Saturday, June 22, 2019

Links & Auctions

- A new Virtual Research Environment for the the Dutch Prize Papers has been released.

- Don Skemer has a checklist of Middle English manuscripts at Princeton.

- A long-missing volume of autobiographical writings by Alice Wandesford Thornton has been identified in the collections of Durham Cathedral.

- A Bible presented to Lincoln in 1864 and given by his widow to a Springfield minister in 1872 will soon go on display at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum after being donated by descendants of the minister.

- From Siel Agugliaro on the Penn SCPC blog, "The 'Theatricals in Philadelphia' Scrapbooks: Or, How Yesterday's Old Stuff Became the Treasure Trove of Today."

- Another update on that dismembered Book of Hours over at Medieval Manuscripts Provenance.

- The BL's Medieval Manuscripts blog has an updated list of recently-digitized manuscripts.

- The presentation copy of Darwin's Origin sold at Bonhams last week for $500,075, setting a new auction record for the book.

- Over at the Princeton Graphic Arts blog, a post about Audubon's request of Havell to re-engrave several of the Lizars plates of his birds.

- Russ Davidson has donated his extensive collection of George Orwell to the University of New Mexico Libraries.

- In the LARB, the first chapter of Ilan Stavens' The Return of Carvajal: A Mystery, forthcoming in October from Penn State University Press. Looks like a book to watch for!

- Kurt Zimmerman has a second installment of his Book Hunter's Bibliocatechism.

Upcoming Auctions

- Dans la Bibliothèque de Jacques Attali at ALDE on 25 June.

- Fine Books, Manuscripts, Atlases & Historical Photographs at Bonhams London on 26 June.

- The Library & Picture Collection of the late Martin Woolf Orskey at Dominic Winter on 26 June.

- Autographed Documents, Manuscripts, Photos & Books at University Archives on 26 June.

- Books & Works on Paper at Chiswick Auctions on 27 June.

- Fine Literature with Mystery & Detective Fiction at PBA Galleries on 27 June.

- Livres & Manuscrits at Aguttes on 28 June.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Links & Reviews

- Many congratulations to Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian, appointed OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to libraries and archives.

- At the MHS blog, Rakashi Chand writes about "Strawberry Fun at the MHS."

- Biblio hosted an interesting roundtable discussion at Firsts: London on "The Evolving State of Internet Bookselling" - audio and a transcript are now available.

- Over at Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, "A Cryptic Book Label Identified."

- On the Royal Society's blog, "Cash in the archive," about early Chinese printed money in the Society's collections.

- Rebecca Rego Barry posts on the FB&C blog about the range of Whitman exhibitions this summer. I commented to somebody this week that collecting a poster for each of the various Whitman bicentennial exhibitions would make for a pretty interesting little project ...

- Videos from the Grolier Club's 1 June Whitman symposium are also now available on their Vimeo channel.

- New York's Strand Bookstore has been designated a historic landmark, over the objections of the owners.

- Laura Light has been named director of the Special Collections Directorate at the Library of Congress.

- From the Princeton Graphic Arts blog, a new index to the job work of the Pynson Press (1922–40).

- Katie Wolf writes for the NYPL blog "An Introduction to Mass Digitization and the Brown Brothers Collection."

- From the University of Chicago Library News page, "Discovering Chicago's Rare Books with Elizabeth Frengel."

- The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry has been acquired by the University of Iowa.

- New from Kari Kraus and the UMD Booklab, GotSort, a Python script that will give you a character count for your letterpress printing project. Pretty nifty!


- Mark Purcell's The Country House Library; review by Jeremy Musson in The Art Newspaper.

Upcoming Auctions

- Livres Anciens et du XIXe Siècle at ALDE on 17 June.

- Travel & Sport in Africa from the Library of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson at Doyle (online), ending 18 June.

- Livres et Manuscrits at Sotheby's Paris on 18 June.

- Rare Books, Maps, Manuscripts & Photographs at Lyon & Turnbull on 19 June.

- Printed Books, Maps & Documents, Early Bibles & The Ladwell Collection of Fine Bird Books: Part II at Dominic Winter on 19 June.

- Modern Literature & First Editions, Children's, Fine Press & Illustrated Books at Dominic Winter on 20 June.

- The Pride Sale at Swann Galleries on 20 June.

- Books, Maps & Manuscripts at Freeman's on 20 June.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Links & Auctions

I'm sure I missed some things this week, since it was the first RBS session of the summer. Feel free to pass along things that slipped by!

- In the "Bright Young Booksellers" series, Anke Timmerman of Type & Forme.

