Sunday, October 29, 2017

Links & Reviews

- Forgot this last week so I'm putting it right at the top: there's a new issue of Common-place up, which is excellent as usual - I want to particularly point out Paul Erickson's piece "The Business of Building Books" and the "To Our Readers" note, which invites comments about the role and future direction of the journal.

- The New-York Historical Society will open a new gallery devoted to Audubon's Birds of America this fall.

- Joe Adelman asks at The Junto, "Did Hamilton Write Too Much For His Own Good?"

- Over at Echoes from the Vault, Caroline Douglas reports on her work researching women in the early history of photography.

- The Boston Public Library has announced a partnership with the Internet Archive to catalog and digitize a large portion of the library's Sound Archives Collection.

- Sarah Laskow has an interesting piece in Atlas Obscura about the "oldest" item in each of twelve libraries.

- The Louvre has launched a crowdfunding campaign to purchase a François I Book of Hours, after a British export ban was allowed to expire.

- From Science News, a debate over the dating of a manuscript which might contain the earliest known use of a zero.

- The National Library of Scotland blog highlights their current exhibition on the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Reformation. Ditto the Huntington Library.

- Richard Higgins writes for the WaPo on Luther as publishing phenom.

- Simon Beattie's turned up an absolutely wonderful little publication for his Boston Book Fair list - see his post "Fun and games in the British Museum Reading Room."

- Alexandra Alter reports for the NYTimes on a small collection of Harper Lee letters offered at auction; they sold for $12,500.

- Vittoria Traverso writes for Atlas Obscura about the travels of the Luneborch Prayer Book.

- Proposals for the 2018 RBMS conference program are due on 10 November.

- Mentioned this when it was in beta but the main release of a new photo-management program Tropy is now available for download; I'm looking forward to trying this out.

- On the APHA blog, Pam Barrie summarizes a panel at the group's recent conference: "Printing Conflict: The Civil War."

- At Boston1775, J.L. Bell comments on "False Anniversaries for Equiano and Wheatley."


- Alan Jacobs' How To Think; review by Dan Cohen on his eponymous blog.

- Richard Beadle's Henry Bradshaw and the Foundations of Codicology; review by James Freeman on the Cambridge University Library Special Collections blog.

- Christopher de Hamel's Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts; reviews by Helen Hazen for The American Scholar and Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

- Christopher Frayling's Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years; review by Zoë Lescaze in the NYTimes.

- Naomi Alderman's The Power; review by Bridget Read in Vogue.

- John Hodgman's Vacationland; review by Charles Thaxton in the WaPo.

- Ed Ayers' The Thin Light of Freedom; review by James Oakes in the WaPo.

- Eric Metaxas' Martin Luther and Brad Gregory's Rebel in the Ranks; review by Andrew Pettegree in the WaPo.

- Philip Pullman's Daemon Voices and The Book of Dust; review by Michael Saler in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Livres at Manuscrits at Sotheby's Paris on 30 October.

- Important Instruments of Science & Technology at Bonhams London on 31 October.

- The Library of a European Gentleman at Sotheby's London on 2 November.

- Illustrated Books - Childrens' Books - Books in All Fields at PBA Galleries on 2 November.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Links & Reviews

- It was a great treat to see so many friends at last week's Bibliography Among the Disciplines conference in Philadelphia - see the #BxD17 hashtag for tweets from the meeting.

- The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is coming up on 10–12 November.

- From Archaeology, "The Hidden Stories of the York Gospel."

- Don't miss Aaron Pratt's new post on the HRC blog, "A baroness and her bookshelves in an English parish church."

- The Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division has released a new web portal for accessing digitized books from their collections.

- A security alert from the ABAA about some books stolen in Georgia and perhaps taken to California.

- Over on the Princeton Graphic Arts blog, a quick review of the APHA/CHAViC meeting in Worcester.

- The AP has a report on UVA's efforts to digitize books Jefferson recommended for law students.

- A John Calvin manuscript has been returned to the canton of Geneva by Sotheby's; it was found to have been stolen from the canton's archives.

