Sunday, September 22, 2019

Links & Auctions

- More coverage of the Milton's Shakespeare discovery from the Guardian, the WaPo, the NYTimes, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Claire Bourne has a roundup of this and other media coverage on her blog, too, and FLP curator Caitlin Goodman offers a necessary corrective to (some of the) media coverage and notes that the First Folio at FLP has hardly "languished in obscurity."

- Over at Echoes from the Vault, "Mackintosh and Glengarry –  A Highland Provenance Adventure."

- At Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, Peter Kidd explores the manuscripts shown in the 1986 movie adaptation of "The Name of the Rose," and already has supplied some additional material.

- Oak Knoll is having a 50%-off sale on low-quantity titles from their backlist.

- Emily Perdue writes for the Cambridge University Special Collections blog about "A Surprising Find Among a Librarian's Letters."

- The BBC reported on the return of a curate's notebook to a New Forest church.

- A team from the University of Birmingham is seeking crowdsourced transcription help with the Estoria de Espanna, the first vernacular history of Spain.

- More too on the recent identification of a John Locke manuscript from the WaPo and the Guardian.

Upcoming Auctions

- Charles Dickens: The Lawrence Drizen Collection at Sotheby's London on 24 September.

- Books & Works on Paper at Chiswick Auctions on 25 September.

- Editions and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions on 25 September.

- Rare Golf Books, Art, and Memorabilia at PBA Galleries on 26 September.

- Printed & Manuscript Americana at Swann Galleries on 26 September.

- Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions on 26 September.

- Fall Auction at Arader Galleries on 28 September.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Links & Auctions

Another really excellent Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair last weekend! Up next are Rare Books LAX (5–6 October) and the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair (12–13 October), but my next fair will be Boston (15–17 November).

- From Sean Redmond for the NYPL blog, an important and useful post: "Historical Copyright Records and Transparency." See also Karl Bode's post for Vice about this project.

- Jason Scott-Warren proposes on the Cambridge Centre for Material Texts blog that the Free Library Philadelphia's copy of Shakespeare's First Folio may contain manuscript annotations by John Milton. He draws on recent analysis of the annotations by Claire M.L. Bourne in her article "Vide Supplementum: Early Modern Collation as Play-Reading in the First Folio," in Early Modern English Marginalia (Routledge, 2019). Claire has posted on this now, in "With(out) Milton: Dating the Annotations in the Free Library of Philadelphia's First Folio."

- The winners of the 2019 Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize have been announced, and they are typically impressive. Well done to all!

- Opening this week at the Boston Athenaeum, "Required Reading: Reimagining a Colonial Library."

- In the LA Review of Books, Seth Perlow asks "Who Gets Emily Dickinson?"

- The Junto has a Q&A with Joseph Adelman about his recent book Revolutionary Networks.

- Over at Echoes from the Vault, "Collecting, Curating, Assembling: New Approaches to the Archive in the Middle Ages."

- Rich Rennicks highlights Ben Kinmont's Antinomian Press on the ABAA blog.

- Rebecca Rego Barry notes on the FB&C blog that a funding drive is ongoing to keep a collection of Charles Lyell notebooks in the UK. More than £200,000 must still be raised before 15 October.

- From Stephen Grant at The Collation, "Emily Jordan Folger's Deltiological Profile."

- RBM is looking for a reviews editor: applications are due before 30 November.


- Joseph Adelman's Revolutionary Networks; review by Jordan E. Taylor at The Junto.

Upcoming Auctions

- The Air and Space Sale at Bonhams New York on 17 September.

- Cartography – Americana – Exploration – Voyages: The Warren Heckrotte and Margaret Gee Collection (with additions) at PBA Galleries on 19 September.

- The Collection of Victor Niederhoffer: Books and Autographs and Books, Maps & Manuscripts at Freeman's on 19 September.

- The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential & Political Americana, Part VI at Heritage Auctions on 21–22 September.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Links & Reviews

- Paula Reed Ward has an update on the legal wrangling in the case of thefts from Pittsburgh's Carnegie Library, which continues.

- Manuscript Road Trip goes to the lab this week, with "You Can't Argue with Science!"

- From Megan Constantinou for the Grolier Club blog, a note on an ownership inscription by the English Renaissance post Rachel Jevon in one of their books.

- Jim Hinck asks "Do Book Collectors Need Rules?" on the Vialibri blog.

- Laura Maiklem talks about her new book Mudlarking to Richard Lea for the Guardian.

- The ABAA passes along a theft report of books stolen from Roanoke, VA.

- The winners of the 2019 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest have been announced. Many congratulations to the winners!

- Roadtrippers visits the Book Club of California.

- Over on the BL Medieval Manuscripts blog, "Tweet, tweet," about avian debates in manuscripts.

- Alex Johnson offers some "Podcasts for Bibliophiles" on the FB&C blog - I would add Brattlecast and Behind the Bookshelves, at least. The latter had a great interview with Lisa Fagin Davis about the Voynich Manuscript recently which I recommend highly.


- Leah Price's What We Talk About When We Talk About Books; reviews by Jennifer Szalai in the NYTimes and Dan Chiasson in the New Yorker.

