Sunday, September 19, 2010

Links & Reviews

- In yesterday's Globe, Craig Fehrman writes on the lost libraries of authors, including comments on the library of David Markson (sold this summer at the Strand). It does not mention the very sad dispersal of the library of Arthur Schlesinger Jr. which I noted here back in 2008.

- Barron's ran an article about high-end book collecting this weekend, "Rare Books, Rare Prices." [If you're not getting the full text on this, click the second link on this page and it should work ...]

- The University of South Carolina acquired a c. 1240 manuscript Bible with extensive marginalia from the 2 June Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books sale at Christie's London. Read more about the Bible in the lot description.

- The Vatican Library has reopened after a three-year renovation. Browse a gallery of new photos here.

- In the Globe, notice of a new book on censorship in early 20th-century Boston, Neil Miller's Banned in Boston (Beacon Press).

- A copy of the Confederate Declaration of Independence will be sold at the 30 September Swann auction (which I'll preview more thoroughly this week).

- This picture of a library desk made of books made the rounds this week; isn't it lovely?

- A new exhibit at the Yale Law School library, "Superheroes in Court! Lawyers, Law, and Comic Books" was reviewed in the NYTimes on 14 September, and highlights are being featured on the library's rare books blog.


Reviews

- An exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, Arcimboldo, 1526-1593: Nature and Fantasy; reviewed by Brian Gopnik in the WaPo. There's also a slideshow.

- Ilyon's Woo's The Great Divorce; review by Mary Beth Norton in the NYTimes.

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