Sunday, March 26, 2017

Links & Reviews

- A. S. G. Edwards reports for the TLS on this years Sandars Lectures, delivered by Toshiyuki Takamiya.

- JFK's diary covering the summer of 1945 will be sold at RR Auction on 26 April.

- New editor(s) are sought for Common-place.

- Sarah Hovde writes for The Collation on "The Guild of Women-Binders and the 'bindings of tomorrow.'"

- Edward Wong in the NYTimes: "Printing the Ancient Way Keeps Buddhist Texts Alive in Tibet."

- The British Library is digitizing its Anglo-Saxon manuscripts: 175 are available as of last week.

- Rudolf II's collection of some 750 watercolors of plants and animals will go on long-term loan to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

- Author Charlie Lovett is profiled in the News & Record.

- James McBride of William Reese Co. gets the "Bright Young Booksellers" spotlight this week.

- Jennifer Schuessler has a great piece in the NYTimes, "A Journey Into the Merriam-Webster Word Factory."

- A seventeenth-century map found wadded up and stuffed into the chimney of an Aberdeenshire house has been conserved and is now on display at the National Library of Scotland.

- The Londonist goes "Inside London's Oldest Bookshop," Hatchard's.

- Kate Murphy writes for the NYTimes about love letters at auction.

Reviews

- James Barron's The One-Cent Magenta; review by Sarah Laskow in the NYTimes.

- Richard Holmes' This Long Pursuit; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Two Great Scottish Collections: Property from the Forbeses of Pitsligo and the Marquesses of Lothian at Sotheby's London on 28 March.

- The Contents of Glyn Cywarch at Bonhams London on 29 March.

- Books and Works on Paper at Bloomsbury on 30 March.

- Printed & Manuscript African Americana at Swann Galleries on 30 March.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Links & Reviews

Apologies for the delays in getting a post up: it hasn't been for lack of news, but simply because much travel over the last several weeks has kept me very busy. The SEA conference in Tulsa was an excellent one, and it was a delight to see so many friends both there and during the book fair festivities in New York last weekend.

- From the book fair: Scott Zieher for the Village Voice; Erin Schreiner for LitHub; Rebecca Rego Barry for Fine Books Blog.

- The president's budget plan calls for the elimination of the NEA, NEH, and IMLS, among many other effective, efficient, and worthy programs. While this is indeed only a proposal, it says much about the priorities of this administration, and if you value the good works supported by these and other programs targeted, I urge you to contact your representatives and tell them so. Some links on this front: Christopher Knight in the LATimes "The NEA works. Why does Trump want to cut it?"; Andrea Scott in the New Yorker; Amanda French's "A Visit to the Rayburn Building"; "Why We Need the NEA and the NEH" by Mellon Foundation executive vice president MarlĂ«t Westermann; a call from AHA to its membership urging them to contact Congress about the budget plan; Sophie Gilbert in the Atlantic on "The Real Cost of Trump's Abolishing the National Endowment for the Arts"; PEN America's excellent "What You Can Do" post; statement by the leadership of the Digital Library Federation;

- The March Rare Book Monthly articles include Michael Stillman's report on the brazen warehouse theft of rare books in late January, a piece by Forum Auctions' Rupert Powell on the state of the book auction world, and Eric Caren on several of his upcoming auctions.

- From Molly Hardy at Past is Present, "Running the Numbers on Early American Literature."

- The Newberry Library has acquired the Bexley Hall Rare Book Collection.

- Helen Hazen writes for the American Scholar about her job as librarian of a convent library in Peru and her efforts to catalog the rare materials in the collection.

- From Sarah Laskow for Atlas Obscura, "The Unsung Delight of a Well-Designed Endpaper."

- Vincent Noce has an update in The Art Newspaper about the Aristophil collection of rare books and manuscripts, auctions of which could begin at Drouot as early as September. The sales could be spread out over "at least six to ten years," according to the report.

