Saturday, August 17, 2019

Links, Reviews & Auctions

- Don't forget to buy your tickets for the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, 7–8 September. The preview (10 a.m.–noon on Saturday) benefits Rare Book School's Scholarship Fund.

- Lisa Fagin Davis writes about the fascination with the Voynich Manuscript in the Washington Post.

- AOTUS David Ferriero talked to the Washington City Paper about the National Archives' recent moves toward digital-only records.

- New from Oak Knoll Books, Frank Romano's History of Desktop Publishing (hardcover $75, paperback $37.50).

- "Note-worthy connections: antique shorthand in Carolingian books" over on the BL Medieval Manuscripts blog.

- On the LC Blog, a post about the recent conservation and digitization of the Gandhara Scroll. See also a longer version on their 4 Corners of the World Blog.

Reviews

- Laura Maiklem's Mudlarking; review by Frances Wilson in the Guardian.

- Michael Dirda reviews recent books on books in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Americana, Travel, Cartography, the Mexican War - with Material from the Warren Heckrotte Collection at PBA Galleries on 22 August.

- Advertising & Americana, the Collection of Mary Wells at Leland Little Auctions on 23 August.

- Historical Documents, Autographs & Books Including a Large Science Collection at University Archives on 28 August.

- Maps & Atlases at Forum Auctions (online) on 29 August.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Links & Auctions

- Less than a month now until the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, which will feature more than 110 dealers this year plus a full weekend of exhibitions, seminars, &c. Very much looking forward to it!

- From the Swann Galleries blog, "What—exactly—is the Swann Shelf Sale?" (It's coming up on 22 August).

- Another "Missing in Transit" alert from the ABAA - if you can help, please do!

- Israel's national library has opened another tranche of Kafka's papers recently returned from Germany.

- Jamie Quatro writes for the New Yorker on "The Hidden Life of a Forgotten Sixteenth-Century Female Poet."

- A.N. Devers' The Second Shelf is highlighted in a piece by Mareesa Nicosia for Barron's.

Upcoming Auctions

- Angling & Miscellaneous Books from the Library of Arnold "Jake" Johnson (online) at Doyle New York, ending on 13 August.

- The Glynn and Suzanne Crain Science Fiction Collection at Heritage Auctions on 13–14 August.

- Printed Books, Maps & Documents at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 14 August.

- Rare Books and Ephemera at Addison & Sarova on 17 August.

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Links & Auctions

- From PRI's "The World," Rupa Shenoy reports on efforts to digitize records in Sierra Leone archives as part of the Mellon-funded Enslaved open data platform.

- New blog to watch: Print Not Print, focusing on "words and images in eighteenth century Dutch trompe l’oeil books.

- It's all about the birds and the bees over on the BL's Medieval Manuscripts blog this week.

- The ABAA has issued a "lost in transit" report for an early Erasmus sammelband.

- Stuart Kells offers up his ideas for the "Top 10 Libraries in Fiction" for the Guardian.

Upcoming Auctions

- Vintage Posters at Swann Galleries on 7 August.

- Books and Works on Paper (online) at Forum Auctions on 8 August.

- Summer Miscellany – Golf Books at PBA Galleries on 8 August.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Links & Auctions

- The Ford Foundation, The J. Paul Getty Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation formed a consortium to acquire the photo archive of the Johnson Publishing Company, including the Ebony and Jet archives. The collection will be donated to "Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Getty Research Institute, and other leading cultural institutions for the public benefit to ensure the broadest access for the general public and use by scholars, researchers, journalists, and other interested parties."

- New from Oak Knoll Press, Kevin Johnson's The Celluloid Paper Trail: Identification and Interpretation of Twentieth Century Film Scripts. There's a Q&A with Johnson on the Oak Knoll Biblio-Blog.

- Quaritch has published a collection of eighty obituaries written by Nicolas Barker, At First, All Went Well ... & Other Brief Lives.

- Over on the Smithsonian blog Unbound, Allie Alvis on "A Heavy Hoax: The 'Lying Stones' of Johann Beringer."

- Nick Wilding did a Reddit AMA this week to follow up the premiere of the PBS documentary "Galileo's Moon."

- The Folio Society is going to publish the Song of Ice and Fire series, starting with a two-volume illustrated edition of A Game of Thrones.

- Dot Porter has posted her recent talk "The Sacred Texts: Manuscripts in Star Wars and Star Wars Fanfiction."

- A manuscript fragment of Der Rosendorn found in the library of Melk Abbey has been dated to around 1300, moving the original composition of the poem back about two centuries.

Review

- Tony Faber's Faber & Faber: The Untold Story; review by Jonathan Galassi in the New Yorker.

