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Identifying Bookplates

Given a particular bookplate, there are a number of avenues of research which may yield useful information on the owner. There are biographical and heraldic reference works; bibliographies or lists of bookplates; major collections of bookplates in various institutions; journals devoted to the study of bookplates, or likely to contain articles concerning bookplates; published catalogues of exhibitions of bookplates; and books about bookplates and their history.
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Leonardo da Vinci's notebook "Codex Arundel" at the British Library

"This is to be a collection without order, drawn from many papers, which I have copied here, hoping to arrange them later each in its place, according to the subjects of which they treat."
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
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500 year old Waldseemüller map found at the Munich University Library

"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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38th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair - November 14-16, 2014

From Copenhagen to Chelsea (London) to Toronto to Boston: Collectors and dealers will be traveling a lot during the next two weeks. After the International Antiquarian Book Fairs in Copenhagen (6-8 November), Chelsea (7-8 November) and Toronto (7-9 November), booklover will celebrate their annual fall gathering in Boston. A record-breaking 134 dealers from the United States, England, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Russia and The Netherlands will exhibit at the 38th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at Hynes Convention Center from 14 to 16 November, 2014. There will be 15 first-time dealers and 27 international dealers at this year's show, bringing a wide and diverse selection of items of interest to the serious collector or the curious shopper, including rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, fine and decorative prints.
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Audio Interview with John Randle on the Whittington Press

"Born in the mind of John Randle at the age of 14 when he first entered his school's press room, the Whittington Press started life in a disused gardener's cottage in 1971. Its first book, Richard Kennedy's A Boy at the Hogarth Press, was printed on weekends during 1971-1972 on an 1848 Columbian." An audio interview by Nigel Beale
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Accessibility vs. access: How the rhetoric of “rare” is changing in the age of information abundance

What is really „rare"? Maria Popova asks the question which has always been essential for antiquarian booksellers, and which becomes more and more essential in our fully digitalized world where works are accessible by Google Books or The Library Archive which were buried in archives for centuries. In former times the antiquarian bookseller very often was the only one who brought these rare treasures to light. What now?
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