- Jon Day's Homing; review by Helen Macdonald in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- The Maurice Car Collection of Arts and Sciences Featuring Rare Books and Manuscripts at Heritage Auctions on 4 September.

- Books and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions (online) on 5 September.

- Rare Books & Manuscripts at PBA Galleries on 5 September.

- Rare Books Signature Auction Featuring The Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction, Part II at Heritage Auctions on 5 September.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Links, Reviews & Auctions

- Don't forget to buy your tickets for the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, 7–8 September. The preview (10 a.m.–noon on Saturday) benefits Rare Book School's Scholarship Fund.

- Lisa Fagin Davis writes about the fascination with the Voynich Manuscript in the Washington Post.

- AOTUS David Ferriero talked to the Washington City Paper about the National Archives' recent moves toward digital-only records.

- New from Oak Knoll Books, Frank Romano's History of Desktop Publishing (hardcover $75, paperback $37.50).

- "Note-worthy connections: antique shorthand in Carolingian books" over on the BL Medieval Manuscripts blog.

- On the LC Blog, a post about the recent conservation and digitization of the Gandhara Scroll. See also a longer version on their 4 Corners of the World Blog.


- Laura Maiklem's Mudlarking; review by Frances Wilson in the Guardian.

- Michael Dirda reviews recent books on books in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Americana, Travel, Cartography, the Mexican War - with Material from the Warren Heckrotte Collection at PBA Galleries on 22 August.

- Advertising & Americana, the Collection of Mary Wells at Leland Little Auctions on 23 August.

- Historical Documents, Autographs & Books Including a Large Science Collection at University Archives on 28 August.

- Maps & Atlases at Forum Auctions (online) on 29 August.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Links & Auctions

- Less than a month now until the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, which will feature more than 110 dealers this year plus a full weekend of exhibitions, seminars, &c. Very much looking forward to it!

- From the Swann Galleries blog, "What—exactly—is the Swann Shelf Sale?" (It's coming up on 22 August).

- Another "Missing in Transit" alert from the ABAA - if you can help, please do!

- Israel's national library has opened another tranche of Kafka's papers recently returned from Germany.

- Jamie Quatro writes for the New Yorker on "The Hidden Life of a Forgotten Sixteenth-Century Female Poet."

- A.N. Devers' The Second Shelf is highlighted in a piece by Mareesa Nicosia for Barron's.

Upcoming Auctions

- Angling & Miscellaneous Books from the Library of Arnold "Jake" Johnson (online) at Doyle New York, ending on 13 August.

- The Glynn and Suzanne Crain Science Fiction Collection at Heritage Auctions on 13–14 August.

- Printed Books, Maps & Documents at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 14 August.

- Rare Books and Ephemera at Addison & Sarova on 17 August.

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Links & Auctions

- From PRI's "The World," Rupa Shenoy reports on efforts to digitize records in Sierra Leone archives as part of the Mellon-funded Enslaved open data platform.

- New blog to watch: Print Not Print, focusing on "words and images in eighteenth century Dutch trompe l’oeil books.

- It's all about the birds and the bees over on the BL's Medieval Manuscripts blog this week.

- The ABAA has issued a "lost in transit" report for an early Erasmus sammelband.

- Stuart Kells offers up his ideas for the "Top 10 Libraries in Fiction" for the Guardian.

Upcoming Auctions

- Vintage Posters at Swann Galleries on 7 August.

- Books and Works on Paper (online) at Forum Auctions on 8 August.

- Summer Miscellany – Golf Books at PBA Galleries on 8 August.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Links & Auctions

- The Ford Foundation, The J. Paul Getty Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation formed a consortium to acquire the photo archive of the Johnson Publishing Company, including the Ebony and Jet archives. The collection will be donated to "Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Getty Research Institute, and other leading cultural institutions for the public benefit to ensure the broadest access for the general public and use by scholars, researchers, journalists, and other interested parties."

- New from Oak Knoll Press, Kevin Johnson's The Celluloid Paper Trail: Identification and Interpretation of Twentieth Century Film Scripts. There's a Q&A with Johnson on the Oak Knoll Biblio-Blog.

- Quaritch has published a collection of eighty obituaries written by Nicolas Barker, At First, All Went Well ... & Other Brief Lives.

- Over on the Smithsonian blog Unbound, Allie Alvis on "A Heavy Hoax: The 'Lying Stones' of Johann Beringer."

- Nick Wilding did a Reddit AMA this week to follow up the premiere of the PBS documentary "Galileo's Moon."

- The Folio Society is going to publish the Song of Ice and Fire series, starting with a two-volume illustrated edition of A Game of Thrones.

- Dot Porter has posted her recent talk "The Sacred Texts: Manuscripts in Star Wars and Star Wars Fanfiction."

- A manuscript fragment of Der Rosendorn found in the library of Melk Abbey has been dated to around 1300, moving the original composition of the poem back about two centuries.


- Tony Faber's Faber & Faber: The Untold Story; review by Jonathan Galassi in the New Yorker.


- Comics and Comic Art at Heritage Auctions on 1–3 August.