Sunday, August 07, 2016

Links & Reviews

- The August Rare Book Monthly is up: it includes a piece by Bruce McKinney asking several booksellers to answer the question "Looking back five and ahead five years, where have you come from, where are you now, and where will you be?" Michael Stillman also writes up the theft of William Wordsworth's prayer book from a Grasmere church.

- Anthony Tedeschi posts about Melbourne Rare Book Week at the Fine Books Blog.

- For his "Booking It" series this week, Keith Houston makes a woodcut.

- Jane Eagan of the Oxford Conservation Consortium writes about a 17th-century ream wrapper used in a binding.

- A box of rare comics has been reported missing from Tampa Bay Comic Con.

- Pradeep Sebastian profiles Simran Thadani for The Hindu.

- Caroline Duroselle-Melish explores an eighteenth-century copybook with a Don Quixote engraving (printed on heavy stock) used as the cover.

- Kevin Young has been named Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

- Don Skemer surveys a few of the 200+ commonplace books in Princeton's collections.

- Andrew McGill reports on the state of the Library of Congress-Twitter archive.

- Ted Underwood asks how many texts one has to examine for it to be considered "distant reading."

- Roland Arkell reports for the Antiques Trade Gazette that some of the Aristophil books and manuscripts may soon be back on the market.

- At Techdirt, Mike Masnick reports that there seem to be moves afoot at the Copyright Office to make changes to Section 108 of the Copyright Act, which exempts libraries and archives from certain provisions.

- Michael Dirda picks eleven "hidden gem" books for the summer.


- John Strausbaugh's City of Sedition; review by Sam Roberts in the NYTimes.

- Claire Harman's Charlotte Brontë; review by Trev Broughton in the TLS.

- Jennifer Schuessler reviews the Folger's new exhibition, "Will and Jane," in the NYTimes.

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