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Friday, October 29, 2004

Abebooks buys Spanish on-line seller
On-line bookselling giant Abebooks of Victoria, B.C., has acquired Iberlibro.com, the largest on-line bookselling network in Spain.
Globe and Mail
Archives organize university history
The University of Iowa Archives now are in the Main Library with David McCartney as the UI archivist of the department of Special Collections. The archives store faculty papers, department records, university publications, documents reflecting the university's history and intellectual contributions, as well as tens of thousands of photographs.
Iowa City Press-Citizen
Special Collections prove to be special, indeed
Within the depths of Shields Library and behind a set of glass double doors, there exists a rich treasure trove of information. Just beyond the walls of the Blanchard Reading Room lies a vast collection of thousands of antiquarian and medieval books and invaluable manuscript materials. From a 17th-century second folio of Shakespeare plays to a collection of Chinese cookbooks, the Special Collections Department presents a wide range of subjects.
California Aggie
Historical UW audio collections to be available online - billingsgazette.com
Old audio recordings, including witness accounts to the hanging of gunman Tom Horn and the 1892 Johnson County War, are being converted to digital files that can be heard over the Internet on home computers.
Billings Gazette

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Historian's estate bequeaths rare books to colleges
Universities and educational institutions in the Rochester area will benefit from the donation of rare books from the estate of a local historian and preservationist.
WHEC TV

Monday, October 25, 2004

USD Preserves Archive And Its Past
Gayla Koerting and Sarah Hanson are in a race against time, fighting to preserve a century of the state's history literally fading forever.
Press & Dakotan
West Palm collector shares his overstuffed shrine to Dali
As rare book collectors go, Rik Pavlescak considers himself sloppy. Not academic. Not picky. Not snobbish.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Rare Books of Mormon stolen
Reno police have recovered two of three Books of Mormon stolen in a $400,000 theft, but say an 1851 edition of the Book of Mormon valued at $17,000 and eight statues remain missing.
Provo Daily Herald
My Own Private Library
I wonder whether I am afflicted with something more than a "gentle madness," as Nicholas A. Basbanes described it in his 1999 book on the history of book collecting. You see, I spend more on books than I do on food.
Chronicle of Higher Education

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Author burns manuscripts worth over £100,000
Best-selling children's novelist, GP Taylor has accidentally burnt three of his original manuscripts while clearing his house before moving.
Rare Book Review
30,000 snap up chance to view classic pictures
The collection of classic photographs from the papers' archive documenting 50 years in the life of Glasgow attracted visitors from as far afield as New Zealand and the opening hours had to be extended to cater for demand.
Glasgow Evening Times
Seldom-known treasures abound at Andersen Library
Behind the doors of Suite 111 in the Elmer L. Andersen Library is a treasure-trove of rare collectibles that some officials said are virtually unknown to most University students.
Minnesota Daily
Mexico discovers its Jewish history
"This is it, still in the original binding," said historian Carsten Wilke, carefully opening a heavy tome - the books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings, all set down in crisp Hebrew type at a printing shop in Venice in 1568.
Arizona Republic

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Romanov children's ephemera found in trunk in London
An extraordinary discovery in England has shed some new light on the last Russian royal family - the Romanovs - who were executed almost nine decades ago.
ABC (Australian TV)
Prized: Rare book has worldly tale
Slumbering in climate-controlled quiet at Marquette University's Raynor Library, the nearly 500-year-old book that William Throckmorton Warren donated comes alive in the hands of theologians and historians amid lofty thoughts and echoes of deadly intrigue.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Friday, October 15, 2004

Judge's son accused of stealing rare books from Bloomsburg U.
Timothy A. Naus, 22, was on parole for stealing antiques and old furnishings when his parole officer reported finding several stolen library books during a visit at his home.
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

Endangered books hiding in library
Maine's endangered flora and fauna are the unusual yet charming subject of "Threatened and Endangered," artist Rebecca Goodale's exhibit on display this month in the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.
The Bowdoin Orient
High-tech security for ancient books
Librarians at the Vatican Library are using cutting-edge technology to keep track of the priceless ancient collection.
CNN

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Stolen rare book recovered after crash
A stolen first edition of "The Works of Edgar Allen Poe" was among the items that police say was recovered after a Little Compton man drove his car off Sodom Road in Westport last Friday morning.
Barrington Times
A novel mystery
Library to let public view an ancient, arcane work crammed with puzzles that have tantalized since 1499.
Buffalo News
Iraq's looted heritage makes a steady - if slow - comeback
It's taken months of removing soot, tackling water damage, and reorganizing, but readers and researchers are back at Iraq's National Library.
Christian Science Monitor

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Fundraiser to benefit needy library items
The Friends of the Libraries, a non-profit and independent organization, is raising money to restore treasures in the libraries’ Archives and Special Collections.
Daily Nebraskan
Library turns new page in its history
A massive operation will soon get underway to move 60,000 books across Manama.
Gulf Daily News
National Library of Wales Opens New Reading Room
As part of its strategy to increase the number of users and readers, The National Library of Wales will open its newly redesigned and refurbished South Reading Room on Thursday 7 October.
Managing Information News

