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17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography - Submit books to the most prestigious prize!

Published on 25 Feb. 2015
The 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded in 2018 to one or more books published in any language and in any part of the world between April 2013 and April 2017. Any work submitted to the Prize must be a published book available on the market. The prize jury - consisting of Bettina Wagner (Bavarian State Library, Munich), Daniel de Simone (Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC), Yann Sordet (Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris) and the antiquarian booksellers Fabrizio Govi (Italy), Konrad Meuschel (Germany) and Justin Croft (United Kingdom) - will admit all publications relating to bibliography in a very broad sense: textual bibliography, history of the book, bookbinding, papermaking, type-founding, library catalogues, short-title catalogues of a single author or typographer, etc.. The jury will not take into consideration ebooks and catalogues of books intended for sale and translations of previously published works.
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The New USTC Site

Published on 04 Nov. 2013
A helpful user brought to my attention the newly updated website for USTC (Universal Short Title Catalogue) which was just launched 4 days ago. For those unfamiliar with the project, its mission is to compile a "collective database" of all European printed books from the 15th and 16th century, with a later extension into the seventeenth century also in sight. I don't think I need to make a point of how useful this will be to anyone who does research relating to early printing.
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SLAM Bibliography Prize 2013

Published on 10 April 2013
The SLAM Bibliography Prize 2013 goes to: Catalogues régionaux des incunables des bibliothèques publiques de France. Volume XVIII. Bibliothèque de l'École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Édité par Dominique Coq. Collection Histoire et civilisation du livre. École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE). Genève, Librairie Droz, 2012. 334 p., ill.
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IAN FLEMING: THE BIBLIOGRAPHY - Late October launch announced by Adrian Harrington Ltd. and Queen Anne Press

Published on 10 Sept. 2012
A comprehensive 750-page guide to the work of Ian Fleming, one of the 20th century's greatest thriller writers and creator of the world's most famous spy, Special Agent 007. Covering everything from the first draft of "Casino Royale" in 1952 to editions still in print today, "Ian Fleming: The Bibliography" is not only an indispensable source of information for collectors, enthusiasts, libraries and booksellers alike, but an entertaining and informative volume that will appeal to anyone interested in the James Bond phenomenon. The guide will be published in late October 2012 by Queen Anne Press – the literary impress once managed by Ian Fleming. The launch will coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the "Dr No" film and the premiere of "Skyfall".
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SLAM Bibliography Prize 2012 - « L'Imitation de Jésus-Christ (1470-1800) »

Published on 25 April 2012
The Bibliography Prize 2012 of the Syndicat National de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM) will be awarded to Martine Delaveau and Yann Sordet for: « L'Imitation de Jésus-Christ (1470-1800). » Etudes et catalogue collectif des fonds conservés à la bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, à la Bibliothèque Nationale de France, à la Bibliothèque Mazarine et à la Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne. Coédition BnF / Bibliothèque Mazarine / Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, 2011. 21 x 29,7 cm, hardcover, 520 pages, 113 illustrations.
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Joel Silver: Bibliography for Booksellers

Published on 03 Nov. 2011
Reference information is indispensable to antiquarian booksellers. Like many traditional booksellers, here at BTC we have many hundreds of bibliographies and reference works that we can quickly consult to help us in identifying and verifying different books, editions, and autographs. But with more and more information available on the Internet, it may seem that there is no longer a need for booksellers to have a large reference library. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is still a great deal of information, necessary to properly cataloging a book, that can only be obtained from print sources.
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Collecting - Scheuchzer and the History of the Biblical Encyclopedia

Indeed, the early modern period saw an explosion of information, and scholars struggled to find ways to assimilate it all. Some of these methods may seem absurd by today's standards (such as Agostino Ramelli's 1588 conceptualization of a book wheel that would simultaneously hold up to 70 books open for comparison), but other methods have evolved to support and promote learning even today.
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Interview with Leo Cadogan, Chair of the 21st Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair and Exhibitor

"I'm actually new to the post, and am picking up on years of work (ten in all) by my predecessor Roger Treglown, and the fantastic administration of our trade body, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, led by Marianne Harwood, the ABA's events administrator. They have made the fair the popular and convivial event that you will see if you attend this year. What inspires me to step into Roger's large shoes is the knowledge that this fair fills an important place in the antiquarian book world, in this country and abroad." An Interview with Leo Cadogan, Chelsea's new Chairman.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Short Story and The Private Library (Part III)

The grandson of a serf, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov accomplished more in his all-too-brief 44 years than most folks accomplish in lifetimes twice that long. His handful of plays and 200+ short stories, many of which reflected the difficult circumstances of his early life and education, revolutionized both drama and short fiction ... Always modest, Chekhov thought readers might go on reading his work for no more than seven years after his death (at the time of this remark, he had about six years left to live). He was wrong. Already a literary legend in Russia, the English-language translations of his work undertaken by Constance Garnett spread Chekhov's fame far and wide.
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Buchkunst des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts in Deutschland: Interview mit Dr. Jürgen Franssen, Heidelberg (German language)

Die Ausstellung "Wie ein fruchtbarer Regen nach langer Dürre" läuft noch bis Februar 2019 an der Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg.
Vor 100 Jahren kam es in der Buchherstellung und -gestaltung zu zahlreichen Neuanfängen und Wiederentdeckungen, die maßgeblichen Einfluss auf die moderne Typographie hatten. Die Entstehung und Ausprägung der Buchkunstbewegung vor allem in Deutschland in der Zeit um 1900 bis in die 1930er Jahre ist das Thema der Ausstellung.
Die Universität sprach mit Kurator, Dr. Jürgen Franssen.
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Bibliographies - Judaica

Online: Bibliography of the Hebrew Book - Tobler, Bibliographica geographica Palaestinae - Fürst, Bibliotheca Judaica, in 3 volumes - De Rossi, Annales Hebraeo-typographici - Jewish Heroes and Heroines in America
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Laurence Worms - New President of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA)

At the Annual General Meeting of the ABA on April 20, 2011, Laurence Worms of Ash Rare Books was elected President. Worms has owned and run Ash Rare Books since 1971, and is known as one of the leading dealers in first editions and other antiquarian, rare and fine books, maps and prints. He represented the antiquarian book trade on the (British) National Book Committee from 1993 to 2002 and has been five times an elected member of the ABA Council. Worms writes and lectures on various aspects of the history of the book and map trades. His long-awaited " British Map Engravers : A Dictionary of Engravers, Lithographers and their Principal Employers to 1850", co-written with Ashley Baynton-Williams, will be launched at the London Map Fair at the Royal Geographical Society in June 2011.
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