Bibliography Week last week, the California International Antiquarian Book Fair next weekend. There's a preview over on the ABAA blog. Hope to see some of you there!
- Shelly Bradbury reports for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that defense attorneys for the librarian and bookseller charged with thefts from Pittsburgh's Carnegie Library are asking prosecutors to specify the date on which each of the 321 books was stolen, reportedly to "allow them to consider statute of limitations and alibi defenses."
- A great find at Bristol Central Library: manuscript waste from a copy of the Vulgate Cycle with mentions of Merlin and other Arthurian characters, used in bindings. More from the Guardian.
- Sarah Werner will be speaking at the Columbia Book History Colloquium on 13 February on "Old Books as Digital Objects."
- Kate Ozment has a new Sammelband post, "Roundup of Materials: Teaching Book History."
- Alison Flood for the Guardian: "Hold the front pages: meet the endpaper enthusiasts."
- The Bodleian Library has acquired a fifteenth-century French Gothic book coffer.
- Among February's Rare Book Monthly articles, Michael Stillman analyzes the 2018 auction prices, and Bruce McKinney reports on Christina Geiger's appointment as head of rare books and manuscripts at Christie's New York and on Richard Ramer's fiftieth-anniversary catalog.
- Over on the Library of Congress blog, Carla Hayden talked to Mark Dimunation and John Hessler about the LC's copy of Galileo's Sidereus Nuncius.
- Harvard's Houghton Library has acquired the remainder of John Ashbery's papers, as well as his 5,000-volume library. More in the NYTimes.
- Geraldine Fabrikant profiles Bauman Rare Books for the NYTimes.
- Don Skemer on the Princeton RBSC blog, "Recovering Lost Manuscript Evidence."
- "Errors in Bookplate Design" at Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie.
- From Aaron Pratt over on the HRC blog, "Collated & Perfect," on the publication and program series being organized jointly by HRC and the Beinecke.
- The Boston Globe highlights the recent expansion of the Massachusetts State Archives.
- Over on the BBC, "The Library of Forbidden Books."
- At medievalbooks, Erik Kwakkel on "The Oldest Surviving Printed Advertisement in English."
- Miriam Intrator was featured in "Bright Young Librarians."
- The Irish Times reports on the recent digitization by Trinity College Dublin of the fourteenth-century Dublin Apocalypse.
- Pyewacket Books on selling books, but not at book fairs.
- Over on the Penn Special Collections Processing blog, Liz Broadwell on "An Uncommon Proof."
- Diane Setterfield's Once Upon a River; review by Laura Miller in the Guardian.
- John Martin Robinson's The Travellers Club; review by A. N. Wilson in the TLS.
- Travel and Exploration at Bonhams London on 6 February.
- Modern Literature & Illustrated Books (online) at Forum Auctions on 7 February.
- The Book Fair Century: One Hundred Fine Books, Plus Books Sold to Benefit the ABAA Benevolent Fund at PBA Galleries on 7 February.
- Printed Books & Ephemera at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 13 February.