Saturday, December 04, 2021

Links & Auctions

- A new collection edited by Michelle Levy and Betty Schellenberg, "How and Why to Do Things with Eighteenth-Century Manuscripts," is currently open-access from Cambridge University Press.

- Public Domain Review is doing an advent-calendar style countdown to highlight various pieces of culture which will enter the public domain in 2022.

- Video of the 18 November Archival Silence Working Group event "Language In/Of the Archive" is now available.

- From Peter Kidd, part the second of "Celotti or Ottley? The Source of the Lomax-Wade Collection."

- The Clements Library has acquired a 1761 manuscript plan of the fort at Detroit, and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover the costs.

Upcoming Auctions

- The History of Western Script: A further selection from The Schøyen Collection at Bloomsbury on 7 December.

- Livres d'Heures – Manuscrits – Archives followed by Collection d'un Amateur at Binoche et Giquello on 7 December.

- Livres et Manuscrits at Sotheby's Paris ends on 8 December.

- Printed Books, Manuscripts and Maps at Bellmans on 9 December.

- Rare Books, Autographs & Maps at Doyle on 9 December.

- Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books at Bonhams on 9 December.

- December Auction at Arader Galleries on 11 December.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Links & Auctions

- Coming up on 2–4 December, Getman's Virtual Bibliophilic Holiday Gift Fair.

- Cynthia Brokaw's Panizzi Lectures begin on 30 November; register here. Thanks to the sponsorship of Johnathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc., the livestreams of these lectures will now be freely available.

- Kurt Zimmerman has posted the video of a talk he gave recently to the Florida Bibliophile Society about the late Dorothy Sloan.

- From the Leiden special collections blog, André Bouwan on "Medieval manuscripts in the classroom: on site or online?"

- Over on the Cambridge special collections blog, a post on the "conservation of felted paper in a bound iron-gall ink manuscript."

- Jordan Pearson and Jason Koebler write for Vice about the chaotic aftermath of that attempt to buy the first printing of the Constitution using cryptocurrency.

- The Book of Deer, Scotland's oldest surviving manuscript, will return to Scotland next year for display at the Aberdeen Art Gallery during the summer.

Upcoming Auctions

- Music and Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts at Sotheby's London ends on 30 November.

- Bibliothèque d’un château du Sud-Ouest de la France - Bibliothèque cynégétique Jean Lebaudy et à divers at Pierre Bergé & Associés on 30 November.


- Fine Books & Ephemera at New England Book Auctions ends on 30 November.

- Fine Books and Manuscripts at Bonhams London on 1 December.



- Modern Literature at Forum Auctions on 2 December.

- Antiquarian Books at PBA Galleries on 2 December.

- Making our Nation: Constitutions and Related Documents, Part 2 at Sotheby's New York ends on 2 December.

- Fall Books & Ephemera on 4 December and Bookworm Sale on 5 December on Addison & Sarova.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Links & Auctions

- The auction records were shattered on Thursday evening at Sotheby's when a copy of the first printed edition of the U.S. Constitution sold for $43.2 million. The buyer was Citadel CEO Ken Griffin, who plans to put the copy on exhibit; it will be displayed first at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR. The underbidders were a new cryptocurrency crowdfund group ConstitutionDAO.

- Alison Flood writes for the Guardian on another recent fragment identification, this time in a 1528 volume at the Bodleian Library. Keep looking at those fragments, folks!

- From Kim Beil at LitHub, "What I Learned While Cataloguing an Entire Library of 19th-Century Schoolbooks."

- Over on the Oak Knoll blog, "My Friend's Library, A Story of Association Copies."

- At Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, the first installment in a new series, "Celotti or Ottley? The Source of the Lomax-Wade Collection."

- Josh Smith writes for Books & Borrowing on "The Records of the Bristol Library Society."

- Recordings of all of Paul Needham's Lyell Lectures on the Gutenberg Bible are now available.

Upcoming Auctions

- Livres Rares et Manuscrits at Christie's Paris on 22 November.

- The Exceptional Sale at Christie's Paris on 23 November.

- Making our Nation: Constitutions and Related Documents. Sold to Benefit the Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation. Part I at Sotheby's New York on 23 November.

- Rare & Important Travel Posters at Swann Galleries on 23 November.

- Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions on 25 November.

- Bibliothèque Pierre Collin at Pierre Bergé & Associés on 25 November.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Links & Auctions

- Don't forget the (virtual) Boston Book Fair, 18–20 November.

- Over at TEXT!, Adam Smyth on "Thinking."

- Ward Library at Peterhouse, Cambridge hosts "Thomas Gray: An Anniversary Exhibition through 13 December." There is also an online version.

- From the BL Medieval Manuscripts blog, "The Floreffe Bible on exhibition."

- Kurt Zimmerman has posted a memorial to Bill Barlow, who died on 21 October. See also Terry Belanger's tribute, which is on the RBS site.

- The 42nd Annual Conference on Book Trade History, "The Humours of Book Collecting," will be held 26–27 November.

- The new issue of Parenthesis contained interviews with the first four winners of the Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize.

- Coming up on 18 November, the University of Kentucky's King Library Press hosts, "Print/Reprint: A Roundtable Discussion of Print Technologies as Material Evidence." Free on Zoom, but registration is required.

