Sunday, November 21, 2010

Links & Reviews

- The AAS seeks applicants for its summer seminar, "Encountering Revolution: Print Culture, Politics, and the British American Loyalists," to be held 13-17 June 2011.

- A new timeline of Thomas Jefferson's libraries - very useful indeed.

- Now on LibraryThing, Edward Tufte's library. I'll have a preview of the upcoming sale of Tufte's collection at Christie's later today, as well.

- Some more coverage of the "Why Books?" conference, by Eugenia Williamson in the Herald.

- From the NYPost, word of the theft of two Gone with the Wind first editions and other rare books worth about $25,000 from Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore in Manhattan.

- HathiTrust Digital Library announced new members this week, including the Library of Congress, Stanford, Arizona State, MIT, and the University of Madrid.

- In the Telegraph, a profile of Nick Hornby.

- From Amy Stewart of Eureka Books, an amusing tale of a surprise delivery to the bookstore.

- Chris at Book Hunter's Holiday has a dispatch from "Mr. Z," who was at the Boston Book Fair as a buyer and offers a keen perspective on the fair.

- Also from Chris, the first two parts of a look at antiquarian book auctions: Part 1, Part 2.

- From Laura at The Cataloguer's Desk, "Is My Harry Potter Book Valuable?" And in other Harry Potter news, a 36-year-old woman has been arrested in the theft of a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone from an Oxfordshire display. The book was recovered after a passerby saw it in a plastic bag outside a Boots store in Abingdon.

- Linda Hedrick at Booktryst digs into Audubon's works, with lots of images and a bit of text.

- An interesting call for papers for a symposium at Historic Deerfield in March 2011, "The Art of the Book."

- R.M. Healey has a guest post at Bookride on book thievery.

- Some more great EEBO-investigations from Nick at Mercurius Politicus, this time examining the works of a printer with a cracked "T".

- Tycho Brahe's remains were exhumed (again) this week, for more tests in the ongoing attempt to prove what killed him.

- From CultureLab, Kay Austen on "augmented reality books."

- Google has reached agreement with French publisher Hachette Livre over scanning and selling the publisher's out-of-print books, but Hachette will retain the right to determine what books can be scanned and sold.

Reviews

- Carolyn Eastman's A Nation of Speechifiers; review by Sarah J. Purcell in Common-place.

- The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. ; reviews by Jonathan Yardley in the WaPo, Laura Skandera Trombley in the LATimes, and Jonathan Bate in the Telegraph.

- Joseph Ellis' First Family; reviews by Jack Rakove in The New Republic and Ted Widmer in the Boston Globe.

- Bill Bryson's At Home; review by Emily Green in the LATimes.

- Jill Lepore's The Whites of Their Eyes; review by Stephan Salisbury in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

- Edmund Morris' Colonel Roosevelt; review by Nick Basbanes in the LATimes.

1 comment:

mercurius politicus said...

Thanks very much indeed for the plug!