Monday, March 03, 2014

Links & Reviews

- Rebecca Rego Barry writes on the Fine Books Blog about a few of the recent deaccessioning announcements, from the news that more books from the Mendham collection will be sold at Dreweatts on 20 March to the LA Law Library sale this week at Bonhams and the sale of the Indiana Historical Society's Audubons on 1 April.

- Sally McGrane writes over at the New Yorker blog about books looted by the Nazis.

- A collection of Titanic-related material, including the manuscript of a survivor's memoir and correspondence between his family and White Star Line owner J. Bruce Ismay, has been acquired by UPenn.

- An ABAA security alert on thirteen books apparently removed from a shipping case while in transit from California to Vermont.

- The Bibliographical Society has announced the recipients of its 2013-14 research grants.

- From the Bright Young Librarians series, Steven Galbraith from RIT.

- A rare Lord Nelson letter was withdrawn from auction this week, its current owners having decided not to sell for the time being.

- Samuel Beckett manuscripts and the working library of Beckett scholar Stanley Gontarski have been acquired by Trinity College, Dublin.

- In the TLS, Donald Nichol looks back at 300 years of The Rape of the Lock.

- Joanne Freeman's American Revolution course lectures are available on YouTube.

- Jerry Morris at My Sentimental Library highlights some of the books in his reference library.

Reviews

- David Brion Davis' The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation; review by Drew Gilpin Faut in the NYRB.

- C. P. Snow's The Two Cultures; review by Alan Jacobs in Books & Culture.

- Lisa Gitelman's Paper Knowledge; review by Colin Higgins in THE.

- Marjorie Swann's edition of Walton's The Compleat Angler; review by Ruth Scurr in the TLS.

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