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

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Press Release: Transylvania Book Theft
A page detailing the items stolen in December.
Transylvania University
News Link: A plan afoot to move Isaac Newton to Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is a leading candidate to land a library and institute now located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that would bring to this city one of the nation's pre-eminent collections on the history of science and technology.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

News Link: Great Scott! Auction is one for the books
With Sir Walter Scott as its president, the Edinburgh Bannatyne Club was not open to just anyone.
Edinburgh Evening News
Seminar Announcement: Jack Cade, the Skin of an Innocent Lamb, and the Printing Press: Written Culture Between Authority and Hatred in Early Modern Europe
Roger Chartier visits the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the first time.
Center for the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Conference Announcement: Celebrating Johnson's Dictionary (1755-2005)
This celebration of Johnson's lexicographical achievement will encompass a wide range of perspectives on both the man and his work.
Pembroke College - University of Oxford
Seminar Announcement: Changing Faces: Publicity, Portraiture, and Pierre
American Antiquarian Society
Book Review: History of the Book in Canada: Volume One, Beginnings to 1840
This first volume of History of the Book in Canada admirably sets the stage for the next two volumes of the saga, covering the periods 1840 to 1918 and 1918 to 1980.
Fine Books & Collections

News Link: Washington University libraries go digital
The focus will be on scanning old works that are out of copyright and those whose sole copy is owned by the University, as is the case for many items in the library's rare books collection.
Student Life

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Library houses Christian history, $5 bill signed by Elvis
The library was formed in 1965 to preserve written language by collecting and preserving ancient manuscripts. It's sponsored by St. John's University and St. John's Abbey and governed by its own board.
Duluth News Tribune

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Rebulding Iraq's Once-Prized Library
The looting of Iraq's Archeological Museum was highly publicized after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. But Iraq's National Library and Archives suffered even more devastating losses. With almost everything lost and little money to repair and replace, the library has had difficulty regaining its footing.
NPR (click audio link to hear story)
Exhibits offer opportunities to examine significant texts
For six weeks, students can hold rare volumes of some of history’s most important texts. The six-week exhibit began Monday and features 36 works, including Machiavelli’s "The Prince," "The Bill of Rights" and Adam Smith’s "The Wealth of Nations."
Purdue Exponent

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Former Kenyon College Supervisor Busted After Online Sales
Once again, a university employee has been arrested for stealing rare books and offering them for sale.
Library Journal
Premiere Exhibit of Major George Bernard Shaw Collection on View at Boston College Through April 2005
The first-ever public exhibition of selections from the internationally-noted George Bernard Shaw Collection of Boston College's Burns Library is on view now through April 2005.
PR Newswire

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Annals of Medicine, Yellow With Age
The story is that the Malloch Rare Book Room of the New York Academy of Medicine was built in 1933 to look exactly as a rare book room ought to look. And so it does.
The New York Times (may require registration)
Myanmar possesses world’s largest book on Buddha
Among the various cities in Myanmar, the royal city Mandalay is one of them, which was the last capital of Myanmar kings. It is a beautiful city, built on the traditions and glories of Myanmar’s royal past. As part of the heritage of that royal past, Mandalay has in its proud possession the world’s largest book.
Gorkhapatra, Nepal
Collector is floored by his latest purchase
Albert H. Small, who has given his extraordinary collection of Declaration of Independence items to the University of Virginia, is still adding to the trove.
Richmond Times Dispatch

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