Sunday, April 21, 2019

Links & Auctions

Coming up next weekend, it's the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Petersburg. Very much worth visiting if you can!

- Over at Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, an examination of a fifteenth-century Sarum Breviary at Douai.

- Emily Wahl writes for The Collation about the Folger's British Book Illustrations project, which is funding the digitization and indexing of woodcut and engraved illustrations in seventeenth-century British and English-language books.

- Also for The Collation, Lauren Liebe on "The Evolution of Collection Practices: A Case Study."

- Barbara Basbanes Richter posts on literary forgeries over at the Fine Books Blog, noting the publication of the new collection Literary Forgery in Early Modern Europe (JHUP).

- The Library of Congress has announced a number of public events to mark the bicentennial of Walt Whitman's birth.

- Jake Gibbs has published his bibliography of the Little Blue Books, which will be an invaluable resource. See also Rebecca Rego Barry's post on the Fine Books Blog.

- Bryn Hoffman writes for the Book and Paper Fairs blog about recent trends in the rare book trade and the collecting world.

Review

- Leo Damrosch's The Club; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Bibliothèque Guy Bigorie at ALDE on 25 April.

- The Magic Collection of Ray Goulet at Potter & Potter on 27 April.

- Fine Books and Manuscripts at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on 1 May.

- Rare Americana, including California & the West at PBA Galleries on 2 May.

- Books and Works on Paper (online) at Forum Auctions on 2 May.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Links & Auctions

- Alison Flood writes for the Guardian about the recent identification of a volume of the Libro de los Epítomes, containing summaries of volumes from the great library of Hernando Colón, in the Arnamagnæan Collection in Copenhagen. Another fourteen of the sixteen volumes are at the Biblioteca Colombiana in Seville - one remains missing. See also the announcement from the Arnamagnæan Institute, and the story from the Windsor Star featuring the history professor, Guy Lazare, who made the initial identification.

- Videos from the March ILAB/ABAA/Grolier Club symposium "Who Owned This?" are now available on Vimeo. Highly recommended.

- Also now available on YouTube, Will Noel's Sandars Lectures on "The Medieval Manuscript and its Digital Image."

- Lucas Baumann writes for Sotheby's about the recent repatriation of more than 600 volumes to the Universitäts und Landesbibliothek Bonn (ULB); the books had been offered for consignment from an individual in Belgium. See also Catherine Hickley's report for the Art Newspaper which goes into a bit more detail.

- Over on Past is Present, Lauren Hewes has a great post about AAS receptionist Sally Talbot's work on creating a name list for the Society's collection of loose American bookplates. After nearly five years at it, Sally recently completed her inventory of the personal bookplates, all 21,048 of them! The name list and an Excel file with more info are now available on the AAS website. Thank you, Sally!

- Two dozen EU countries signed a Declaration of Cooperation on 9 April relating to the digitization of cultural heritage materials.

- The HRC has acquired the archive of novelist Rachel Cusk.

- Quite a piece by Aaron Skirboll in the Daily Beast about the later exploits of the man who attempted to steal the Gutenberg Bible from Harvard's Widener Library in 1969.

- The Washington Post has a report on the upcoming major renovations at the Folger Shakespeare Library. See also the Folger's webpage on the project.

- Michael Dirda has short reviews of several recent books about books in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Printed & Manuscript Americana at Swann Galleries on 16 April.

- Rare Books, Autographs & Maps at Doyle New York on 17 April.

- Travel & Exploration – World History – Cartography at PBA Galleries on 18 April.

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Links & Reviews

- Over at Sammelband, Kate Ozment on "Why it Matters: Teaching Women Bibliographers," which includes the full texts of the excellent daily Women's History Month Profiles posted during March.

- From Heather Wolfe at The Collation, "Uncancelling the cancelled: recovering obliterated owners of old books."

- The Lilly Library will undergo a $10.9 million renovation thanks to a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

- The British Library has acquired a tenth-century Anglo-Saxon manuscript leaf, from the estate of Stephen Keynes.

- Terena Bell writes for the Guardian about Alan Gribben's study of Mark Twain's library and reading habits.

- Jim Dwyer wrote for the NYTimes about a recent last-minute rescue of some historical bank records in New York City.

- Jessica Leigh Hester has a piece in Atlas Obscura about miniature almanacs, based largely on the miniature books exhibition now on at the Grolier Club.

Reviews

- Stuart Kells' Shakespeare's Library and Margaret Leslie Davis' The Lost Gutenberg; review by Rebecca Rego Barry on the Fine Books Blog.

- Leo Damrosch's The Club; review by Lyndall Gordon in the NYTimes.

