Saturday, July 20, 2019

Links & Auctions

- From Rebecca Rego Barry in Lapham's Quarterly, "Rebuilding Jane Austen's Library," about a digital recreation of Austen's brother's library at Godmersham Park.

- The Salem News reports that the Massachusetts Attorney General is reviewing the Peabody Essex Museum's decision to move most of the Phillips Library collections to Rowley.

- Sean Moore talked to "New Books in History" about his Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries.

- Lisa Fagin Davis writes on "Fragmentology in the Wild" over on Manuscript Road Trip, providing an update on efforts to digitally reconstruct manuscripts dismembered by Otto Ege. And there's more from Peter Kidd on the same topic, too.

- Over at American Book Collecting, "We Are Many."

- At Early Modern Female Book Ownership, Joanna Rozendaal on Dutch bibliophile Maria Elisabeth de Wale, whose library included more than 6,000 books when it was sold in 1755.

- The Apollo 11 Timeline Book failed to sell at Christie's this week, being brought in at $5 million.

- News this week that CABS will relocate to Minnesota beginning in 2020; will share more details as they are available.

Review

- John Taliferro's Grinnell; review by Dennis Drabelle in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- A Mystic Collection: Early Books at Skinner, Inc. on 23 July (moved from 18 July).

- Printed Books, Documents, Maps & Caricatures at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 24 July.

- Books and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions (online) on 25 July.

- Art & Illustration – Fine Books at PBA Galleries on 25 July.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Links & Reviews

- New from Oxford University, the Living Libraries Podcast, "all about Oxford's libraries and the librarians who look after them."

- Powell's Books in Chicago has a great deal on John Bidwell's American Paper Mills, 1690–1832 at the moment: $23 (originally published at $150).

- Over at Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, "Otto Ege's 'Chain of Psalms' Manuscript," and an update.

- Alicia Murphy posts on the AAS blog about Adeline Shepard Badger as part of their "Uncovering the Hidden Women of the AAS Catalog" series.

- The BL has acquired the Granta archive.

- The University of Liverpool is looking for two postdocs to work on the Libraries, Reading Communities and Cultural Formation in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic project (which sounds fascinating!).

- Elizabeth DeBold has a great Collation post, "'What's in a Name?' or, Going Sideways" on the vertical half-titles (or whatever they're called!) seen sometimes in seventeenth-century English books.

- From the BL medieval manuscripts blog, "Jerome and the lion."

- Michael Rosenwald has a story in the WaPo about William Safire's library, some of which is currently for sale via Washington's Capitol Hill Books.

- Another month, another proposed "solution" to the Voynich Manuscript.

Review

- Ben Williams' The Lost Leonardo; review by John Williams in the NYTimes.

Upcoming Auctions

- One Giant Leap: Celebrating Space Exploration 50 Years after Apollo 11 at Christie's New York on 18 July.

- F.A. Hayek: The Remaining Archives (online) at Forum Auctions on 18 July.

- A Mystic Collection: Early Books at Skinner, Inc. on 20 July.

- The Estate of Philip Roth + Select Additions at Litchfield County Auctions on 20 July (several of Roth's typewriters, if that's your thing)

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Links & Reviews

- I highly recommend the "Galileo's Moon" episode of the PBS show "Secrets of the Dead," which premiered this week. It's currently available online and on the PBS app.

- New from Rebecca Romney and Brian Cassidy, Type Punch Matrix. See Rebecca's announcement.

- From the BL's Medieval Manuscripts blog, "Insular Manuscripts: Networks of Knowledge."

- Over on the Princeton Graphic Arts collection blog, "The Women of The Colophon."

- Amelia Hugill-Fontanel has a memorial post to Stephen O. Saxe on the APHA blog.

- Rachel Furnari is featured in the "Bright Young Booksellers" series on the Fine Books Blog.

- At Sammelband, Kate Ozment offers "Research Trips: A Beginner's Guide."

