Sunday, November 19, 2017

Links & Reviews

Another Boston Book Fair in the books (my thirteenth, I realized). Still—and I suspect, always—my favorite fair. Chilly this year, but that didn't stop people from coming out for the main fair or the very busy shadow show. There wasn't time enough to pack in everything I wanted to do in Boston this trip ... I'll just have to go back soon!

- Princeton has acquired a 1483 Horace which happened to contain as binding waste a leaf from a previously unknown ~1457 edition of Donatus' Ars minor (printed with the same type used for the Gutenberg Bible).

- Ian Jackson, Nick Aretakis, and Ben Kinmont have issued a very nice biography of bookseller Bernard Rosenthal.

- Molly Hardy has a really useful update on various projects linking printing trade prosopographies.

- UVA Today highlights some recent work on the SNAC Cooperative (Social Networks and Archival Context).

- Mike Widener's new exhibition at the Yale Law School's Lillian Goldman Law Library, "Around the World with Law's Picture Books," is featured in the New Haven Independent.

- Nora Benedict is featured in the FB&C "Bright Young Collectors" series.

- The BL has launched a new crowdsourced transcription project for its historical playbills collection.

- A quiz about books? You bet! I hadn't heard of Nemo's Almanac before, but editor Ian Patterson's piece in the Guardian had me intrigued right away. Anybody collecting these?

- An annotated copy of Ben Jonson's Workes has been placed under a UK export ban until at least February, to see if a domestic buyer can be found.

- Daniel Witek, a one-time volunteer at the Buffalo History Museum, has been sentenced to six months time served and a $2,100 restitution payment for the theft of documents from the museum, which he then attempted to sell.

- Michael Greshko writes for National Geographic about the possibility of biblical forgeries lurking in the collections of the new Museum of the Bible.

- At Clements Library Chronicles, an attempt to locate some Revolutionary War trunks used to transport the Thomas Gage papers.

- Elizabeth Savage posts on the Leiden Special Collections blog about a frisket sheet fragment recently found during conservation at Leiden University.

- Houghton Library undergraduate fellow Mario Menendez talks about his work on a fictional biography of William Henry Ireland.

- A series of what could be 300 auctions to sell the Aristophil collection will begin on 20 December at Drouot.

- Another great APHA panel review by Paul Gough on "Illustrating Typography and Typos," which featured papers by Lynne Farrington, Vince Golden, and Michael Russem.

- The Princeton Graphic Arts Collection recently acquired a great piece by two 18th-century woman printmakers, Isabella Piccini and Angela Baroni.

- A 1659 Blaeu map showing Australia has gone on display at the National Library of Australia.

- William & Mary's Swem Library has received by donation the Civil War diary of a Union soldier captured and held prisoner at the college.

- Ben Breen asks at Res Obscura, "What Did 17th-Century Food Taste Like?"

- At Echoes from the Vault, the first in a series on "Visualising the Biographical Register of the University of St. Andrews."

- AAS student page Emily Isakson gives a brief overview of forgery-related material in the AAS collections.

Reviews

- Martin Puchner's The Written Word, Matthew Kirschenbaum's Track Changes, and Thomas Mullaney's The Chinese Typewriter; review by Thomas Hale in the Financial Times.

- Kevin Young's Bunk; reviews by Jonathan Lethem in the NYTimes and Colin Dickey in the LATimes.

- John Crowley's Ka; reviews by Michael Dirda in the WaPo and Elizabeth Hand in the LATimes.

Upcoming Auction

- Library of M. R*** at Pierre Bergé on 22 November.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Links & Reviews

- Rebecca Romney has "13 Secrets of Rare Book Dealers" for Mental Floss.

- Noah Sheola's got a great post up on the Houghton blog about the importance of good cataloging.

- The November Rare Book Monthly includes Marc Sena Carrel on "Exiting the Bookseller Business," Michael Stillman on an upcoming auction of an early Declaration of Independence broadside, and a Bruce McKinney note about bookseller William Reese being honored by the AAS this week with the Christopher Columbus Baldwin medal (a well-deserved honor, to be sure).

- Hewlett-Packard's extensive archives were destroyed in the recent California wildfires.

- Cynthia Zarin writes for the New Yorker about "The Original Master of Ghost Stories" (M.R. James, of course).

