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lorgnette - UN TRAITÉ DE CHIRURGIE, EN SA PERFECTION & ÉCRIT À LA MAIN!

Published on 26 Feb. 2020
A FUN WAY TO FLIP THROUGH RARE BOOKS LA BIBLIOPHILIE EN S'AMUSANT Extrait: "... Nous sommes en 1711. Les bagarres entre barbiers et chirurgiens sont en train de s’estomper. Pour comprendre les rivalités qui les opposèrent jusqu’alors, il est bon de comprendre que l’exercice de la main sur le corps était de la compétence non de la médecine mais de la chirurgie, que l’art de raser et de faire le poil n’en était pas exclu et que cette spécialité était aussi… celle des barbiers. Bien que ça ne rue plus dans les brancards, il faudra cependant patienter jusqu’à la déclaration du 23 avril 1743, pour que la barberie soit enfin totalement séparée de la chirurgie..."
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Bibliography Week New York 21 - 25 January 2020

Published on 14 Jan. 2020
BIBLIOGRAPHY WEEK happens each year in New York City at the end of January when the principal national organizations devoted to book history have their annual meetings. Other groups plan interesting events, too, since so many bibliophiles are in town. Some events (not noted here) are open to members only, but mostly you are encouraged to show up everywhere: get a sense of what is going on in the book world, hear some interesting papers, schmooze over cocktails ...
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Collecting - Famous Manuscripts and the History of Handwriting

In the digital age, it is no secret that calligraphy is a dying art. Why work laboriously and imperfectly on something that takes days to cross the country, when the computer will set it in flawless text that can be transmitted instantly? A careful look at the grand history of handwriting is not kind to the craft, either. Some historians consider Gutenberg's press, the very device that liberated us from writing by hand, to be the single most important invention of the second millennium. Not only did it make books more accessible, it gave the works themselves unprecedented longevity. Think of all the masterpieces of antiquity (if you can bear) that were lost to rot and ruin because scribes could only produce a handful of them at a time. Aeschylus wrote some eighty plays, of which only seven survive. Shakespeare may have suffered a similar fate, as a writer who luckily had the printing press to immortalize his works - he leaves us with nearly nothing written by hand.
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Show me the Bunny. Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit. The 3 First Editions

I have been asked in the past, although not often, Why are there 3 first editions of Peter Rabbit? How can that be? The answer is that there aren't really. There can be only one true first, but there can be variations in the text and then commercially produced editions, each of which lays a claim to that title. With Peter Rabbit this is the case. There are three different books that are all referred to as First Edition, although qualified with the necessary publishing details as well, so we have ...
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Collector Spotlight: David A. Williamson - Enhancing a Collection with Signatures and Artwork

Part two of our interview with David A. Williamson, one of the largest Stephen King collectors in the world. In 2009, he bought Betts Books and one of his greatest joys is helping other King collectors find that "special" collectible for their own collections. He lives in Fairfield, CT, is married and has three children.
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A Bibliophile Journey to the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a country with a long tradition in the international antiquarian book trade. It was the idea of the Dutch bookseller Menno Hertzberger to found the International League of Antiquarian booksellers in 1947. Let's make a trip to the important places of the bookish Holland. We will visit Anton Gerits, ILAB President of Honour, who began to travel to the USSR in 1960s in order to buy rare books. He and his son Arnoud Gerits, ILAB Immediate Past President, sold a huge collection "The two Russian revolutions. The libraries of Leon Bernstein and Boris Souvarine". Then we will go to Amsterdam to visit Ton Kok, President of Nederlandsche Vereeniging van Antiquaren (NVvA). His bookshop impresses with its size. Finally, we will visit the auction house "Bubb Kuyper" in Haarlem, the book town Bredevort and the book Museum Meermanno in The Hague.
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Rare Books in the Press - Taking Stock of Rare Book Catalogues

„I issued my first catalogue as a rare book dealer in 1982, while still lecturing in English at the University of Warwick, from which I resigned a couple of years later in order to deal full-time. By contemporary standards it was pretty fancy: photos of the best items, glossy paper, decent typesetting. I was a bit taken aback when my printer described it as "cheap and cheerful". Or maybe it was me he was referring to?" In his blog "Finger on the page" Rick Gekoski, author ("think Bill Bryson, only on books") and one of the world's leading specialists in modern English, Irish and American literature muses about a strange, yet defining aspect of his "strange trade": the rare book catalogue.
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Rare Books in the Press - Conservation of Jefferson's Bible

Fine Books & Collections announces: "The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is currently performing a conservation treatment to ensure the long-term preservation of Thomas Jefferson's bible, a small handmade book that provides an intimate view of Jefferson's private religious and moral philosophy ...
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