Sunday, March 23, 2014

Links & Reviews

- Over at The Collation, Sarah Werner shares a great case study of "how a tweet can grow into an amazing scholarly resource."

- The upcoming sale of the exploration library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching at Sotheby's is previewed in the WSJ and the Telegraph.

- From Molly Hardy at AAS, a look at the absolutely fantastic project they're working on to make the Mathew Carey account books available.

- Endrina Tay has a great essay on the Jefferson quote "I cannot live without books" on the Monticello store blog.

- The Catholicon Anglicum, a 1483 Middle English-Latin dictionary, has been purchased by the British Library for £92,500. The UK government had barred the manuscript's export following its sale to an overseas buyer at auction.

- Two photographs may have been identified as from the New York City funeral procession for Abraham Lincoln, the WaPo reports. Key words "may have been," but the case seems fairly good.

- Check this out, from Ben Pauley: Eighteenth-Century Book Tracker, a clearinghouse for information about digital facsimiles of 18th-century works.

- In the NYTimes, archaeologist Douglas Boin writes on provenance concerns raised about the recently-discovered new Sappho fragments.

- Nick Richardson blogs for the LRB on "Translating Lorem Ipsum."

- New at Princeton, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's mahogany writing desk and other objects, donated by alumnus Peter N. Heydon.

Reviews

- Steven Moore's The Novel: An Alternative History, 1600-1800; review by Roger Boylan in Boston Review.

- Peter Stark's Astoria; review by Dennis Drabelle in the WaPo.

- Ingrid Rowland's From Pompeii; review by Dan Hofstadter in the WSJ.

1 comment:

PWR said...

The Lincoln photograph is really interesting. I think he may be right. That's certainly Grace Trinity and the building where MB had NYC studios still stands. Brady didn't always use the high-speed emulsions of E & HT Anthony (the so-called "Instantaneous Photographs"), which explains the blur, as well as the lousy ID. It was probably something that Brady didn't bother publishing. One thing that I'm curious about: are these stereo shots? They certainly look it.