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Rebecca Lawton
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'My year in St. Andrews was one of the best in my life'‘

Publié le 03 Juil. 2018
Rebecca Lawton (M.Litt Mediaeval History 2015) has been working on a collection of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts as part of a collaborative PhD between the University of Leicester and the British Library. ILAB would like to share her original blog post to demonstrate the work and research currently taking place in the field of rare books.
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Germany buys back 1000-Year old Liesborn Gospels

Publié le 30 Août 2017
Printing with movable types was only invented 500 years later, the Liesborn Gospel from the year 980, one of the oldest manuscripts still in private possession has now returned to its original place, the diocese of Münster in Germany after a 3Mill Euro investment by the German state and a number of regional trusts.
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Video link to "Walking Tour of the Medieval Book Trade in Paris" by Les Enluminures

Publié le 15 Mai 2017
On April 8, 2017, Christopher de Hamel and Sandra Hindman led a "Walking Tour of the Medieval Book Trade in Paris". Setting off from Notre-Dame, the small group of participants had the opportunity to step into the Middle Ages and learn all about the life and practice of illuminators, scribes, printers and binders. In the video - see link below - Les Enluminures presents snippets from the guided tour to discover.
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Collecting - Famous Manuscripts and the History of Handwriting

Publié le 25 Jan. 2016
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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Manuscript Collecting - An Endangered Species

Publié le 27 Nov. 2013
I am the owner of Barry R. Levin Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, a firm of rare book dealers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and I was discussing with her the acquisition of a manuscript written by one of her authors. When I say manuscript, I mean the physical artifact — the words on the paper. Manuscripts are the most important literary collectible and over the years my firm has handled many of the major ones, a number of them for award-winning novels. We always try to purchase all notes and drafts, so that the creative process can be traced from the original idea to the final setting-copy. To that end I asked Perkins to make sure that her client included in the final manuscript package the final draft, the setting-copy (this is the manuscript copy sent to publisher from which the publisher's printer sets the type). She told me that the author had submitted his copy on a disk - that no setting-copy was sent to the publisher at all. From the standpoint of collectors, archivists and literary scholars, this has to be the last straw.
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Rare Books on the Blog - Manuscript Road Trip: Mappa Mundi Wisconsinianae

Publié le 11 Nov. 2013
Lisa Fagin Davis is currently serving as Acting Executive Director of the Medieval Academy of America. Since 1996 she has been travelling through North America collecting data on the numbers and cataloguing status of pre-1600 manuscripts. Her blog Manuscript Road Trip takes readers on a (virtual) state-by-state tour of manuscripts focusing on less-well-known collections, some of them in very surprising locations. Read her recent blog post
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50 unseen Rudyard Kipling poems discovered

Publié le 26 Fév. 2013
"Kipling scholars are celebrating the publication of lost poems by the author whose exhortations in "If" to "keep your head when all about you / Are losing theirs and blaming it on you" are regularly voted the nation's favourite poem. Discovered by the American scholar Thomas Pinney in an array of hiding places including family papers, the archive of a former head of the Cunard Line and during renovations at a Manhattan house, more than 50 previously unpublished poems by Rudyard Kipling will be released for the first time next month."
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Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair 2011 at Copenhagen’s Beautiful Round Tower

The Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair 2011 will take place in Copenhagen, organized by the Danish Antiquarian Booksellers Association. The Scandinavian Book Fair alternates between Stockholm, Oslo, and Copenhagen, and in 2011 the pleasure of hosting it befalls Copenhagen. It will take place from the 24th of November till the 26th of November, in the heart of Copenhagen, in one of Denmark's most beloved and admired buildings, which every weekend attracts several thousand visitors in itself.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott (1832) is best remembered for her novels Little Women (1868), Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886), a trilogy set in Concord, Massachusetts, in the late 19th century. The books were loosely based on Alcott's life with her three sisters. Alcott never set out to write a trilogy but the books are linked by characters who appear in all three.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Guiding Lights

I've ranted before about lighthouses being one of those subject areas from which collectors have mysteriously vanished. People scrabbling and clawing in the most fearsome way for lighthouse literature and then one day, more or less out of the blue, they don't want any at all. Not even the rarest material. I suspect that in this case, eBay and print-on-demand technology killed the market. The field was largely information driven, and once people got access to cheap reprints or bargain copies of scarce texts, the game was over for dealers like me.
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Fälschungen und Täuschungen

"Und die Moral von der Geschicht, In Zweifelsfällen kaufe nicht!" - Karl Geigy-Hagenbach about fakes and forgers in autograph collecting. His own legendary autograph collection is documented in "Autographensammlung von Karl Geigy-Hagenbach in Basel" (addenda 1933 and 1939). For J. A. Stargardt's "Der Autographen-Sammler" Geigy-Hagenbach wrote a series of articles about his passion from 1936 to 1938.
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Rare Books in the Press - Robert the Bruce Letter Found at British Library

"A previously unknown letter of Robert the Bruce, addressed to the king of England, has been found in a British Library manuscript. The letter was written in 1310, and reveals how, when faced with an English army marching into Scotland, Robert made an eloquent appeal to King Edward II, asking for peace on the understanding that Scottish independence be recognized. Robert's letter, written in Latin, is entered into the pages of a manuscript made towards the end of the 15th century by the monks of Kirkstall Abbey (Yorkshire). Its significance was recognised by Professor Dauvit Broun of the University of Glasgow, the principal investigator of the Breaking of Britain project (Cross-border society and Scottish independence, 1216-1314) ..."
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2018 : 17e Prix de Bibliographie LILA - Breslauer - Le nouveau Jury désigné

Le 17e Prix sera décerné en 2018 à une ou plusieurs œuvres publiées en toute langue n'importe où dans le monde entre Avril 2013 et Avril 2017. Toute œuvre candidate doit être publiée et accessible sur le marché. Le jury examinera tous les ouvrages relatifs au vaste domaine de la bibliographie (énumérative ou textuelle, histoire du livre, reliure, papier, typographie, catalogues de bibliothèques, catalogues d'un auteur ou d'un typographe, etc.). Le jury ne prendra pas en considération des livres électroniques ou des catalogues de livres destinés à la vente ou des traductions d'œuvres déjà publiées. Les livres peuvent concourir à tout moment, au plus tard fin avril 2017. Pour cela, il suffit d'en envoyer un exemplaire au Secrétaire du Prix, Fabrizio Govi.
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