- Sabine Brix writes for the Australian site ArtsHub on book thefts.

Review

- James Grant's Bagehot; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- English Literature, History, Children's Books and Illustrations at Sotheby's (online); ends 9 July.

- The Golden Age of Russian Literature: A Private European Collection and Important Scientific Books from the Collection of Peter and Margarethe Braune at Christie's London on 9 July.

- The History of Western Script: Important Antiquities and Manuscripts from the Schøyen Collection and Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts at Christie's London on 10 July.

- Selected 16th and 17th Century English Books from the Fox Pointe Manor Library at Forum Auctions on 10 July.

- Americana – Travel & Exploration – World History – Cartography at PBA Galleries on 11 July.

- Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions on 11 July.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Links & Reviews

- Fifteen arrests were made this week in Romania and the UK in relation to the January 2017 theft of rare books from a shipping warehouse near London. The investigation also led to more than forty property searches in the UK, Romania, and Italy. None of the press releases or media reports I've found indicate whether any of the stolen books were recovered.

- A new episode of PBS' "Secrets of the Dead" focusing on the forged Sidereus Nuncius will premiere on Tuesday, 2 July at 8 p.m.

- The ABAA issued a "Missing Items Lost in Transit" alert for two manuscripts purchased at auction in July 2017 and subsequently gone missing in shipment.

- Over on the BL's Medieval Manscripts blog, "Noah's Ark and the Anglo-Saxons" and "Unexpected encounters of the fragmentary kind."

- Tim Barrett's work is featured in a recent issue of the Daily Iowan.

- The DPLA has issued a new strategic plan for 2019–22.

- The B.H. Breslauer Foundation has given $25,000 to further support the ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, which will next be awarded in 2022.

- A major fracas is brewing over the sale of several early biblical manuscript fragments. Candida Moss has an overview for the Daily Beast, but see also the EES statement and the several posts from this week on Brent Nongbri's blog Variant Readings.

- At LitHub, M. Sophia Newman on early movable type in China and Korea.

- The National Library of Scotland has a new exhibition on the Scottish Enlightenment, which includes an excellent online component.

- A new Bodleian Library exhibition will feature maps from the library's collections.

- Allison Ebner and Ann Manser write for UD Daily about the recent "Black Bibliographia: Print/Culture/Art" symposium.

- Simon Beattie put together a good list of places to talk about rare books and the like on Facebook, if you're so inclined.

Reviews

- Stuart Kells' The Library; review by Dennis Duncan in the Spectator.

- Jerry Kelly's Hermann Zapf and the World He Designed; review by Pradeep Sebastian in The Hindu.

Upcoming Auctions

- Bibliothèque Paul Destribats at Christie's Paris on 3–5 July.

- Books and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions (online) on 3 July.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Links & Auctions

- A new Virtual Research Environment for the the Dutch Prize Papers has been released.

- Don Skemer has a checklist of Middle English manuscripts at Princeton.

- A long-missing volume of autobiographical writings by Alice Wandesford Thornton has been identified in the collections of Durham Cathedral.

- A Bible presented to Lincoln in 1864 and given by his widow to a Springfield minister in 1872 will soon go on display at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum after being donated by descendants of the minister.

- From Siel Agugliaro on the Penn SCPC blog, "The 'Theatricals in Philadelphia' Scrapbooks: Or, How Yesterday's Old Stuff Became the Treasure Trove of Today."

- Another update on that dismembered Book of Hours over at Medieval Manuscripts Provenance.

- The BL's Medieval Manuscripts blog has an updated list of recently-digitized manuscripts.

- The presentation copy of Darwin's Origin sold at Bonhams last week for $500,075, setting a new auction record for the book.

- Over at the Princeton Graphic Arts blog, a post about Audubon's request of Havell to re-engrave several of the Lizars plates of his birds.

- Russ Davidson has donated his extensive collection of George Orwell to the University of New Mexico Libraries.

