Saturday, January 16, 2021

Links & Auctions

- The BL's Medieval Manuscripts blog has a roundup of recently-digitized manuscripts.

- Submissions for the LHRT's Justin Winsor Prize are due by 1 February.

- A project to keep an eye on: Durham University and Durham Cathedral are working together to digitally recreate the medieval Durham Priory Library.

- From the LC blog, "Free to Use and Reuse: The Art of the Book."

- "More Ottley Identifications" from Peter Kidd at Medieval Manuscripts Provenance.

- From Erin Blake for The Collation, "Using Cardboard Spacers to Fill Gaps on the Shelf."

- Liz Broadwell writes for the Penn blog on "Two Unrecorded Woodcuts from Urs Graf's 'F.M.S.' Cycle."

- The catalog of the recent APS exhibit Dr. Franklin, Citizen Scientist is available free for download. And also from APS, Val Lutz on Benjamin Franklin's papers as "Survivors of the American Revolution."

- There's a call for papers for the second issue of Inscription, themed around "Holes."

- A new auction record for comic book art was set this week with the sale of a rejected Tintin cover for nearly €3.2 million.

Upcoming Auctions

- Lettres et Manuscrits Autographes at ALDE on 20 January.

- Livres Anciens et Modernes at De Baecque on 20 January.

- Books from the Library of the Late Brian Findlay at Forum Auctions on 21 January.

- Photography at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on 21 January.

- Fine Prints and Photographs at Skinner, Inc. on 21 January.

- Fine Books at PBA Galleries on 21 January. 

In Praise of America: Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Prints and Broadsides at Christie's ends on 22 January.

- Winter 2021 Auction at Arader Galleries on 23 January.

Saturday, January 09, 2021

Links & Auctions

- The Royal College of Physicians has backed off plans to auction off its rare book collection.

- From the LC blog, "Citizen DJ, Noah Webster and the Value of Copyright."

- Over at Early Modern Female Book Ownership, a copy of Katherine Philips' Poems (1667) with two Gough family ownership inscriptions.

- Sarah Matthews writes for the State Library Victoria blog about "Melbourne's First Newspaper."

- Les Enluminures has published a new volume on the works of medieval scribe Joel ben Simeon by Sandra Hindman and Sharon Liberman Mintz.

Upcoming Auctions

- L'Univers du Créateur de Tintin and Bandes Dessinées at Artcurial on 14 January.

- Art & Illustration – Literature – Americana – Maps – Books in All Fields at PBA Galleries on 14 January.

Saturday, January 02, 2021

Links & Auctions

Happy New Year, friends. May 2021 be better than the last.

- From the BBC, "Has Thomas Becket's treasured 'little book' been found?"

- Gerald Cloud is working on a census of Jose Figueroa's Manifesto a la Republican Mejicana (1835) and could use your help if you know of any copies.

- Peter Kidd has posted a three-part series about manuscript cuttings from an album previously sold in the Hoe sale: Frate Nebridio, More Cuttings Illuminated by Nebridio, and Payne.

- Rebecca Romney has listed her top fifteen favorite books sold in 2020.

- From Rare Book Monthly, Michael Stillman has his annual report on the top 500 book and manuscript lots at auction in 2020. Bruce McKinney has a look back at the year that was, statements from five auction professionals, and perspectives from the ABA, ABAA, ILAB, and Marvin Getman. I have to say I am particularly keen on Selby Kiffer's call if we continue down the road of fewer printed sale catalogs: "At the least, auction houses should make their past online catalogues fully available in an easily searchable archive, complete with unsold lots and any post-publication emendations." Absolutely (and please). Perhaps the most surprising news is Marvin Getman's: "I do not plan, at this time, to bring back my live fairs. I know that might be a disappointment to some who enjoy attending my satellite fairs during the ABAA fairs but the fact is that those fairs take a lot out of this old guy for their financial return. I will devote my time and attention to continuing to improve my virtual platform and to develop themes that will bring booksellers and their customers together." As someone who took great pleasure in attending Marvin's well-produced fairs, I will miss them terribly, though I certainly understand the reasons not to hold them. Marvin deserves great plaudits from all of us in the bibliosphere for stepping up and making the virtual fairs work smoothly and efficiently!

- Longtime Exlibris moderator and bibliographer Everett Wilkie died on 23 December, from complications related to COVID-19. 

Upcoming Auctions

- From the Antiquarian Library of the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban at Humbert & Ellis on 4 January.

- Rare Manuscripts, Autographs and Books at University Archives on 6 January.

- Books and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions on 7 January.

- Fine Literature – Science Fiction & Mystery at PBA Galleries on 7 January.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Links & Review

- There will be a twelve-hour bookfair on Getman's Virtual on Wednesday, 6 January.

- From Heather Curtis for the St Andrews Special Collections blog, "Getting Muddy with Manuscripts."

- Elizabeth Harris and Nicole Perlroth report for the NYTimes about a mysterious phishing scam targeting unpublished book manuscripts.

- Over at Past is Present, a look back at "How Six-Year-Old Stephen Salisbury III Rescued One of the Rarest and Most Important Christmas Documents in American History."

- From the OUP blog, "Finding the Melford Hall Manuscript," by Daniel Starza Smith.

- Ted O'Reilly writes for the N-YHS blog on "A Christmas Gift from FDR, Collector, Historian, and President."

- On the BL's Medieval Manuscripts blog, "The Ox and Ass at the Nativity."

- Lisa Fagin Davis' Simmons class has completed a new virtual reconstruction of an Otto Ege manuscript - see her updated blog post for more details.


