Sunday, April 15, 2018

Links & Reviews

- The Morgan Library & Museum has acquired a manuscript leaf by the Master of Catherine of Cleves.

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge's coffin was recently identified in a crypt at St. Michael's Church in Highgate.

- Meaghan Brown highlights some free (and very handy) digital resources for early modern historical and literary research.

- Megan Hahn Fraser interviews Tom Knoles for Past is Present. The March 2018 AAS Almanac is also available.

- Rebecca Rego Barry rounds up some recently-published books on books.

- Kate Ozment has been compiling a Google Spreadsheet of women bibliographers, and continues to welcome contributions.

- Francis Wahlgren has joined Leslie Hindman Auctioneers as an exclusive consultant for its fine books and manuscripts department.

- Honglan Huang writes for the Yale Book History blog about Mary Serjant's seventeenth-century copybook.

- Sarah Laskow profiles "book towns" for Atlas Obscura.

- New from Oak Knoll and the Clements Library, The Pioneer Americanists: Early Collectors, Dealers, and Bibliographers.

- David Levy reports for the HRC blog about a T.J. Wise "sophistication" he found while researching Hoyle at the Ransom Center.

- The Chicago Botanic Garden has received an NEH grant to conserve and digitize its collection of rare books and manuscripts.

- Over on the Houghton Library blog, they've posted a few unidentified film stills; if you can help puzzle out the subjects, please do!

- Radio New Zealand reports on worries that the University of Auckland may literally incinerate thousands of books as it closes several libraries.

- David Whitesell writes for Notes from Under Grounds about the winners of the 52nd UVA student book collecting contest.

- A movie based on a 2004 Transylvania University special collections theft, "American Animals," opens in theaters on 1 June. Troubling, frankly, that anybody will be profiting off this attack, which left a librarian injured.

Reviews

- Jack Hartnell's Medieval Bodies; review by PD Smith in the Guardian.

- Alberto Manguel's Packing my Library; review by Claire Armitstead in the Guardian.

- Richard Powers' The Overstory; review by Barbara Kingsolver in the NYTimes.

- Jenny Uglow's Mr. Lear; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- The Knowing Eye: Photographs & Photobooks at Swann Galleries on 19 April.

- Livres Anciens & Manuscrits at Aguttes on 19 April.

- Illustrated & Children's Books - Fine Printing - Art & Photography - Books about Books at PBA Galleries on 19 April.

Books and Documents at Australian Book Auctions on 23 April.

Rare Books, Autographs & Maps at Doyle New York on 25 April.

Fine Illustrated Books & Graphics at Swann Galleries on 26 April.

Spring Magic Auction at Potter & Potter on 28 April.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Links & Reviews

Another Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair is "in the books," and most of the booksellers seemed very pleased with the results. It was very nice to catch up with many friends there over the course of the weekend.

- Heritage Auctions will sell Conan Doyle's manuscript for "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" on 18 April.

- The Economist's Prospero column focuses on the typesetting competitions of the late nineteenth century.

- Erin Blake explains this month's Collation Crocodile mystery in "Drawing for photographic reproduction."

- Paul Lewis and Sandra Hughes have an update on their efforts to turn the Old Corner Bookstore into a museum, in the New England Review of Books.

- The UNC Libraries have launched a Mellon-funded "Archivist in a Backpack" project to promote community-driven archives.

- The Society of Antiquaries has launched a crowdsourced transcription project for the card index to their collection of seal casts and matrices.

- Rudolf Schonegger, convicted of stealing a signed Harry Potter book, avoided jail time, receiving a 26-week suspended sentence.

- Nate Pedersen profiles Ryan Place for the "Bright Young Collectors" series.

- Michael Dirda writes for the WaPo on "Why the literature of antiquity still matters."

- More from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the thefts recently announced from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Reviews

- Carlos Magdalena's The Plant Messiah; review by Willy Blackmore in the LATimes.

- Anne Trubek's The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting and Patricia Lovett's The Art and History of Calligraphy; review by David Rundle in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Autographed Documents, Manuscripts, Photos, Books & Relics at University Archives on 10 April.

- Printed Books, Maps & Documents at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 11 April.

- Printed & Manuscript Americana at Swann Galleries on 12 April.

- Rare Golf Books & Memorabilia From the Collection of John Burns and the Library of Ron Muszalski, with additions at PBA Galleries on 12 April.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Links & Reviews

Back, after a wonderful trip to Scotland and Iceland followed immediately by a move. I'm taking a break from unpacking (so, so much unpacking) to get caught up here, though I'm sure there are many things I completely lost track of while I was gone. Feel free to let me know what I missed!

- Next Friday and Saturday (6–7 April) will be the Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair, in Richmond. Do visit if you can!

- One of the bookshops I visited in Edinburgh, Golden Hare Books, is featured in the Guardian's "Browse a bookshop" column.

