nigel Lepianka and "Unpacking a Digital Library" by Adam Fales.

- The Boston Globe reports on the identification and recent production of a 17th-century play, the manuscript of which was found in the BPL's collections.

- Vanderbilt has acquired the George Clulow and United States Playing Card Co. Gaming Collection.

- The "I am Jack the Ripper" postcard will be offered at auction in October.

Reviews

- John Clayton's Wonderlandscape; review by Dennis Drabelle in the WaPo.

- Laurent Binet's The Seventh Function of Language; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

- James Delbourgo's Collecting the World; review by John Gallagher in the Irish Times.

Upcoming Auction

- Fine Books in All Fields at PBA Galleries on 31 August.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Links & Reviews

- Over at American Book Collecting, a transcription of an unpublished account of antiquarian bookselling in the early 1880s by Isaac Mendoza, plus some background info. Very much worth a read, and many thanks to Kurt for posting it.

- Cécilia Duminuco posts for the Cambridge University Library Special Collections Blog on "Conserving Darwin's Library and its curiosities."

- Some early illustrated editions of Robinson Crusoe are highlighted on the Princeton Graphic Arts Collection blog.

- One theft report from the ABAA to pass along.

- An urgent appeal has been launched to save John Milton's cottage.

- Benjamin Park talks to Carla Gardina Pestana about her new book The English Conquest of Jamaica at The Junto.

- The APHA blog posts a query about print industry statistics; if you can help the researcher, please do.

- Pegasus Books has published Bibliomysteries, a collection of commissioned original stories edited by Otto Penzler.

- There's a lovely "In Memoriam" post on the ABAA blog for bookseller Jack Hanrahan.

- On the LC blog, "A Different Sense of Thomas Jefferson's Library."

- Susan Halpert writes about "A Curious Manuscript" for the Houghton Library Blog.

- David Barnett writes for the Independent about the upcoming sale of the KoKo collection at Heritage Auctions.

Reviews

- Carla Gardina Pestana's The English Conquest of Jamaica; review by Casey Schmitt at The Junto.

- Rebecca Romney and J.P. Romney's Printer's Error; review by John Paul at popmatters.

- Margaret Willes' The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn; review by Frances Wilson in the Spectator.

- Walter Stahr's Stanton; review by Thomas Mallon in the NYTimes.

- Mattias Boström's From Holmes to Sherlock; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Miniature Books: The Library of a Gentleman Collector at PBA Galleries on 24 August.

- Rare Books, Manuscripts & Ephemera at Addison & Sarova on 26 August.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Links & Reviews

- The lineup for the 2018 Melbourne Australasian Rare Books School is now available.

- More from the "Discovering Lost Manuscripts" project at Echoes from the Vault.

- Terry Seymour seeks assistance with a census of the first edition of Boswell's Life of Johnson.

- The Willison Foundation Charitable Trust is offering grants of up to £4,000 for research on topics related to book history and bibliography.

- The NEH announced $39.3 million in grants for 245 humanities projects this week.

- Julie Mellby has a series of posts on the Princeton Graphic Arts blog about her time in Richard Ovenden's RBS course last week.

- E.B. White's Maine farm is up for sale. Anybody got $3.7 million?

- Christie's profiles their head librarian, Lynda McLeod.

- Over on the Lilly Library blog, LIS student Rachel Makarowski writes about the 1616 folio edition of Ben Jonson's works.

- Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden is featured in the NYTRB "By the Book" column.

- Katherine Mansfield's first known story has been identified at Wellington (NZ) City Library.

- New from OCLC Research, "The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting."

Reviews

- Cass Sunstein's #republic; review by David Weinberger in the LARB.

- Eric Kurlander's Hitler's Monsters; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

- Terry Burrows' The Art of Sound; review by Michael Lindgren in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auction

- Americana - Travel & Exploration - World History - Cartography at PBA Galleries on 10 August.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Links & Reviews

- In Science, "Goats, bookworms, a monk's kiss: Biologists reveal the hidden history of ancient gospels."

- Alison Flood and Sian Cain report on "the strange world of book thefts" for the Guardian.

- Julie Miller posts for the LOC blog about a recent acquisition: the 1783 petition from loyalist Isaac Low to the Loyalist Claims Commission.

- Over at JHIBlog, Spencer Weinreich on the "forgotten partnership" between Houdini and Lovecraft.

- "A Possible Keats" from Fleur Jaeggy in the TLS.

- Phyllis Richardson writes for the Guardian on the "real buildings behind fictional houses."

- Liz Adams notes a neat provenance example from the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection at Duke.

- Some finds from the backlog are highlighted over at Echoes from the Vault.

- Historian Thomas Fleming died this week at the age of 90. NYTimes obituary.

- Over at Motherboard, "Why is the Internet Archive Painstakingly Preserving One Man's Junk Mail?"

