Sunday, February 23, 2020

Links & Auctions

- David Segal writes for the NYTimes about the ongoing Aristophil scandal. This is the most in-depth account of the case I've seen so far.

- In the March Texas Monthly, "The Legend of John Holmes Jenkins" by Chris O'Connell. Michael Vinson's biography of Jenkins, Bluffing Texas Style, is scheduled for publication in March by the University of Oklahoma Press. I'm very much looking forward to this book ...

- The Chicago Sun Times has an obituary for Kenneth Nebenzahl, famed antiquarian map dealer.

- The Times (paywalled) ran a report on luxury handbags being made which each contain a fragment of a manuscript written by a well-known person (Dickens, Queen Victoria, Casanova, &c.).

- Contextual Alternate's "Drafts of History" project is calling for volunteers to send copies of their local newspapers from 10 March 2020 (in part to replicate a similar attempt made on 10 March 1888). Please join if you can!

- Antiquarian bookseller Barbara Rootenberg was honored at this year's California International Antiquarian Book Fair; an introductory speech given by her granddaughter (and third-generation bookseller) Madison Rootenberg Schwartz is up on the ABAA blog.

- Book Patrol highlights the Prismatic Jane Eyre project, which explores translations of Jane Eyre.

- From Stephen H. Grant for The Collation, "First Folger Director: William Adams Slade, Part I."

- In the "Bright Young Booksellers" spotlight, Will Baker of W. C. Baker Rare Books & Ephemera.

- The Library of Congress has acquired the archive of photographer Shawn Walker, as well as Walker's collection of the Harlem-based Kamoinge Workshop.

- Texas A&M University will host an exhibition this spring and summer, "The Eternal Passion: Nicholas A. Basbanes and the Making of A Gentle Madness." A symposium on 19 March will feature Basbanes, Rebecca Romney, Kurt Zimmerman, and curator Kevin O'Sullivan.

- Simon Beattie highlights an unrecorded variant of Goethe's edition of Ossian.

Upcoming Auctions

- Classic & Contemporary Photographs at Swann Galleries on 25 February.

- A Collection of Edward Gorey at Doyle New York (online) closes on 25 February.

- Travel & Exploration at Bonhams London on 26 February.

- Bibliothèque Georges Pompidou and Éditions Originales du XIXe au XXIe Siècle at ALDE on 26 February.

- Autographs, Books & Relics Include Kerouac Estate & Hemingway at University Archives on 26 February.

- Livres Avant Garde Surréalisme at Binoche et Giquello on 28 February.

- Magic Collection of Jim Rawlins, Part III at Potter & Potter on 29 February.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Links, Reviews & Auctions

- The Olympic Manifesto, sold at auction in December, has been donated to the museum of the International Olympic Committee by the winning bidder, Russian billionaire and president of the international fencing federation Alisher Usmanov.

- Nils Bernstein writes for Atlas Obscura about the recent digitization of the collection of Mexican and Mexican-American cookbooks at the University of Texas San Antonio.

- Stacia Friedman highlights Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts for Hidden City Philadelphia.

- Stephan Salisbury writes for the Philadelphia Inquirer about recent deaccessioning moves by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

- The folks doing wonderful work on the Letterlocking project have launched a new digital exhibition, Signed, Sealed & Undelivered.

- Over at Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, "Illuminated Manuscripts from the Collection of Siegfried Laemmle (1863–1953)."

- From the BL's manuscripts blog, "Middle English manuscripts galore."

- As usual, the administration's budget called for the closure of various important cultural heritage projects. LJ Infodocket has a roundup of responses.

- From the Princeton Graphic Arts collection blog, "Vellucent bindings."

- Rebecca Nicholson writes for the Guardian, "Meet the booksellers who are fighting back against the algorithm."

- Michael Ruane reports for the WaPo on a new map collection at Mount Vernon.

- Over on the BL's Untold Lives blog, word of a new acquisition of an Italian avviso from 1589.


- Adam Sisman's The Professor and the Parson; review by Lawrence Osborne in the NYTimes.

Upcoming Auctions

- Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps & Photographs at Lyon & Turnbull on 19 February.

- Biblioteca Alberto Marín at Soler y Llach on 19 February.

- Livres anciens & illustrés modernes, manuscrits & lettres autographes at Aguttes on 20 February.

- Books and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions (online) on 20 February.

- Rare Americana & Cartography with the Robert M. Ebiner Zamorano 80 Collection at PBA Galleries on 20 February.

- Fine Books and Manuscripts at Swann Galleries on 20 February.

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Links & Auctions

- The Mapping Manuscript Migrations portal launched this week.

- Barbara Basbanes Richter wrote for the Fine Books Blog about a Zamorano 80 collection coming up for sale next week at PBA Galleries.

- Paul Erickson did a Q&A for the Clements Library blog about his first month on the job.

- Bhavya Dore writes for Atlas Obscura about Adligat, a fascinating rare book collection in Belgrade.

Upcoming Auctions

- Printed Books, Maps & Documents at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 12 February.

- Irish Historical Interest Books, &c. at Purcell Auctioneers on 12 February.

- Vintage Posters at Swann Galleries on 13 February.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Links & Auctions

- From Georgianna Ziegler, "What were women reading? A dive into the Folger vault."

- A look at a very cool 1663 book on metametrica from the Princeton Graphic Arts collection blog.

- Over at Sammelband, "Making the Syllabus Zine."

- Coming up in May at the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the inaugural Summer Institute in Book History & Digital Humanities, on the theme "Acting on the Book."

- The Washington Post reported this week that the Library of Congress also chose not to highlight a photo of the 2017 Women's March in an exhibit because of "anti-Trump messages" appearing in the photograph.

- Tulane University has acquired the Anne Rice archives, with support from Stuart Rose and the Stuart Rose Family Foundation.

- Things don't appear to be quite so devastating as first reports indicated for the collections of the Museum of Chinese in America—still awful, but not a total loss, at the very least. Atlas Obscura ran a report on the first round of retrievals from the building.

- Don't miss the February Rare Book Monthly articles.

Upcoming Auctions

- Paul Destribats: Bibliothèque des avant-gardes, Partie II at Christie's Paris on 4 February.

- Sporting & Travel Books from the Library of Arnold "Jake" Johnson at Doyle (online) on 4 February.

- Rare Books & Manuscripts at the Pasadena Book Fair at PBA Galleries on 6 February.

- Lettres & Manuscrits Autographes at Ader on 6 February.