Sunday, December 09, 2018

Links & Reviews

- Interesting new blog to watch: Early Modern Female Book Ownership.

- From Louis Menand in the New Yorker, "Literary Hoaxes and the Ethics of Authorship."

- Also from the New Yorker, Sam Knight asks "Do Proteins Hold the Key to the Past?"

- Edward O'Reilly has an excellent post on the N-YHS blog, "John Winthrop's Sermon and an 'Erasure of Collective Memory.'"

- Heather O'Donnell and Rebecca Romney of Honey & Wax are featured on the Curious Objects podcast.

- From Alison Hudson on the BL's medieval manuscripts blog, "Women and books in Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms."

- On the 175th anniversary of the publication of A Christmas Carol, Tina Jordan looks back at the NYTimes' coverage of the story over the years.

- Not to be missed: Erin Blake on "The key to removing a card catalog rod (literally)."

- John Paul Floyd talked to Rebecca Rego Barry for the Fine Books Blog about his new book A Sorry Saga: Theft, Forgery, Scholarship, and the Vinland Map.

- In the Columbia Journalism Review, "What's behind a recent rise in books coverage?"

- From Michael Dirda in the WaPo, "The '90s are having a literary moment. That is, the 1890s ..."

- New York's Strand Bookstore is asking that the city not assign landmark status to its building.

- Einstein's "God Letter" sold at Christie's this week for $2,892,500, and a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone set a new auction record at $162,500.


- Nathaniel Philbrick's In the Hurricane's Eye; review by Carol Berkin in the WaPo.

- Thomas Reinerstsen Berg's Theater of the World: The Maps that Made History; review by Lorraine Berry in the WaPo.

- Diane Setterfield's Once Upon a River; review by Ellen Morton in the WaPo.


- Lettres & Manuscrits Autographes at Ader on 10–11 December.

- Entertainment Memorabilia at Bonhams London on 11 December.

- Books & Manuscripts at Artcurial on 11 December.

- Printed Books & Maps; Children's & Illustrated Books; 20th Century Literature at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 12–13 December.

- Valuable Books and Manuscripts at Christie's London on 12 December.

- Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books at Swann Galleries on 13 December.

- Americana – Travel & Exploration – Hunting & Sporting – World History – Cartography at PBA Galleries on 13 December.

- Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection: Part II | Music, Americana, English and Continental Literature at Sotheby's New York on 13 December.

- La bibliothèque de Pierre Bergé at Sotheby's Paris on 14 December.

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