Sunday, December 11, 2016

Links & Reviews

- Over at the Houghton Library blog, "Footprints of a Bibliographical Ghost."

- An ivory cup-and-ball toy from the family of Jane Austen will be sold at Sotheby's London on Tuesday.

- The Harry Ransom Center has acquired some 180 books from the library of Gabriel García Márquez.

- From Heather Wolfe at The Collation, a look at scissor impressions left behind in early modern books.

 - The NARA blog had a really fascinating post this week about how the Archives responded to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

- The Times ran an obituary of Martin Stone this week.

- A new exhibition at the National Library of Scotland features early photographically-illustrated books relating to Scotland.

- Abby Schoolman gets the "Bright Young Booksellers" spotlight this week.

- The BPL's Collections of Distinction blog highlights a ~1460 Strasbourg bible from the BPL collections, recently conserved and digitized.

- Swann sold two uncolored plates from Audubon's Birds of America this week.

- Lew Jaffe's post this week at Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie includes a query from another bookplate collector who is seeking dated English bookplates from particular years.

- The team working on building a replica common press at RIT has posted an update on their progress.

- Janice Hansen posts about examples of "mummy printing" (it's not what you think) in the UNC Chapel Hill rare book collections.

- Rebecca Romney offers a primer (treasure map?) on collecting books about pirates.

- R. M. Healey looks back at Bishop Richard de Bury (of Philobiblon fame) at Jot101.

- The Princeton Graphic Arts blog explores a rare print showing the interior of Paris's famed Lemercier lithography firm.

- Danuta Kean reports for the Guardian on what has been a truly terrible year for library funding in the UK.

- Kurt at American Book Collecting highlights a few of the association copies of Rosenbach's Unpublishable Memoirs from his collection.

- Jane Rickard writes for the Huntington Library's blog about evidence of early readership in Ben Jonson's Works.

- The Archives Hub team has posted a basic outline of their updated interface.

Reviews

- Elaine Scarry's Naming Thy Name; review by Matthew Harrison in the LARB.

- Matthew Kirschenbaum's Track Changes; review by Tim Groenland in the Dublin Review of Books.

- Yale's new edition of the Voynich Manuscript; review by Toby Lester in the WSJ.

Upcoming Auctions

- English Literature, History, Children's Books and Illustrations at Sotheby's London, 13 December

- Rare Books, Early Photographs, Manuscripts, Maps and Paintings at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers (Dublin), 13 December

- Printed Books, Maps, and Documents at Dominic Winter Auctioneers (Cirencester), 14 December

- Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts, including Americana at Christie's New York, 14 December

- Books, Photographs and Other Works on Paper at Bloomsbury, 15 December

- Americana, Travel & Exploration, World History and Cartography at PBA Galleries, 15 December

- Important Judaica at Sotheby's New York, 15 December

- Fine and Valuable Books at Bibliopathos (Milan), 15 December

- Bibliothèque d'un amateur at Pierre Bergé & Associes (Paris), 16 December

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