Saturday, February 16, 2019

Links & Reviews

Aside from the ensuing jet-lag, it was lovely to be out in Oakland again for the California International Antiquarian Book Fair last weekend.

- There's a good look-back at the fair over on the Tavistock Books blog.

- At least twenty rare books were stolen from Baldwin's Book Barn in Chester County, Pennsylvania last weekend.

- Dave Gary has an excellent piece on the APS blog about what we can learn from the early circulation records of the Society.

- Oliver Stead writes for the National Library of New Zealand's blog about the recent digitization of an album of watercolors by George Raper (1769–1797) in the Alexander Turnbull Library.

- Ben Schmidt has a useful caution to anyone still trying to use Google Books as a research tool in "How badly is Google Books Search broken, and why?"

- John Mark Tillman, who was sentenced in 2013 to nine years in prison for various thefts from Canadian libraries, archives, and museums, has died. He was granted parole in 2016.

- Peter Libbey writes for the NYTimes about the grand Tolkien exhibition now on display at the Morgan (very much looking forward to seeing this show in March).

- A wonderful rubricator's complaint over at Notabilia.

- Over on the N-YHS blog, a really great photograph of the 1925 solar eclipse.

- The BL's Medieval Manuscripts blog explores the different writing systems found in early Anglo-Saxon England.

- Michael Dirda looks through a few of the works released into the public domain this year.

Review

- Susan Orlean's The Library Book; review by Kathryn Hughes in the Guardian.

Upcoming Auctions

- Winter Auction at Alexander Historical Auctions on 18 February.

- Antiquarian and Collectors' Books at Toovey's on 19 February.

- Bibliothèque d'un Amateur at Pierre Bergé & Associés on 19 February.

- Prints and Maps at Toovey's on 20 February.

- Bibliothèque Marc Litzler at Christie's Paris on 20 February.

- Americana – Travel & Exploration – Hawaii – World History – Cartography at PBA Galleries on 21 February.

- Livres Anciens & Modernes – Manuscrits & Autographes at Aguttes on 22 February.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Links & Reviews

Bibliography Week last week, the California International Antiquarian Book Fair next weekend. There's a preview over on the ABAA blog. Hope to see some of you there!

- Shelly Bradbury reports for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that defense attorneys for the librarian and bookseller charged with thefts from Pittsburgh's Carnegie Library are asking prosecutors to specify the date on which each of the 321 books was stolen, reportedly to "allow them to consider statute of limitations and alibi defenses."

- A great find at Bristol Central Library: manuscript waste from a copy of the Vulgate Cycle with mentions of Merlin and other Arthurian characters, used in bindings. More from the Guardian.

- Sarah Werner will be speaking at the Columbia Book History Colloquium on 13 February on "Old Books as Digital Objects."

- Kate Ozment has a new Sammelband post, "Roundup of Materials: Teaching Book History."

- Alison Flood for the Guardian: "Hold the front pages: meet the endpaper enthusiasts."

- The Bodleian Library has acquired a fifteenth-century French Gothic book coffer.

- Among February's Rare Book Monthly articles, Michael Stillman analyzes the 2018 auction prices, and Bruce McKinney reports on Christina Geiger's appointment as head of rare books and manuscripts at Christie's New York and on Richard Ramer's fiftieth-anniversary catalog.

- Over on the Library of Congress blog, Carla Hayden talked to Mark Dimunation and John Hessler about the LC's copy of Galileo's Sidereus Nuncius.

- Harvard's Houghton Library has acquired the remainder of John Ashbery's papers, as well as his 5,000-volume library. More in the NYTimes.

- Geraldine Fabrikant profiles Bauman Rare Books for the NYTimes.

- Don Skemer on the Princeton RBSC blog, "Recovering Lost Manuscript Evidence."

- "Errors in Bookplate Design" at Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie.

- From Aaron Pratt over on the HRC blog, "Collated & Perfect," on the publication and program series being organized jointly by HRC and the Beinecke.

- The Boston Globe highlights the recent expansion of the Massachusetts State Archives.

- Over on the BBC, "The Library of Forbidden Books."

- At medievalbooks, Erik Kwakkel on "The Oldest Surviving Printed Advertisement in English."

- Miriam Intrator was featured in "Bright Young Librarians."

