Saturday, December 26, 2020

Links & Review

- There will be a twelve-hour bookfair on Getman's Virtual on Wednesday, 6 January.

- From Heather Curtis for the St Andrews Special Collections blog, "Getting Muddy with Manuscripts."

- Elizabeth Harris and Nicole Perlroth report for the NYTimes about a mysterious phishing scam targeting unpublished book manuscripts.

- Over at Past is Present, a look back at "How Six-Year-Old Stephen Salisbury III Rescued One of the Rarest and Most Important Christmas Documents in American History."

- From the OUP blog, "Finding the Melford Hall Manuscript," by Daniel Starza Smith.

- Ted O'Reilly writes for the N-YHS blog on "A Christmas Gift from FDR, Collector, Historian, and President."

- On the BL's Medieval Manuscripts blog, "The Ox and Ass at the Nativity."

- Lisa Fagin Davis' Simmons class has completed a new virtual reconstruction of an Otto Ege manuscript - see her updated blog post for more details.


- Martin Latham's The Bookseller's Tale; review by Katy Guest for the Guardian.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Links & Auctions

- In the University of Iowa magazine, "The Story of a Papermaker," in which Tim Barrett reflects on 30+ years at the University's Center for the Book.

- Coming up on 19 January, Heather O'Donnell and Rebecca Romney will present a Caxton Club evening program, "Building the Future of Rare Books: Two Booksellers' Experiences in Outreach." Register here.

- From the Peter Harrington blog, "Behind the books," an interview with Rosemary and Jasmin, two of the binders the The Chelsea Bindery.

- Over at Early Modern Female Book Ownership, a 1630 King James Bible

- Allie Alvis' recent Edinburgh Bibliographical Society talk, "Illumination of the Page and of the Spirit," is now available on YouTube.

- Also now available for viewing, the recent Princeton/Rutgers colloquium "The Virtual Materiality of Texts: Book History During a Pandemic."

- The University of Liverpool's medieval manuscripts are now available in a new online catalog with details and sample images.

- Elizabeth Pope notes a recent AAS acquisition of an 1874 birthday and autograph album, this copy with a letter from the publisher to author Benson Lossing.

- Brittany Nichole Adams from Northwestern is in the "Bright Young Librarians" spotlight this week.

- It's all about the fastenings in the third installment of the Polonsky Foundation Greek Manuscripts Conservation blog's series about constructing a medieval eastern Mediterranean binding model.

- The Middle Temple Library's December provenance mystery features some endleaf shorthand notes!

- A new dataset of material from the Franklin Ledgers is now available from the APS.

- Emily Spunaugle's work on the Marguerite Hicks Project at Oakland University is highlighted in Hour Detroit.

Upcoming Auctions

- Four Decades: In Celebration of AIPAD at Sotheby's New York ends on 21 December.

- Libros Raros y Valiosos at Soler y Llach on 22 December.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Links & Auctions

- Quite a good piece by Mark Wilding for the Guardian about the 2017 Feltham warehouse theft of rare books.

- The Cary Graphic Arts Collection at RIT has received a gift of printing equipment, rare books and ephemera from the collection of Stephen O. Saxe.

- Katarzyna Bator writes for the N-YHS blog, "Lab Notes: Preserving Rare Pamphlets."

- A video tour of Princeton University Library's 2019 Gutenberg & After exhibition is now available.

- Here's the BL's announcement of their acquisition of the Melford Hall Donne manuscript, which is also now available digitally.

- Rebecca Rego Barry has a recap of the ILAB webinar "Wrapping up 2020," held this week.

- Alison Flood writes for the Guardian about the Isaac Newton mss. notes about the Great Pyramid that sold for £380,000 this week.

- Over on the BL's Medieval Manuscripts blog, "New Prophecies of the Ancient Sibyls," an update on their effort to provide new descriptions of the Harley Collection manuscripts.

- Dave Gary points out the newly digitized American Philosophical Society Curator's Record of Donations for 1769 to 1898.


- Stephen K. Galbraith's A Brief History of the Book; review by Sebastian Modrow for Bonefolder Extras.

Upcoming Auctions

- A Grand Vision: The David H. Arrington Collection of Ansel Adams Masterpieces at Sotheby's on 14 December.

- Livres et Manuscrits at Sotheby's Paris ends on 15 December.

- Éditions Originales du XIXe au XXIe Siècle at ALDE on 15 December.

- La Bibliothèque de Pierre Bergé – 5e Vente at Pierre Bergé & Associés on 16 December. 

- Books and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions on 16 December.

- Livres Anciens du XVe au XIXe Siècle at ALDE on 17 December.

- Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books at Swann Galleries on 17 December.

Sunday, December 06, 2020

Links & Auctions

- Getman's Virtual Bibliophilic Holiday Gift Fair is open through tomorrow, 7 December, with new items to be added tomorrow morning.

- The manuscript volume of Donne poems identified at Melford Hall in 2018 has been acquired by the British Library, Dalya Alberge reports for the Guardian.

- Rebecca Romney's recent University of Delaware talk, "Building Bridges: Expanding the Reach of Rare Books in the Next Generation" is now available to watch, as is her Hollyer Lecture for the Toronto Public Library, "Sherlockian Collecting: A Tour of Creative, Clever, and Weird Pursuits."

- Michelle Taylor writes for the New Yorker on "The Secret History of T.S. Eliot's Muse."

- The ABAA has posted a "Missing in Transit" notice of books gone astray in Kentfield, CA.

- Jamie Cumby is in the "Bright Young Librarians" spotlight this week.

- The ABAA Women's Initiative has launched an ABAA Mentorship Program.

- From Books and Borrowing, Alex Deans on "The World in Print: Borrowings of Voyages and Travels."

- Over at Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, "Sotheby Manuscripts at Sotheby's."

- Nikki Tompkins writes for the Jesus College Libraries blog about a recent conservation project undertaken on a 1674 Bodleian Library catalogue used as a working copy to compare the Bodleian's holdings with those of Jesus College.

Upcoming Auctions

- The Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction, Part IV at Heritage Auctions ends on 7 December.

- Printed Books, Maps and Manuscripts including Fine Bindings and Science Books from the Collection of Peter and Margarethe Braune part II at Bellmans on 8 December.

- English Literature, History, Science, Children's Books and Illustrations at Sotheby's ends on 8 December.

- Valuable Books and Manuscripts at Christie's London on 9 December.

- Christmas Rare Book Sale at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers on 9 December.

Highlights from the Medical Library of the Late James Tait Goodrich at Bonhams New York on 10 December.

- Comics at PBA Galleries on 10 December.

- Fine Books and Manuscripts at Bonhams New York on 11 December.