- Pittsburgh-area police are investigating thefts from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and request any assistance. See a PDF list of some items believed stolen. More from Michael Stillman for Rare Books Monthly and from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

- Video of the panel discussion at the New York Book Fair on women and collecting is now available via the ABAA blog.

- Quite a garage find, highlighted in the Fine Books Blog.

- From Francis Morrone in The Hopkins Review, "Bookshop Memories."

- Over at Reading Copy, an interview with Heather O'Donnell and Rebecca Romney. As a reminder, the second Honey & Wax Book Collecting Contest (open to women collectors under 30) is now accepting applications!

- The National Library of New Zealand has received a collection of twenty important books printed between 1472 and 1512.

- From the Princeton Graphic Arts collection blog, "How much did a wood engraving cost in 1862?"

- The Library of Congress is running a webinar series highlighting the Mesoamerican manuscripts in their collections.

- A bookseller has been convicted of stealing a signed copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire from Hatchards in December. He was recognized by staff since he had sold items to the shop in the past.

- The University of Edinburgh has acquired a much-annotated copy of Ben Jonson's works, after the UK government instituted an export ban.

- From the University of Rochester, "The myth—and memorabilia—of Seward's Folly."

- Blake Morrison asks in the Guardian, "should an author's dying wishes be obeyed?"

- From the BL's Medieval Manuscripts blog, "Cracking a medieval code."

- At The Binder's Ticket, "Bookplates or book labels?"

- Daniel Richter posts for the Huntington Library blog on "John Ogilby's English Restoration Fantasy."

- A bit on Isaiah Thomas' library (now on LibraryThing) from yours truly as Past is Present.

- Isabel Planton is featured in the FB&C "Bright Young Librarians" series. Ditto Rebecca Baumann.

- Katarzyna Lecky writes for The Collation on "The Strange and Practical Beauty of Small-Format Herbals."

- Rich Rennicks has posted a number of links to coverage of this year's New York Antiquarian Book Fair. The NYTimes focused on fashion.

- Rebecca Romney covers book curses for Mental Floss.

- Kurt Zimmerman notes the publication of John R. Payne's Great Catalogues by Master Booksellers.

- The Guardian reported on the sale of various Sylvia Plath items at Bonhams last month. Peter Steinberg has a full rundown of the auction, and some additional analysis.

- The April Rare Book Monthly includes Bruce McKinney's "Enigma, Seeking a Eureka," about a tantalizing French manuscript (do help with that if you can!).

- At Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, another fascinating provenance hunt, this time with some cuttings from the collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

- From Adam Schachter, "Adventures of an Absent-Minded Treasure Hunter."

- The Guardian highlights some of the great Tolkien material on show as part of the major Bodleian exhibition.

- I missed the Clements Library post about "Battle Estrays" in February, so I'm grateful to J.L. Bell for noting it as he digs into one of the examples cited.

Reviews

- Lucy Mangan's Bookworm; review by Kathryn Hughes in the Guardian.

- Julia Miller's Meeting by Accident; review by Barbara Adams Hebard for BookArtsWeb.

- Jo Nesbø's Hogarth Shakespeare Macbeth; review by Alexander Larman in the Guardian.

- Daniel Kalder's The Infernal Library; review by Ernest Hilbert is in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Antique Scientific Instruments, Globes and Cameras at Dorotheum on 4 April.

- Fine & Rare Books at PBA Galleries on 5 April.

- Entertainment Memorabilia at Potter & Potter on 7 April.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Links & Reviews

Note: there will be a pause in new posts for the remainder of the month; I'll be back in April with a hefty backlog of links to share, I'm sure!

- Coming up next Sunday morning (11 March) in New York, "Collections and Women: A Panel Discussion" at the Park Avenue Armory. Sponsored by the ABAA Women's Initiative.

- The Newberry has released a new policy relating to use of images from its collections.

- An except from Alexander Bevilacqua's The Republic of Arabic Letters is up on Literary Hub.

- Andrew Dickson goes "Inside the OED" for the Guardian.

- New exhibition at Yale Law School's Lillian Goldman Law Library: "Law Books Bright and Beautiful."

- Roberta Mazza writes for HyperAllergic about the illegal trade in papyrus fragments.

- From Yale News, word that another round of scientific tests is being carried out on the Vinland Map (and that Ray Clemens is editing a book about the map).

- Via Rebecca Romney's Book Curious newsletter this week, "The Papermaker" on Vimeo is well worth a watch.

- From Lisa Fagin Davis, "Fragmentarium: A Model for Digital Fragmentology."

- Kurt Zimmerman has made up a bit of a biblio-quiz about bookselling and collecting.

- Over at Rare Books Digest, a primer on bookplates and book-labels.

- Anne Marie Roos writes for the Huntington's blog about her recent research there into the life of Martin Folkes.