- The Irish Times reports on the recent digitization by Trinity College Dublin of the fourteenth-century Dublin Apocalypse.

- Pyewacket Books on selling books, but not at book fairs.

- Over on the Penn Special Collections Processing blog, Liz Broadwell on "An Uncommon Proof."

Reviews

- Diane Setterfield's Once Upon a River; review by Laura Miller in the Guardian.

- John Martin Robinson's The Travellers Club; review by A. N. Wilson in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Travel and Exploration at Bonhams London on 6 February.

- Modern Literature & Illustrated Books (online) at Forum Auctions on 7 February.

- The Book Fair Century: One Hundred Fine Books, Plus Books Sold to Benefit the ABAA Benevolent Fund at PBA Galleries on 7 February.

- Printed Books & Ephemera at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 13 February.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Links & Reviews

Here comes Bibliography Week! See the schedule of events.

- Coming up on 1–2 February, Rare Books Los Angeles, a new book fair organized by Brad & Jen Johnson. They were featured on the AbeBooks "Behind the Bookshelves" podcast this week.

- The BL's medieval manuscripts blog announces the library's acquisition of the Southwark Hours, now digitized and on display. The manuscript was formerly on loan from the Archdiocese of Southwark.

- A current exhibition at Les Enluminures in New York showcases the forgery collection of William Voelkle. A short Q&A between Sandra Hindman and Voelkle is up at Art and Object.

- Newly digitized from the Royal Society, five volumes of draft meeting minutes from 1686 to 1711.

- Over on the ABAA blog, some updates about the future of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar.

- From Milton Esterow in the NYTimes, "The Hunt for the Nazi Loot Still Sitting on Library Shelves" (which partially highlights Anders Rydell's The Book Thieves).

- The Harvard Gazette has a look at the upcoming Houghton Library renovations.

- Jennifer Schuessler visited the Grolier Club for the NYTimes.

- Elizabeth Lisa Cruces is featured in the "Bright Young Librarians" column in FB&C.

- Jay Moschella has a post on the BPL blog about the library's recent digitization of two 15th-century Italian choirbooks.

- Rebecca Romney writes for LitHub about linguist Suzette Haden Elgin's 1984 novel Native Tongue.

Reviews

- Susan Orleans' The Library Book; review by Alexander Larman in the Guardian.

- Lee Israel's Can You Ever Forgive Me? (and the recent movie starring Melissa McCarthy); review by Kathryn Hughes in the Guardian.

Upcoming Auctions

- Rare Books & Fine Prints at William Bunch Auctions on 22 January.

- Books and Manuscripts at Il Ponte (Milan) on 22 January.

- Mexican Historical Books and Documents at Morton Subastas on 22 January.

- Autographed Documents, Manuscripts, Photos & Books at University Archives on 23 January.

- Rare Books & Works on Paper at Chiswick Auctions on 23 January.

- Fine Manuscript and Printed Americana at Sotheby's New York on 24 January.

- Mid-Winter Miscellany Part II, with Illustrated & Children's Books at PBA Galleries on 24 January.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Links & Reviews

- From the "headlines that made me smile" department, in the Indy Star, "'The opposite of lost': IU Library claps back at The New Yorker over Sylvia Plath story." Unpublished, yes. Lost, no.

- Over at The Collation, Elizabeth DeBold on "Folger collections in times of war."

- From Leo Robson in the New Statesman, a piece on the "contested world of literary estates."

- Lindsay McKenzie reports for Inside Higher Ed on recent paper shortages and other issues that have bedeviled the production of many university press books and journals.

- Will Noel will give the 2019 Sandars Lectures in Bibliography at Cambridge in March, on "The Medieval Manuscript and Its Digital Image."

- Much news this week about a recent finding of lapis lazuli fragments in the tartar of a 10th-century German nun, most likely as the result of her working with the pigment while she was illuminating texts. See Steph Yin's NYTimes report or Sarah Zhang's Atlantic piece.

- Lloyd (Meadhbh) Houston writes for the TLS on the Bodleian Library's Phi Collection (of books deemed obscene or otherwise inappropriate).

- Cheap books were the order of the day for the Princeton Rare Book Working Group.

