Sunday, April 15, 2018

Links & Reviews

- The Morgan Library & Museum has acquired a manuscript leaf by the Master of Catherine of Cleves.

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge's coffin was recently identified in a crypt at St. Michael's Church in Highgate.

- Meaghan Brown highlights some free (and very handy) digital resources for early modern historical and literary research.

- Megan Hahn Fraser interviews Tom Knoles for Past is Present. The March 2018 AAS Almanac is also available.

- Rebecca Rego Barry rounds up some recently-published books on books.

- Kate Ozment has been compiling a Google Spreadsheet of women bibliographers, and continues to welcome contributions.

- Francis Wahlgren has joined Leslie Hindman Auctioneers as an exclusive consultant for its fine books and manuscripts department.

- Honglan Huang writes for the Yale Book History blog about Mary Serjant's seventeenth-century copybook.

- Sarah Laskow profiles "book towns" for Atlas Obscura.

- New from Oak Knoll and the Clements Library, The Pioneer Americanists: Early Collectors, Dealers, and Bibliographers.

- David Levy reports for the HRC blog about a T.J. Wise "sophistication" he found while researching Hoyle at the Ransom Center.

- The Chicago Botanic Garden has received an NEH grant to conserve and digitize its collection of rare books and manuscripts.

- Over on the Houghton Library blog, they've posted a few unidentified film stills; if you can help puzzle out the subjects, please do!

- Radio New Zealand reports on worries that the University of Auckland may literally incinerate thousands of books as it closes several libraries.

- David Whitesell writes for Notes from Under Grounds about the winners of the 52nd UVA student book collecting contest.

- A movie based on a 2004 Transylvania University special collections theft, "American Animals," opens in theaters on 1 June. Troubling, frankly, that anybody will be profiting off this attack, which left a librarian injured.

Reviews

- Jack Hartnell's Medieval Bodies; review by PD Smith in the Guardian.

- Alberto Manguel's Packing my Library; review by Claire Armitstead in the Guardian.

- Richard Powers' The Overstory; review by Barbara Kingsolver in the NYTimes.

- Jenny Uglow's Mr. Lear; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- The Knowing Eye: Photographs & Photobooks at Swann Galleries on 19 April.

- Livres Anciens & Manuscrits at Aguttes on 19 April.

- Illustrated & Children's Books - Fine Printing - Art & Photography - Books about Books at PBA Galleries on 19 April.

Books and Documents at Australian Book Auctions on 23 April.

Rare Books, Autographs & Maps at Doyle New York on 25 April.

Fine Illustrated Books & Graphics at Swann Galleries on 26 April.

Spring Magic Auction at Potter & Potter on 28 April.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Links & Reviews

Another Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair is "in the books," and most of the booksellers seemed very pleased with the results. It was very nice to catch up with many friends there over the course of the weekend.

- Heritage Auctions will sell Conan Doyle's manuscript for "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" on 18 April.

- The Economist's Prospero column focuses on the typesetting competitions of the late nineteenth century.

- Erin Blake explains this month's Collation Crocodile mystery in "Drawing for photographic reproduction."

- Paul Lewis and Sandra Hughes have an update on their efforts to turn the Old Corner Bookstore into a museum, in the New England Review of Books.

- The UNC Libraries have launched a Mellon-funded "Archivist in a Backpack" project to promote community-driven archives.

- The Society of Antiquaries has launched a crowdsourced transcription project for the card index to their collection of seal casts and matrices.

- Rudolf Schonegger, convicted of stealing a signed Harry Potter book, avoided jail time, receiving a 26-week suspended sentence.

- Nate Pedersen profiles Ryan Place for the "Bright Young Collectors" series.

- Michael Dirda writes for the WaPo on "Why the literature of antiquity still matters."

- More from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the thefts recently announced from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Reviews

- Carlos Magdalena's The Plant Messiah; review by Willy Blackmore in the LATimes.

- Anne Trubek's The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting and Patricia Lovett's The Art and History of Calligraphy; review by David Rundle in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Autographed Documents, Manuscripts, Photos, Books & Relics at University Archives on 10 April.

- Printed Books, Maps & Documents at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 11 April.

