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Leonardo da Vinci: reflected in his library

Publié le 06 Mai 2019
Leonardo da Vinci was a tireless and inquisitive reader. He owned more than 200 books about science and technology as well as literary and religious topics. An exhibition organized by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and the Berlin State Library at the Museo Galileo in Florence sheds new light on the intellectual cosmos of the artist, engineer, and philosopher, who remains as fascinating as ever 500 years after his death.
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Celebrating 50 years of selling the finest - The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair

The first major antiquarian book fair of the year in America, the California International Antiquarian Book Fair will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017!50 years of seeing, learning about, and purchasing the finest in rare and valuable books, manuscripts, autographs, graphics, photographs, print and ephemera.
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Radical Novel 1900-1954

One day back in the seventies, I was browsing through Walter B. Rideout's The Radical Novel in the United States, 1900-1954 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1956). Many of the authors discussed were then unknown to me: Robert Cantwell, George Allan England, Josephine Herbst, to name a few, but I'd heard of Howard Fast and I'd read Nelson Algren, Upton Sinclair, Richard Wright, James T. Farrell and a few others ...
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Oak Knoll Press publishes "ILAB Historical Index" - Celebrating 70 Years of ILAB

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2018. Oak Knoll Press has just published the League's "Historical Index", compiled by ILAB bookseller Nevine Marchiset.
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Quel avenir pour le livre ancien ?

Toutefois la mort annoncée du livre n'est pas un phénomène nouveau. On se souvient en effet de l'ouvrage du canadien Marshall Mac Luhan " la galaxie Gutenberg " paru en 1967. Avec le recul on sait maintenant que la révolution informatique n'a pas vraiment eu l'effet escompté, et l'on se souvient peut-être aussi de la couverture d'une revue informatique des années 90 exhibant la réponse de Gutenberg à Mac Luhan sous forme d'un geste du bras dont la modernité n'a d'égal que la vulgarité. La PAO n'a finalement pas tué l'édition, elle a seulement opéré sa vulgarisation avec tout ce que cela implique comme dégénérescence. Car certes, pour nous qui nous intéressons à la bibliophilie, l'esthétique du livre en a quelque peu souffert, mais pas la production en terme de quantité.
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From the Private Library's Archives: Extra-Illustrated Books and The Private Library

Any independent bookstore that has been in business for any length of time is likely to have squirreled away on its shelves a tome or two (or more) that is extra-illustrated. Such books are illustrated by means of engravings, variant title pages, and the like, which were not included in the book by the publisher, but added later. This additional matter may consist of original drawings, manuscripts, etc., but it may also consist of leaves taken from other books. The added material may be mounted, inlaid, or trimmed to conform to the size of the other leaves of the book. Also called "Grangerized" (a term derived from the vogue begun by the publication of James Granger's Biographical history of England, in 1769, in which Granger had blank leaves included so that the owner could insert desired illustrations).
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Book Collecting Basics - How to Identify First Editions by Grosset & Dunlap

Although publishers Grosset & Dunlap focused primarily on reprints, they did produce first editions. For book collectors, first edition identification is a vital skill. More often than not, conventions for distinguishing first editions vary from publishing house to publishing house. Take a moment to learn more about the history of Grosset & Dunlap and find out how to identify their first editions.
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