Sunday, April 17, 2011

Links & Reviews

Housekeeping note: Thanks to a timely reminder, I've cleared out the list of links on the right sidebar, more than a few of which had gone kaput since the last time I went through them. There were some there that still contain interesting posts even though they're not being updated currently; I made a note of those as well. And I added a few new links that I've subscribed to in my Google Reader but which had not been listed on the sidebar.

- Exile Bibliophile found a particularly cool eBay lot this week: a horse-drawn library wagon! Anybody got a spare $15K?

- A fascinating guest post at Anchora this week on some manuscript notes in a copy of Thomas Lupton's A Thousand Notable Things.

- Construction is slated to begin this week on a new version of the Boston Tea Party museum.

- Ground was broken at Mount Vernon this week for the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.

- The UK government abandoned plans to compel newspaper publishers to archive paywalled content with the country's main libraries.

- Ken Sanders was surprised recently when a man brought a 1494 Nuremberg Chronicle into a local appraisal event.

- LSU received a donation of some 94 letters written by Baton Rouge planter Armand du Plantier and his family to other family members in France. The letters date from 1777-1844.

- Jennifer Howard reported in the Chronicle about a scholar's discovery of a cache of documents in the National Archives penned by Walt Whitman during his time as a federal clerk.

- Rebecca Rego Barry reviews Brian Cassidy's latest catalog [PDF], which you certainly should read through if you have a chance - there's some great items in there!

- Check out the Interactive Album of Medieval Paleography - very nifty! [via @wynkenhimself]

- The Penn Libraries have received a major gift of some 280 medieval and renaissance manuscripts from Lawrence and Barbara Schoenburg; a Schoenburg Institute for Manuscript Studies will be established to highlight the collection.

- In case you missed it, the Berkleyside obituary for Serendipity Books' Peter Howard is a must-read.


- Joshua Kendall's The Forgotten Founding Father; review by Barton Swaim in the WSJ.

- Gary Gallagher's The Union War; review by Jonathan Yardley in the WaPo.

- John Pollack's The Pun Also Rises; review by P.J. O'Rourke in the NYTimes.

- Andrea Wulf's Founding Gardeners; review by Lauren Winner in the WaPo.

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