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Echoes from the Vault - The University of St Andrews launches a new blog

Published on 24 June 2011
The Department of Special Collections of the University of St Andrews has recently launched a new blog created by the Rare Books Collections: Echoes from the Vault explores discoveries made through current retro-cataloguing efforts, announces any news or events from the Special Collections and will highlight some of the treasures from the University's long history of collecting.
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John Bidwell: A Life in Libraries, Thanks to Gutenberg

Published on 24 June 2011
Dr. John Bidwell received his master's at Columbia's School of Library Service and his doctorate in English from Oxford. "I've had no other job but to work in libraries since I was a college undergraduate", he says. "As soon as I realized it was time for me to go back to graduate school, I knew I wanted to work in rare book libraries, and that's all I've done." For The New York Times John Bidwell explains, what makes books rare, why books become rare, and what is his most favourite book among the treasures of J.P. Morgan and Museum.
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Rare Books in the Press: Darwin’s Personal Library Put Online

Published on 23 June 2011
Charles Darwin's personal scientific library comprised 1480 books, of which 730 contain research notes in their margin. This magnificent collection has now been digitised by the Cambridge University Library in cooperation with the Darwin Manuscripts Project at the American Museum of Natural History, the Natural History Museum, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
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Rare Books in the Press - La lunga storia della Bibliotheca Hertziana

Published on 15 March 2011
The Bibliotheca Hertziana is located in Rome. It emerged from a donation of Henriette Hertz (1764-1847) and was founded as a Kaiser Wilhelm Institute (now: Max Planck Institute) in 1913. With around 289.000 volumes, the Bibliotheca Hertziana is regarded as one of the world's famous research centres for the history of art and architecture of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque. The library focuses on interdisciplinary projects, such as the "Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance", a database which was developed in cooperation with the Warburg Institute London. The Census documents antique monuments known in the Renaissance together with related Renaissance texts and images, and information about locations, persons and periods as well as bibliographical data. Some snippets from an article by Antonietta Meringola about the history of the Bibliotheca Hertziana.
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The Library: Three Jeremiads

Published on 09 Dec. 2010
„When I look back at the plight of American research libraries in 2010, I feel inclined to break into a jeremiad. In fact, I want to deliver three jeremiads, because research libraries are facing crises on three fronts; but instead of prophesying doom, I hope to arrive at a happy ending." Robert Darnton analyses the present – and future – situation of University Libraries.
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Die Unsterblichkeit der Sterne – Francisco de Goya, Walter Benjamin, Václav Havel

Published on 25 Oct. 2010
Blank, specialist in 18th to 20th century literature and philosophy, reconstructed Kafka's library which was given as a present to the city of Prague by the Porsche AG in the year 2002. His other life long passion was Walter Benjamin. After the Kafka project Blank reconstructed Benjamin's library. He compiled all the books Benjamin had owned before his library was lost during the Nazi regime. Blank's catalogue "In Walter Benjamins Bibliothek. Dokumentation einer verlorenen Bibliothek" was published in 2006. Now the books most important to Walter Benjamin, and some of the most rare and beautiful ones, are exhibited at the Centre for Persecuted Art in Solingen. A model of the memorial at Port Bou, where Benjamin took his life after his failed escape from the Nazis, is also shown.
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Rare Books as Victims of an Earthquake – “Classical antiquities smashed to bits in Christchurch earthquake”

Published on 07 Sept. 2010
Millions of rare books have been thrown from the shelves by an earthquake in New Zealand early this week. Among them a collection of Greek and Roman antiquities worth millions of dollars that has been damaged at the University of Canterbury. "The James Logie Memorial Collection of Greek and Roman antiquities is one such example of a collection that has suffered significant damage. The collection, established in the 1950s in memory of university registrar James Logie, is valued at several million dollars and includes nearly 250 items. Dr Alison Griffith, head of the classics programme, said staff were heartbroken at the extent of the damage."
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Norbert Donhofer - President of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB)

At the Ordinary General Meeting on 13th April 2014 in Paris the presidents of ILAB's 22 national member associations voted for Norbert Donhofer (Austria) as new ILAB President. He succeeds Tom Congalton (United States) who served as President from 2012 to 2014; and he will be supported by ILAB Vice-President Gonzalo Fernandéz Pontes (Spain).
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Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography

The Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography by Charles W. Bailey is available from Digital Scholarship with live links to many included works.
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Own the Whole World

Own the Whole World is a good example of the commingling of various interests - hardcore punk, mail art, cultural criticism, and irreducible eccentricity - that often seemed to take place in the zines of Ohio. Number 4 includes a manifesto on the need to analyze pop music by Peter Titus, a review with four photographs of Flipper at J. B.'s (proving that this show actually did happen - see an example of the flier here) and a Postal Art Network advertisement and call for submissions for Mark Bloch's New York exhibition The Last Mail Art Show.
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Favorite Christmas Books by Legendary Authors

The holidays are fast approaching, and the spirit of the season can be seen everywhere! This time of year, we often turn to favorite books like Clement Clarke Moore's beloved The Night Before Christmas or Hilary Knight's whimsical Christmas Nutshell Library. If you collect Christmas books or books by legendary authors, you may also want to add these tomes to your personal library. Though relatively unknown, these three books delightfully capture the Christmas spirit with all the style and panache one would expect from Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, or JRR Tolkien.
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Bibliographies - Law

Online: Engelmann, Bibliotheca juridica - German prints about law and economics
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