- Jane Kamensky has won the New-York Historical Society's annual book prize for A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley.

- Senators McCaskill and Carper have written to AOTUS David Ferriero expressing concern about the Trump Administration's compliance with the Presidential Records Act and the Federal Records Act.

- Jay Moschella has an update on the BPL's project of digitizing their earliest printed books.

- Ebook sales in the UK fell in 2016, for the second year in a row, as print sales increased.

- New blog of interest: Caribbean Histories.

- The family of Antonin Scalia will donate the justice's papers to the Harvard Law School Library.

- I've neglected to link to a recent volume of the Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society which will be of interest to many readers; the papers are drawn from the APS symposium "Fabrication, Verification, Authentication," and include Nick Wilding's essay "Forging the Moon," on the Galileo forgeries.

- Owen Williams and Rachel Dankert post for The Collation about "The Folger as a Collection of Collections."

- Registration is open for this year's Texas A&M Book History Workshop.

- From Tess Goodman at Inciting Sparks, "Reading As If To Live."

- Jackie Penny posts at Past is Present about the upcoming construction project at AAS.

- Daniel Dreisbach has a post for SHEAR adapted from his new book Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers.

- The Maine State Library and Archives have jointly launched the Digital Maine Transcription Project.

- Rebecca Romney gets the "Bright Young Booksellers" spotlight.

- The Liesborn Gospels will return to Germany after a $3 million deal.

- Noah Sheola posts for the Houghton Library Blog about recataloging several undated seventeenth- and eighteenth-century quartos of Julius Caesar from the Houghton collections.

- Over at The Junto, a Q&A with Patrick Spero and Michael Zuckerman, editors of The American Revolution Reborn.

- The Book Collector has launched a contest to design the "27th letter."

- There's an excellent cataloging/provenance mystery post over on the Perne & Ward Libraries blog.

- Publisher George Braziller died this week at the age of 101. See the NYTimes obituary.

- Peter Steinberg has a post at Sylvia Plath Info about an important Plath archive currently offered for sale by bookseller Ken Lopez.

- At Verso, the Huntington Library's blog, Andrew Walkling posts about the printing process(es) used for a 1685 songbook.

- Scholar-librarian Michael Turner also died this week: Ian Gadd has a post on SHARP-L about Turner's long and productive career.

- Oxford professor Adam Smyth talks to cataloger Lucy Kelsall and conservator Nikki Tomkins about the library of Nicholas Crouch, now at Balliol College.

Reviews

- Charlie Lovett's The Lost Book of the Grail; review by Rebecca Rego Barry at the Fine Books Blog.

- The American Revolution Reborn, edited by Patrick Spero and Michael Zuckerman; review by Christopher Minty at The Junto.

- James Barron's The One-Cent Magenta; review by Timothy R. Smith in the WaPo.

- Spencer McBridge's Pulpit & Nation; review by Jonathan Wilson at The Junto.

- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's A House Full of Females; review by Louisa Thomas in the WaPo.

- Eugene Hammond's Jonathan Swift and John Stubbs' Jonathan Swift; review by Claude Rawson in the TLS.

- Sidney Berger's The Dictionary of the Book; review by Dennis Duncan in the TLS [paywalled].

Upcoming Auctions

- Fine Literature with Lawrence Ferlinghetti and the Beats at PBA Galleries on 23 March.

- Texana and Western Americana at Heritage Auctions on 24 March.

- Spring 2017 auction at Arader Galleries on 25 March.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Links & Reviews

- The 10th biennial conference of the Society of Early Americanists is coming up this week in Tulsa. I've organized a panel there on the future of American library history, where I hope to prompt a good conversation about current tools for working with historical library records and what tools we need in order to make even better use of these.

- After that, it's off to New York for Rare Book Week: three book fairs and lots of other goings-on.

- Harvard Magazine features a highlight article in celebration of Houghton Library's 75th anniversary.

