Sunday, December 20, 2015

Links & Reviews

- The second "Virtual Issue" of The Library, containing articles about private libraries, is now available.

- Eric Kwakkel has a great post at Medieval Books about the recent work he and others have been doing to pilot the use of x-rays to reveal manuscript fragments hidden inside bookbindings. More here.

- A new database of early American library charging records, from the Easton (PA) Library Company, is now available at The team is still adding records, but this looks like a great start.

- The Sotheby's London sale of 15 December realized £1.6 million. See the full results. The sale included the very interesting archive of Robert Catterson-Smith, a collaborator on the Kelmscott Chaucer.

- Daniel Grant writes for The Observer on the 22 December sale of material from the Valmadonna Trust Library. And Sotheby's David Redden talked to a local NYC news station about the collection and the auction.

- UNC's purchases at the Pirie sale were announced this week.

- A bill to make the US Copyright Office independent has been introduced in the House.

- New from Oxford, the 15cBOOKTRADE Project offers a whole range of resources and useful tools for the study of early books. An accompanying database, TEXT-inc, was also released this week.

- New from the University of Southampton, The Austen Family Music Books, a digital collection of 18 music albums belonging to Jane Austen's family. See the announcement.

- Mitch Fraas answers the question "What do you do all day?" for Medium.

- At Echoes from the Vault, Briony Aitcheson writes about the identification during cataloging of a previously-unrecorded variant cancel title page for the first edition of The Wealth of Nations.

- Jennifer Maloney and Pia Catton report for the WSJ on the coming "bonanza" of Shakespeare-related events/exhibits/books, &c., to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death in 2016.

- New from The Appendix contributors, Backlist, a selection of curated lists of books.

- Dee Clayman writes for the OUP Blog about the ongoing work on the Herculaneum scrolls. John Seabrook's recent New Yorker piece on the project is also now online.

- Coming up in the fall of 2016, a series of interlinked exhibitions and an international conference in Boston on illuminated manuscripts.

- Over at POP for "Mystery Monday," "Who signed the Newberry Library's First Folio?"

- A rare Kay Nielsen watercolor illustration for a 1924 edition of Hans Christian Andersen stories sold for £32,000 at auction this week.

- Liberty University has received a collection of rare Bibles from Dr. Harold Rawlings.

- Andy Stauffer has a response to Jacob Nadal's column "Silvaculture in the Stacks."

- The Daily News reported this week on the $22 million overhaul of the NYPL's Schomburg Center.

- More from The Collation on the launch of Shakespeare's World.

- In the "Bright Young Librarians" series, Penn's Laura Aydelotte is featured this week.

- Stephen Heyman writes for Slate about the success of the UK bookstore chain Waterstone's and what lessons US bookstores could learn.

- The AP reports on a soon-to-be-published Civil War diary volume separated from its fellows when it was captured by a Union soldier during the conflict.

- The Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded a $2.2 million grant to the Columbia University Libraries for the development of an online portal to the corporation's institutional records.

- A replica "handling copy" of the Gutenberg Bible has been produced for the John Rylands Library.


- Rebecca Rego Barry's Rare Books Uncovered; reviews by Ben Marks for Collectors Weekly and Kurt Zimmerman at American Book Collecting.

- Harold Holzer and Norton Garfinkle's A Just and Generous Nation; review by Andrew Delbanco in the NYTimes.

- Andrew Pettegree's Brand Luther; review by Colin Woodard in the NYTimes.

- James Shapiro's The Year of Lear; review by Blake Seitz in the Washington Free Beacon.

- Lisa Moses Leff's The Archive Thief; review by James McAuley in the WaPo.

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