Sunday, December 10, 2017

Links & Reviews

- Michael Blanding reports for the NYTimes on what looks like yet another modern forgery come to light: a ~1507 Waldseemüller world map that was set to be sold by Christie's this week before doubts were raised about its authenticity by Alex Clausen, Barry Ruderman, Michael Peichl, and Nick Wilding. Christie's has withdrawn the map from this week's sale.

- News this week from Salem, MA, where local media is covering the story that the Phillips Library collections, removed from their building in 2011 for renovations and kept at a facility in Rowley since then, probably won't be returning to Salem. See the Salem News report or "Shameless Stewards" at streestsofsalem.

- Over at Mental Floss, Rebecca Romney offers some tips for taking care of your books (common-sense to most of us, but useful reminders).

- Elizabeth DeBold explains this month's Crocodile Mystery at The Collation.

- From American Book Collecting, "The Heroic Age: Dibdin, Heber, and Bibliomania."

- On the Library of Congress blog, John Cole reflects on his job as the Library's first official historian.

- Jennifer Howard highlights a few of her recent stories on the biblio-world.

- The LATimes profiles Whitmore Rare Books and other LA-area rare booksellers.

Reviews

- Ron Chernow's Grant; review by Padraic Scanlon for the Guardian.

- Carol Porter Grossman's The History of the Limited Editions Club; review by Lise Jaillant in the TLS.

- Gordon Wood's Friends Divided; review by Edith Gelles in the WaPo.

- Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris' The Lost Words; review by Meara Sharma in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Fine Books & Manuscripts at Sotheby's New York on 11 December.

- English Literature, History, Children's Books & Illustrations at Sotheby's London on 11 December.

- History of Science and Technology at Sotheby's New York on 12 December.

- Printed Books, Maps & Documents at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 13 December.

- Valuable Books and Manuscripts at Christie's London on 13 December.

- The Library of Richard Adams at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 14 December.

- Books and Works on Paper, Including Fine Photographs at Bloomsbury on 14 December.

- Fine Americana - Travel & Exploration - World History - Cartography at PBA Galleries on 14 December.

- Children's & Illustrated Books at Dominic Winter Auctioneers on 15 December.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Links & Reviews

- At Wynken de Worde, Sarah Werner on "creating a digitized facsimile wishlist," in which she calls for suggestions of early printed books that aren't yet available as open-access digital facsimiles.

- In December's Rare Book Monthly, Thibault Ehrengardt on the Aristophil aftermath, Susan Halas on "courtesy to the trade," a followup report from Michael Stillman about the auction of an early Declaration of Independence broadside ($1.8 million!), and more.

- Rebecca Romney is starting up a biblio-newsletter; I have subscribed in anticipation, and would encourage all readers of this blog to do the same.

- The Codex Amiatinus will return to Britain for an exhibition at the British Library in 2018. And the Codex Leicester will be displayed at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence from October 2018.

- The Folger's Crocodile Mystery for December is up and awaiting your guesses.

- James Mitchell writes for the National Library of Scotland blog about cataloging what looks like a very interesting collection of Venetian chapbooks.

- Penelope Lively's papers have been acquired by the British Library.

- John Hodgman gets the "By the Book" treatment in the NYTimes.

- Sara Sauers has another APHA panel review, on "Transatlantic Connections."

- Over at Medieval Manuscripts Provenance, "Louise Ege, Book-Breaker."

Reviews

- Allan Young and Patrick Scott's The Kilmarnock Burns: A Census; review by Michael Stillman for Rare Book Monthly.

- Jorge Carrión's Bookshops: A Reader's History; review by Alan Riding in the NYTimes.

- Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney's The Collector of Lives; review by Deborah Solomon in the NYTimes.

- Kevin Young's Bunk; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

- David E. Fishman's The Book Smugglers and Michele K. Troy's Strange Bird; review by Anna Katharina Schaffner in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana at Christie's New York on 5 December.

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books at Sotheby's London on 5 December.

- Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books at Swann Galleries on 5 December.

- Fine Books and Manuscripts at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on 6 December.

- Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures at Bloomsbury on 6 December.

- History of Science and Technology at Bonhams New York on 6 December.

- Voices of the 20th Century at Bonhams New York on 6 December.

- Russian America & Polar Exploration: Highlights from the Martin Greene Library at Christie's New York on 7 December.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Links & Reviews

- The Library of Congress has acquired the Codex Quetzalcatzin, a pre-1600 Mesoamerican codex.

