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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Dismal Science of the Mimeo Revolution

Digging through used bookstores, I always keep a look out for books that covered aspects of the Mimeo Revolution when it was a current event. Jeff Nuttall's Bomb Culture is a good one of course. There are many more books on the Underground Newspaper as opposed to the little magazines and Roger Lewis' Outlaws of America and Robert Glessing's The Underground Press in America are two examples.
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Rare Book School 2010

The Rare Book School (RBS) is an independent institute supporting the study of the history of books and printing and related subjects. The new course schedule 2010 is now available online. It includes ...
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The National Library of Ireland - James Joyce and Oliver St. John Gogarty

Thomas W. Lyster had been director of the National Library of Ireland since 1895. He was famous for his researches about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and translated H. Düntzer's biography about the German poet into English. Lyster edited the anthology ‚English Poems for Young Students' – and became a key figure in the most important 20th century novel: "Ulysses", by James Joyce. In his article for the German "Literaturblatt", Rainer Pörzgen describes the library and its characters, and compares fiction with reality.
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The Italian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ALAI) Launches a New Website

The Italian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ALAI) is pleased to announce that the new ALAI website, entirely renewed in graphics and content, is now online. You are invited to have a look at all the new features it contains. The site's homepage includes a section dedicated to the associated booksellers' catalogs. The material that each member will upload (news, catalogs, photographs, videos, events), will then remain filed in the page dedicated to him, which can be regarded as a sort of small website reserved to a single member.
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Timbuktu Update - Timbuktu Manuscripts Project, Huma (Institute for Humanities in Africa) University of Cape Town

Timbuktu has often been invoked as a symbol of the most distant place on Earth, as a mysterious and exotic, but unreachable, attraction. Yet, it has a rich and diverse heritage and a fascinating past. The city and its desert environs are an archive of handwritten texts in Arabic and in African languages in the Arabic script, produced between the 13th and the 20th centuries. When the rebels occupied Timbuktu months ago researchers, librarians and archivists had to flee and to leave the city. The library with all the manuscripts was in danger to be burnt down. Until today nobody can definitely say what really happened, how many manuscripts were saved and how many were destroyed. The following report by the Tombouctou Manuscripts Project from the end of January 2013 describes the difficult and unsecure situation at that time.
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La burocrazia che ci danneggia

A special law on books older than 50 years affects the rare book trade in Italy. Any books - despite their worth - which are older than 50 years must not be brought out of the country without permission. This law, says ALAI President Fabrizio Govi, affects the whole rare book trade.
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