- From Christine Jacobson at Houghton, "A Mysterious Manuscript in a Banned Language."

- Quite an amusing post from the State Library Victoria blog: "The Chief Librarian and the soap thieves."

- One of the missing Lewis Chessman has been identified and will be sold at Sotheby's on 2 July.

Upcoming Auctions

- Important Manuscripts, Continental Books and Music at Sotheby's London on 11 June.

- Summa de Arithmetica at Christie's New York on 12 June.

- Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana at Christie's New York on 12 June.

- Fine Books and Manuscripts at Bonhams New York on 13 June.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Links & Reviews

- The seventeenth-century manuscript of Donne's poetry identified last year at Melford Hall in Suffolk has been placed under a temporary export ban to allow a UK buyer to match the £466,000 price.

- Two excellent posts on the Grolier Club blog recently: Scott Ellwood's "One dynasty, three names" and Meghan Constantinou's "Aristocratic Identity Erasure in the Private Library Catalogue of Madame la duchesse de La Vallière, ca. 1787."

- Collector Farley Katz has donated a fourteenth-century manuscript fragment in medieval Dutch to the University of Antwerp.

- In the Atlantic, Dan Cohen writes "The Books of College Libraries are Turning Into Wallpaper."

- From Colin Harris for Listology, "A List-maker in the Stacks: Photographically illustrated books in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 1844–1900."

- The ABAA passed along reports of the theft of a copy of The Maltese Falcon.

- Don't miss Cait Coker's post at Sammelband on "Building a Letterpress Reference Library."

- Simon Beattie's turned up an Italian manuscript from the library of Edmund Burke, which Annie Rowlenson highlights.

- In the TLS, Hazel Wilkinson on "The water American," about Benjamin Franklin and Richard Castelman.

- Reporter and historian Tony Horwitz died suddenly this week while on tour for his new book. Jill Lepore has a nice remembrance post for the New Yorker.

- The David Library of the American Revolution is going to close its Washingtons Crossing, PA facility and relocate operations to the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia.


- Edward Wilson-Lee's The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books; review by Irina Dumitrescu in the NYTimes.

- Karen Russell's Orange World; review by Bethanne Patrick in the WaPo.

- Robert Morrison's The Regency Years; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Illustration Art at Swann Galleries on 4 June.

Beyond the Horizon: The Mopelia Collection of Fine Atlases and Travel Books at Christie's London on 5 June.

- Important Judaica at Sotheby's New York on 5 June.

- Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books at Swann Galleries on 6 June.

- Books and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions (online) on 6 June.

- Lettres et Manuscrits Autographes at ALDE on 7 June.

- June Auction at Arader Galleries on 8 June.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Links & Reviews

- An Alexander Hamilton letter stolen from the Massachusetts Archives before 1950 is now in the custody of the FBI after an auction house employee charged with researching the provenance alerted the Massachusetts Archives and law enforcement. See coverage in the AP, NYTimesSmithsonian, and the WaPo.

- From Aaron Pratt on the HRC blog, "Gutenberg Misbound."

- The National Library of Israel has received a tranche of some 5,000 Max Brod documents from Germany. These had been stolen from the apartment of Brod's secretary, Esther Hoffe, about a decade ago.

- The judge's copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover, sold at auction last year, is now subject to a temporary export ban to allow a UK buyer to match the £56,250 price. English PEN has launched a crowdfunding effort, which has raised more than £18,000 as of this morning. 

- In The Yale Globalist, Alma Bitran on "The Voynich Manuscript: Finding Meaning in Meaninglessness." And in other—completely unsurprising—Voynich news, Bristol University is now walking (running?) back claims that a researcher based there had solved the mystery of the manuscript. See the Bristol University statement as well.

- A report in the Ithaca Journal reveals that National Book Auctions is the subject of a state attorney general's investigation, which has determined that the auction house defrauded at least 115 customers of sums totaling more than $1 million.

- Liz Broadwell writes for the Penn Rare Books blog about finding some Bohemian silver coins tucked into a numismatic treatise!

- Over on the New Zealand National Library blog, Simon Grigg writes about the process of digitizing the music magazine Rip It Up.

- A manuscript diary documenting the last days of seventeenth-century Dutch statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt has turned up, nearly two centuries after it was last documented.

- At Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, "A Dismembered Book of Hours Once Owned by Count Durrieu," "Another 'Spanish' Forger?" and "Another 'Spanish' Forger?: An Addendum."

- From Simon Newman at The Collation, "'Run away': a life in 78 words."

- On the BL's Medieval Manuscripts blog, "Cataloguing the Harley manuscripts."

