Sunday, May 19, 2013

Links & Reviews

- From Small Notes, the blog of UVA's special collections library, David Whitesell reports a reunion between long-separated fragments of a Jefferson manuscript (a ~1769 draft of rules changes for the House of Burgesses).

- The AAS has acquired an unrecorded 1812 New York edition of Aristotle's Masterpiece.

- From Heather Wolfe at The Collation, a fascinating look at handwriting instruction during the early modern period.

- Over at the Ticknor Society's blog, an overview of the books George Ticknor was borrowing from the Boston Athenaeum.

- From the BBC, a look inside the UK's last remaining carbon paper factory. [via Brycchan Carey]

- An important collection of Philip Mazzei manuscripts has been given to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

- Quite a good exploration of early Bible leaves used as paper wrappers on the Cambridge Incunabula Project blog.

- The OED appeal I mentioned last week still stands, and got some attention this week from Rachel Maddow, among others.

- A 1939 journal by W.H. Auden, thought lost, has been found and will be sold at Christie's in June.

- From Medieval Fragments, a tour of one of the last intact chained libraries, at the Church of St. Walburga in Zutphen.

- At Salon, Andrew Leonard reports on a dark side of Wikipedia (its potential to draw vindictive sock-puppetry, &c.).

- Gordon Rugg on why the Voynich Manuscript matters.

- At Notabilia, a look at the distinctive shelf-mark of Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland.

- Sarah Faragher posted this week about a fantastic find at an antique shop: a copy of the 1773 edition of Johnson's Dictionary at what sounds like an extremely good price indeed.

-  Always interesting: a step-by-step look at conservation on a 17th-century book from the Senate House collections. [via @john_overholt]

- In the TLS, Mark Davies explores a possible real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Mad Hatter.


- John Taliaferro's All the Great Prizes; review by Thomas Mallon in the NYTimes.

- Dan Brown's Inferno; review by Jake Kerridge in the Telegraph.

- Marcia Coyle's The Roberts Court; review by Jeffrey Rosen in the WaPo.

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