Sunday, July 06, 2014

Links & Reviews

I've updated the blog list at right, removing now-dead links, indicating those that haven't been updated within the last year, and adding a few. As always, if there are blogs, &c. you think I ought to be linking to there, let me know!

- The Telegraph reports today on the 16 July sale at Christie's of a fascinating library collected by multiple generations of English bibliophiles, containing quite a few bibliographic treasures.

- A new Neatline/Omeka presentation of the Declaration of Independence by David McClure launched this week, and it's very much worth a look.

- David Rubenstein has funded a new facsimile of the 1823 Stone facsimile of the Declaration of Independence, to allow one framed copy of be displayed in each U.S. embassy. Seth Kaller, Inc. produced a 24-page booklet to accompany the facsimiles.

- The NYPL displayed a copy of the Declaration in Jefferson's hand this week, drawing more than 10,000 visitors.

- Jennifer Howard reported for the Chronicle this week on the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's preparations for a new strategic plan, to be released this summer.

- The NYTimes reported on a punctuation question that has arisen around the text of the Declaration of Independence as presented by NARA. Danielle Allen's full paper on which the article is based is here, and Joe Adelman weighed in.

- Simon Beattie reminds us other things happened during 1776, highlighting a new collection of material printed at Stargard SzczeciƄski (Poland) to document the celebrations held to welcome Catherine the Great's son, Paul, who visited the town enroute to Berlin where he was to meet a new wife.

- Michael Beschloss wrote about the 1952 transfer of the major American founding documents from the Library of Congress to the new National Archives building.

- Amazon's Jeff Grandinetti spoke to the WSJ about the company's ongoing feud with Hachette; Melville House's Alex Shephard responds.

- The Yale Digital Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson are currently available in beta form.


- Richard W. Oram and Joseph Nicholson's Collecting, Curating, and Researching Writers' Libraries: A Handbook; review by Peter Steinberg at Sylvia Plath Info.

- Fred Kaplan's John Quincy Adams; review by Edward Cuddihy in the Buffalo News.

- Diana Scarisbrick & Benjamin Zucker's Elihu Yale; review by Martin Rubin in the Washington Times.

- Alex Beam's American Crucifixion; review by Benjamin Moser in the NYTimes.

- Michael Blanding's The Map Thief; review by Pradeep Sebastian in The Hindu.

- Danielle Allen's Our Declaration; review by Steven B. Smith in the NYTimes.