- Abbie Weinberg offers a great book snakes primer at The Collation.

- Author Ian Rankin has donated his personal archive to the National Library of Scotland.


- Leo Damrosch's The Club; review by Jenny Uglow in the NYRB.

- Brenda Wineapple's The Impeachers; review by John Fabian Witt in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Reliures Originales & Livres Illustrés Modernes at ALDE on 28 May.

- Rare Books & Works on Paper at Chiswick Auctions on 29 May.

- Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions on 30 May.

- Fine Books & Manuscripts – Food & Drink at PBA Galleries on 30 May.

- Autographs & Memorabilia at Chiswick Auctions on 30 May.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Links & Reviews

- Two reports via the ABAA this week of boxes of books gone missing in shipment: medical books from Columbus, OH, and Japanese books from Salt Lake City. See the links for lists and descriptions of the missing books.

- Abbie Weinberg takes a close look at ligatures in Aldine type over at The Collation.

- Coming up on 3 June in London, "Toward Inclusive Bibliography," sponsored by The Bibliographical Society, the Bibliographical Society of America, and Maggs Bros.

- Johanna Drucker's recent talk at Smith College, "Alphabet Historiographies: A Study in Knowledge Production," is now available on YouTube.

- In the TLS, Michael Caines traces the history of a copy of the First Folio that will be on display at the Firsts book fair in London next month.

- New from the Library of Congress, the Chinese Rare Book Digital Collection, featuring scans about 1,000 rare Chinese books from before 1796.

- The LOC is also finishing up a four-year project to digitize rare material from the Persian-language collection.

- Alison Flood highlights a copy of David Copperfield read by members of the 1910 Scott expedition that is on display at London's Charles Dickens Museum as part of the exhibition Global Dickens: For Every Nation Upon Earth.


- John Boardley's Typographic Firsts; review by Simon Garfield in the Spectator.

- Bridge Collins' The Binding; review by Naomi Novik in the NYTimes.

- Ali Smith's Spring; reviews by Rebecca Makkai in the NYTimes and Ellen Akins in the WaPo.

- Brian Jay Jones' Becoming Dr. Seuss; review by David Silverberg in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- 19th & 20th Century Literature at Swann Galleries on 14 May.

- Historical Manuscripts at Heritage Auctions on 14 May.

- Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History at Sotheby's London on 14 May.

- Travel, Exploration & Natural History, Archaeology & Gastronomy at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 15 May.

- Declaration Signers, Autographs, Signed Books & Relics at University Archives on 15 May.

- Rare Golf Books and Memorabilia at PBA Galleries on 16 May.

- Fine Books and Manuscripts (online) at Skinner, Inc, ending on 16 May.

- Vintage Posters at Potter & Potter on 22 May.

- Graphic Design at Swann Galleries on 23 May.

- Books (online) at Bubb Kuyper, ending on 24 May.

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Links & Reviews

It was a great pleasure to see so many friends (and so many good books) at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair last weekend. I even had the great treat of catching a glimpse of a manatee!

- A Geneva Bible stolen from the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh has been recovered; it had been purchased by the Leiden American Pilgrims Museum. More coverage from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Smithsonian. In not-unrelated news, Emily Hetzel, the wife of John Schulman, has launched Common Crow Books, according to a report in the Post-Gazette. At least as of time of writing, some items listed on the new website are also listed on an eBay account previously associated with Caliban Book Shop, "rarebookstore."

- Many, many congratulations to Vic Zoschak, Jr., whose Tavistock Books celebrated thirty years in business last month. Vic answered some questions about his time in the trade for Bruce McKinney in a Rare Book Monthly piece.

- From Rebecca Laroche for The Collation, "One page, four inscriptions, three households."

- Also over on The Collation, Caroline Duroselle-Melish on "The Location of Plates in a Book."

- Stephen O. Saxe, printing historian and APHA founder, died on 27 April, according to a short APHA post. An obituary is forthcoming.

- There is an obituary for Yorkshire bookseller George Ramsden in the Telegraph.

- The University of South Carolina has acquired a collection of more than 180,000 comic books from a collector in Ohio.


- Margaret Leslie Davis' The Lost Gutenberg; review by Meryl Gordon in the NYTimes.

- Michael Dirda revisits Robinson Crusoe on the 300th anniversary of its publication.

- Lucasta Miller's L.E.L.; review by Daisy Hay in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Prints & Multiples at Bonhams Los Angeles on 7 May.

- Fine Autographs and Artifacts at RR Auction, ending 8 May.

- Rare, Out-of-Print, and Used Books at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society on 10 May.