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Bibliophily

The Grolier Club – Exhibitions, Lectures, Meetings, September to December 2014

Published on 14 Aug. 2014
The mission of the Grolier Club is "to foster the study, collecting, and appreciation of books and works on paper, their art, history, production, and commerce". To this purpose numerous books and exhibition catalogues are published or sponsored, and a series of book-related events is regularly being held at the Grolier. The fall season of Grolier events starts in September with a Seamus Heaney exhibition followed by other amazing lectures, exhibitions and meetings until December 2014, including the first "Grolier Club Hundred Exhibition" in twenty years. An overview:
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Bibliophily

Da Lucca a New York a Lugano. Giuseppe Martini libraio tra Otto e Novecento – A Conference in Lucca in October 2014

Published on 31 July 2014
From 17th to 18th October 2014 bibliophiles, scholars and rare book dealers will gather in Lucca (Italy) to hold a conference on the life, work and collections of Giuseppe Martini. Guiseppe Martini (1870-1944) was a contemporary of Leo S. Olschki and Ulrico Hoepli. Mario Armanni, the later director of the Libreria Antiquaria Hoepli, called him "l'homo bibliographicus". Martini's library, formed during over thirty years of collecting, was considered to be one of the richest private collections of Italian literature in the world. The Lucca conference in October 2014, officially supported by numerous Italian and international organizations – among them ILAB and the Italian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ALAI) – is dedicated to Giuseppe Martini's extraordinary career and the historical background under which it developed.
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The History of the Antiquarian Book Trade in Belgium – A New Book by Piet J. Buijnsters

Published on 19 March 2013
Nowhere in Europe you will find so many bibliophiles than in Belgium, and you will find no other place in Europe where all those stunning collections of rare books and manuscripts have more or less been kept in secret. Until now! Piet J. Buijnster's recently published book "Geschiedenis van antiquariaat en bibliofilie in België" provides an overall view of the rare book trade in Belgium from the year 1830 up to 2012. After Buijnster's studies on the history of bibliophily and antiquarian bookselling in the Netherlands, published in the years 2007 and 2010, this important work fills a gap in the research of the history of the book and the book trade in Europe.
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Look What I Found at BTC: The Sign of the Cross

Published on 12 Dec. 2011
I like film souvenir books well enough, but with a few exceptions it's a little hard to get truly excited about them. De Mille's 1932 film, based on the play by Wilson Barrett, has a backstory about Charles Laughton as the Emperor Nero. Nero blames the Christians for burning Rome, and decides to put them all to death, as one is occasionally wont to do. There's also a love story between Frederic March as Rome's highest-ranking military officer, Marcus Superbus (really? Superbus? Why not "Marcus Gas Guzzling SUV"?) and Elissa Landi as Mercia, a cute Christian chick. You can see where complications might ensue.
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Rare Books in the Press: Nigel Beale's Audio Interview with George Parker on The Ryerson Press

Published on 21 June 2011
Rare book news from Canada: The Ryerson Press is regarded as "one of Canada's most important book publishing firms during the 20th century". Nigel Beale of Nota Bene Books met George Parker to talk about the history of the Ryerson Press and the Methodist Book and Publishing Company. George Parker, Professor Emeritus of the Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario, where he taught from 1967 to 1997, is the author of numerous articles on Canadian authors and publishers, he contributed to the Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, the Oxford Companion to Canadian History, The Canadian Encyclopedia, and the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and wrote "The Beginnings of the Book Trade in Canada" (1985).
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A Portrait of the Bookseller as a Young Man and Woman - A Photography Exhibition at the 55th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair

The Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair is one of the oldest fairs of this kind worldwide. Founded in 1962 and shortly after the first antiquarian book fair in London, it now looks back to 55 successful years of existence. Exactly thirty years ago, an exciting experiment – a mixture between art performance and historical documentation – took place at the Stuttgart Fair. In 1985, the German photographer Joachim W. Siener set up a photo studio at the fair, and among all the books and business he took portraits of all the 80 exhibitors during the four book fair days. Siener used a special high-format technique of time exposure which had been developed by the photographers of the 1920s with the effect that the pictures have a high artistic quality. They look vivid and "out of life" – like movie stills.
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On the Blog – Treasures of the Library Podcast: Dr Margaret Connolly Describes the Roll of Kings

In the podcast of the University of St. Andrews researchers and library staff report about their work in the library and with the library's rich treasures. This week Dr Margaret Connolly describes the Roll of Kings, a 15th century genealogical roll of the English monarchy, with a brief vernacular chronicle.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Edgar Allan Poe: Creator of Enduring Terror and Literary Masterpieces

Edgar Allan Poe was the first American writer to earn a living completely by his pen – though that living wasn't always enough to live on. The legendary author redefined the genre of horror and is rightly called the father of the modern detective novel. But these legacies are the result of a more visceral one: Poe's ability to evoke an all-encompassing terror that springs not from without, but from within.
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Austrian Books Online

The Austrian National Library is going to digitise its complete holdings of historical books from the 16th to the 19th century –one of the five internationally most important historical book collections.
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Weimar, September 2011 - ILAB Presidents' Meeting

On Saturday we start to earn our keep. A day-long meeting of the presidents, with the ILAB Committee and its tireless staff. Here's not the place for a full report, but we discussed, among many other things, the circuit of international book fairs, the major upcoming events in Switzerland (2012) and France (2014), the sharing of new ideas to promote our activities, the preparation of an international guide to book-collecting in its various forms, the ever-expanding ILAB website, the international directory of members, and the wider geographical spread of associated booksellers around the world. All in all, a highly congenial and really rather impressive example of international co-operation.
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