- In the LARB, the first chapter of Ilan Stavens' The Return of Carvajal: A Mystery, forthcoming in October from Penn State University Press. Looks like a book to watch for!

- Kurt Zimmerman has a second installment of his Book Hunter's Bibliocatechism.

Upcoming Auctions

- Dans la Bibliothèque de Jacques Attali at ALDE on 25 June.

- Fine Books, Manuscripts, Atlases & Historical Photographs at Bonhams London on 26 June.

- The Library & Picture Collection of the late Martin Woolf Orskey at Dominic Winter on 26 June.

- Autographed Documents, Manuscripts, Photos & Books at University Archives on 26 June.

- Books & Works on Paper at Chiswick Auctions on 27 June.

- Fine Literature with Mystery & Detective Fiction at PBA Galleries on 27 June.

- Livres & Manuscrits at Aguttes on 28 June.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Links & Reviews

- Many congratulations to Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian, appointed OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to libraries and archives.

- At the MHS blog, Rakashi Chand writes about "Strawberry Fun at the MHS."

- Biblio hosted an interesting roundtable discussion at Firsts: London on "The Evolving State of Internet Bookselling" - audio and a transcript are now available.

- Over at Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, "A Cryptic Book Label Identified."

- On the Royal Society's blog, "Cash in the archive," about early Chinese printed money in the Society's collections.

- Rebecca Rego Barry posts on the FB&C blog about the range of Whitman exhibitions this summer. I commented to somebody this week that collecting a poster for each of the various Whitman bicentennial exhibitions would make for a pretty interesting little project ...

- Videos from the Grolier Club's 1 June Whitman symposium are also now available on their Vimeo channel.

- New York's Strand Bookstore has been designated a historic landmark, over the objections of the owners.

- Michelle Light has been named director of the Special Collections Directorate at the Library of Congress.

- From the Princeton Graphic Arts blog, a new index to the job work of the Pynson Press (1922–40).

- Katie Wolf writes for the NYPL blog "An Introduction to Mass Digitization and the Brown Brothers Collection."

- From the University of Chicago Library News page, "Discovering Chicago's Rare Books with Elizabeth Frengel."

- The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry has been acquired by the University of Iowa.

- New from Kari Kraus and the UMD Booklab, GotSort, a Python script that will give you a character count for your letterpress printing project. Pretty nifty!

Review

- Mark Purcell's The Country House Library; review by Jeremy Musson in The Art Newspaper.

Upcoming Auctions

- Livres Anciens et du XIXe Siècle at ALDE on 17 June.

- Travel & Sport in Africa from the Library of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson at Doyle (online), ending 18 June.

- Livres et Manuscrits at Sotheby's Paris on 18 June.

- Rare Books, Maps, Manuscripts & Photographs at Lyon & Turnbull on 19 June.

- Printed Books, Maps & Documents, Early Bibles & The Ladwell Collection of Fine Bird Books: Part II at Dominic Winter on 19 June.

- Modern Literature & First Editions, Children's, Fine Press & Illustrated Books at Dominic Winter on 20 June.

- The Pride Sale at Swann Galleries on 20 June.

- Books, Maps & Manuscripts at Freeman's on 20 June.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Links & Auctions

I'm sure I missed some things this week, since it was the first RBS session of the summer. Feel free to pass along things that slipped by!

- In the "Bright Young Booksellers" series, Anke Timmerman of Type & Forme.

- From Christine Jacobson at Houghton, "A Mysterious Manuscript in a Banned Language."

- Quite an amusing post from the State Library Victoria blog: "The Chief Librarian and the soap thieves."

- One of the missing Lewis Chessman has been identified and will be sold at Sotheby's on 2 July.

Upcoming Auctions

- Important Manuscripts, Continental Books and Music at Sotheby's London on 11 June.

- Summa de Arithmetica at Christie's New York on 12 June.

- Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana at Christie's New York on 12 June.

- Fine Books and Manuscripts at Bonhams New York on 13 June.