Sunday, March 25, 2012

Links & Reviews

- In the Wall Street Journal this week, Joel Henning reports on a recent visit to the Folger Shakespeare Library, in "Shakespeare in the Digital Age."

- The Houghton Library blog highlighted recently-digitized items, including George Eliot manuscript notes, transcriptions of John Keats letters, a George Washington letter to Sally Fairfax, &c.

- Brown University announced this week that Tom Horrocks will be Director of Special Collections and the John Hay Library starting in July. Tremendously exciting news for Tom, and for Brown - but I know he'll be missed at Houghton!

- I'll have a preview shortly, but in the meantime, just a note that Christie's will be selling the library of Kenneth Nebenzahl on 10 April.

- Colin Dickey has an essay, "Living in the Margins," in the new Lapham's Quarterly.

- A new exhibit at Harvard's Countway Medical Library, "Owners and Donors: Building the Rare Book Collection at the Countway Library of Medicine," will be on display through December.

- Over at the Library History Buff blog, Larry Nix notes a 1900 letter written by a Harvard student working at the Boston Athenaeum; in the letter the student notes that he'd just been trying to catch three sparrows that had gotten into the Athenaeum's reading room.

- At The Collation, Roger L. Easton, Jr. guest-posts on some high-tech investigations into a possible Shakespeare signature on the title page of William Lambarde's
Archaionomia (1598). I'll look forward to seeing what comes of this!

- Also from The Collation, Heather Wolfe reports on another manuscript reunion, this time of a Walter Raleigh letter.

- The "Bright Young Things" series continues at the Fine Books Blog, as Nate Pedersen interviews Josh Niesse of Underground Books.

- From the Harvard Magazine, a report on the discovery of the papers of Richard Greener, the first black graduate of Harvard College and the father of Belle da Costa Greene. Several institutions are now vying to acquire Greener's papers.


- G. Thomas Tanselle's Book Jackets: Their History, Form, and Use; review by Rebecca Rego Barry at the Fine Books Blog.

- Eliga Gould's Among the Powers of the Earth; review by William Anthony Hay in the WSJ.

- Guy Gugliotta's Freedom's Cap; review by Jonathan Yardley in the WaPo.