Sunday, October 07, 2018

Links & Auctions

Pardon an abbreviated post this week: just back from Oak Knoll Fest (wonderful, as usual) and I'm tired. And there won't be a post next weekend, as I'll be at the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair.

- Over on the ABAA blog, meet this year's winners of the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest.

- From Aaron Pratt for the Ransom Center blog, "Printing Manuscripts."

- Sian Cain calls bookselling "the most over-romanticized job in the world" in the Guardian.

- Rebecca Rego Barry highlights the recent sale of the lavish illuminated manuscript known as the "Wedding Hours."

- Elizabeth DeBold examines "hex marks" in books from the Folger's collections.

- From Kate Ozment at Sammelband, "Teaching Book History Alongside Literary Theory."

- Video of the recent symposium "The Vinland Map Rediscovered" is now available on YouTube.

Upcoming Auctions

Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, XIXe siècle (1840–1898)First editions – Reviews – Autograph Letters and Manuscripts at Sotheby's Paris on 9 October.

- Autographs & Memorabilia at Chiswick Auctions on 10 October.

- Rare Golf Books & Memorabilia at PBA Galleries on 11 October.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Links & Reviews

Just back from the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair, which went very nicely indeed. Coming up next, it's Oak Knoll Fest!

- The copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover used by the judge in the British obscenity trial concerning the book will be sold at auction next month.

- From Lindsay Ann Reid over on the OUP blog, "Imagining lost books in the age of Cambridge Analytica."

- Looks like there's a pretty neat photography exhibition, "Bibliophile," up now (through 28 October) at Boston's Panopticon Gallery. I'm sorry to miss it, but if you're in the area, might be worth a visit.

- Coming this month from the University of Pennsylvania Press, Lindsay DiCuirci's Colonial Revivals: The Nineteenth-Century Lives of Early American Books.

- The Atlantic has a new books section landing page.

- A grant will allow for the digitization of a large tranche of Church of Ireland records, the Irish Times reports.

Reviews

- Diarmaid MacCulloch's Thomas Cromwell; review by Robert McCrum in the Guardian.

- Christopher Skaife's The Ravenmaster; review by Helen Macdonald in the Atlantic.

- Kate Atkinson's Transcription; reviews by Jennifer Egan in the NYTimes and David Treuer in the LATimes.

- Joanne Freeman's Field of Blood; review by David S. Reynolds in the NYTimes.

- Adrian Tinniswood's Behind the Throne; review by Anna Mundow in the WaPo.

- James Raven's What is the History of the Book?; review by Eve Houghton in the TLS.

- Daniel Donoghue's How the Anglo-Saxons Read Their Poems; review by Susan Irvine in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps & Photographs at Lyon & Turnbull on 2 October.

- Printed Books, Maps & Prints, Travel & Exploration at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 3 October.

- Americana - Travel & Exploration - World History - Cartography at PBA Galleries on 4 October.

- There are a few books among the sale of the Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams at Sotheby's New York on 4 October.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Links & Reviews

- Coming up next weekend in D.C., the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair!

- Video from last weekend's memorial service for Bill Reese is available on YouTube.

- From Kimberly Alexander at The Junto, "Priscilla Mullins Alden and the Search for a Dress in Pieces."

- Printing History 24 is mailing this week; sounds like another great issue!

- Over on the Beehive, Sara Georgini explores the Adams family's interest in genealogy.

- At Echoes from the Vault, Thomas Murrie writes about his work with an alchemical manuscript in the St. Andrews collections.

- From Sarah Hovde at The Collation, "The mystery of the Shakespearian cartoons."

Reviews

- Jill Lepore's These Truths; review by H.W. Brands in the WaPo.

- Richard Powers' The Overstory; review by Paul Quinn in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana at Bonhams New York on 25 September.

- O'Connor's Americana Collection (Documents) at James D. Julia on 26 September.

- Autographed Documents, Manuscripts, Books & Relics at University Archives on 26 September.

- Printed & Manuscript Americana Featuring the Holzer Collection of Lincolniana at Swann Galleries on 27 September.

- Books & Manuscripts at Freeman's on 27 September.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Links & Reviews

- Coming up on 28–29 September, it's the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair!

- At The Collation, Abbie Weinberg explores the books in the Folger collections printed 500 years ago.

- Many congratulations to the winners of this year's Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize - what a great group of collections!

- Via Rebecca Romney's excellent Book Curious newsletter, there's quite an opportunity for the aspiring bookstore owner in Florence ...

- Over at Past is Present, an update on the Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballads Project.

- Lucretia Baskin writes for the N-YHS blog about some of the different methods used to correct mistakes in books after printing.

- In the Guardian, Alison Flood reports on recent finds in the UK National Archives which shed light on the legal troubles of John Shakespeare.

