Sunday, October 31, 2021

Links & Auctions

- Oak Knoll's sitewide sale is happening now, until 6 November (everything 20–50% off).

- Much of the material in the New England Book Auctions sale of Printing & Bookbinding Equipment and Supplies (ending 14 December) comes from the collection of our friend Vince Golden - there's some really excellent wood type and border material in this sale.

- Emory University has acquired Irish bibliophile John Moore's impressive collection of Bram Stoker material.

- The ABAA blog has an update on some stolen books recently returned to the National Library of Sweden.

- A copy of Shakespeare's Henry IV Part One extracted from the First Folio sold this week for $35,000.

- Over on The Conveyor, "Medieval Cookbooks: A Student Collection," and "Copper Plates in the Bodleian Libraries."

- The Middle Temple Libraries blog has posted a new provenance mystery for us this month.

- The Clements Library has digitized the William Howe Orderly Book, covering the period 1776 to 1778.

- From the BL's Medieval Manuscripts blogs, "Afterlives and Otherworlds: Three Ghost Stories from Medieval Ireland."

- Over at Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, "The Provenance of a Lombard Cutting [I]."

Upcoming Auctions

- History of Science and Technology at Bonhams Los Angeles on 3 November 2021.

- Livres Anciens du XVe au XIXe Si├Ęcle (Part I, Part II) at ALDE ends on 4 November.

- Books and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions on 4 November.

- Art, Illustration & Dr. Seuss – British Prime Ministers – Antiquarian Books at PBA Galleries on 4 November.

- Historical Manuscripts at Heritage Auctions on 6 November.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Links & Auctions

- Don't forget Oak Knoll Fest (virtual), coming up on 28–30 October.

- Derrick Spires will deliver the 2021 Lieberman Lecture for APHA on 2 December, "Nineteenth-Century Black Printing and the Matter of Black Life." Register here.

- On the Columbia Rare Books blog, Celeste Brewer "On Oudated and Harmful Language in Library of Congress Subject Headings."

- Over on the Bodleian's Archives and Manuscripts blog, "The First Black Student at Oxford University."

- From the Cambridge University Special Collections blog, "The Pilgrims' Tale: The Box that Moved the Library."

- The University of Pennsylvania has received a gift of 151 interpositive glass photographic plates by Edward S. Curtis. 

- The Lazarus Project's technique for photographing books and manuscripts without opening them more than 30 degrees is highlighted in the University of Rochester news

Upcoming Auctions

- The Alexander Hamilton Collection of John E. Herzog at Freeman's on 25 October.

- The Ricky Jay Collection at Sotheby's New York on 27–28 October.

- Books and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions on 28 October.

- Fine Books & Autographs at Swann Galleries on 28 October.

- Comic Books: Pre-Code Horror, Golden Age, Silver Age & Undergrounds at PBA Galleries on 28 October.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Links & Auctions

- The Lilly Library has acquired the marvelous dictionary collection of Madeline Kripke.

- Paul Needham's Lyell Lectures continue, and are viewable here as they are delivered.

- The ABAA's Diversity Initiative is hosting a panel, "Everyone is Welcome Here: Building Better Relationships in Book Communities" on 26 October. 

- Over at Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, "Otto Ege's Armenian Lectionary Dated '1121.'"

- Heather Wolfe will be the Munby Fellow at Cambridge University Libraries for 2021–22, working on a project titled "Decoding early modern writing paper."

- On the Swann Galleries blog, Devon Eastland writes about Harvard librarian George Parker Winship.

- Carla Cevasco writes for the Collation on "Picturing Children's Food in Early Modern Europe."

- There is still time to register for the APHA conference on 22–23 October, "Impresos: Printing Across Latin American and Caribbean Cultures."

- The bat signal has gone out for a number of Mark Twain legal documents which are believed to have been acquired by the Detroit Public Library in 1966 but were not found when a researcher looked for them in 2010. Barbara Schmidt has a feature on this over on Twain Quotes.

- A First Circuit panel has ruled that a 1780 Alexander Hamilton letter to Lafayette is the clear property of the Massachusetts Archives, and the letter has now been returned. It was stolen by employee Harold Perry sometime between 1938 and 1946 and later sold. Read the full decision here.

Upcoming Auctions

- The Luzzatto High Holidays Mahzor: A Magnificent Ashkenazic Prayer Book at Sotheby's New York on 19 October.

- Travel including a single owner collection of books on mountaineering at Bloomsbury Auctions (Dreweatts) ends on 20 October.

- A third selection of 16th and 17th English Books from the Fox Pointe Manor Library at Forum Auctions on 21 October.

- Fine Literature – Bukowski, Beats & the Counterculture at PBA Galleries on 21 October.

- Literature, Social Activism, Counterculture at Second Story Books on 23 October.

Saturday, October 09, 2021

Links & Auctions

- New from AAS, "Reclaiming Heritage: Digitizing Early Nipmuc Histories from Colonial Documents."

- LC and the Copyright Office have announced a new crowdsourced transcription campaign for the Library's collection of early copyright title pages.

- The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library has launched a new open-access authority file database.

- There is a memorial post for Albert H. Small at Notes from Under Grounds.

- From Patricia Akhimie at The Collation, "Extra-Illustrating Othello."

- Elaine Treharne writes for the OUP blog on "Fragmentology: bits of books and the medieval manuscript."

- Paul Needham will deliver the 2021 Lyell Lectures beginning on 11 October, "The Genesis, Life, and Afterlife of the Gutenberg Bible."

- From Books & Borrowing, "A First Look at the Aberdeen Theological Library."

- Oak Knoll Fest (virtual) is coming up on 28–30 October.

Upcoming Auctions

- Lettres & Manuscrits Autographes – Musique at Ader on 12 October.

- Travel Books, Maps and Atlases at Forum Auctions on 14 October.

- Early Printed Books at Swann Galleries on 14 October.

- The Gary Munson Collection of Horror and Fantasy Rare Books at Heritage Auctions on 14 October.

- The Robin Satinsky Collection of Illustrated Books at Bonhams New York on 15 October.

- Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana at Christie's New York ends on 15 October.

Saturday, October 02, 2021

Links & Auctions

- Rare Books Santa Monica continues through 3 October over on Getman's Virtual.

- A number of stolen manuscripts have been returned to the National Archives of Mexico.

- Over on Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, "Manuscripts Written at Rome in 1465, now at the V&A and Houghton."

- October's Rare Book Monthly articles include Joe Fay's "The Luckiest Bookseller Alive."

- The Modern Endangered Archives Program now includes "Independence and Beyond: Ephemera from the Barbados Department of Archives."

- In the Guardian, Stephen Fry writes on the enduring appeal of Georgette Heyer.

Upcoming Auctions

- Illustration Art Signature Auction at Heritage Auctions on 4 October.

- Printed Books, Maps & Documents at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 6 October.

- Americana – Travel & Exploration – World History – Cartography at PBA Galleries on 7 October.