Auctions

- Comics and Comic Art at Heritage Auctions on 1–3 August.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Links & Auctions

- From Rebecca Rego Barry in Lapham's Quarterly, "Rebuilding Jane Austen's Library," about a digital recreation of Austen's brother's library at Godmersham Park.

- The Salem News reports that the Massachusetts Attorney General is reviewing the Peabody Essex Museum's decision to move most of the Phillips Library collections to Rowley.

- Sean Moore talked to "New Books in History" about his Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries.

- Lisa Fagin Davis writes on "Fragmentology in the Wild" over on Manuscript Road Trip, providing an update on efforts to digitally reconstruct manuscripts dismembered by Otto Ege. And there's more from Peter Kidd on the same topic, too.

- Over at American Book Collecting, "We Are Many."

- At Early Modern Female Book Ownership, Joanna Rozendaal on Dutch bibliophile Maria Elisabeth de Wale, whose library included more than 6,000 books when it was sold in 1755.

- The Apollo 11 Timeline Book failed to sell at Christie's this week, being brought in at $5 million.

- News this week that CABS will relocate to Minnesota beginning in 2020; will share more details as they are available.

Review

- John Taliferro's Grinnell; review by Dennis Drabelle in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- A Mystic Collection: Early Books at Skinner, Inc. on 23 July (moved from 18 July).

- Printed Books, Documents, Maps & Caricatures at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 24 July.

- Books and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions (online) on 25 July.

- Art & Illustration – Fine Books at PBA Galleries on 25 July.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Links & Reviews

- New from Oxford University, the Living Libraries Podcast, "all about Oxford's libraries and the librarians who look after them."

- Powell's Books in Chicago has a great deal on John Bidwell's American Paper Mills, 1690–1832 at the moment: $23 (originally published at $150).

- Over at Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, "Otto Ege's 'Chain of Psalms' Manuscript," and an update.

- Alicia Murphy posts on the AAS blog about Adeline Shepard Badger as part of their "Uncovering the Hidden Women of the AAS Catalog" series.

- The BL has acquired the Granta archive.

- The University of Liverpool is looking for two postdocs to work on the Libraries, Reading Communities and Cultural Formation in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic project (which sounds fascinating!).

- Elizabeth DeBold has a great Collation post, "'What's in a Name?' or, Going Sideways" on the vertical half-titles (or whatever they're called!) seen sometimes in seventeenth-century English books.

- From the BL medieval manuscripts blog, "Jerome and the lion."

- Michael Rosenwald has a story in the WaPo about William Safire's library, some of which is currently for sale via Washington's Capitol Hill Books.

- Another month, another proposed "solution" to the Voynich Manuscript.

Review

- Ben Williams' The Lost Leonardo; review by John Williams in the NYTimes.

Upcoming Auctions

- One Giant Leap: Celebrating Space Exploration 50 Years after Apollo 11 at Christie's New York on 18 July.

- F.A. Hayek: The Remaining Archives (online) at Forum Auctions on 18 July.

- A Mystic Collection: Early Books at Skinner, Inc. on 20 July.

- The Estate of Philip Roth + Select Additions at Litchfield County Auctions on 20 July (several of Roth's typewriters, if that's your thing)

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Links & Reviews

- I highly recommend the "Galileo's Moon" episode of the PBS show "Secrets of the Dead," which premiered this week. It's currently available online and on the PBS app.

- New from Rebecca Romney and Brian Cassidy, Type Punch Matrix. See Rebecca's announcement.

- From the BL's Medieval Manuscripts blog, "Insular Manuscripts: Networks of Knowledge."

- Over on the Princeton Graphic Arts collection blog, "The Women of The Colophon."

- Amelia Hugill-Fontanel has a memorial post to Stephen O. Saxe on the APHA blog.

- Rachel Furnari is featured in the "Bright Young Booksellers" series on the Fine Books Blog.

- At Sammelband, Kate Ozment offers "Research Trips: A Beginner's Guide."

- Sabine Brix writes for the Australian site ArtsHub on book thefts.

Review

- James Grant's Bagehot; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- English Literature, History, Children's Books and Illustrations at Sotheby's (online); ends 9 July.

- The Golden Age of Russian Literature: A Private European Collection and Important Scientific Books from the Collection of Peter and Margarethe Braune at Christie's London on 9 July.

- The History of Western Script: Important Antiquities and Manuscripts from the Schøyen Collection and Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts at Christie's London on 10 July.

- Selected 16th and 17th Century English Books from the Fox Pointe Manor Library at Forum Auctions on 10 July.

- Americana – Travel & Exploration – World History – Cartography at PBA Galleries on 11 July.

- Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions on 11 July.