- The manuscript of John Donne's "Courtier's Library" has been identified in the Westminster Abbey archives.

- Kurt Zimmerman is on "The Hunt for Early American Women Bibliographers" at American Book Collecting.

- MITH has launched Books.Files, a Mellon-funded project to "assess the potential for the archival collection and scholarly study of digital assets associated with today’s trade publishing and bookmaking."

- The Folger has launched Miranda, a new platform for the library's digital content. See the blog post for lots of good background.

- Tim Carmody writes for Kottke.org about "Card catalogs and the secret history of modernity."

- Several more panel overviews from the recent APHA conference in "The Process of Innovation."

- A Titanic letter (one of the last known to be written on the ship) sold at auction this week for £126,000.

- Booktryst will publish a fine-press book celebrating the late Martin Stone.

- A Thomas Bewick sketchbook has been identified and purchased by Bewick collector David Bolam.

Reviews

- Alison Weir's Queens of the Conquest; review by Dan Jones in the WaPo.

- Russell Shorto's Revolution Song; review by Lynne Cheney in the NYTimes.

- Walter Isaacson's Leonardo da Vinci; review by Jennifer Senior in the NYTimes.

- Noah Feldman's The Three Lives of James Madison; review by Susan Dunn in the NYTimes.

- Gordon S. Wood's Friends Divided; review by Richard Brookhiser in the NYTimes.

Upcoming Auctions

- The Library of an English Bibliophile, Part VII at Sotheby's London on 7 November.

- Autographs at Swann Galleries on 7 November.

- Rare Books, Autographs & Maps at Doyle New York on 7 November.

- Fine Golf Books at PBA Galleries on 12 November.

- Fine Books & Manuscripts at Skinner, Inc. on 12 November.

- Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History at Sotheby's London on 14 November.

- 19th & 20th Century Literature at Swann Galleries on 14 November.

- Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts, and Photographs at Bonhams London on 15 November.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Links & Reviews

- Forgot this last week so I'm putting it right at the top: there's a new issue of Common-place up, which is excellent as usual - I want to particularly point out Paul Erickson's piece "The Business of Building Books" and the "To Our Readers" note, which invites comments about the role and future direction of the journal.

- The New-York Historical Society will open a new gallery devoted to Audubon's Birds of America this fall.

- Joe Adelman asks at The Junto, "Did Hamilton Write Too Much For His Own Good?"

- Over at Echoes from the Vault, Caroline Douglas reports on her work researching women in the early history of photography.

- The Boston Public Library has announced a partnership with the Internet Archive to catalog and digitize a large portion of the library's Sound Archives Collection.

- Sarah Laskow has an interesting piece in Atlas Obscura about the "oldest" item in each of twelve libraries.

- The Louvre has launched a crowdfunding campaign to purchase a François I Book of Hours, after a British export ban was allowed to expire.

- From Science News, a debate over the dating of a manuscript which might contain the earliest known use of a zero.

- The National Library of Scotland blog highlights their current exhibition on the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Reformation. Ditto the Huntington Library.

- Richard Higgins writes for the WaPo on Luther as publishing phenom.

- Simon Beattie's turned up an absolutely wonderful little publication for his Boston Book Fair list - see his post "Fun and games in the British Museum Reading Room."

- Alexandra Alter reports for the NYTimes on a small collection of Harper Lee letters offered at auction; they sold for $12,500.

- Vittoria Traverso writes for Atlas Obscura about the travels of the Luneborch Prayer Book.

- Proposals for the 2018 RBMS conference program are due on 10 November.

- Mentioned this when it was in beta but the main release of a new photo-management program Tropy is now available for download; I'm looking forward to trying this out.

- On the APHA blog, Pam Barrie summarizes a panel at the group's recent conference: "Printing Conflict: The Civil War."

- At Boston1775, J.L. Bell comments on "False Anniversaries for Equiano and Wheatley."

Reviews

- Alan Jacobs' How To Think; review by Dan Cohen on his eponymous blog.

- Richard Beadle's Henry Bradshaw and the Foundations of Codicology; review by James Freeman on the Cambridge University Library Special Collections blog.

- Christopher de Hamel's Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts; reviews by Helen Hazen for The American Scholar and Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

- Christopher Frayling's Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years; review by Zoë Lescaze in the NYTimes.

