Sunday, January 20, 2019

Links & Reviews

Here comes Bibliography Week! See the schedule of events.

- Coming up on 1–2 February, Rare Books Los Angeles, a new book fair organized by Brad & Jen Johnson. They were featured on the AbeBooks "Behind the Bookshelves" podcast this week.

- The BL's medieval manuscripts blog announces the library's acquisition of the Southwark Hours, now digitized and on display. The manuscript was formerly on loan from the Archdiocese of Southwark.

- A current exhibition at Les Enluminures in New York showcases the forgery collection of William Voelkle. A short Q&A between Sandra Hindman and Voelkle is up at Art and Object.

- Newly digitized from the Royal Society, five volumes of draft meeting minutes from 1686 to 1711.

- Over on the ABAA blog, some updates about the future of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar.

- From Milton Esterow in the NYTimes, "The Hunt for the Nazi Loot Still Sitting on Library Shelves" (which partially highlights Anders Rydell's The Book Thieves).

- The Harvard Gazette has a look at the upcoming Houghton Library renovations.

- Jennifer Schuessler visited the Grolier Club for the NYTimes.

- Elizabeth Lisa Cruces is featured in the "Bright Young Librarians" column in FB&C.

- Jay Moschella has a post on the BPL blog about the library's recent digitization of two 15th-century Italian choirbooks.

- Rebecca Romney writes for LitHub about linguist Suzette Haden Elgin's 1984 novel Native Tongue.


- Susan Orleans' The Library Book; review by Alexander Larman in the Guardian.

- Lee Israel's Can You Ever Forgive Me? (and the recent movie starring Melissa McCarthy); review by Kathryn Hughes in the Guardian.

Upcoming Auctions

- Rare Books & Fine Prints at William Bunch Auctions on 22 January.

- Books and Manuscripts at Il Ponte (Milan) on 22 January.

- Mexican Historical Books and Documents at Morton Subastas on 22 January.

- Autographed Documents, Manuscripts, Photos & Books at University Archives on 23 January.

- Rare Books & Works on Paper at Chiswick Auctions on 23 January.

- Fine Manuscript and Printed Americana at Sotheby's New York on 24 January.

- Mid-Winter Miscellany Part II, with Illustrated & Children's Books at PBA Galleries on 24 January.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Links & Reviews

- From the "headlines that made me smile" department, in the Indy Star, "'The opposite of lost': IU Library claps back at The New Yorker over Sylvia Plath story." Unpublished, yes. Lost, no.

- Over at The Collation, Elizabeth DeBold on "Folger collections in times of war."

- From Leo Robson in the New Statesman, a piece on the "contested world of literary estates."

- Lindsay McKenzie reports for Inside Higher Ed on recent paper shortages and other issues that have bedeviled the production of many university press books and journals.

- Will Noel will give the 2019 Sandars Lectures in Bibliography at Cambridge in March, on "The Medieval Manuscript and Its Digital Image."

- Much news this week about a recent finding of lapis lazuli fragments in the tartar of a 10th-century German nun, most likely as the result of her working with the pigment while she was illuminating texts. See Steph Yin's NYTimes report or Sarah Zhang's Atlantic piece.

- Lloyd (Meadhbh) Houston writes for the TLS on the Bodleian Library's Phi Collection (of books deemed obscene or otherwise inappropriate).

- Cheap books were the order of the day for the Princeton Rare Book Working Group.

- From R. B. Bartgis at Sammelband, "Building and Displaying a Teaching Collection."

- The Bibliographical Society of Canada and Concordia University Press have announced a new book series: "Authors, Publishers, Readers, Texts: Studies in Book History and Print Culture."


- Jill Lepore's These Truths; review by Christine DeLucia in the LARB.

- David Blight's Frederick Douglass; review by Adam Goodheart in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- "Say it Loud": The John Silverstein Collection of African American Social History at Heritage Auctions on 15 January.

- Printed Books, Holy Land Maps, Posters & Jewish Graphic Art at Kestenbaum & Company on 17 January (online).

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Links & Reviews

Happy New Year! I've been using the first week of 2019 to read through a backlog of biblio-periodicals and articles, in preparation for work on various projects over the next couple months. It's been very pleasant to get (at least mostly) caught up - I recommend it!

- From Kurt Zimmerman, "Untrodden Paths in Book Collecting" (republishing his classic 1997 Firsts piece).

- Rare Book Monthly's January articles include Michael Stillman's look back at the top 500 book auction sales of 2018,  Susan Howard reflecting on forty years of independent bookselling, and Michael Stillman on the case of Kevin Schuwer, charged with thefts of Mormon material from several Utah institutions.

- Over on the BL blog, a roundup of their recent Manuscripts in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms conference.

- London's Feminist Library has been saved from closure thanks to a major fundraising drive.


- Bridget Collins' The Binding; review by Sandra Newman in the Guardian.

- Mark Dery's Born to be Posthumous; review by Robert Gottlieb in the NYTimes.

- Patt Morrison's Don't Stop the Presses!; review by Liz Ohanesian in the LATimes.

