Sunday, December 10, 2017

Links & Reviews

- Michael Blanding reports for the NYTimes on what looks like yet another modern forgery come to light: a ~1507 Waldseemüller world map that was set to be sold by Christie's this week before doubts were raised about its authenticity by Alex Clausen, Barry Ruderman, Michael Peichl, and Nick Wilding. Christie's has withdrawn the map from this week's sale.

- News this week from Salem, MA, where local media is covering the story that the Phillips Library collections, removed from their building in 2011 for renovations and kept at a facility in Rowley since then, probably won't be returning to Salem. See the Salem News report or "Shameless Stewards" at streestsofsalem.

- Over at Mental Floss, Rebecca Romney offers some tips for taking care of your books (common-sense to most of us, but useful reminders).

- Elizabeth DeBold explains this month's Crocodile Mystery at The Collation.

- From American Book Collecting, "The Heroic Age: Dibdin, Heber, and Bibliomania."

- On the Library of Congress blog, John Cole reflects on his job as the Library's first official historian.

- Jennifer Howard highlights a few of her recent stories on the biblio-world.

- The LATimes profiles Whitmore Rare Books and other LA-area rare booksellers.

Reviews

- Ron Chernow's Grant; review by Padraic Scanlon for the Guardian.

- Carol Porter Grossman's The History of the Limited Editions Club; review by Lise Jaillant in the TLS.

- Gordon Wood's Friends Divided; review by Edith Gelles in the WaPo.

- Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris' The Lost Words; review by Meara Sharma in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Fine Books & Manuscripts at Sotheby's New York on 11 December.

- English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations at Sotheby's London on 11 December.

- History of Science and Technology at Sotheby's New York on 12 December.

- Printed Books, Maps & Documents at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 13 December.

- Valuable Books and Manuscripts at Christie's London on 13 December.

- The Library of Richard Adams at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 14 December.

- Books and Works on Paper, Including Fine Photographs at Bloomsbury on 14 December.

- Fine Americana - Travel & Exploration - World History - Cartography at PBA Galleries on 14 December.

- Children's & Illustrated Books at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 15 December.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Links & Reviews

- At Wynken de Worde, Sarah Werner on "creating a digitized facsimile wishlist," in which she calls for suggestions of early printed books that aren't yet available as open-access digital facsimiles.

- In December's Rare Book Monthly, Thibault Ehrengardt on the Aristophil aftermath, Susan Halas on "courtesy to the trade," a followup report from Michael Stillman about the auction of an early Declaration of Independence broadside ($1.8 million!), and more.

- Rebecca Romney is starting up a biblio-newsletter; I have subscribed in anticipation, and would encourage all readers of this blog to do the same.

- The Codex Amiatinus will return to Britain for an exhibition at the British Library in 2018. And the Codex Leicester will be displayed at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence from October 2018.

- The Folger's Crocodile Mystery for December is up and awaiting your guesses.

- James Mitchell writes for the National Library of Scotland blog about cataloging what looks like a very interesting collection of Venetian chapbooks.

- Penelope Lively's papers have been acquired by the British Library.

- John Hodgman gets the "By the Book" treatment in the NYTimes.

- Sara Sauers has another APHA panel review, on "Transatlantic Connections."

- Over at Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, "Louise Ege, Book-Breaker."

Reviews

- Allan Young and Patrick Scott's The Kilmarnock Burns: A Census; review by Michael Stillman for Rare Book Monthly.

- Jorge Carrión's Bookshops: A Reader's History; review by Alan Riding in the NYTimes.

- Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney's The Collector of Lives; review by Deborah Solomon in the NYTimes.

- Kevin Young's Bunk; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

- David E. Fishman's The Book Smugglers and Michele K. Troy's Strange Bird; review by Anna Katharina Schaffner in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana at Christie's New York on 5 December.

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books at Sotheby's London on 5 December.

- Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books at Swann Galleries on 5 December.

- Fine Books and Manuscripts at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on 6 December.

- Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures at Bloomsbury on 6 December.

- History of Science and Technology at Bonhams New York on 6 December.

- Voices of the 20th Century at Bonhams New York on 6 December.

- Russian America & Polar Exploration: Highlights from the Martin Greene Library at Christie's New York on 7 December.