- David Blight's Frederick Douglass; review by Manisha Sinha in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Printed Books & Maps; Travel & Exploration; Geology & Charles Darwin at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 10 April.

- Vintage Cameras & Photographs; Autographs, Stamps & Ephemera; Bookbinding Equipment & Accessories at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 11 April.

- Atlas – Cartes – Livres de Voyages at ALDE on 12 April.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Links & Reviews

Coming up next weekend, the Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair. Not to be missed, if you're anywhere within striking distance!

- A new blog likely to be of interest to many: Listology.

- From last weekend's NYTimes magazine, "The Daily Miracle: Finding Magic Inside the Times's Printing Plant."

- A very nice new online exhibition from the University of Michigan: Marks in Books.

- Mark Pratt for the AP has a report on the new research effort led by a team from Merrimack College to find the burial place of Anne Bradstreet.

- Antiquarian bookseller John DeMarco of the wonderful Saratoga Springs bookshop Lyrical Ballad died this week at the age of 70. The ABAA has a memorial post on their blog.

- Over at Res Obscura, "The Most Wonderful Map in the World: Urbano Monte's Planisphere of 1587."

- A theft alert from the ABAA blog, a copy of Tractatus de Attentatis et Innovatis (Rome, 1576). See their post for photos and more info.

Review

- Eric Klinenberg's Palaces for the People and Susan Orlean's The Library Book; review by Sue Halpern in the NYRB.

Upcoming Auctions

- Beaux-Arts, Écrits & Correspondances de Peintres (Aristophil 15A) at Aguttes on 1 April.

- Écrits et Oeuvres d'Artistes du XVIe au XXe Siècle (Aristrophil 16) at Artcurial on 2 April.

- Poésie et littérature des XIXe et XXe Siècles (Aristophil 17) at Aguttes on 3 April.

- Feuillets d’Histoire (Aristophil 18) at Ader on 4 April.

- Grandes Figures Historiques (Aristophil 19) at Aguttes on 4 April.

Art & Illustration – Prints & Graphics – Illustrated Books – Miscellanea at PBA Galleries on 4 April.

- Histoire Postale, Guerre de 1870–1871 (Aristophil 20) at Aguttes on 5 April.

- Spring Auction at Arader Galleries on 6 April.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Links & Auctions

- Barbara Basbanes Richter highlights the current exhibition of items from Lisa Baskin's collection at Duke for the Fine Books Blog: see also the excellent online version of the exhibition.

- Over at Echoes from the Vault, Leah Humenuck reports on a brief conservation survey of books in the St. Andrews collections.

- There's a new post on the BL's Endangered Archives blog about the recent digitization of the Barbados Mercury.

- Julie Fisher writes for the Omohundro Institute blog on "Accessing the Past: Why Paleography Skills Still Matter."

- Christoph Irmscher has a new essay for Public Domain Review: "Audubon's Haiti."

- John Williams wrote a short "tour" of the recent New York Antiquarian Book Fair for the NYTimes, which is accompanied by some very nice photographs.

- The Grolier Club has acquired an important collection related to the later (and projected) editions of Jacques-Charles Brunet's Manuel de libraire.

Review

- Margaret Leslie Davis' The Lost Gutenberg; review by Gabino Iglesias for NPR.

Auctions

- Books and Manuscripts & Autographs at Koller Auctions (Zurich) on 26 March.

- Fine Books, Manuscripts, Atlases & Historical Photographs at Bonhams London on 27 March.

- Autographed Documents, Manuscripts, Photos, Books & Relics at University Archives on 27 March.

- Printed & Manuscript African-Americana at Swann Galleries on 28 March.

- Books & Illustrated Art, including Cartoons at Chiswick Auctions on 28 March.

- Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions on 28 March.

- Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts & Maps at Kestenbaum & Company on 28 March.

- Rare Books and Manuscripts at Addison & Sarova on 30 March.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Links & Auctions

Home after a great trip to Eugene for the Society of Early Americanists conference and then to New York for various bookish things, including the three book fairs last weekend. The ILAB symposium on provenance, theft, and forgery was excellent, and I will be sure to share the videos as soon as they are posted. I also had the great pleasure of seeing the exhibition of miniature books at the Grolier Club, curated by my friends Pat Pistner and Jan Storm van Leeuwen. If you can get to New York before 19 May, do be sure and visit the Grolier Club and see their show. But don't take my word for it: Sarah Lyall covered the exhibition for the NYTimes on 7 March.

Next up, the Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair in Richmond, 5–7 April.

- An interesting pair of articles in the spring issue of the UVA magazine, both by S. Richard Gard, Jr.: one on the upcoming renovation of Alderman Library, and one on the still-unsolved 1970s thefts of rare books, manuscripts, and a Poe daguerreotype.

