Sunday, March 29, 2015

Links & Reviews

- Rich Rennicks previews the New York Antiquarian Book Fair for the ABAA blog.

- Charles Dickens' desk from Gad's Hill Place has been purchased by the Charles Dickens Museum in London with a grant of more than £780,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

- Writing for the JHI Blog, Devani Singh reviews and comments on a current exhibition at the Cambridge University Libraries, Private Lives of Print.

- The University of Rochester Libraries have joined HathiTrust.

- New Folger Curator of Early Modern Books and Prints is introduced via a Q&A over at The Collation.

- Greece has criticized the British Museum for refusing UNESCO mediation over the Elgin Marbles.

- A copy of Robert Boyle's Sceptical Chymist sold at Bonham's this week for £362,500 (over estimates of £50,000-75,000.

- A new interactive literary map of Edinburgh will launch this week.

- The Library History Round Table has launched a blog.

- Eric Kwakkel posted about dirty medieval books this week.

- The University of Chicago Library News highlights a recent project to conserve a 16th-century Byzantine binding (part of the Edgar J. Goodspeed Manuscript Collection, currently being digitized).

- Peter Steinberg has posted about a recent research trip to the Lilly Library, where he's working on Sylvia Plath materials.

- Meredith Mann posts on the NYPL's holdings of material related to Madame du Châtelet.

- In the WSJ, Alexander McCall Smith writes on "The Secret of the Jane Austen Industry."

Reviews

- Robert Middlekauff's Washington's Revolution; review by Richard Brookhiser in the NYTimes.

- Lothar Müller's White Magic and G. Thomas Tanselle's Portraits and Reviews; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

- Robert Douglas-Fairhurst's The Story of Alice; review by A.S. Byatt in the Spectator.

- Matthew Carr's Sherman's Ghosts; review by James McPherson in the NYTimes.

- Alex Johnson's Improbable Libraries; review by J.C. Gabel in the LATimes.

- Laura J. Snyder's Eye of the Beholder; review by Jonathan Lopez in the WSJ.

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