- Naomi Alderman's The Power; review by Bridget Read in Vogue.

- John Hodgman's Vacationland; review by Charles Thaxton in the WaPo.

- Ed Ayers' The Thin Light of Freedom; review by James Oakes in the WaPo.

- Eric Metaxas' Martin Luther and Brad Gregory's Rebel in the Ranks; review by Andrew Pettegree in the WaPo.

- Philip Pullman's Daemon Voices and The Book of Dust; review by Michael Saler in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Livres at Manuscrits at Sotheby's Paris on 30 October.

- Important Instruments of Science & Technology at Bonhams London on 31 October.

- The Library of a European Gentleman at Sotheby's London on 2 November.

- Illustrated Books - Childrens' Books - Books in All Fields at PBA Galleries on 2 November.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Links & Reviews

- It was a great treat to see so many friends at last week's Bibliography Among the Disciplines conference in Philadelphia - see the #BxD17 hashtag for tweets from the meeting.

- The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is coming up on 10–12 November.

- From Archaeology, "The Hidden Stories of the York Gospel."

- Don't miss Aaron Pratt's new post on the HRC blog, "A baroness and her bookshelves in an English parish church."

- The Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division has released a new web portal for accessing digitized books from their collections.

- A security alert from the ABAA about some books stolen in Georgia and perhaps taken to California.

- Over on the Princeton Graphic Arts blog, a quick review of the APHA/CHAViC meeting in Worcester.

- The AP has a report on UVA's efforts to digitize books Jefferson recommended for law students.

- A John Calvin manuscript has been returned to the canton of Geneva by Sotheby's; it was found to have been stolen from the canton's archives.

- Leah Klement writes on the Huntington blog about her work with a much-used manuscript in the library's collections in "A Using Book."

- Ruth Ahnert has a report from the Folger's third Early Modern Digital Agendas gathering.

- The Folger and Wellesley co-sponsored a recent Transcribathon, which looks like grand fun!

- Over on the ABAA blog, Heather O'Donnell and Rebecca Romney offer "Notes from the 2017 Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize."

- The Bookhunter on Safari offers up some thoughts on "The Fidelity of Engravers."

Reviews

- George William Van Cleve's We Have Not a Government; review by Jack Rakove in the WaPo.

- Walter Isaacson's Leonardo da Vinci; review by Alexandra C. Kafka in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection (Part I: Music) at Sotheby's London on 26 October.

- The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen at Sotheby's New York on 26 October.

- Rare and Important Travel Posters at Swann Galleries on 26 October.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Links & Reviews

- The "Bibliography Among the Disciplines" conference is coming up this week! Looking forward to seeing many of you there.

- Colleen Barrett of PRB&M gets the "Bright Young Booksellers" spotlight this week.

- At The Collation, Erin Blake explains this month's caption-contest Crocodile post.

- Trinity College Dublin is digitizing eight important medieval manuscripts as part of the "Beyond the Book of Kells" lecture series.

- The Yale Daily News reports that the Jonathan Edwards papers formerly held at the Andover Newton Theological Seminary will now join the other Edwards papers at the Beinecke.

- Quite an impressive showing at Swann this week for their Printed & Manuscript Americana sale!

Reviews

- Ron Chernow's Grant; review by T.J. Stiles in the WaPo.

- Robin Sloan's Sourdough; review by Jeff VanderMeer in the LATimes.

- James Atlas' The Shadow in the Garden; review by Jeffrey Meyers in the LATimes.

Upcoming Auctions

- Bibliothèque Romantique R. & B. L. at Sotheby's Paris on 10 October.

- Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps & Photography at Lyon & Turnbull on 11 October.

- Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books at Swann Galleries on 17 October.

- The Marine Sale at Bonhams London on 18 October.

- The Richard Beagle Collection of Angling & Sporting Books, Part II. With Americana, Travel & Exploration, Cartography at PBA Galleries on 19 October.

- Books and Works on Paper at Bloomsbury Auctions on 19 October.

- Historical Manuscripts at Heritage Auctions on 19 October.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Links & Reviews

- From Sarah Werner, "book history questions and digital facsimiles."

- Former Lilly Librarian William Cagle died this week at the age of 83. Joel Silver has an "In Memoriam" post on the Lilly's blog.