- Over at Sammelband, from Kate Ozment, "What does it mean to teach a feminist book history?" And I highly recommend the @GrubStreetWomen Twitter feed: they're tweeting historical profiles of women working in biblio-areas each day in March. 

- Adam Hooks and Zach Lesser have launched their Shakespeare Census, to track individual copies of Shakespeare's works printed through 1700 (excluding the folios). Censuses are vital: please help if you can.

- Peggy McGlone writes for the WaPo about planned renovations to the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress.

- Oak Knoll Press and the British Library have published a major new edition of David Pearson's Provenance Research in Book History; orders are now being accepted. Also available via Oak Knoll, the catalogues of both the miniature books exhibition noted above and of Five Hundred Years of Women's Work, the exhibition of Lisa Baskin's collection at Duke. I got a look at all three last weekend, and can confirm you'll want to add this trio to your bookshelves.

- Several theft/missing reports: sacramental records from Saint Dominic's Church in San Francisco (stolen from the parish offices); a William Osler letter (see photo); and Walter Crane's copy of an 1894 edition of Canterbury Tales with sixteen painted miniatures (missing in transit from New York to Maryland).

- "CBS Sunday Morning" highlighted Kentucky's Larkspur Press and the American Academy of Bookbinding last weekend.

- USTC is preparing to relaunch on a new platform shortly: check out the beta version.

- Entries for the 2019 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest are now being accepted.

- In the Concord Monitor, "Archivist warns state records at risk in digital age."

- Over at Manuscript Road Trip, "A Little Bit of Voynich on the Side."

- Daniel Greene has been named the new President and Librarian of the Newberry Library.

- Alison Flood for the Guardian reports on the recent identification of a 15th-century Irish manuscript translation of Avicenna, used as a binding on a 1530s book (see images).

- Caroline Duroselle-Melish writes for The Collation on the scope of the STC.

- Over on Steamboats are Ruining Everything, "On disappearing bookstores" (see also, J Oliver Conroy's Guardian piece "Why are New York's bookstore disappearing?").

- Winnie Hu writes for the NYTimes about "how the NYPL fills its shelves."

- New from IFLA, the results of a survey about using RDA for cataloging rare materials.

- Hebrew University of Jerusalem has displayed a number of Einstein manuscripts, most of which are previously unpublished.

Upcoming Auctions

Photographica at Chiswick Auctions on 19 March.

- Éditions Originales du XIXe au XXie Siècle at ALDE on 20 March.

- Autographs at Swann Galleries on 21 March.

- Fine Literature at PBA Galleries on 21 March.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Links & Auctions

- There's a preview of the New York Antiquarian Book Fair over on the ABAA blog. On the same weekend, don't miss the New York City Book and Ephemera Fair (Saturday and Sunday), and the Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair/Fine Press Book Fair (Saturday). Plus there are lots of auctions and exhibition talks and other things going on around New York during the week. I'm looking forward to the fairs and to the ILAB symposium earlier in the week. Before that, though, I'm off to Eugene, OR for the biennial meeting of the Society of Early Americanists, where I'll be giving a short talk on one of my old favorites, William Jenks' Memoir of the Northern Kingdom. I'll post a version of that talk here once I get home.

- Now online, the "Legally Binding" exhibition from the Yale Law Library.

- The Boston Athenaeum has announced an expansion into an adjoining building; this follows hot on the heels of the announcement that Elizabeth Barker will leave as director at the end of March.

- From Sarah Zhang in the Atlantic, "The Lab Discovering DNA in Old Books."

- Sarah Werner's Lieberman Lecture, "Working Towards a Feminist History of Printing" is now available on YouTube.

- The third Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize is now open for entries, which will be due before 1 June 2019.

- Gabrielle Dudley is in the "Bright Young Librarians" spotlight this week.

- The B.H. Breslauer Foundation has announced a $25,000 investment in the ILAB Breslauer Foundation Prize fund.

- A unique Caxton fragment from the Sarum Ordinal has been identified at the University of Reading.

- In Apollo, Melanie Gerlis asks "Have printed auction catalogues had their day?"

Upcoming Auctions

- Ornithology, Zoology & Voyages at Chiswick Auctions on 27 February.

- Autographed Documents, Manuscripts, Books & Relics at University Archives on 27 February.

- Autographs & Memorabilia at Chiswick Auctions on 28 February.

La Collection de M. Gaulard, Première Partie at Rossini on 5 March.

Rare Books, Featuring the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction, Part I at Heritage Auctions on 6 March.

Printed Books, Maps & Documents at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 6 March.

- Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books at Swann Galleries on 7 March.

- Fine Books: A Biblio-Medley for All Tastes at PBA Galleries on 7 March.