- Coming soon, the Stationers' Register Online.

- Dawn Albinger of Archives Fine Books in Australia has a post up on the ILAB site about her work recently to restore a stolen book to its rightful home.

- A serialized Walt Whitman novel from 1852 has been identified and published. More coverage on NPR.

- From Erin Blake at The Collation, "Manuscripts in libraries: catalog versus finding aid."

- In the "Bright Young Booksellers" series, Nate Pedersen talks to Derek and Anna Walker of Edinburgh's McNaughtan's Bookshop.

Reviews

- John Stubbs' Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel; reviews by James McNamara in the NYTimes and Jeffrey Meyers in the LATimes.

- Anders Rydell's The Book Thieves; review by Michael S. Roth in the WaPo.

- Sean Wilentz's The Politicians & the Egalitarian; review by Christopher Childers at Reviews in History.

Upcoming Auctions

- Fine Books and Manuscripts at Bonhams London, 1 March.

- Rare Books at Heritage New York, 8 March.

- Fine Books and Manuscripts at Bonhams New York, 9 March.

- Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books at Swann Galleries, 9 March.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Links & Reviews

- The California book fair(s) are behind us and here comes New York. Recaps from Oakland from Tavistock Books, Oak Knoll Books, and Lux Mentis. It was my first visit to the CA Antiquarian Book Fair in Oakland; the Rare Book School table stayed busy for much of the fair and it was a treat to see so many friends and meet lots of new folks. Found a few good books, too!

- More on that theft of a shipment of rare books from a warehouse in London: see the stolen-book.org page for a PDF list of the titles. The ABA posted a statement about the thefts, the Guardian covered the story, and the Daily Mail ran a report (which the ABA secretary described as "more than a little sensationalist" - take it with a grain of salt).

- Brenda Cronin profiles Glenn Horowitz for the WSJ.

- Robert Darnton offers "The True History of Fake News" in the NYRB.

- Mark Samuels Lasner has donated his collection of British literature and art to the University of Delaware.

- Ella Morton writes for Atlas Obscura about "library hand," the penmanship technique once common on library catalog cards.

- Audio of selected presentations from RBMS 2016 is now available.

- The Harry Ransom Center has posted video of Eric White's recent talk there about the HRC copy of the Gutenberg Bible.

- Don't miss Matt Kirschenbaum's "Books.Files" in the new Archive Journal.

- Sarah Werner asks "what do digitized first folios do for us?"

- The Newberry Library has received a Mellon Foundation grant to create a website for training in Italian Renaissance paleography.

- At their annual meeting during Bibliography Week, APHA presented awards to Lisa Unger Baskin and to the U.S. Government Printing Office, and a Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship to Amanda Stuckey.

- From Sarah Larson for the New Yorker: "The Librarian of Congress and the Greatness of Humility."

- The Internet Archive has reached the semifinalist stage in the competition for a $100 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

- APHA also offered a sneak peak into the forthcoming Printing History 21.

- Maddy Smith writes for the BL's Untold Lives blog about their recent acquisition of the only known copy of a 1650 schoolbook, The Grounds of Learning.

- Over at The Collation, an 1838 promptbook covered in coarse cloth.

- On the OUP Blog, Vincent Carretta asks if Phillis Wheatley's husband was a "crook or a dreamer"?

- New from the Bodleian: The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné. See their press release for more.

- LitHub has launched a new series on librarians in the 21st century.

- Nick Holdstock writes for the Guardian about cataloging Doris Lessing's library.

- Daniel Pollack-Pelzner explores "The Radical Argument of the New Oxford Shakespeare" for the New Yorker's Page-Turner blog.

- Behind a paywall, alas, but Haaretz has a report on the Kafka manuscripts by Hilo Glazer.

Reviews

- Karen Baston's Charles Areskine's Library; review by Alexander Murdoch at Reviews in History.