- New from the wonderful Brattle Book Shop, Brattlecast, a short podcast about rare books and the business of selling them.

- Try out the Folger's new DIY First Folio site, where you can practice making your own in their virtual printing house.

- The new Magdalen College Oxford exhibition, "Fragments of Note: The Afterlives of Medieval Manuscripts" is now open - and the short video linked at the bottom of that page, "Singing the Collections," is well worth a look.

- Author Richard Adams' library will go on the block at Dominic Winter on 14 December. View the lots, or read a Guardian piece about the sale. I wish there was better cataloging on the group lots so that a full inventory of Adams' collection could be captured - if anybody reads this who is going to the preview and wants to spend a bit of them jotting down citations, I would be eternally grateful!

- Surekha Davies posts at The Collation on "Collecting the world in seventeenth-century London."

- Rebecca Rego Barry has the annual Fine Books Notes holiday roundup of books about books.

- The second installment in the Echoes from the Vault series on visualizing the St. Andrews biographical register is out.

- If you missed the Bibliography Among the Disciplines conference in October, there are 40+ hours of audio now available.

- Haven Hawley summarizes a visit to the Museum of Printing during this fall's APHA conference.

- Keith Houston writes about Thomas Jefferson's ivory notebook in a Miscellany post.

- A copy of Origin of Species annotated by Darwin is set to be sold at Christie's next month.

- Over at the Robb Report, "Harry Potter and the Ridiculous Run of Auction Records."

- From the Ransom Center magazine, a profile of translator Harriet de Ónis.

- Henry McGhie writes for the OUP blog about "The building blocks of ornithology."

Reviews

- Leslie Peirce's Empress of the East; review by Thomas Madden in the NYTimes.

- Caroline Fraser's Little House on the Prairie; review by Patricia Nelson Limerick in the NYTimes.

- Marion Rankine's Brolliology; review by Michael Lindgren in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Livres Rares et Manuscrits at Christie's Paris on 28 November.

- Musical Manuscripts at Sotheby's London on 28 November.

- Printed Books & Manuscripts at Chiswick Auctions on 29 November.

- The Richard E. Bateman Collection on Celestial Mechanics - Science, Medicine & Technology - Rare Books & Manuscripts at PBA Galleries on 30 November.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Links & Reviews

Another Boston Book Fair in the books (my thirteenth, I realized). Still—and I suspect, always—my favorite fair. Chilly this year, but that didn't stop people from coming out for the main fair or the very busy shadow show. There wasn't time enough to pack in everything I wanted to do in Boston this trip ... I'll just have to go back soon!

- Princeton has acquired a 1483 Horace which happened to contain as binding waste a leaf from a previously unknown ~1457 edition of Donatus' Ars minor (printed with the same type used for the Gutenberg Bible).

- Ian Jackson, Nick Aretakis, and Ben Kinmont have issued a very nice biography of bookseller Bernard Rosenthal.

- Molly Hardy has a really useful update on various projects linking printing trade prosopographies.

- UVA Today highlights some recent work on the SNAC Cooperative (Social Networks and Archival Context).

- Mike Widener's new exhibition at the Yale Law School's Lillian Goldman Law Library, "Around the World with Law's Picture Books," is featured in the New Haven Independent.

- Nora Benedict is featured in the FB&C "Bright Young Collectors" series.

- The BL has launched a new crowdsourced transcription project for its historical playbills collection.

- A quiz about books? You bet! I hadn't heard of Nemo's Almanac before, but editor Ian Patterson's piece in the Guardian had me intrigued right away. Anybody collecting these?

- An annotated copy of Ben Jonson's Workes has been placed under a UK export ban until at least February, to see if a domestic buyer can be found.

- Daniel Witek, a one-time volunteer at the Buffalo History Museum, has been sentenced to six months time served and a $2,100 restitution payment for the theft of documents from the museum, which he then attempted to sell.

- Michael Greshko writes for National Geographic about the possibility of biblical forgeries lurking in the collections of the new Museum of the Bible.

- At Clements Library Chronicles, an attempt to locate some Revolutionary War trunks used to transport the Thomas Gage papers.

- Elizabeth Savage posts on the Leiden Special Collections blog about a frisket sheet fragment recently found during conservation at Leiden University.

- Houghton Library undergraduate fellow Mario Menendez talks about his work on a fictional biography of William Henry Ireland.

- A series of what could be 300 auctions to sell the Aristophil collection will begin on 20 December at Drouot.