- Martin Latham's The Bookseller's Tale; review by Katy Guest for the Guardian.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Links & Auctions

- In the University of Iowa magazine, "The Story of a Papermaker," in which Tim Barrett reflects on 30+ years at the University's Center for the Book.

- Coming up on 19 January, Heather O'Donnell and Rebecca Romney will present a Caxton Club evening program, "Building the Future of Rare Books: Two Booksellers' Experiences in Outreach." Register here.

- From the Peter Harrington blog, "Behind the books," an interview with Rosemary and Jasmin, two of the binders the The Chelsea Bindery.

- Over at Early Modern Female Book Ownership, a 1630 King James Bible

- Allie Alvis' recent Edinburgh Bibliographical Society talk, "Illumination of the Page and of the Spirit," is now available on YouTube.

- Also now available for viewing, the recent Princeton/Rutgers colloquium "The Virtual Materiality of Texts: Book History During a Pandemic."

- The University of Liverpool's medieval manuscripts are now available in a new online catalog with details and sample images.

- Elizabeth Pope notes a recent AAS acquisition of an 1874 birthday and autograph album, this copy with a letter from the publisher to author Benson Lossing.

- Brittany Nichole Adams from Northwestern is in the "Bright Young Librarians" spotlight this week.

- It's all about the fastenings in the third installment of the Polonsky Foundation Greek Manuscripts Conservation blog's series about constructing a medieval eastern Mediterranean binding model.

- The Middle Temple Library's December provenance mystery features some endleaf shorthand notes!

- A new dataset of material from the Franklin Ledgers is now available from the APS.

- Emily Spunaugle's work on the Marguerite Hicks Project at Oakland University is highlighted in Hour Detroit.

Upcoming Auctions

- Four Decades: In Celebration of AIPAD at Sotheby's New York ends on 21 December.

- Libros Raros y Valiosos at Soler y Llach on 22 December.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Links & Auctions

- Quite a good piece by Mark Wilding for the Guardian about the 2017 Feltham warehouse theft of rare books.

- The Cary Graphic Arts Collection at RIT has received a gift of printing equipment, rare books and ephemera from the collection of Stephen O. Saxe.

- Katarzyna Bator writes for the N-YHS blog, "Lab Notes: Preserving Rare Pamphlets."

- A video tour of Princeton University Library's 2019 Gutenberg & After exhibition is now available.

- Here's the BL's announcement of their acquisition of the Melford Hall Donne manuscript, which is also now available digitally.

- Rebecca Rego Barry has a recap of the ILAB webinar "Wrapping up 2020," held this week.

- Alison Flood writes for the Guardian about the Isaac Newton mss. notes about the Great Pyramid that sold for £380,000 this week.

- Over on the BL's Medieval Manuscripts blog, "New Prophecies of the Ancient Sibyls," an update on their effort to provide new descriptions of the Harley Collection manuscripts.

- Dave Gary points out the newly digitized American Philosophical Society Curator's Record of Donations for 1769 to 1898.


- Stephen K. Galbraith's A Brief History of the Book; review by Sebastian Modrow for Bonefolder Extras.

Upcoming Auctions

- A Grand Vision: The David H. Arrington Collection of Ansel Adams Masterpieces at Sotheby's on 14 December.

- Livres et Manuscrits at Sotheby's Paris ends on 15 December.

- Éditions Originales du XIXe au XXIe Siècle at ALDE on 15 December.

- La Bibliothèque de Pierre Bergé – 5e Vente at Pierre Bergé & Associés on 16 December. 

- Books and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions on 16 December.

- Livres Anciens du XVe au XIXe Siècle at ALDE on 17 December.

- Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books at Swann Galleries on 17 December.

Sunday, December 06, 2020

Links & Auctions

- Getman's Virtual Bibliophilic Holiday Gift Fair is open through tomorrow, 7 December, with new items to be added tomorrow morning.

- The manuscript volume of Donne poems identified at Melford Hall in 2018 has been acquired by the British Library, Dalya Alberge reports for the Guardian.

- Rebecca Romney's recent University of Delaware talk, "Building Bridges: Expanding the Reach of Rare Books in the Next Generation" is now available to watch, as is her Hollyer Lecture for the Toronto Public Library, "Sherlockian Collecting: A Tour of Creative, Clever, and Weird Pursuits."

- Michelle Taylor writes for the New Yorker on "The Secret History of T.S. Eliot's Muse."

- The ABAA has posted a "Missing in Transit" notice of books gone astray in Kentfield, CA.

- Jamie Cumby is in the "Bright Young Librarians" spotlight this week.

- The ABAA Women's Initiative has launched an ABAA Mentorship Program.

- From Books and Borrowing, Alex Deans on "The World in Print: Borrowings of Voyages and Travels."

- Over at Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, "Sotheby Manuscripts at Sotheby's."

- Nikki Tompkins writes for the Jesus College Libraries blog about a recent conservation project undertaken on a 1674 Bodleian Library catalogue used as a working copy to compare the Bodleian's holdings with those of Jesus College.

Upcoming Auctions

- The Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction, Part IV at Heritage Auctions ends on 7 December.

- Printed Books, Maps and Manuscripts including Fine Bindings and Science Books from the Collection of Peter and Margarethe Braune part II at Bellmans on 8 December.

- English Literature, History, Science, Children's Books and Illustrations at Sotheby's ends on 8 December.

- Valuable Books and Manuscripts at Christie's London on 9 December.

- Christmas Rare Book Sale at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers on 9 December.

Highlights from the Medical Library of the Late James Tait Goodrich at Bonhams New York on 10 December.

- Comics at PBA Galleries on 10 December.

- Fine Books and Manuscripts at Bonhams New York on 11 December.