Sunday, July 10, 2011

Links & Reviews

- A 12th-century manuscript known at the Codex Calixtinus has been stolen from the library of the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela.

- Anne Bradstreet's manuscript of "Meditations Divine and Morall" has been digitized and is now available for viewing, thanks to a partnership between the Stevens Memorial Library and Harvard University.

- In the Boston Globe, the first of a three-part series on the history and future of reading, by Jane Brox.

- The Folger's current exhibit was reviewed this week in the NYTimes, by Edward Rothstein.

- Carol Fitzgerald has donated her impressive collection of regional series Americana to the Library of Congress.

- Word this week that the British Museum may close the Paul Hamlyn Library.

- July's Fine Books Notes is up, featuring Jonathan Shipley's piece on Curtis' North American Indian, and Ian McKay's auction writeups.

- John Overholt reports that the papers from Houghton's 2009 Samuel Johnson conference will be released in book form in August.

- Humanities Magazine has a piece by Thomas Fulton, "John Milton and the Culture of Print," highlighting a new Rutgers exhibition of Milton material.

- From BibliOdyssey, J.F. Naumann's 1818 engravings of bird eggs.

- Michael Sims talked to NPR's Maureen Corrigan about his new book The Story of Charlotte's Web; great interview about a book I truly enjoyed.

- Before this week's SHARP conference in DC, there'll be a discussion at the Library of Congress this coming Wednesday on The French Book Trade in the Enlightenment project, which I'm quite excited about. If you go to the discussion, please keep me posted (and/or tweet the proceedings for the rest of us!).

Reviews

- Stephen Foster's A Private Empire and Emma Rothschild's The Inner Lives of Empire; review by John Mackenzie in the Scotsman.

- Simon Winchester's Atlantic; review by Christopher Hirst in the Independent.

- John Julius Norwich's Absolute Monarchs; review by Bill Keller in the NYTimes.

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