Sunday, August 03, 2014

Links & Reviews

Another Rare Book School season has come to a close, so here's a catchup post of links and reviews I missed over the last couple weeks:

- Many congratulations to the American Antiquarian Society, which was honored with a National Humanities Medal this week for "safeguarding the American story."

- The Provenance Online Project blog has launched, with some excellent first posts.

- David Whitesell writes on the Notes from Under Grounds blog about UVA Special Collections' acquisition this spring of 19th-century American and English books in original dust jackets. The 700 titles in 829 volumes are, David writes, "the largest such holding ever documented."

- From Sarah Werner at The Collation, 10mo!

- The Boston Athenaeum has announced that Elizabeth E. Barker will be the next Stanford Calderwood Director.

- HiLobrow has begun a series on contributors' favorite typefaces, including, so far, Matthew Battles on Aldine Italic and Sherri Wasserman on Toronto Subway.

- A two-parter at medievalfragments: Portable Medieval Manuscripts and Giant Medieval Manuscripts.

- Speaking of RBS, Rick Ring blogged about his experiences this week in "Teaching the History of the Book" over at The Bibliophile's Lair.

- Michael Paulson writes in the NYTimes on efforts by historian James Fenimore Cooper, Jr. and Congregational Library executive director Margaret Bendroth to preserve New England church records.

- The Folger Shakespeare Library launched Folgerpedia this week, a wiki designed to be an "infinitely updateable, constantly growing encyclopedia of all thing Folger and of interest to the Folger community."

- During renovations of UVA's Rotunda, masons discovered pieces of the original dome, destroyed in the 1895 fire.

- In Intelligent Life, Charles McCann writes about Roald Dahl in the "Notes on a Voice" column.

- Mike Widener notes a new installment in Mark Weiner's series of short videos about rare law books. Weiner writes that in "Water, Paper, Law," "an eighteenth-century Italian legal treatise about water inspires some thoughts about law, rare books, and the passage of time."

- There's an interview with John Ferling about the American Revolution on the OUP Blog.

- The Scholars' Lab crew launched Neatline 2.3 this week.

- Lenny Bruce's papers have been acquired by Brandeis University.

- Will Noel talked to FB&C's Nate Pedersen for the "Bright Young Librarians" series.

- Houghton Library reference assistant Leah Lefkowitz posted about an Elizabeth I letter in the library's collections.

- Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy talked to Tom Cutterham for The Junto about his book The Men Who Lost America.


- Lev Grossman's The Magician's Land; review by Edan Lepucki in the NYTimes.

- Robert J. Mayhew's Malthus; review by Justin Fox in the NYTimes.

- Danielle Allen's Our Declaration; review by Gordon S. Wood in the NYRB.

- Paul Sorrentino's Stephen Crane: A Life of Fire; review by Jayne Anne Phillips in the NYTimes.

- Elizabeth Drew's Washington Journal; review by Maura Casey in the WaPo.

- Rick Perlstein's The Invisible Bridge; review by David Ulin in the LATimes.

- John Dean's The Nixon Defense; review by Carolyn Kellogg in the LATimes.

- Michael Blanding's The Map Thief; reviews by John H. Kennedy in the Vineyard Gazette and Nick Romeo in The Daily Beast.

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