- Lynne Thomas has been appointed head of the University of Illinois Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Reviews

- David Waldstreicher's new Library of America edition of the diaries of John Quincy Adams; review by Richard Brookhiser in the WSJ.

- Peter Parker's Housman Country; review by Alan Riding in the NYTimes.

- David Williams' When the English Fall; review by Swapna Krishna in the LATimes.

Looks like a quiet auction week.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Links & Reviews

- Theft alert: four signed books were stolen from Bloomington, IN.

- The AHA posted a quick update on congressional budget actions taken last week regarding cultural heritage programs. It's good news so far, but we must keep the pressure on.

- Preview tickets for this year's Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair (8–10 September) are now available; this year proceeds from the preview will benefit the Rare Book School Scholarship fund.

- The Princeton Graphic Arts Collection blog highlights a new edition of Swift's A Modest Proposal.

- From the same blog, a short piece about William Earl Dodge and the preservation of some of Audubon's bird plates.

- Susan Falciani profiles book thief James Richard Shinn for Atlas Obscura.

- A new "fused imaging" technique developed at Northwestern University may be useful for reading fragments hidden inside bookbindings.

- Over at Lux Mentis, Booksellers, Ian Kahn posts about an absolutely awesome new acquisition: a record player, albums, and technical specs from the Library of Congress' Talking Books project. He's shared lots of pictures too - have a look!

- Erin Blake writes about her time at Rare Book School at The Collation: "I learned to read Secretary Hand!!!! (And so can you)"

- Janice Hansen writes for the Chapel Hill Rare Book Blog about a recent find in the stacks.

- Duke has acquired a volume from Thomas Jefferson's library that also happened to be owned later by William Howard Taft.

- Ian Sansom rereads Jane Austen for the TLS.

Reviews

- Robert Thake's A Publishing History of a Prohibited Best-Seller; review by David Coward in the TLS.

- Francis Spufford's Golden Hill; review by Karen Heller in the WaPo.

- Adam Begley's The Great Nadar; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Fine Literature & Fine Books at PBA Galleries on 27 July.

- Rare Books and Works on Paper at Bloomsbury on 27 July.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Links & Reviews

- A very happy anniversary to Tavistock Books, celebrating twenty years on Saturday! They've posted a Q&A with Vic Zoschak to mark the occasion.

- From Scientific American, "Peering beneath the Surface of Ancient Manuscripts."

- A €10 million redevelopment plan has been announced by the National Library of Ireland.

- Roger Gaskell and Erin Schreiner write about the new replica 18th-century rolling press at Rare Book School at JHIBlog.

- From Aaron Pratt at Cultural Compass (the HRC blog), "Instructions for reading aloud in the Gutenberg Bible."

- The Watkinson Library at Trinity College has acquired the personal library of Trinity alumnus Charles Hayden Proctor, kept intact since Proctor's death in 1890.

- Nate Pedersen talks to Edwin D. Rose for the FB&C "Bright Young Collectors" series.

- ABAA posted an alert about a missing book in San Francisco.

- Willamette Week highlights The Brautigan Library.

- The MHS has acquired Col. Robert Gould Shaw's Civil War sword, which recently turned up in a Shaw family home.

- At the Peter Harrington blog, "The Book Huntresses: Women Bibliophiles."

- Katy Lasdow talks to Alea Henle for the Junto's "Where Historians Work" series.

- There's a fascinating update on the Discovering Lost Manuscripts Project at the University of St. Andrews.

- A new exhibition at Marsh's Library highlights the stories of books stolen from the library since its founding.

- Biblio and Rare Book Hub are partnering to allow Hub subscribers to sell directly through the site using Biblio's search and e-commerce systems.

- Sarah Hovde posts at The Collation about some tricky Shakespearean "novelettes."

- Book collector Sir Sydney Carlyle Cockerell is featured as the ONDB "Life of the Week."

- Over at Steamboats Are Ruining Everything, Caleb Crain offers "A Longitudinal study of self-presentation on the interwebs."

- Biographer Kenneth Silverman died this week; see the NYTimes obituary.

- The ABAA blog reposts Richard Norman's "History of Vellum and Parchment."

- Book collector John Mellman has posted a "History and Personal Assessment" of the Harper Torchbooks series at Publishing History.

- I've begun playing around with Tropy, a new software program for research photo management from CHNM. Still in beta, but it looks really promising so far! [h/t Mitch Fraas]

Book Reviews

- The Card Catalog; review by Michael Lindgren in the WaPo.

- Lucy Worsley's Jane Austen at Home; review by Amy Bloom in the NYTimes.

- Helen Kelly's Jane Austen: The Secret Radical; review by John Sutherland in the NYTimes.

- Fred Kaplan's Lincoln and the Abolitionists; review by Manisha Sinha in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Printed Books, Maps & Documents at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 19 July.

- Children's & Illustrated Books at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 20 July.

- Space Exploration at Sotheby's New York on 20 July.