- Anders Rydell's The Book Thieves; review by David Holahan in the CSM.

- Randall Fuller's The Book That Changed America; review by Jerry A. Coyne in the WaPo.

- "The Art of the Qur'an" at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery; review by Robert F. Worth in the NYRB.

- A November 2016 symposium on women's book history at Texas A&M; review by Kate Ozment at Early Modern Online Bibliography.

Upcoming Auctions

- Americana - Travel & Exploration - World History - Photographs - Cartography at PBA Galleries, 23 February.

- Books and Works on Paper at Bloomsbury, 23 February.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Links & Reviews

- The ABAA put out a security alert this week about the theft of a shipment of rare books from a West London warehouse.

- Mike Cummings has a piece in YaleNews, "Authenticating the Oldest Book in the Americas," about the recent scholarly work on dating the Grolier Codex.

- Two notebooks from the collections of Philadelphia's Girard College were recently returned; they went missing from Girard sometime between 1964 (when they were microfilmed) and the early 2000s, when their absence was noted.

- The February Rare Book Monthly features Michael Stillman's analysis of 2016 book auction prices, Bruce McKinney writing about a new book on the Eberstadt firm, and more.

- The AAS has acquired a collection of more than fifty manuscript sermons by Massachusetts minister Joseph Avery.

- David Sellers guest-posts on the Oak Knoll blog about printing, design, and bookselling in Havana, with some pictures from his recent trip there.

- Barbara Bair posts for the LC blog about the recently-digitized Whitman papers from the Charles E. Feinberg Collection.

- Peter Dobrin provides an update on the Sendak library matter.

- Provenance images from the collections at Bryn Mawr can now be found in the Provenance Online Project.

- The Concord Free Public Library has acquired a collection of Louisa May Alcott manuscripts.

- Over at Echoes From the Vault, the first post in a series on "book use and marginal contentions" in 18th-century books from the St. Andrews collections.

- Amy McDonald writes for the Devil's Tale blog about the Aldine Press Metadata Project.

- The ABAA has published an "In Memoriam" post for Bernard Rosenthal, with some wonderful stories from his colleagues.

- New: the Needham Calculator, useful for determining the category and size of 15th-century paper.

- Lorraine Berry writes for the Guardian on bibliomania.

- Lisa Fagin Davis has launched an Ege Field Guide, for identifying Otto Ege manuscript leaves "in the wild."

- Derek O'Leary posts on the JHI Blog about "Jared Sparks' American Archives."

- Over on the Course of Human Events blog, a look at the custodians of the engrossed parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence over the years.

Reviews

- Michael Sims' Arthur and Sherlock; reviews by Graham Moore in the NYTimes and Amy Henderson in the WaPo.

- Laurel Thacher Ulrich's A House Full of Females; review by Beverly Gage in the NYTimes.

- Robert McCracken Peck's The Natural History of Edward Lear; review by Adam Kendon in the TLS.

- Raymond Clemens' new edition of the Voynich Manuscript; review by Dustin Illingworth in the LARB.

- Matthew Mason's Apostle of Union; review by Daniel Crofts for Reviews in History.

- The Royal College of Physicians' exhibit on Sir Thomas Browne, "A Cabinet of Rarities;" review by Ruth Scurr in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Livres et Manuscrits at Sotheby's Paris, 8 February.

- Rare Books & Manuscripts at PBA Galleries (in Oakland), 12 February.

- Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks at Swann, 14 February.

- Remaining Books from the Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching at Forum Auctions (online sale), 15 February.

- Books, Maps & Manuscripts at Freeman's, 17 February.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Links & Reviews

- Penn has acquired the only known copy of "Elegy on the Death of Aquila Rose," printed by Benjamin Franklin shortly after his arrival in Philadelphia in 1723. See coverage in Philly.com, the WaPo, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. The broadside was included in a scrapbook of material collected by Samuel Hazard in the 19th century and later purchased by manuscripts dealer Carmen Valentino. Both the broadside and the scrapbook are currently on display at Penn's Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.

