Sunday, December 13, 2015

Links & Reviews

- Launched this week, Shakespeare's World, a collaboration between the Folger, the OED, and Zooniverse to crowdsource manuscript transcriptions of 17th-century letters and recipes. Nicola Davis reported on the launch for the Guardian.

- For your reference, the entire NUC Pre-1956 (all 754 volumes!) is now available digitally via HathiTrust. The contents list may also be of use.

- Nick Basbanes' collection of research materials and inscribed books have been acquired by Texas A&M University.

- The sale of the first portion of Pierre Bergé's library at Hotel Drouot on Friday realized the equivalent of $12.8 million. More coverage from AFP.

- The results of a survey about allowing self-service photography in reading rooms are well worth a look.

- Karin Scheper, conservator at the University Library Leiden, guest-posts at medievalbooks about the process of deciding whether and how to conserve a damaged book.

- The AAS has acquired a collection of daguerrotypes related to the Thomas P. and David C. Collins firm of Philadelphia.

- Architects have been hired to draw up plans for a new building to house the Lambeth Palace Library.

- Not that all the readers of this blog don't already know the answer, but Howard Jacobson, writing for the BBC Magazine, asks "Is there still any point to collecting books?"

- The AAS' annual report is now available.

- John Sunyer reports for the Financial Times on the Maggs Bros move.

- New to me, anyway, the Centre for Printing History and Culture, a joint initiative between Birmingham City University and the University of Birmingham.

- The UK Intellectual Property Office has stated that faithful reproductions of existing public-domain works should be in the public domain.

Reviews

- Rebecca Rego Barry's Rare Books Uncovered; review by Jerry Morris at Contemplations of MoiBibliomaniac.

- John Sedgwick's War of Two; review by Susan Dunn in the NYTimes.

- James Shapiro's The Year of Lear; review by James Smiley in the NYTimes.

- David Wooton's The Invention of Science; review by Steve Donoghue in the CSM.

- Jane Dawson's John Knox; review by Arnold Hunt in the TLS.

1 comment:

R.T. said...

Bravo! Thank you for the great posting and links. I'm especially interested in the Shakespeare links (which ought to be clear in my latest posting at Beyond Eastrod), and I look forward to returning to your site in the future for more great browsing. Again, thanks a million!