Upcoming Auctions

- Books and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions on 10 January (online sale).

- Literature of the 19th & 20th Centuries, with the Glenn Todd Collection of Arion Press at PBA Galleries on 10 January.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Links & Reviews

Here's a last roundup of bookish things for 2018:

- A trove of books and other works will actually enter the public domain on 1 January(!). See the Center for the Public Domain's post, Alexandra Alter's NYT piece, as well as the Public Domain Review's "Class of 2019."

- Penn Libraries have acquired the Geoffrey Day collection of Sterneiana. Rebecca Rego Barry has a bit more on why bibliophiles love Tristram Shandy, too.

- Over on the APHA blog, a recap of one of the panel discussions at their conference this fall, on reconsidering the definitions of "watermark" and "paper."

- Just a couple "year in review" posts: Peter Steinberg recaps his Year of Plath, and Sarah Werner writes about her year in "reading when you are crumbling."

- Beth Jarret from AAS is highlighted in the FB&C "Bright Young Librarians" series.


- Victorian Fairy Tales, edited by Michael Newton; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

Quiet on the auction front this week.

Happy New Year, all!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Links & Reviews

- Rebecca Romney highlights a few of the favorite books sold through Honey & Wax this year.

- The debut issue of a new open-access journal, Fragmentology, is out.

- Yale's Beinecke Library has acquired the archive of David Sedaris.

- Penn will return two ninth-century manuscripts from the Schoenberg Collection to the Badia di Cava, a Benedictine abbey near Salerno from which the two documents were stolen, apparently at some point in the 1990s.

- Jen & Brad Johnson's work with the Thomas Mann House to recreate Mann's library is featured on the ABAA blog.

- Erika Jenns is in the Bright Young Librarians spotlight this week over at FB&C.

- At The Junto, a Q&A with Nick Bunker about his new book Young Ben Franklin.

- The Eastern Orthodox Church is suing Princeton University over several manuscripts they argue were looted from a Bulgarian monastery in 1917.

- From the Salt Lake Tribune, "Stolen Mormon memorabilia spotlight Latter-day Saint devotion to church artifacts."


- Diarmaid MacCulloch's Thomas Cromwell; review by Rory Rapple in the WaPo.

- Margaret Willes' The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn and John Dixon Hunt's John Evelyn; review by Ruth Scurr in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Prints and Multiples at Bonhams London on 18 December.

- Important Judaica, including a Distinguished Private Collection at Sotheby's New York on 19 December.

- Mid-Winter Miscellany at PBA Galleries on 20 December.

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.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Links & Auctions

- The Ticknor Society has announced the George and Anna Eliot Ticknor Book Collecting Prize. See the page for full details; the deadline is 15 April 2019.

- Alison Flood writes for the Guardian about the National Trust project to preserve and catalog the Chute family library at The Vyne (with a side of schoolboy marginalia).

- Also from Alison Flood in the Guardian, a previously-unknown manuscript collection of John Donne's poetry has been identified at Melford Hall in Suffolk.

- In Rare Book Monthly for December, Michael Stillman writes on the AbeBooks Revolt, Susan Halas considers what to do with books that don't sell, and Bruce McKinney reports that David Hall of National Book Auctions has been charged with second-degree grand larceny after allegedly failing to pay a consignor.

- In Smithsonian, Zita Cristina Nunes on Howard University librarian Dorothy Porter.

- Manfred Heiting's extensive collection of photobooks was destroyed in the California wildfires; the library had recently been donated to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, but had not yet been transferred.

- The recently-discovered copy of Poe's Tales in wrappers sold at Skinner for $315,000.

- Over on the APHA blog, "A Linotyper for Life."

- In the HRC magazine, an interview with Alan Gribben about his extensive work on Mark Twain's library.

- Susan Orlean talked about her new book The Library Book for the NYPL podcast.

- Annie Rowlenson is featured in "Bright Young Booksellers."

- On the JHIBlog, Molly Nebiolo on "John Parkinson and the Rise of Botany in the 17th Century."

- A warm welcome to several new ABAA members.

- From Simon Beattie's blog, "Inscribed to Amelia Opie."

- Also on the ABAA blog, a notice of censure, a short announcement about forged LDS material, and a report about a book misdelivered and now missing in London.

- More on the LDS thefts/forgeries from GephardtDaily and the Standard-Examiner.

- J.L. Bell has some notes on the pronunciation of several 18th-century printers' names.

- Elena Weissmann writes about the new Penguin Mini editions of several John Green books for the CSM.

- Former Librarian of Congress James Billington died; see coverage in the NYTimes and on the Fine Books Blog.

Upcoming Auctions

- Music, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental Books at Sotheby's London on 4 December.

- Albert Einstein: The God Letter and Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana at Christie's New York on 4 December.

- Fine Books and Manuscripts including the World of Hilary Knight and History of Science and Technology, including Space Technology at Bonhams New York on 5 December.

- Rare Autographs, Books, and Relics at University Archives on 5 December.

- Illustration Art at Swann Galleries on 6 December.