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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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A Collector’s Primer to the Wonders of Fore-edge Painting

One of the most unusual types of book decoration is fore-edge paintings. These are books which have one or more of the top, fore or bottom edge painted – usually with watercolors. The typical form is a book with a single fanned fore-edge painting. In the twentieth century other forms have developed, including the double fore-edge or even the remarkable six-way painting where all three sides of the book have a double.
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Sixty Years of Ian Fleming's James Bond

April 13th marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. The book would be the first of twelve Bond novels and two short-story collections that Fleming wrote himself, and the first in a long line of Bond novels by multiple other authors like John Gardner and Raymond Benson.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Cranford. By Mrs Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

One of the most popular Victorian novels I try to keep in stock is Cranford, by Mrs.Gaskell (1810 - 1865). A gentle insight into life in mid nineteenth century England, specifically Knutsford in Cheshire, it is as popular today as it was when it first appeared over 150 years ago.
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2018 ILAB Presidents' Meeting - Elections

At the Ordinary General Meeting on 4th February 2018 the presidents of ILAB’s national member associations voted for Sally Burdon (Australia) as new ILAB President. She succeeds Gonzalo F. Pontes who served as President from 2016 to 2018; and will be supported by ILAB Vice‐President Fabrizio Govi (Italy).
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Bibliographies - Journals

Online: Internet Library of Early Journals (ILEJ) - Bibliography of German Almanachs
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