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500 year old Waldseemüller map found at the Munich University Library

Published on 10 July 2012
"Munich librarians have found a rare 16th century world map that first gave America its name as a continent. The version by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller survived World War II sandwiched between geometry books. The Munich version is smaller than the 500-year-old global map found in a German monastery in 1901 and handed over by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2007 to the US Library of Congress. Only four smaller versions were previously known to have survived" (dw).
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Librarians as Humans

Published on 06 July 2012
"I have come to realize that these people are not "Librarians." They're smart, enthusiastic, creative men and women, who get as much of a kick out of what they're doing as we booksellers get from what we do. And with budget cuts, staff reductions, and monstrously increased workloads leaving them less time to pour over quotes and catalogs, our responsibilities as dealers change. Our abilities to locate material and to place it within its historical context can be of great benefit in collection development, especially if we know who we're working with, and what they're working on."
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Vatican and Bodleian Libraries to Digitize Ancient Texts

Published on 13 April 2012
"Two of the oldest libraries in Europe will join forces in an innovative approach to digitization driven by the actual needs of scholars and scholarship" (Monsignor Cesare Pasini, Prefect of the Vatican Library). The Vatican Library takes a big step into the digital age. A huge project in collaboration with Oxford's Bodleian Library will make some 1.5 million digitised pages online including Greek manuscripts, incunabula, Hebrew and early printed books from the famous collections of both libraries. The project is funded by a $ 3.2 million grant from the Polonsky Foundation.
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Bookriot presents: Libraries of the Rich and Famous

Published on 29 March 2012
Bookriot shows the Libraries of the rich and famous. Have a glance at the book shelves of Karl Lagerfeld, Diane Keaton, Woody Allen, Keith Richards, William Randolph Hearst, Sting, Julia Child, Richard A. Macksey, Mark Badgley and James Mischka. The latter is "only" the library in the weekend house. Look at them all, and you will become envious.
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British Library to buy oldest original-bound book from Jesuits

Published on 08 Sept. 2011
"Durham Cathedral was not given an opportunity to buy the St Cuthbert Gospel, which is regarded by Durham Cathedral as a sacred relic. The Jesuits, who have owned the manuscript for nearly 250 years, are instead selling it to the British Library (BL) for £9m. Dating from the 7th century, it was discovered in the saint's coffin in the cathedral and is the world's oldest surviving book in its original binding."
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Librarian Liberators

Published on 06 July 2011
Is this your notion of a librarian - a gray-haired, bun-coiffed woman? Of course, this one does not appear to have the requisite spectacles. When I was teaching and tired of constantly putting on and taking off my glasses (I can see distance like a hawk, but can't read a menu without help) I started wearing an eyeglass necklace. One day after school my principal saw me walking out the door wearing them. He laughed and teased me about how "only librarians wear those". I pointed to my husband (a librarian) who had come to pick me up, and said, "He doesn't." My principal blushed, but that seems to be one of the common perceptions about librarians. Far from being the mousy, shushing, bespectacled, gray women of most people's perceptions, librarians come in a variety of packaging (including "guybrarians") and can be ardent defenders of their beliefs. Take the ALA (American Library Association), for example.
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Bibliographies - Music

RISM online - Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM)
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Reformation 500: Luther autograph on display - Bodleian Oxford 30 Oct - 3rd Nov 2017

A Commonplace Reformation: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Add. A. 92 - Martin Luther's Autograph Collection of Proverbs. This manuscript is one of two in the Bodleian's possession which are written in Martin Luther's own hand, and, running to 40 pages, is by far the more substantial - though, about the size of a postcard, it remains small. It is a collection of proverbs (Sprichwörter), mostly in German, and dating from some point in the later 1530s or early 1540s. It was acquired by the Bodleian for £45 in 1865 - the "carelessness and poverty" of German libraries and museums for allowing this to happen was later lamented.
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Shakespeare’s Beehive - Rare Book Dealers George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler claim to have found Shakespeare's dictionary

George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler, both ABAA members and ILAB affiliates, have now published a study about their extensive researches: In Shakespeare's Beehive: An Annotated Elizabethan Dictionary Comes to Light, they conclude that the annotations in their copy of Baret's Alvearie purchased on eBay belong to William Shakespeare. Using example after example, the authors demonstrate how closely the annotations and Baret's text are tied to Shakespeare's own work. The annotator, while not once leaving his name on a page, nevertheless leaves behind an astonishing personal trail of fingerprints. This great discovery hit the news last week. A press review:
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In the Press – The Peculiar Underworld of Rare-Book Thieves

Stealing books? For a long time it seemed to take place in fiction. The public did not take much attention of rare book thieves. This finally changed with the looting of the Girolamini Library in Naples. John Ruch talked with Bonnie Magness-Gardiner, manager of the FBI's Art Theft Program, and Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes, ILAB Security Chair, about the problem of rare book thefts and what one can do against it. For John Ruch one decisive means to prevent book thefts and to catch book thieves is the ILAB Stolen Book Database:
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