Sunday, February 18, 2018

Links & Reviews

- Following the news late last year (noted here) about forged Waldseemüller world map gores, the Bavarian State Library (BSB) has announced that their copy is also a 20th-century forgery.

- The ABAA has posted a list of books stolen in transit to the California Book Fair.

- It's not often I see my little alma mater in upstate New York featured on the local news in Virginia, but it happened this week after a lock of George Washington's hair was found inside an almanac in Union College's Special Collections.

- Heather Wolfe at The Collation asks "Was Early Modern Writing Paper Expensive?"

- Jennifer Howard write for EdSurge about "What Next-Gen Digital Humanities Looks Like."

- From Alberto Manguel in the CHE, "The Magical Power of Dictionaries."

- Jessica Janecki and Lauren Reno write for The Devil's Tale about some recent work they've been doing to clarify authority and authorship records for Sojourner Truth's Narrative.

- The deadline for consideration in the first round of admissions for spring/summer 2018 Rare Book School courses is tomorrow, 19 February; submission of your application(s) by then is much encouraged.

- A census of Edward Curtis' The North American Indian is underway; please do contribute if you can.

- Dave Gary has identified some Joseph Priestley books at the American Philosophical Society, given by APS Librarian John Vaughan.

- Kelly Grovier writes for the BBC about "The Mysterious Painting that Changed How We See Colour."

- Harvard's copy of Horatio Rogers Jr.'s Private Libraries of Providence is now available for your browsing pleasure (via John Overholt).

- From the Yale Program in the History of the Book blog, Kelsey Champagne writes on a 1707 shipment of books to Jamaica. The blog, called The Census, is new, and should be added to your reading list.

- Some new research is leading to surprising findings about the Book of Kells.

- From Atlas Obscura, a profile of a professional manuscript transcriber on the Isle of Man.

- Also at Atlas Obscura, some interesting things people have found in books (other than George Washington's hair).

- Meet the newest members of the ABAA!

- Most volumes of the Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution are now freely available online.

- Newly digitized are the minutes of the American Philosophical Society for 1787 to 1793.

Book Review

- Leonard Neidorf's The Transmission of Beowulf and Corinne Dale's The Natural World in the Exeter Book of Riddles; review by Susan Irvine in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Autographed Documents, Manuscripts, Books & Relics at University Archives on 21 February.

- Fine Books - Science & Medicine - Art, Illustration & Children's Literature at PBA Galleries on 22 February.

- Comics and Comic Art at Heritage Auctions from 22 to 24 February.

- The David and Janice Frent Collection of Political & Presidential Americana, Part 2 at Heritage Auctions on 24 February.

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