Lots of book fairs coming up this month: I'll be at the Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair in Richmond next weekend, then the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair (21–32 April) and the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair (28–29 April) - if you're there too, please do come by the Rare Book School table! (Speaking of which, there are still open seats in several RBS classes this summer in case you're thinking about applying).
- The ABAA blog reports a theft from Atlanta Vintage Books on 30 March. A list of the stolen items is included.
- A 17th-century notebook containing scholarly notes on Shakespeare's works showed up at the "Antiques Roadshow" stand at Caversham Park in Berkshire. The segment will air on tonight's episode of the show (in the UK). Grace Ioppolo notes on Twitter that other manuscripts quoting Shakespeare can be found in the Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts (CELM).
- The University of Rochester has acquired an important collection of letters by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and other suffragettes, as well as related printed material. The archive was collected by Isabella Beecher Hooker, and used as a kind of "circulating library," according to Jennifer Schuessler's report in the NYTimes. See also the University's press release.
- The NEH announced $21.7 million in grants for some 200 projects this week.
- The presidents of Independent Research Libraries Association (IRLA) libraries released a joint statement this week in support of the NEH, IMLS, and NHPRC.
- In the TLS, Dennis Duncan offers "Index, A celebration of the".
- Over at Medieval Manuscript Provenance, Peter Kidd profiles bibliophile Henry Huth.
- "Typographic Satire" from the Princeton Graphic Arts Collection blog.
- Rebecca Rego Barry writes for the Fine Books Blog on "HarperCollins at 200." The company's bicentennial website is very much worth a browse (disorienting effects aside).
- Submissions for the 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize are due by the end of April.
- Paul Moxon is compiling a list for the APHA website of printing history publications written or edited by APHA members, award laureates, lecturers, and fellows. Help him if you can.
- This week's Bonhams sale "The Contents of Glyn Cywarch" was a rare white-glove auction, in which every lot sold. I'll have more on this one in the next Fine Books & Collections.
- Richard Hell offers some "Confessions of a Book Collector" in the Village Voice.
- Allan Stypeck of Second Story Books is the subject of a WaPo profile by Neely Tucker.
- A collection of material related to Mata Hari sold at auction in the Netherlands this week for €45,000.
- David Bellos' The Novel of the Century; reviews by Tobias Grey in the NYTimes and Michael Lindgren in the WaPo.
- Caroline Winterer's American Enlightenments; review by Tom Cutterham at Reviews in History.
- Printed Books, Maps & Atlases at Dominic Winter on 5–6 April.
- Fine Books with Science at Medicine at PBA Galleries on 6 April.
- Spring Magic Auction at Potter and Potter on 8 April.