- The strong showing for Hamilton manuscripts at Sotheby's this week made the NYTimes, Bloomberg, and even SNL's "Weekend Update."

- The EMMO beta site is now live. See the Collation post for more info.

- Roberta Kwok writes about the Folger's Shakespeare's World crowdsourced transcription project for the New Yorker.

- Rare Book Week West 2017 is coming up soon!

- Heather Wolfe and Michael Witmore have a joint Collation post, "William Shakespeare, Scholar and Gentleman."

- The Jay I. Kislak Foundation has made a major gift of some 2,300 rare books and manuscripts to the University of Miami and Miami Dade College.

- Kathleen Lynch takes a deep dive into Folger First Folio number 54.

- Ana Marie Cox interviewed Carla Hayden for the NYTimes.

- Leo Cadogan is profiled in the "Bright Young Booksellers" series.

- The National Library of Israel has acquired the remainder of the Valmadonna Trust Library.

- Bookseller Ed Smith interviewed Kurt Brokaw about selling books on the sidewalks of New York.

- Michael J. Barsanti has been named director of the Library Company of Philadelphia.

- Nate D. Sanders Auctions will sell a copy of the 1494 Basel edition of the Columbus letter on 30 January.

- Several photographs from the 1911 Scott expedition will be sold at Bonhams next month.

Reviews

- Randall Fuller's The Book That Changed America; review by Eric Foner in the NYTimes.

- Robert Gottlieb's Avid Reader: A Life; review by J. Michael Lennon in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Printed Books, Maps & Documents at Dominic Winter Auctioneers, 25 January.

- Fine Literature and Modern First Editions at PBA Galleries, 26 January.

- Travel & Exploration at Bonhams London, 1 February.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Links & Reviews

- This week's Sotheby's sale of a remarkable collection of Hamilton manuscripts garnered a NYTimes report and a Fine Books Blog post by Rebecca Rego Barry.

- The BPL has digitized their copy of Moxon's Mechanick Exercises (1683).

- Over at Literary Hub, Rebecca Rego Barry previewed the sale of some important pieces of Doubleday publishing history at Doyle this week.

- A "Book History Unbound" section has been added to the SHARP website, as a space for Book History contributors to post additional materials.

- ILAB released a warning this week about a book circulating with a forged Darwin inscription.

- The California International Antiquarian Book Fair celebrates fifty years this February; I'm looking forward to attending for the first time!

- Early American bookplates are the order of the day on the Princeton Graphic Arts Collection blog.

- A new digital collation tool is now available for download.

- Bruce Springsteen's archive is going to Monmouth University.

- The Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin Madison will host what looks like a fascinating conference in September, "BH and DH: Book History and Digital Humanities." See the page for the call for papers, &c.

- The new journal Libraries: Culture, History, and Society is now accepting submissions for the second issue.

- Nancy Campbell writes on the "Beauty of Books" for the TLS.

- On the OUP blog, James Cortada asks how map reading has changed over the past several centuries.

- A new podcast from AAS features interviews with AAS research fellows.

- A Watertown, NY woman was arrested after attempting to steal rare books from the Flower Public Library in Watertown.

- From Michiko Kakutani, "Obama's Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books," as well as the transcript of the interview for the piece.

Reviews

- A new translation of Dumas' The Red Sphinx; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

- Ruth Franklin's Shirley Jackson and Miles Hyman's recent graphic adaptation of "The Lottery"; review by Emilie Bickerton in the TLS.

- Kevin Dann's Expect Great Things; review by John Kaag in the NYTimes.

Upcoming Auctions

- Alexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive of Letters and Manuscripts at Sotheby's New York, 18 January

- Books, Art and Ephemera: Whaling, Horror, 16th Century, &c. at National Book Auctions, 21 January