Sunday, September 09, 2012

Links & Reviews

- The big biblio-news this week was an announcement from Peter Harrington Books that they will be selling perhaps the most notable 19th-century association copy to ever come on the market. It's the first volume only of the first edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, inscribed on the front flyleaf "The Lord Byron from the Author." The bookseller will be accepting bids for the volume beginning 26 September, and the book will be on display at Peter Harrington from 26 September - 3 October. There's a bit more on the find here, and the announcement indicates that additional information will be released on 25 September.

- A very large archive of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural drawings, photographs, models, manuscripts, &c. has been jointly acquired by Columbia University and the Museum of Modern Art.

- Bookseller Scott Brown responds to another bookseller's not-so-attractive offer to mind her shop for two months.

- In the Chronicle, Marc Parry reports that many crowdsourcing projects are discovering that in some cases the investment may not quite pay off. I think we've seen more than a few successful projects so far, though, and I expect that will continue.

- Over at The Collation, Heather Wolfe suggests some possible origins of a paper fragment used to repair a 1539 Thomas Cromwell letter.

- The ABAA blog highlights an upcoming celebration to mark the tercentenary of Mark Catesby's American explorations, which looks great!


- John Guy's Thomas Becket; review by Alida Becker in the NYTimes.

- Felix Palma's The Map of the Sky; review by Yvonne Zipp in the WaPo.

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