- Emory University has acquired a collection of Harper Lee letters. And from the NYTimes, "Harper Lee's Will, Unsealed, Only Adds More Mystery To Her Life."

- Eric White writes for the Notabilia blog about Princeton's copy of the first separate printed edition of Virgil's Bucolica.

- From Kate Ozment at Sammelband, "Teaching Ephemera: Pamphlet Binding."

- Susan Blickhan posts some background info and explanation about the BPL's crowdsourced transcription project for anti-slavery manuscripts.

- Pradeep Sebastian writes for The Hindu about the delightful biblio-mystery The Nijmegen Proof.

- Rare books at the California State Library were damaged this week when water came through the roof into the stacks.

- Crosscut profiles University of Washington special collections library Sandra Kroupa.

- Brodie Waddell has compiled a list of free online paleography resources (&c.).

Reviews

- Three recent biblio-fiction novels reviewed by Rebecca Rego Barry at Fine Books Blog.

- John Y. Cole's America's Greatest Library; review by Ernest Hilbert in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Printed Books, Maps & Caricatures at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 7 March.

- Rare Books Signature Auction at Heritage Auctions (in New York) on 7 March.

- Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books at Swann Galleries on 8 March.

- Fine Judaica at Kestenbaum & Company on 8 March.

- Fine Literature & Fine Books at PBA Galleries on 8 March.

- Photography: The First 150 Years at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 9 March.

- Extraordinary Books and Manuscripts at Bonhams New York on 9 March.

- The David and Janice Frent Collection of Political & Presidential Americana, Part 2 at Heritage Auctions on 10 March.

- 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings at Swann Galleries on 13 March.

- The Political Cartoon Collection of Jeffrey Archer at Sotheby's London on 14 March.

- Western Americana & Texana at Heritage Auctions on 17 March.

- Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes at Bonhams London on 21 March.

- Autographs at Swann Galleries on 22 March.

- Americana - Travel & Exploration - World History - Cartography at PBA Galleries on 22 March.

- Fine Books and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions on 22 March.

- Rare Books & Paper at Addison & Sarova on 24 March.

- Books, Maps & Manuscripts at Freeman's on 28 March.

- Printed & Manuscript African-Americana at Swann Galleries on 29 March.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Links & Reviews

- From Malcolm Gay in the Boston Globe, "Turmoil Strikes the Boston Athenaeum."

- Cara Giaimo also has an "Exit Interview" with Athenaeum curator Stanley Cushing for Atlas Obscura.

- Rare Book Week in New York is approaching - lots and lots and lots going on, as usual! On the ABAA blog, some hints and tips about attending your first book fair.

- At The Collation, Elizabeth DeBold highlights a new Folger acquisition: an elaborate Restoration binding perhaps from the workshop of the Naval Binder.

- Michael Ruane writes for the WaPo about a newly resurfaced copy of the Stone facsimile of the Declaration of Independence, this one originally presented to James Madison.

- Jerry Morris has a new post at My Sentimental Library about collecting James Boswell.

- I noted last week the new census of Curtis' The North American Indian. Nate Pedersen has a short interview with Tim Greyhavens, the census coordinator, for the Fine Books Blog.

- Over on the Ransom Center blog, Elizabeth Page notes the centennial of the acquisition of the Wrenn Library.

- Antiquarian bookseller Ian Jackson died this week; there is a very nice post about his life and works at Laudator Temporis Acti.

- You can watch Sarah Werner's HRC Pforzheimer Lecture, "Early Digital Facsimiles," on the HRC's Facebook page.

- Lucy Scholes writes for the Financial Times about "the rise of the bibliomemoir."

- From Ethan Reed for the UVA Scholars' Lab blog, "Transcription is Complicated."

- New from the Beinecke Library, The Gutenberg at Beinecke, which will feature a series of essays and other content to "explore the many different meanings of the Gutenberg Bible as historical and cultural object."

- The BL has digitized and made available some 350 recordings of English folk songs made by Percy Grainger in the early years of the twentieth century.

- Trent Toone profiles Curt Bench, owner of Salt Lake City's Benchmark Books, for the Deseret News.

Review

- Rob Iliffe's Priest of Nature; review by Oliver Moody in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Illustrated & Animated: The Collections of Burningham & Blundall at Lyon and Turnbull on 28 February.

- Vintage Posters at Swann Galleries on 1 March.

- The Magic Collection of John Daniel at Potter & Potter on 3 March.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Links & Reviews

- Following the news late last year (noted here) about forged Waldseemüller world map gores, the Bavarian State Library (BSB) has announced that their copy is also a 20th-century forgery.

- The ABAA has posted a list of books stolen in transit to the California Book Fair.