- Another great APHA panel review by Paul Gough on "Illustrating Typography and Typos," which featured papers by Lynne Farrington, Vince Golden, and Michael Russem.

- The Princeton Graphic Arts Collection recently acquired a great piece by two 18th-century woman printmakers, Isabella Piccini and Angela Baroni.

- A 1659 Blaeu map showing Australia has gone on display at the National Library of Australia.

- William & Mary's Swem Library has received by donation the Civil War diary of a Union soldier captured and held prisoner at the college.

- Ben Breen asks at Res Obscura, "What Did 17th-Century Food Taste Like?"

- At Echoes from the Vault, the first in a series on "Visualising the Biographical Register of the University of St. Andrews."

- AAS student page Emily Isakson gives a brief overview of forgery-related material in the AAS collections.

Reviews

- Martin Puchner's The Written Word, Matthew Kirschenbaum's Track Changes, and Thomas Mullaney's The Chinese Typewriter; review by Thomas Hale in the Financial Times.

- Kevin Young's Bunk; reviews by Jonathan Lethem in the NYTimes and Colin Dickey in the LATimes.

- John Crowley's Ka; reviews by Michael Dirda in the WaPo and Elizabeth Hand in the LATimes.

Upcoming Auction

- Library of M. R*** at Pierre Bergé on 22 November.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Links & Reviews

- Rebecca Romney has "13 Secrets of Rare Book Dealers" for Mental Floss.

- Noah Sheola's got a great post up on the Houghton blog about the importance of good cataloging.

- The November Rare Book Monthly includes Marc Sena Carrel on "Exiting the Bookseller Business," Michael Stillman on an upcoming auction of an early Declaration of Independence broadside, and a Bruce McKinney note about bookseller William Reese being honored by the AAS this week with the Christopher Columbus Baldwin medal (a well-deserved honor, to be sure).

- Hewlett-Packard's extensive archives were destroyed in the recent California wildfires.

- Cynthia Zarin writes for the New Yorker about "The Original Master of Ghost Stories" (M.R. James, of course).

- The manuscript of John Donne's "Courtier's Library" has been identified in the Westminster Abbey archives.

- Kurt Zimmerman is on "The Hunt for Early American Women Bibliographers" at American Book Collecting.

- MITH has launched Books.Files, a Mellon-funded project to "assess the potential for the archival collection and scholarly study of digital assets associated with today’s trade publishing and bookmaking."

- The Folger has launched Miranda, a new platform for the library's digital content. See the blog post for lots of good background.

- Tim Carmody writes for Kottke.org about "Card catalogs and the secret history of modernity."

- Several more panel overviews from the recent APHA conference in "The Process of Innovation."

- A Titanic letter (one of the last known to be written on the ship) sold at auction this week for £126,000.

- Booktryst will publish a fine-press book celebrating the late Martin Stone.

- A Thomas Bewick sketchbook has been identified and purchased by Bewick collector David Bolam.

Reviews

- Alison Weir's Queens of the Conquest; review by Dan Jones in the WaPo.

- Russell Shorto's Revolution Song; review by Lynne Cheney in the NYTimes.

- Walter Isaacson's Leonardo da Vinci; review by Jennifer Senior in the NYTimes.

- Noah Feldman's The Three Lives of James Madison; review by Susan Dunn in the NYTimes.

- Gordon S. Wood's Friends Divided; review by Richard Brookhiser in the NYTimes.

Upcoming Auctions

- The Library of an English Bibliophile, Part VII at Sotheby's London on 7 November.

- Autographs at Swann Galleries on 7 November.

- Rare Books, Autographs & Maps at Doyle New York on 7 November.

- Fine Golf Books at PBA Galleries on 12 November.

- Fine Books & Manuscripts at Skinner, Inc. on 12 November.

- Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History at Sotheby's London on 14 November.

- 19th & 20th Century Literature at Swann Galleries on 14 November.

- Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts, and Photographs at Bonhams London on 15 November.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Links & Reviews

- Forgot this last week so I'm putting it right at the top: there's a new issue of Common-place up, which is excellent as usual - I want to particularly point out Paul Erickson's piece "The Business of Building Books" and the "To Our Readers" note, which invites comments about the role and future direction of the journal.

- The New-York Historical Society will open a new gallery devoted to Audubon's Birds of America this fall.

- Joe Adelman asks at The Junto, "Did Hamilton Write Too Much For His Own Good?"

- Over at Echoes from the Vault, Caroline Douglas reports on her work researching women in the early history of photography.

