Sunday, December 19, 2010

Links & Reviews

- The 2011 Bibliography Week schedule is up: of particular interest is G. Thomas Tanselle's 25 January talk "A Defense of Association Copies."

- On 8-9 January 2011 the New Bedford Whaling Museum will host the 15th annual marathon reading of Moby Dick. Full info on the reading and associated events here.

- On 28 January 2011 the Eighteenth-Century Worlds Research Centre at the University of Liverpool and the Liverpool Athenaeum will co-host a free one-day conference, "Institutions of Associational Reading: New Perspectives on Library History, c. 1750-1850."

- Much continued discussion this week about the new Google Ngram viewer. I've been adding links to my post over the last few days, so there's more there than before.

- Laura at The Cataloguer's Desk has some lovely pictures of snow around Peter Harrington Rare Books in London.

- ACRL has received a grant to digitize and make available the back issues of RBML and RBM.

- The now-recovered Durham First Folio will be on display at the university after 15 January as part of a "Treasures of Durham University" exhibit.

- A fantastic collection of cover images for booksellers' first catalogs. Speaking of which, Rick Gekoski's Guardian column "Taking stock of rare book catalogues" is this week's must-read.

- Paul Collins has a new essay in Lapham's Quarterly, about child author Barbara Follett, who eventually disappeared without a trace. It's a haunting story, well told as always by Collins.

- Nigel Beale has posted an audio interview with Roderick Cave about the Golden Cockerel Press.

- OCLC asked a judge [PDF] to dismiss the anti-trust lawsuit filed against it by SkyRiver.

- Christie's unveiled an iPad app.

- On the AAS blog, Caroline Sloat writes about why they don't have an Audubon elephant folio Birds of America. Their story is not as sad (or as disappointing) as the MHS' Audubon tale: they did have an elephant folio, but sold it in the early years of the 20th century to a dealer who broke it apart and sold the plates piecemeal. Sigh.

- Some useful (very useful) new resources from CERL: Paul Needham's Index Possessorum Incunabulorum (IPI contains "some 32,000 entries relating to the ownership of incunabula,
including personal names, institutional names, monograms, and arms") and Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI, "a new database specifically designed to record and search the material
evidence (or copy specific, post-production evidence, provenance information) of 15th-century printed books: ownership, decoration, binding, manuscript annotations, stamps, prices, etc.").

- There was much amusement in bookville this week after a story that new Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford would be opening an antiquarian bookshop in Boston proved a (very well played) hoax. Probably.

- Fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are working to try and save the author's sometime Surrey home, Undershaw, from being turned into apartments.

- The unpublished manuscript of an unfinished Roald Dahl short story sold on eBay this week for £1,200.

- From last weekend's LATimes, Tim Rutten's column "Why Print Survives" is well worth a read.


- Richard Archer's As If in an Enemy's Country; T.H. Breen's American Insurgents, American Patriots; and Ben Carp's Defiance of the Patriots; review by Caleb Crain in the New Yorker. Caleb has also posted a bibliographic essay related to the review.

- Several recent books on higher education are reviewed by Anthony Grafton in The National Interest.

- Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg's Madison and Jefferson; review by Pauline Maier in the WaPo.

- Virginia Scharff's The Women Jefferson Loved; review by Andrea Wulf in the NYTimes.

- Kathleen Kent's The Wolves of Andover; review by Liz Raftery in the Boston Globe.

- Susan Cheever's Louisa May Alcott; review by Elaine Showalter in the WaPo.

- Pauline Maier's Ratification; review by Gordon Wood in the TNR.

- The Autobiography of Mark Twain; review by Garrison Keillor in the NYTimes. Best line: "Think twice about donating your papers to an institution of higher learning, Famous Writer: someday they may be used against you."