Sunday, November 26, 2017

Links & Reviews

- The Library of Congress has acquired the Codex Quetzalcatzin, a pre-1600 Mesoamerican codex.

- New from the wonderful Brattle Book Shop, Brattlecast, a short podcast about rare books and the business of selling them.

- Try out the Folger's new DIY First Folio site, where you can practice making your own in their virtual printing house.

- The new Magdalen College Oxford exhibition, "Fragments of Note: The Afterlives of Medieval Manuscripts" is now open - and the short video linked at the bottom of that page, "Singing the Collections," is well worth a look.

- Author Richard Adams' library will go on the block at Dominic Winter on 14 December. View the lots, or read a Guardian piece about the sale. I wish there was better cataloging on the group lots so that a full inventory of Adams' collection could be captured - if anybody reads this who is going to the preview and wants to spend a bit of them jotting down citations, I would be eternally grateful!

- Surekha Davies posts at The Collation on "Collecting the world in seventeenth-century London."

- Rebecca Rego Barry has the annual Fine Books Notes holiday roundup of books about books.

- The second installment in the Echoes from the Vault series on visualizing the St. Andrews biographical register is out.

- If you missed the Bibliography Among the Disciplines conference in October, there are 40+ hours of audio now available.

- Haven Hawley summarizes a visit to the Museum of Printing during this fall's APHA conference.

- Keith Houston writes about Thomas Jefferson's ivory notebook in a Miscellany post.

- A copy of Origin of Species annotated by Darwin is set to be sold at Christie's next month.

- Over at the Robb Report, "Harry Potter and the Ridiculous Run of Auction Records."

- From the Ransom Center magazine, a profile of translator Harriet de Ă“nis.

- Henry McGhie writes for the OUP blog about "The building blocks of ornithology."

Reviews

- Leslie Peirce's Empress of the East; review by Thomas Madden in the NYTimes.

- Caroline Fraser's Little House on the Prairie; review by Patricia Nelson Limerick in the NYTimes.

- Marion Rankine's Brolliology; review by Michael Lindgren in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Livres Rares et Manuscrits at Christie's Paris on 28 November.

- Musical Manuscripts at Sotheby's London on 28 November.

- Printed Books & Manuscripts at Chiswick Auctions on 29 November.

- The Richard E. Bateman Collection on Celestial Mechanics - Science, Medicine & Technology - Rare Books & Manuscripts at PBA Galleries on 30 November.

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