Saturday, August 02, 2008

This Week's Acquisitions

New month, new feature (shamelessly appropriated from The Little Professor). Each Saturday (or so) I'll note which books have arrived this week. Now, since I don't really have room for any more books, and because I really shouldn't be spending any money on them, this list really ought to be tiny every week. This week (naturally) is an exception, because I found a few very interesting things (and because the Brattle had to go and put out new review copies). I'll add the sources as well, where I can remember them.

- Can You Ever Forgive Me? Memoirs of a Literary Forger by Lee Israel, 2008. (Simon & Schuster)
- The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets ..., by Samuel Johnson; four volumes, 1790-1791. (Boston Book Annex)
- The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended by Isaac Newton, 1988 facsimile of the 1728 edition. (Commonwealth Books)
The University of Virginia Library, 1825-1950: Story of a Jeffersonian Foundation by Harry Clemons, 1972. (Commonwealth Books)
- The Great Stink by Clare Clark, 2006. (Brookline Booksmith)
- The Black Death: A Personal History by John Hatcher, 2008. (Brattle)
- Origins: Selected Letters of Charles Darwin, 1822-1859. Anniversary edition; edited by Frederick Burkhardt. Revised edition, 2008. (Brattle)
Evolution: Selected Letters of Charles Darwin 1860-1870; edited by Frederick Burkhardt, Samantha Evans and Alison Pearn, 2008. (Brattle)
- Germaine de Staƫl and Benjamin Constant: A Dual Biography by Renee Winegarten, 2008. (Brattle)
Boston Printers, Publishers, and Booksellers: 1640-1800 by Benjamin Franklin V, 1980. (Brattle)
The Plot Against Pepys by James Long and Ben Long, 2008. (Brattle)
The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation by Nancy Rubin Stuart, 2008. (Brattle)
- Collections of Nothing by William Davies King, 2008. (Brattle)
- Painter in a Savage Land: The Strange Saga of the First European Artist in North America by Miles Harvey, 2008. (Brattle)
The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century by Edward Dolnick, 2008. (Brattle)
- Les Avantures de Telemaque, fils d'Ulysse, printed at Ulm, 1769 (in French with German notes and additions) I haven't written much about my Telemachus collection here, but I've got nearly thirty different editions of this satirical novel, of which this is the most recently acquired. It's a lovely edition, with many illustrations and a delightful folding map of Telemachus' travels (eBay)


Bookseller Bill said...

Yowza! You really did go nuts at Brattle.

Let's see...ones I figured you might pick up: Black Death, the two Darwin books, the Pepys book, and Forger's Spell. I would not have figured you for the de Stael/Constant book, however. How's your French? I think we still have a ton of Constant/de Stael stuff (in French) from the Jasinski library.

JBD said...

Yeeah, yesterday was a bad day. No more books for August. I got the de Stael/Constant because of the whole literature culture angle - my French is not good enough to read them in the original, that's for sure.