Saturday, September 01, 2007

Links &c.

An early links roundup this weekend as I shall be otherwise occupied tomorrow:

- BibliOdyssey offers up some Rosicrucian images attributed to Johann August Starck, and also some anatomical/marine engravings from Christoph Gottwald's wunderkammer (1714).

- At Critical Mass, Steve Weinberg offers some helpful hints on how not to respond to a book review.

- Richard Cox comments on a new book (one I'll have to hunt up), Inscription and Erasure: Literature and Written Culture from the Eleventh to the Eighteenth Century. Cox: "
Those interested in the archival impulse will find references in his literary analysis that are of interest, with considerations to the use of wax tablets as the main means of writing in the medieval period, the emergence of autograph signatures and the use of scribes, the availability of printed almanacs with blank pages for personal recordkeeping, the use of handwritten newsletters, and the rise and impact of printed texts."

- Michael Lieberman at Book Patrol points out yet another interesting volley in the ongoing debate over Google Books. Michael also has an interview with Chris Doeblin, who recently changed the name of his New York City bookstore to Book Culture.

- Rare Book Review writes up a noteworthy upcoming auction: a manuscript poem by abolitionist William Wells Brown will go under the hammer at Dominic Winter on 3 October.

- Via Reading Copy, a Richard Reardon column from the ChiTrib on book treatment and his personal views on the subject (dog-earing, writing, highlighting, &c.).

- Rachel from Old Saratoga Books announces her piece on this month's Biblio Unbound, "Essentials of a Well-Stocked Home Library - The Reference Section." There are a few other worthwhile articles in the rest of the newsletters as well.

- Several others have already noted the arrival of, a Digg-style aggregator. I agree with Scott's comments on this style of site, but I'll check in with it now and then.

- Ian's posting updates from the Baltimore Summer Antique Fair, including some photos of his booth and the one across the aisle (which seems, frankly, a bit much).

- Paul Collins reports that an original 1855 copy of English as She is Spoke is now available at Google Books.