- It's not often I see my little alma mater in upstate New York featured on the local news in Virginia, but it happened this week after a lock of George Washington's hair was found inside an almanac in Union College's Special Collections.

- Heather Wolfe at The Collation asks "Was Early Modern Writing Paper Expensive?"

- Jennifer Howard write for EdSurge about "What Next-Gen Digital Humanities Looks Like."

- From Alberto Manguel in the CHE, "The Magical Power of Dictionaries."

- Jessica Janecki and Lauren Reno write for The Devil's Tale about some recent work they've been doing to clarify authority and authorship records for Sojourner Truth's Narrative.

- The deadline for consideration in the first round of admissions for spring/summer 2018 Rare Book School courses is tomorrow, 19 February; submission of your application(s) by then is much encouraged.

- A census of Edward Curtis' The North American Indian is underway; please do contribute if you can.

- Dave Gary has identified some Joseph Priestley books at the American Philosophical Society, given by APS Librarian John Vaughan.

- Kelly Grovier writes for the BBC about "The Mysterious Painting that Changed How We See Colour."

- Harvard's copy of Horatio Rogers Jr.'s Private Libraries of Providence is now available for your browsing pleasure (via John Overholt).

- From the Yale Program in the History of the Book blog, Kelsey Champagne writes on a 1707 shipment of books to Jamaica. The blog, called The Census, is new, and should be added to your reading list.

- Some new research is leading to surprising findings about the Book of Kells.

- From Atlas Obscura, a profile of a professional manuscript transcriber on the Isle of Man.

- Also at Atlas Obscura, some interesting things people have found in books (other than George Washington's hair).

- Meet the newest members of the ABAA!

- Most volumes of the Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution are now freely available online.

- Newly digitized are the minutes of the American Philosophical Society for 1787 to 1793.

Book Review

- Leonard Neidorf's The Transmission of Beowulf and Corinne Dale's The Natural World in the Exeter Book of Riddles; review by Susan Irvine in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Autographed Documents, Manuscripts, Books & Relics at University Archives on 21 February.

- Fine Books - Science & Medicine - Art, Illustration & Children's Literature at PBA Galleries on 22 February.

- Comics and Comic Art at Heritage Auctions from 22 to 24 February.

- The David and Janice Frent Collection of Political & Presidential Americana, Part 2 at Heritage Auctions on 24 February.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Links & Reviews

- New from Johanna Drucker and colleagues at UCLA, History of the Book, which looks like it will be a tremendously useful resource.

- Simon Beattie offers a "Beginner's Guide" to decorated book papers on the ABAA blog.

- Lorraine Berry writes for the Guardian about our fascination with lost books.

- A full article has now been published in Review of English Studies on the recent identification of a Donne manuscript in the collections of Westminster Abbey.

- At American Book Collecting, "Samuel Hand and the First American Edition of De Bury's Philobiblon."

- Erin Schreiner's in Atlas Obscura with a piece looking at the New York Society Library's circulation records over time.

- Alison Flood reports for the Guardian about a potential new source for some of Shakespeare's plays, identified using plagiarism-detection software. See also Michael Blanding's piece in the NYTimes.

- The Huntington Library has acquired an interesting Darwin family photo album.

- Keith Houston has a Miscellany post on French language rules and naming regulations.

- Ed Simon offers a 350th-anniversary Paradise Lost reading list at The Millions.

- The BL's Medieval Manuscripts blog highlights Æthelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, and another post examines the carpet pages in the Lindisfarne Gospels.

- Alexander Zawacki writes for Atlas Obscura about a book of arsenic-filled wallpaper samples and how various libraries have dealt with it.

- Pradeep Sebastian has a Q&A with the Heavenly Monkey blog about his The Bookhunters of Katpadi.

- The Friends of Dard Hunter and APHA have issued a call for proposals for their joint conference, to be held in October in Iowa City: "Matrices: The Social Life of Paper, Print, and Art."

- Another call for papers to note, this one for a January 2019 conference in Nijmegen, "Private libraries and private library inventories, 1665–1830: Locating, studying and understanding sources, in Europe and beyond."

- Business Insider visits a Venice bookshop with a somewhat unconventional method keeping its books dry.

- Over on the Clements Library blog, "The Ins and Outs of Cataloguing Atlases."

Reviews

- Jon Stubbs' Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel; review by PD Smith in the Guardian.

- Serinity Young's Women Who Fly; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Unreserved Printed Books including books from The Alan & Joan Tucker Collection at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 14 February.

- Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps & Photographs at Lyon & Turnbull on 14 February.

- Collection d'un Bibliophile: Livres & Manuscrits Précieux, 1478–1977 at Binoche et Giquello on 14 February.

- Libri, Manoscritti e Autografi at Pandolfini on 14 February.

- Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks at Swann Galleries on 15 February.

- Political Memorabilia including the Daniel Schofield Collection at Eldreds on 16 February.