- Pardon the logrolling, but I am quite excited to report that Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections has acquired an 1859 third octavo edition of Audubon's Birds of America.

Upcoming Auctions

- The Henry Fitz Jr. Archive of Photographic History and American Historical Ephemera & Photography at Hindman on 15 November.

- The Lewis Gilbert Film Script and Production Archive at Bellmans on 16 November.

- Travel, Photographs, Maps, and Natural History at Sotheby's London ends on 17 November.

- Books and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions on 18 November.

- Rare Books with Science, Medicine & Natural History at PBA Galleries on 18 November.

- The Constitution of the United States at Sotheby's New York on 18 November.

- The World of Hergé at Artcurial on 20 November.

Sunday, November 07, 2021

Links & Auctions

- The (virtual) Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held 18–20 November.

- The Library of Congress has acquired the M.C. Migel Rare Book Collection from the American Foundation for the Blind.

- From the Bodleian blog, "Congratulations, have a fish."

- Over at Books and Borrowing, "COP26 – Part 1: Glasgow, Birthplace of the Anthropocene."

- Abbie Weinberg writes for The Collation on "Small Latin and Less Greek," explaining this month's Crocodile mystery.

- From the Mudd Manuscript Library blog, Iliyah Coles on "Secret Societies at Princeton in the 19th Century."

- The BL Medieval Manuscripts blog highlights the new exhibition on Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots in "'Not lawful nor tolerable.'"

- Peter Kidd has the second installment of his series on the Lombard Cutting.

- From The Conveyor, "Printing matters: Inspiration at the Bodleian Bibliographical Press."

- Carson Koepke writes for the Beinecke blog on "Digitally Reconstructing the Acts of Appian Papyrus."

Upcoming Auctions

- Fine Books & Works on Paper and Autographs & Memorabilia at Chiswick Auctions on 9 November.

- Contemporary Artists' Books: The Property of a Texas Collector at Swann Galleries on 9 November.

- Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts, Including Americana at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on 9–10 November.

- Books, Maps & Prints at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 10 November.

- Rare Autographs, Photographs & Books at University Archives on 10 November.

- Modern Firsts at Skinner ends on 10 November.

- Shelf Sale: Literature, Early Printing, Books on Books at New England Auctions on 11 November.

- Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinic Letters, Ceremonial & Graphic Art at Kestenbaum & Company on 11 November.

- The Civil War Collection of James C. Frasca at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on 12 November.

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Links & Auctions

- Oak Knoll's sitewide sale is happening now, until 6 November (everything 20–50% off).

- Much of the material in the New England Book Auctions sale of Printing & Bookbinding Equipment and Supplies (ending 14 December) comes from the collection of our friend Vince Golden - there's some really excellent wood type and border material in this sale.

- Emory University has acquired Irish bibliophile John Moore's impressive collection of Bram Stoker material.

- The ABAA blog has an update on some stolen books recently returned to the National Library of Sweden.

- A copy of Shakespeare's Henry IV Part One extracted from the First Folio sold this week for $35,000.

- Over on The Conveyor, "Medieval Cookbooks: A Student Collection," and "Copper Plates in the Bodleian Libraries."

- The Middle Temple Libraries blog has posted a new provenance mystery for us this month.

- The Clements Library has digitized the William Howe Orderly Book, covering the period 1776 to 1778.

- From the BL's Medieval Manuscripts blogs, "Afterlives and Otherworlds: Three Ghost Stories from Medieval Ireland."

- Over at Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, "The Provenance of a Lombard Cutting [I]."

Upcoming Auctions

- History of Science and Technology at Bonhams Los Angeles on 3 November 2021.

- Livres Anciens du XVe au XIXe Siècle (Part I, Part II) at ALDE ends on 4 November.

- Books and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions on 4 November.

- Art, Illustration & Dr. Seuss – British Prime Ministers – Antiquarian Books at PBA Galleries on 4 November.

- Historical Manuscripts at Heritage Auctions on 6 November.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Links & Auctions

- Don't forget Oak Knoll Fest (virtual), coming up on 28–30 October.

- Derrick Spires will deliver the 2021 Lieberman Lecture for APHA on 2 December, "Nineteenth-Century Black Printing and the Matter of Black Life." Register here.

- On the Columbia Rare Books blog, Celeste Brewer "On Oudated and Harmful Language in Library of Congress Subject Headings."

- Over on the Bodleian's Archives and Manuscripts blog, "The First Black Student at Oxford University."

- From the Cambridge University Special Collections blog, "The Pilgrims' Tale: The Box that Moved the Library."

- The University of Pennsylvania has received a gift of 151 interpositive glass photographic plates by Edward S. Curtis. 

- The Lazarus Project's technique for photographing books and manuscripts without opening them more than 30 degrees is highlighted in the University of Rochester news

Upcoming Auctions

- The Alexander Hamilton Collection of John E. Herzog at Freeman's on 25 October.

- The Ricky Jay Collection at Sotheby's New York on 27–28 October.

- Books and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions on 28 October.

- Fine Books & Autographs at Swann Galleries on 28 October.

- Comic Books: Pre-Code Horror, Golden Age, Silver Age & Undergrounds at PBA Galleries on 28 October.