Sunday, July 10, 2016

Links & Reviews

- Stephen Tabor writes for Verso, the Huntington's blog, about a tremendously interesting and exciting new acquisition.

- Rachel Beattie writes for the National Library of Scotland blog about sleuthing out correspondent names in the James Murray Archive.

- James Dawson covers "Mistaikes in Books" over at Rare Books Digest.

- Toronto bookseller David Mason is profiled in the Toronto Star, with a focus on his efforts (thus far unsuccessful) to solve a 1993 theft from his shop. Among the material stolen was a small archive relating to a 1929 boxing match between Ernest Hemingway and Morley Callaghan (for which F. Scott Fitzgerald acted as timekeeper).

- Steven Overly reports for the WaPo about the Vatican's digitization of one of the earliest manuscript versions of Virgil's Georgics and Aeneid, known as the "Virgilius Vaticanus."

- Keith Houston has posted a new miscellany of punctuation-related news at Shady Characters.

- The Boston Globe covered worries about the fate of Boston University's Editorial Institute this week.

- Over at Inciting Sparks, Tess Goodman has a new post, "Pics or It Didn't Happen: On the Objectivity of Photographs."

- Rabia Barkatulla writes for The Bookseller about the challenges inherent in digitizing Arabic books and manuscripts.

- A Thomas Jefferson letter discovered in a family's attic is being offered for $325,000 by the Raab Collection.

- Registration for this fall's APHA conference at the Huntington Library is now open. The theme is "The Black Art & Printers' Devils: The Magic, Mysticism, and Wonders of Printing History."

- More on Heather Wolfe's recent Shakespeare discoveries at Beyond Shakespeare.

- Melbourne's Rare Book Week is coming up from 14–24 July. Check out the full schedule - lots of great events going on!

- Nick Basbanes talked to novelist Matthew Pearl for Fine Books & Collections.

- London's Feminist Library faces eviction after a rent hike.

- Some excellent news from Portland, Maine, where a new independent bookshop will open in the fall.

- Excavation work for the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia has turned up a bunch of printing type.

- A Bible given by Charlotte Brontë to her friend Ellen Nussey will be sold at Sotheby's London this week.

- The London Library was profiled in Londonist.

- Tokyo's Jinbocho, which houses some 160 used and rare bookshops, sounds like a browser's dream!

- Several drawings by Beatrix Potter were found at Melford Hall in Suffolk during conservation works on books from the house library.

Reviews

- Ben H. Winters' Underground Airlines; review by Jennifer Forbus in the CSM.

- Pamela Haag's The Gunning of America; review by Stephen Wertheim in the TLS.

- Stephen Orgel's The Reader in the Book; review by Dustin Illingworth in the LARB.

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