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July 2015

7.07.15.
Robert Hooke's 350 year old science book on display
A 350-year-old book believed to be the world's first scientific best-seller will go on display as part of a new exhibition at the National Library of Wales. Written by Robert Hooke in the 17th Century, Micrographia is an illustrated book of objects viewed through the then cutting-edge technology of microscopes ... more  Add a comment

Not fade away
How robots are preserving our old newspapers ... more  Add a comment


4.07.15.
Alice in Wonderland at 150
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's children's book. But is it just an innocent tale of a child's dream-like adventure, or is there more to it than at first meets the eye? Since its Victorian genesis, subsequent generations have been eager to pick out hidden meanings and messages. Is it really about drugs? Was the author perhaps less benign than he seemed? ... more  Add a comment

Rare rabbinical manuscripts command sky-high prices
Buyers from around the globe bid furiously for the chance to acquire rare Hebrew Manuscripts at Kestenbaum & Company's Fine Judaica auction held on June 25th. Tremendous interest and competitive bidding drove hammer prices exponentially beyond their catalogue estimates. The stellar sale results were confidently expected considering the unique quality of the material on offer and the fact that almost one-third of these medieval and pre-modern Hebraic manuscripts remain unpublished ... more  Add a comment

Why we love the Ladybird books
The Ladybird logo was created 100 years ago. Anna Moore meets some of the artists and models who featured in the first books to look at the world solely through a child's eyes. Plus, a gallery selection of vintage covers ... more  Add a comment

Foiling the thiefs
The theft of rare books and manuscripts from libraries is not new. Medieval abbots used to attach precious volumes with chains to stop touring scholars from leaving the monastery with them. And today, valuable books appear increasingly at risk: spectacular recent heists from European libraries have exposed something rotten at the heart of the international rare book trade ... more  Add a comment


3.07.15.
If you want to have collectors . . .
Bruce E. McKinney's piece on the future for book collecting in July's Rare Book Monthly will resinate with many on his side of the pond ... more  Add a comment

Harper Lee manuscript 'first found in 2011'
Claims have been made that the manuscript for Harper Lee’s forthcoming Go Set a Watchman(William Heinemann) was originally discovered more than three years ago, and not last autumn as previously said ... more  Add a comment


2.07.15.
Scholium cuts dividend
Scholium Group PLC Thursday reported a widened pretax loss in its recently-ended financial year and cut its full-year dividend by half as its Shapero Rare Books business continues to face a volatile market ... more  Add a comment

How to fix a 545-year-old book
In her subterranean lab at McMaster University in Hamilton, Audrie Schell opens an old book to reveal a hand-lettered page illustrated with a delicate image of the Annunciation. The Virgin's robe is a startlingly fresh blue and the touches of gold on the miniature shine brightly, but sections of the pinky-brown background have flaked off, leaving that area patchy ... more  Add a comment

Rare Alice in Wonderland first edition on show
A first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has gone on display in Oxford to mark the book's 150th anniversary. The edition forms part of the Printing Alice exhibition at the Weston Library in Broad Street, Oxford ... more  Add a comment


1.07.15.
Golf rule book expected to fetch up to 50,000
The Eden Club at Pittormie Castle, near Dairsie, will be the setting for an exclusiive auction of golfing memorabilia during The Open Championship. The auction will have just 37 lots, ranging from a rare copy of one of the earliest formal rules of golf, title Rules of the Thistle Golf Club by James Cundell, which is valued about £30,000-£50,000 ... more  Add a comment

Franz Kafka's manuscripts belong in National Library
 A protracted and acrimonious legal battle over the rights to the manuscripts of Franz Kafka ended Tuesday after the Tel Aviv District Court announced that the nearly 100-year-old collection must be transferred from a private collection to the National Library in Jerusalem ... more  Add a comment

 
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