- From R. B. Bartgis at Sammelband, "Building and Displaying a Teaching Collection."

- The Bibliographical Society of Canada and Concordia University Press have announced a new book series: "Authors, Publishers, Readers, Texts: Studies in Book History and Print Culture."

Reviews

- Jill Lepore's These Truths; review by Christine DeLucia in the LARB.

- David Blight's Frederick Douglass; review by Adam Goodheart in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- "Say it Loud": The John Silverstein Collection of African American Social History at Heritage Auctions on 15 January.

- Printed Books, Holy Land Maps, Posters & Jewish Graphic Art at Kestenbaum & Company on 17 January (online).

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Links & Reviews

Happy New Year! I've been using the first week of 2019 to read through a backlog of biblio-periodicals and articles, in preparation for work on various projects over the next couple months. It's been very pleasant to get (at least mostly) caught up - I recommend it!

- From Kurt Zimmerman, "Untrodden Paths in Book Collecting" (republishing his classic 1997 Firsts piece).

- Rare Book Monthly's January articles include Michael Stillman's look back at the top 500 book auction sales of 2018,  Susan Howard reflecting on forty years of independent bookselling, and Michael Stillman on the case of Kevin Schuwer, charged with thefts of Mormon material from several Utah institutions.

- Over on the BL blog, a roundup of their recent Manuscripts in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms conference.

- London's Feminist Library has been saved from closure thanks to a major fundraising drive.

Reviews

- Bridget Collins' The Binding; review by Sandra Newman in the Guardian.

- Mark Dery's Born to be Posthumous; review by Robert Gottlieb in the NYTimes.

- Patt Morrison's Don't Stop the Presses!; review by Liz Ohanesian in the LATimes.

Upcoming Auctions

- Books and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions on 10 January (online sale).

- Literature of the 19th & 20th Centuries, with the Glenn Todd Collection of Arion Press at PBA Galleries on 10 January.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Links & Reviews

Here's a last roundup of bookish things for 2018:

- A trove of books and other works will actually enter the public domain on 1 January(!). See the Center for the Public Domain's post, Alexandra Alter's NYT piece, as well as the Public Domain Review's "Class of 2019."

- Penn Libraries have acquired the Geoffrey Day collection of Sterneiana. Rebecca Rego Barry has a bit more on why bibliophiles love Tristram Shandy, too.

- Over on the APHA blog, a recap of one of the panel discussions at their conference this fall, on reconsidering the definitions of "watermark" and "paper."

- Just a couple "year in review" posts: Peter Steinberg recaps his Year of Plath, and Sarah Werner writes about her year in "reading when you are crumbling."

- Beth Jarret from AAS is highlighted in the FB&C "Bright Young Librarians" series.

Review

- Victorian Fairy Tales, edited by Michael Newton; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

Quiet on the auction front this week.

Happy New Year, all!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Links & Reviews

- Rebecca Romney highlights a few of the favorite books sold through Honey & Wax this year.

- The debut issue of a new open-access journal, Fragmentology, is out.

- Yale's Beinecke Library has acquired the archive of David Sedaris.

- Penn will return two ninth-century manuscripts from the Schoenberg Collection to the Badia di Cava, a Benedictine abbey near Salerno from which the two documents were stolen, apparently at some point in the 1990s.

- Jen & Brad Johnson's work with the Thomas Mann House to recreate Mann's library is featured on the ABAA blog.

- Erika Jenns is in the Bright Young Librarians spotlight this week over at FB&C.

- At The Junto, a Q&A with Nick Bunker about his new book Young Ben Franklin.

- The Eastern Orthodox Church is suing Princeton University over several manuscripts they argue were looted from a Bulgarian monastery in 1917.

- From the Salt Lake Tribune, "Stolen Mormon memorabilia spotlight Latter-day Saint devotion to church artifacts."

Reviews

- Diarmaid MacCulloch's Thomas Cromwell; review by Rory Rapple in the WaPo.

- Margaret Willes' The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn and John Dixon Hunt's John Evelyn; review by Ruth Scurr in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Prints and Multiples at Bonhams London on 18 December.

- Important Judaica, including a Distinguished Private Collection at Sotheby's New York on 19 December.

- Mid-Winter Miscellany at PBA Galleries on 20 December.