- Ryan Moore writes for the LC blog about his recent identification of the signature of botanist David Fairchild (in part responsible for bringing the famous cherry trees to D.C.) on a 1901 map of Japan in the LC's collections.

Reviews

- Jill Lepore's These Truths; review by Andrew Sullivan in the NYTimes.

- Walter Besant's The Revolt of Man; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- The Erwin Tomash Library on the History of Computing at Sotheby's London on 18–19 September.

- Rare Books & Manuscripts from the Library of James "Ted" Watkins at PBA Galleries on 20 September.

- Livres de Photographies at Ader on 20 September.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Links & Reviews

- Johanna Drucker will be the Beinecke Library's inaugural Beinecke Distinguished Fellow in the Humanities. See the full announcement.

- From John Dugdale for the Guardian, "After American Animals," about library thefts which haven't yet made the big screen.

- A first printing of Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables has been stolen ... from the House of the Seven Gables in Salem, MA.

- Kate Atkinson's "By the Book" column in the in NYTimes is excellent.

- From Heather Wolfe at The Collation, "About that frontispiece of Hannah Woolley ..."

- The National Library of New Zealand and the Alexander Turnbull Library have launched the Turnbull Library Record online, with digitized copies of the publication since 1940.

- Don't miss Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell's illustrated essay on why we need libraries.

- Readers may be interested in the call for papers for a conference to be held at Saint Louis University, "Celebrating Belle da Costa Greene: An Examination of Medievalists of Color within the Field."

Reviews

- Sjón's CoDex 1962; review by Parul Sehgal in the NYTimes.

- Sarah Weinman's The Real Lolita; review by Maureen Corrigan in the WaPo.

- Travis McDade's Torn From Their Bindings; review by Pradeep Sebastian in The Hindu.

Upcoming Auctions

- Fine Books & Manuscripts: 30th Anniversary Sale at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 12 September.

- Rare Books & Maps at Heritage Auctions on 13 September.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Links & Reviews

- Next weekend: Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair!

- Sarah Mervosh has a report on the Pittsburgh Carnegie Library thefts for the NYTimes. The ABAA has posted an updated list of stolen materials being sought for return.

- From Cait Coker at Sammelband, "Teaching with Letterpress."

- In the London Review of Books, Mary Wellesley on making parchment.

- A great look at Louis Piette's Die Fabrikation des Papieres aus Stroh und vielen andern Substanzen (1838) from the Princeton Graphic Arts Collection blog.

- Over on the Grolier Club blog, a close look at a lovely seventeenth-century embroidered binding.

- September Rare Book Monthly articles include Bruce McKinney's remembrance of Michael R. Thompson and a Michael Stillman report on a Texas comic book theft.

- Conrad Edick Wright writes for the MHS Beehive blog about the history and future of Sibley's Harvard Graduates.

Reviews

- Nell Stevens' The Victorian and the Romantic; review by Anne Boyd Rioux in the WaPo.

- The Paston Treasure; review by Roderick Conway Morris in the TLS.

Upcoming Auction

- Literature with Books in All Fields at PBA Galleries on 6 September.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Links & Reviews

- Travis McDade has two recent pieces on Medium about rare book theft: "The Most Perfect Rare Book Crime" and "Prosecuting the Pittsburgh Rare Book Theft." See also his Atlas Obscura piece from this week on Robert Kindred's library thefts.

- Ryan Gilbey writes in the Guardian about "American Animals" as a mix of fact and fiction.

- Over on the ABAA blog, a post about bookseller Owen Kubik's recent assistance in returning some books to Yale University which had been stolen from the Sterling Library stacks in the 1970s.

- Don't forget the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, coming up 8–9 September! Looking forward to being there for the books and for the great series of talks lined up.

- Over at Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, "Mapping MMBL [Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries]," a handy guide to manuscripts in the UK.

- Bookfinder.com has released their list of the most-searched out-of-print books for 2017.

- The University of Washington's Sandra Kroupa is profiled in the Seattle Times.

- The BL has recently added some spectacular manuscripts to their digital collection.

- Over on the Center for the History of Physics blog, "A Life in Books," about the library of Dr. Silvan Schweber.

Reviews

- Jenny Uglow's Mr. Lear; review by David Orr in the NYTimes.

- Anne Boyd Rioux's Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy; review by Charlotte Gordon in the WaPo.

- Claire Tomalin's A Life of My Own; review by Heller McAlpin in the WaPo.

- Susan Carlile's Charlotte Lennox; review by Min Wild in the TLS.

Auctions

- A Bibliophile's Bibliophilic Library Part II at Forum Auctions (online) on 29 August.

Books and Ephemera at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers on 30–31 August.