Friday, March 04, 2005

Ancient Texts as "Fossils": How They Survive
A new study uses population biology to calculate the likelihood that an ancient text has survived from the eighth or ninth century to the present.
National Geographic

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Dartmouth College to House Pilobolus Archives
The dance company Pilobolus has donated its archives to Dartmouth College's special collections library.
Rare Descartes first edition auctioned in France
A first edition of French philosopher Rene Descartes' 1637 work "Discourse on Method" was sold Sunday for EUR 78,000 (USD 103,000) at auction in Evreux northwest of Paris.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Coptic trove
Excavators unearthed two papyri books with Coptic text along with a set of parchments placed between two wooden labels as well as Coptic ostraca, pottery fragments and textiles.
Al-Ahram Weekly
Shelley letters to be auctioned
A newly discovered set of letters written by the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley are to go on sale after being found in a trunk at a house in London.
Philosopher's rare 'other book' goes on sale
For it is rare and famous among collectors as Ludwig Wittgenstein's "other book" - only the second work published between hard covers in his lifetime by the thinker acknowledged as the pre-eminent genius of 20th century philosophy.
The Guardian
Net history sold cheap at Christie's
The recent auction of rare documents and artefacts related to the evolution of computers and the internet failed to bring in big bucks on Wednesday at auction house Christie's.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

A brazen plot doomed to fail
Four days before Christmas, two young men, one wearing a red tie, the other in a yellow suit jacket, arrived at Christie's, the famed New York auction house, claiming to represent a very private collector. "Mr. Beckman," they told a woman in the manuscript division, wanted to sell some rare books.
Lexington Herald-Leader
Exhibition on the Woodcut in Early Printed Books
The Library of Congress has organized a special exhibition of 84 rare books from its Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection that are illustrated with woodcuts from the late medieval and early Renaissance periods. Titled "A Heavenly Craft: The Woodcut in Early Printed Books," the exhibition will be on display from April 7 through July 9, in the South Gallery of the Great Hall of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Announcing the Launch of Collectors Book Market, a Unique Book Auction/Mart Venue
Collectors Book Market (www.collectorsbookmarket.com), based on the antiquarian bookseller’s magazine, AB Bookman’s Weekly, opened to the public today. CBM is a new online venue, built and run by antiquarian booksellers, that focuses on the rare, collectible, and quality out-of-print book market.
Treasure Troves of History Arrive
Blaustein papers and Wyman Institute archive given to Jewish Studies
Johns Hopkins Gazette
The man with the golden library
Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, amassed a big collection of rare books, covering golf to Einstein. Andrew Lycett leafs through his treasures.
Times Online
Latest Exhibition Puts Rosenbach on the Map
Don't look now, but Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum & Library is creating a buzz with an ongoing string of visually rich exhibitions that draw fresh and unusual connections across the museum's diverse collections.
U.S. Newswire
Fine Books & Collections: 65 Million Books; Magazine Ranks 2004 Auction Results
Fine Books & Collections magazine has released its annual ranking of the top-selling rare books and manuscripts of 2004 at auction houses worldwide.
Business Wire

Friday, February 11, 2005

Police arrest three suspects in theft of rare books
Police arrested three Lexington men Friday morning in connection with the theft of rare books from the Transylvania University library in December.
Lexington Herald-Leader
Libraries Acquire Huge Collection Of Science Fiction Fanzines
"It's an extraordinary collection and a significant contribution to the resources available in our library," said Sid Huttner, head of Special Collections at the UI Libraries. "We've long collected the scholarly literature related to science fiction. As a result of this acquisition, however, we now have the largest collection of science fiction fanzines in the Midwest and one of the largest that exists anywhere."

Thursday, February 10, 2005

UCLA Library Completes Challenge to Create Preservation Endowment
"This endowment will allow the Library to address one of its most pressing needs, which is to protect our fragile and highly used resources, in perpetuity," said University Librarian Gary E. Strong.
Newberry Library's longtime chief to retire
The Newberry Library, Chicago's world-class private research library at 60 W. Walton St., Tuesday announced the search for a new leader to replace Charles T. Cullen, who has headed the Gold Coast institution since 1986.
Chicago Tribune (requires registration)

Monday, February 07, 2005

Curating and Reclaiming Black History
Few were as committed to studying and reclaiming the past than Schomburg, for whom New York's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is named.
Washington Post

Thursday, February 03, 2005

John Muir's legacy showcased at University of the Pacific
The university's Holt-Atherton Special Collections department has nearly 17,000 items in its "John Muir Papers" collection.
Lodi News
Schlesinger Library renovation complete
After an extensive renovation, the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America reopened to the public Wednesday, Feb. 2.
Cambridge Chronicle
Hitler's original British invasion plans up for sale
The maps of landing sites in the south east of the country, coastal profile diagrams, and hundreds of photographs of British towns and other scenes are to be sold at auction in Ludlow, Shropshire.
Library acquires Gill collection
Washington University Libraries recently acquired a collection of hundreds of Gill artifacts in several boxes, including books, drawings, alphabets, rubbings, correspondence and woodblocks.
Washington University Record

Monday, January 31, 2005

World's rarest cricket books on offer at Christie's
London-based auction house Christie's is all set to auction one of the world's greatest private library of cricket books.
New Kerala, India
Descartes original up for auction in France
An original edition of French philosopher Rene Descartes' 1637 work "Discourse on Method" will be sold at auction next month in Evreux northwest of Paris.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Special Collections keeps old books, tablets, and other rarities cool as ice
A lot of work goes into repairing and maintaining the 225,000 rare and old documents housed at the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections.
The Daily Northwestern

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Voyages of Sir Frances Drake Presented Online
The Library of Congress has just released an online collection of important materials that document the travels of the explorer Sir Francis Drake. The presentation, “The Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake,” is available from the Global Gateway Web site.
Art Daily
Library collections find home online
But even before Google began scanning books, many libraries, archives and museums had already been quietly digitizing their most popular and rarest of collections and, increasingly, creating Web sites that put those collections in context.
Boston Herald
On the Road with Kerouac
In 1951, Kerouac spent 20 days of caffeine-induced writing to produce "On the Road." The original manuscript will be on display at the University of Iowa Museum of Art through March 12. It's a 1191/2-foot scroll, typed at 100 words per minute in improvisation so intense Kerouac didn't want to slow the creative train by feeding in new pages. He taped one end to the next.
Des Moines Register
Rabbie wis the man for a' that!
The only complete manuscript of one of Robert Burns' bawdy songs has been discovered in Sir Walter Scott's Abbotsford library in the Borders.
BBC News

Monday, January 24, 2005

Germany demands return of rare book found here
Any of the usual suspects in the book world could have bought the book, but only Rod Shene recognized the rare quality in the slender volume of old German drawings. He put down $3,900 for the work and hoped that one day he would be rewarded for his judgment.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Friday, January 21, 2005

Mideast calligraphy exhibition provides understanding to today's world situation
On view at the University of Michigan Museum of Art through June 6, the exhibit combines selections from its own Middle Eastern holdings with items from the U-M library's Special Collections and from private sources.
News Link MLive.com

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