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.

Reviews

- 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.

Reviews

- 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.

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.