- The Boston Public Library has announced a partnership with the Internet Archive to catalog and digitize a large portion of the library's Sound Archives Collection.

- Sarah Laskow has an interesting piece in Atlas Obscura about the "oldest" item in each of twelve libraries.

- The Louvre has launched a crowdfunding campaign to purchase a François I Book of Hours, after a British export ban was allowed to expire.

- From Science News, a debate over the dating of a manuscript which might contain the earliest known use of a zero.

- The National Library of Scotland blog highlights their current exhibition on the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Reformation. Ditto the Huntington Library.

- Richard Higgins writes for the WaPo on Luther as publishing phenom.

- Simon Beattie's turned up an absolutely wonderful little publication for his Boston Book Fair list - see his post "Fun and games in the British Museum Reading Room."

- Alexandra Alter reports for the NYTimes on a small collection of Harper Lee letters offered at auction; they sold for $12,500.

- Vittoria Traverso writes for Atlas Obscura about the travels of the Luneborch Prayer Book.

- Proposals for the 2018 RBMS conference program are due on 10 November.

- Mentioned this when it was in beta but the main release of a new photo-management program Tropy is now available for download; I'm looking forward to trying this out.

- On the APHA blog, Pam Barrie summarizes a panel at the group's recent conference: "Printing Conflict: The Civil War."

- At Boston1775, J.L. Bell comments on "False Anniversaries for Equiano and Wheatley."

Reviews

- Alan Jacobs' How To Think; review by Dan Cohen on his eponymous blog.

- Richard Beadle's Henry Bradshaw and the Foundations of Codicology; review by James Freeman on the Cambridge University Library Special Collections blog.

- Christopher de Hamel's Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts; reviews by Helen Hazen for The American Scholar and Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

- Christopher Frayling's Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years; review by Zoë Lescaze in the NYTimes.

- Naomi Alderman's The Power; review by Bridget Read in Vogue.

- John Hodgman's Vacationland; review by Charles Thaxton in the WaPo.

- Ed Ayers' The Thin Light of Freedom; review by James Oakes in the WaPo.

- Eric Metaxas' Martin Luther and Brad Gregory's Rebel in the Ranks; review by Andrew Pettegree in the WaPo.

- Philip Pullman's Daemon Voices and The Book of Dust; review by Michael Saler in the TLS.

Upcoming Auctions

- Livres at Manuscrits at Sotheby's Paris on 30 October.

- Important Instruments of Science & Technology at Bonhams London on 31 October.

- The Library of a European Gentleman at Sotheby's London on 2 November.

- Illustrated Books - Childrens' Books - Books in All Fields at PBA Galleries on 2 November.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Links & Reviews

- It was a great treat to see so many friends at last week's Bibliography Among the Disciplines conference in Philadelphia - see the #BxD17 hashtag for tweets from the meeting.

- The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is coming up on 10–12 November.

- From Archaeology, "The Hidden Stories of the York Gospel."

- Don't miss Aaron Pratt's new post on the HRC blog, "A baroness and her bookshelves in an English parish church."

- The Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division has released a new web portal for accessing digitized books from their collections.

- A security alert from the ABAA about some books stolen in Georgia and perhaps taken to California.

- Over on the Princeton Graphic Arts blog, a quick review of the APHA/CHAViC meeting in Worcester.

- The AP has a report on UVA's efforts to digitize books Jefferson recommended for law students.

- A John Calvin manuscript has been returned to the canton of Geneva by Sotheby's; it was found to have been stolen from the canton's archives.

- Leah Klement writes on the Huntington blog about her work with a much-used manuscript in the library's collections in "A Using Book."

- Ruth Ahnert has a report from the Folger's third Early Modern Digital Agendas gathering.

- The Folger and Wellesley co-sponsored a recent Transcribathon, which looks like grand fun!

- Over on the ABAA blog, Heather O'Donnell and Rebecca Romney offer "Notes from the 2017 Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize."

- The Bookhunter on Safari offers up some thoughts on "The Fidelity of Engravers."

Reviews

- George William Van Cleve's We Have Not a Government; review by Jack Rakove in the WaPo.

- Walter Isaacson's Leonardo da Vinci; review by Alexandra C. Kafka in the WaPo.

Upcoming Auctions

- Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection (Part I: Music) at Sotheby's London on 26 October.

- The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen at Sotheby's New York on 26 October.

- Rare and Important Travel Posters at Swann Galleries on 26 October.