- Printed & Manuscript Americana at Swann Galleries on 12 April.

- Rare Golf Books & Memorabilia From the Collection of John Burns and the Library of Ron Muszalski, with additions at PBA Galleries on 12 April.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Links & Reviews

Back, after a wonderful trip to Scotland and Iceland followed immediately by a move. I'm taking a break from unpacking (so, so much unpacking) to get caught up here, though I'm sure there are many things I completely lost track of while I was gone. Feel free to let me know what I missed!

- Next Friday and Saturday (6–7 April) will be the Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair, in Richmond. Do visit if you can!

- One of the bookshops I visited in Edinburgh, Golden Hare Books, is featured in the Guardian's "Browse a bookshop" column.

- Pittsburgh-area police are investigating thefts from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and request any assistance. See a PDF list of some items believed stolen. More from Michael Stillman for Rare Books Monthly and from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

- Video of the panel discussion at the New York Book Fair on women and collecting is now available via the ABAA blog.

- Quite a garage find, highlighted in the Fine Books Blog.

- From Francis Morrone in The Hopkins Review, "Bookshop Memories."

- Over at Reading Copy, an interview with Heather O'Donnell and Rebecca Romney. As a reminder, the second Honey & Wax Book Collecting Contest (open to women collectors under 30) is now accepting applications!

- The National Library of New Zealand has received a collection of twenty important books printed between 1472 and 1512.

- From the Princeton Graphic Arts collection blog, "How much did a wood engraving cost in 1862?"

- The Library of Congress is running a webinar series highlighting the Mesoamerican manuscripts in their collections.

- A bookseller has been convicted of stealing a signed copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire from Hatchards in December. He was recognized by staff since he had sold items to the shop in the past.

- The University of Edinburgh has acquired a much-annotated copy of Ben Jonson's works, after the UK government instituted an export ban.

- From the University of Rochester, "The myth—and memorabilia—of Seward's Folly."

- Blake Morrison asks in the Guardian, "should an author's dying wishes be obeyed?"

- From the BL's Medieval Manuscripts blog, "Cracking a medieval code."

- At The Binder's Ticket, "Bookplates or book labels?"

- Daniel Richter posts for the Huntington Library blog on "John Ogilby's English Restoration Fantasy."

- A bit on Isaiah Thomas' library (now on LibraryThing) from yours truly as Past is Present.

- Isabel Planton is featured in the FB&C "Bright Young Librarians" series. Ditto Rebecca Baumann.

- Katarzyna Lecky writes for The Collation on "The Strange and Practical Beauty of Small-Format Herbals."

- Rich Rennicks has posted a number of links to coverage of this year's New York Antiquarian Book Fair. The NYTimes focused on fashion.

- Rebecca Romney covers book curses for Mental Floss.

- Kurt Zimmerman notes the publication of John R. Payne's Great Catalogues by Master Booksellers.

- The Guardian reported on the sale of various Sylvia Plath items at Bonhams last month. Peter Steinberg has a full rundown of the auction, and some additional analysis.

- The April Rare Book Monthly includes Bruce McKinney's "Enigma, Seeking a Eureka," about a tantalizing French manuscript (do help with that if you can!).

- At Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, another fascinating provenance hunt, this time with some cuttings from the collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

- From Adam Schachter, "Adventures of an Absent-Minded Treasure Hunter."

- The Guardian highlights some of the great Tolkien material on show as part of the major Bodleian exhibition.

- I missed the Clements Library post about "Battle Estrays" in February, so I'm grateful to J.L. Bell for noting it as he digs into one of the examples cited.

Reviews

- Lucy Mangan's Bookworm; review by Kathryn Hughes in the Guardian.

- Julia Miller's Meeting by Accident; review by Barbara Adams Hebard for BookArtsWeb.

- Jo Nesbø's Hogarth Shakespeare Macbeth; review by Alexander Larman in the Guardian.

- Daniel Kalder's The Infernal Library; review by Ernest Hilbert is in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Antique Scientific Instruments, Globes and Cameras at Dorotheum on 4 April.

- Fine & Rare Books at PBA Galleries on 5 April.

- Entertainment Memorabilia at Potter & Potter on 7 April.