Monday, October 11, 2004

1000 books recovered in Operation Pukapuka
Police have recovered more than 1000 books believed to have been stolen from libraries around New Zealand. The books will now be checked for matches to hundreds of reference books reported missing from libraries as part of Operation Pukapuka.
Stuff.co.uk
Dewar collection goes on display
A unique collection of books, artefacts and other memorabilia from the life of Donald Dewar has been unveiled in its new home in the Scottish Parliament.
BBC News
Portsmouth Man Donates Rare Book
A Portsmouth man is entrusting a 500-year-old family treasure to Marquette University in Milwaukee.
WMUR
Rare books collection is among world's largest
Many University students have never set foot in Firestone Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, but if they had, they could have discovered the manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and George Kennan's Long Telegram, or Herman Melville's copy of Paradise Lost.
The Daily Princetonian
UK museums face controversial Ethiopian legacy
The Art Newspaper reveals that sacred Maqdala tablets are hidden away in a sealed store of the British Museum.
The Art Newspaper
New online bookbindings exhibition features close-up magnifier
A new online exhibition will allow viewers to closely examine historic bookbindings from the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Firestone Library. Clicking on a thumbnail leads the reader to a page showing vivid, colorful images of each book, together with descriptive notes. Another click on an image leads to a full-page enlargement of the binding that can be examined in greater detail, thanks to a digital close-up magnifier.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Renaissance masterpiece reunited
The Sforza Book of Hours, one of the most lavish books of the Italian Renaissance, is finally complete, over 500 years after its creation. The British Library has acquired the last missing leaf showing a stunning illuminated miniature depicting the occupations of the month of October, which was one of several illuminated pages stolen from the illuminators workshop.
British Library press release
Preserving Yiddish One Book at a Time
The founder and president of the National Jewish Book Center, Lansky has been an intrepid archaeologist and adventurer in his decades-long effort to find and save Yiddish books around the world before they are destroyed or lost forever.
The Jewish Journal
State library steps up security after "priceless" items stolen
Although the State Historical Society has recovered a slew of rare materials a patron took from the state's library, officials say they're moving ahead with plans to step up security.
Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier
Website ban for master of fiction
One of the book world's most colourful conmen has been banned from an online auction site to stop him scamming Kiwi book traders.
Stuff.co.nz

Friday, October 08, 2004

A rare world
Antiquarian booksellers from around the world are gathering in Melbourne for their biennial congress and bookfair.
The Age
Rare Shakespeare book raises £160,000
A rare book of Shakespeare plays inherited by a Bramhall housewife from a relative she never knew brought £160,000 when it went under the hammer.
Manchester Evening News
Syracuse exhibit examines history of political cartooning
Syracuse University is celebrating the history of political and editorial cartooning in America with an exhibition of original works by Thomas Nast, Boris Drucker, Paul Conrad and others.
Newsday
Antiquarian Book Fair offers some rare -- and pricey -- volumes
The Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair, which debuted in 1978, continues its long and illustrious history of hosting dealers from around the country in the region's prime event devoted to rare books and historic maps, prints, posters and autographs.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
U of M buys letters of famous lawyer
The Law Library buys 900 letters to and from Clarence Darrow, the biggest known collection of its kind.
Duluth News Tribune
Oscar Wilde collection goes up for auction
An auction of important manuscripts, letters and other items belonging to poet and playwright Oscar Wilde goes up for auction this month, the 150th anniversary of the ever-controversial Irish-born writer's birthday.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Emory University gets huge poetry trove
Atlanta's Emory University has received a gift of one of the largest private poetry collections, some 60,000 volumes and other items on 20th century poetry.
Big News Network
Charity begins at tome
At Leeds University, literature lovers are being given the chance to rub shoulders with legendary names like King Lear, Jane Eyre and Ebenezer Scrooge. The Adopt A Book scheme has been drawn up to help preserve and repair some of the most precious books in existence.
Yorkshire Evening Post
Police fear rare stolen books sold overseas
Police who busted a nationwide ring that was stealing thousands of New Zealand's rarest books fear some have been sold overseas and may never be recovered.
Stuff.co.nz
Arne Nixon Center Acquires Lewis Carroll Collection
The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at California State University, Fresno has acquired a 2,000-item collection of books by and about Lewis Carroll, assembled by the late Hilda Bohem.
Fresno State News
Well-booked gala for Hub library
The Boston Public Library's treasures were unveiled at two parties hosted on Friday and Saturday night by the BPL Foundation in the landmark McKim Building in Copley Square.
Boston Herald
A 175-year-old local treasure unveiled
The Athenaeum concluded a year-long celebration of its 175th anniversary Sunday with an open house that attracted hundreds of curiosity seekers.
The Cincinnati Post
Volunteers rescue books from old library
Five months after they were promised by city officials that something would be done to secure rare books left behind in the old city library, volunteers took matters into their own hands Saturday.
Belleville News-Democrat
Collecting history: For world-famous Wellesley collector, preservation is key to understanding the past

Rendell has spent most of his life preserving history's epochal events and private moments as a world-famous collector of rare books, manuscripts and letters and founder of the Museum of World War II in Natick.
Milford Daily News

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