- Among the Rare Book Monthly articles for October, Michael Stillman reports on the end of California's controversial autographed memorabilia law as it pertains to booksellers, Susan Halas profiles Nancy Pearl, and Michael Stillman covers a recent AbeBooks downtime.

- Rich Rennicks highlights a national scavenger hunt in Ireland for copies of Bill Drummond's The Curfew Tower is Many Things which have been hidden in each of the 32 counties in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

- The National Library of Ireland announced a series of major Yeats-related acquisitions. More from RTÉ.

- Emory University has acquired the "Joan Anderson letter," sent from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac and credited as the inspiration for On the Road.

- Betsy Walsh, head of reader services at the Folger Shakespeare Library, passed away on 22 September. There is a memorial post up at The Collation.

- An early Hemingway story (perhaps his first) was recently identified in a collection of material owned by the Bruce family, longtime Hemingway friends.

Reviews

- Stephen Taylor's Defiance; review by Lauren Elkin in the NYTimes.

- Jonathan Cott's There's a Mystery There; review by Jerry Griswold in the WaPo.

- Edward St. Aubyn's Dunbar; review by Bethanne Patrick in the LATimes.

- Maja Lunde's The History of Bees; review by Ellie Robins in the LATimes.

- Several recent books on Montaigne; review by Patrick J. Murray in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Printed Books, Maps & Documents at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 4 October.

- Fine Literature, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror at PBA Galleries on 5 October.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Links & Reviews

Lots to catch up on; I took some time away from the computer for a while so I'm sure I've missed a few things here - feel free to send them along.

- The LDS Church has paid $35 million for the printer's manuscript copy of the Book of Mormon.

- From the Princeton Graphic Arts Collection blog, "How many copies of Birds of America does a family need?" and "Havell's Copper."

- At The Collation, "Consuming the New World."

- From Rachael Herrmann at The Junto, "How not to write your first book."

- The BL is asking for crowdsourcing help with its 19th-century playbills.

- Sandra L. Brooke has been appointed Avery Director of the Library at the Huntington Library.

- The winner's of this year's National Collegiate Book Collecting Competition and the inaugural Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize have been announced.

- From the Village Voice, "Keepers of the Secrets."

- The AAS has launched an illustrated inventory of their watch paper collection.

- A first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone sold for $81,000.

- John Crichton will deliver the inaugural Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trade in California and the West at the Book Club of California on 30 October.

- From Erin Schreiner at JHIBlog, "You Should Learn Descriptive Bibliography."

- In the TLS, Dimitra Fimi asks "Why build new worlds?"

- Now on display at Yale's Beinecke Library, "Making the Medieval English Manuscript."

- Another Voynich Manuscript "solution" has been proposed.

- Jonathan Senchyne's identification of a George Moses Horton essay at the NYPL is featured in the NYTimes.

- From Jot101, "Fakery, forgery and the fore-edge painter."

- At American Book Collecting, "Book Hunter Bypaths Explored & Exposed."

- The OUP Blog has an excerpt from Kevin Hayes' new book George Washington: A Life in Books.

- Prince Rupert's Drops are the order of the day at The Collation.

- The Library of Congress' collection of James K. Polk papers are now available online.

- The Junto has a Q&A with Coll Thrush about his new book Indigenous London.

- Over at Notes from Under Grounds, a look at early UVA library shelfmarks.

- Emily Yankowitz writes for JHIBlog on "William Plumer and the Politics of History Writing."

Reviews

- A new film on the NYPL, "Ex Libris"; review by Jordan Hoffman in the Guardian.

- Michael Sims' Frankenstein Dreams; review by Genevieve Valentine for NPR.

- Walter Stahr's Stanton; review by David Holahan for the CSM.

- Coll Thrush's Indigenous London; review by Sara Georgini at The Junto.

Upcoming Auctions

- Fine Books and Manuscripts Featuring Exploration & Travel at Bonhams New York on 26 September.

- The Vivien Leigh Collection at Sotheby's London on 26 September.

- The Library of John and Suzanne Bonham at Sotheby's London on 26 September.

- The Yeats Family Collection at Sotheby's London on 27 September.

- Printed and Manuscript Americana at Swann Galleries on 28 September.