- Leah Klement writes on the Huntington blog about her work with a much-used manuscript in the library's collections in "A Using Book."

- Ruth Ahnert has a report from the Folger's third Early Modern Digital Agendas gathering.

- The Folger and Wellesley co-sponsored a recent Transcribathon, which looks like grand fun!

- Over on the ABAA blog, Heather O'Donnell and Rebecca Romney offer "Notes from the 2017 Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize."

- The Bookhunter on Safari offers up some thoughts on "The Fidelity of Engravers."


- George William Van Cleve's We Have Not a Government; review by Jack Rakove in the WaPo.

- Walter Isaacson's Leonardo da Vinci; review by Alexandra C. Kafka in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection (Part I: Music) at Sotheby's London on 26 October.

- The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen at Sotheby's New York on 26 October.

- Rare and Important Travel Posters at Swann Galleries on 26 October.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Links & Reviews

- The "Bibliography Among the Disciplines" conference is coming up this week! Looking forward to seeing many of you there.

- Colleen Barrett of PRB&M gets the "Bright Young Booksellers" spotlight this week.

- At The Collation, Erin Blake explains this month's caption-contest Crocodile post.

- Trinity College Dublin is digitizing eight important medieval manuscripts as part of the "Beyond the Book of Kells" lecture series.

- The Yale Daily News reports that the Jonathan Edwards papers formerly held at the Andover Newton Theological Seminary will now join the other Edwards papers at the Beinecke.

- Quite an impressive showing at Swann this week for their Printed & Manuscript Americana sale!


- Ron Chernow's Grant; review by T.J. Stiles in the WaPo.

- Robin Sloan's Sourdough; review by Jeff VanderMeer in the LATimes.

- James Atlas' The Shadow in the Garden; review by Jeffrey Meyers in the LATimes.

Upcoming Auctions

- Bibliothèque Romantique R. & B. L. at Sotheby's Paris on 10 October.

- Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps & Photography at Lyon & Turnbull on 11 October.

- Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books at Swann Galleries on 17 October.

- The Marine Sale at Bonhams London on 18 October.

- The Richard Beagle Collection of Angling & Sporting Books, Part II. With Americana, Travel & Exploration, Cartography at PBA Galleries on 19 October.

- Books and Works on Paper at Bloomsbury Auctions on 19 October.

- Historical Manuscripts at Heritage Auctions on 19 October.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Links & Reviews

- From Sarah Werner, "book history questions and digital facsimiles."

- Former Lilly Librarian William Cagle died this week at the age of 83. Joel Silver has an "In Memoriam" post on the Lilly's blog.

- Among the Rare Book Monthly articles for October, Michael Stillman reports on the end of California's controversial autographed memorabilia law as it pertains to booksellers, Susan Halas profiles Nancy Pearl, and Michael Stillman covers a recent AbeBooks downtime.

- Rich Rennicks highlights a national scavenger hunt in Ireland for copies of Bill Drummond's The Curfew Tower is Many Things which have been hidden in each of the 32 counties in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

- The National Library of Ireland announced a series of major Yeats-related acquisitions. More from RTÉ.

- Emory University has acquired the "Joan Anderson letter," sent from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac and credited as the inspiration for On the Road.

- Betsy Walsh, head of reader services at the Folger Shakespeare Library, passed away on 22 September. There is a memorial post up at The Collation.

- An early Hemingway story (perhaps his first) was recently identified in a collection of material owned by the Bruce family, longtime Hemingway friends.


- Stephen Taylor's Defiance; review by Lauren Elkin in the NYTimes.

- Jonathan Cott's There's a Mystery There; review by Jerry Griswold in the WaPo.

- Edward St. Aubyn's Dunbar; review by Bethanne Patrick in the LATimes.

- Maja Lunde's The History of Bees; review by Ellie Robins in the LATimes.

- Several recent books on Montaigne; review by Patrick J. Murray in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Printed Books, Maps & Documents at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 4 October.

- Fine Literature, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror at PBA Galleries on 5 October.