The Rare Book Fair Stuttgart is proud to announce the patronage of the Lord Mayor of Stuttgart. 75 German and international dealers will present a variety of material from illuminated manuscripts, and incunabula to rare books, autographs, illustrated works and graphic art of the 20th century.
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LA BIBLIOPHILIE EN S'AMUSANT
"Tout ça a commencé comme une attaque de train dans un western. Nous étions en 1848. La révolution qui bouillait à gros bouillons à Paris, déborda jusqu’à la gare d’Enghien. Les émeutiers qui réclamaient la république, réclamèrent en passant la recette du jour. Le chef de gare, un certain Antoine Bisetzky, aussi droit dans ses bottines que le sheriff Will Kane dans les siennes, décida d’agir avec la discrétion d’un sioux en mocassins. Il planqua le magot, pipota les chercheurs d’or qui repartirent les mains vides..."
" Books, glorious books — confessions of a bibliomaniac"
As a Radio 4 documentary about book collectors airs, the Times deputy literary editor, James Marriott, who lives in a room full of volumes, admits to his problem.
Sandra Hindman is owner and founder of "Les Enluminures" with galleries in Chicago, Paris and New York specialising in manuscripts and miniatures from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the gallery also handles rings and jewelry from the same periods.
In this podcast Sandra has invited collector Benjamin Zucker and looks at their roles and relationship as dealer and collector. While this podcast focusses on the current "Diamonds" exhibition, it also reveals the fascination to collect, the handling of manuscripts and the knowledge needed to deal in historical items.
LES LIVRES ANCIENS PAR LE PETIT BOUT DE LA LORGNETTE
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"...Ce don pour l’aquarelle qui réclame une observation à laquelle rien n’échappe et un goût pour le geste furtif se manifeste tout entier dans ces vingt scénettes qui veulent retracer la vie de château non pas dans toute sa splendeur, mais dans la plénitude de son intimité
On y repère la main qui ébouriffe la tignasse d’un bambin, des pieds et des jambes qui se croisent, le vent qui soulève les cotonnades, un genre de sorcière de Goya, une trompe que l’on passe par-dessus tête, un visage qui s’altère à l’évocation des revenants, la main que l’on met devant la bouche qui pouffe de rire, les chiens qui baguenaudent, le bouton d’un interlocuteur qu’on triture, la jaquette qu’on soulève pour offrir son séant à la chaleur du feu, une messe basse, le pied que l’on passe dans l’étrier..."
The 43rd Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair will take place this weekend, one of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country. But not the only bibliophile event in Boston!
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"... Curieux bonhomme que ce commandant Pierre Garnier qui, rentré en France, laissa son coeur billebauder en Afrique du nord et ses yeux fureter dans toutes les bibliothèques qui avaient l’heur de conserver traités et revues, correspondances ou bizarreries cynégétiques..."
He is regarded as the British founder of photography. His photographs are dated as early as 1843. From now on his works and historical documents relating to his life and oeuvre will be kept at the Bodleian Library. "The archive of Britain's "founder of photography" William Henry Fox Talbot has been acquired by the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Talbot created the first book illustrated with photography, The Pencil of Nature, published in instalments between 1844 and 1846. The Bodleian spent two years raising the £2.1m needed to buy the private collection. A library spokesman said it was a 'fascinating and important resource'."
Thinking of investing in rare books? Do it for the love of books, not money, say the expertsRare and antiquarian books can be surprisingly valuable. A first-edition copy of Ulysses by James Joyce, published in Paris in 1922, can sell for €100,000 and sometimes much more; Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, published in London in 1726, up to €50,000. But, like art, most books will never become really valuable, and collectors are generally motivated by love of literature and books rather than the prospect of making a fast buck.Repost from The Irish Times, first published 26 August 2017.
Historical events seldom create neat time periods, but in this case the century fairly defines an era. The first American color plate book, William Birch's The City of Philadelphia...As It Appeared in the Year 1800, was published in parts in 1799-1800. At the end of the century, the mid-1890s saw the dawn of the widespread use of the trichromatic half-tone process, which quickly replaced the various mediums for producing color plate book illustrations that had been in use throughout the preceding century.
Why visit one book fair, if you can have two? The 52nd Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair will open its doors to visitors from 25th to 27th January 2013. Only ten minutes away by underground the Antiquaria / Ludwigsburg will be held from 24th to 26th January 2013. At one weekend bibliophiles will have the chance to browse the exceptional offers of more than 130 rare booksellers - for one ticket. This is unique in Germany. Among the dealers from Europa and abroad are many Austrian colleagues. For this reason Dieter Tausch, President of the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, reviews both book fair catalogues, and he says: If you go to Stuttgart and Ludwigsburg you will realize that the rare book trade has reached the 21st century.
A brilliant exhibition of illuminated manuscripts opened this weekend at the Fitzwilliam Museum. If you have any chance of getting to Cambridge before the end of the year this is something you absolutely should not miss.
Annotations are invaluable for literary research and for book collectors. The comments written by authors, scientists, scholars or other "important" people alongside the text passages tell a very special story of a book. What did people think about it? Was it highly esteemed or condemned? Who read it? Why? Who possessed the book? What did, for example, Mark Twain read? What Samual Taylor Coleridge? Jane Austen? John Maynard Keynes? René Descartes? The advantage of a printed book is that these annotations have been preserved through the centuries. "Other People's Books" is a symposium held by The Caxton Club, and a new publication distributed by Oak Knoll. Snippets from an article by Dirk Johnson.