It’s October! Time to check in with “Weird Historian” (and book collector) Marc Hartzman.

The Fine Books Blog

Ten years ago this month we launched our "Bright Young Things" series with a profile of Teri Osborn, then working for William Reese & Co. in New…
In the fifteenth-century, physicians might consult the stars as they pondered when medieval interventions might work best. A book recording saints’…
Here are the auctions I'll be watching this week:
October 15, 2021
In our spring 2016 issue, we interviewed master magician and book collector Ricky Jay on the occasion of the publication of his magnum opus and a…
Four hundred years ago, Oxford scholar Robert Burton published what some now consider the ‘grandfather of all self-help manuals,’ The Anatomy of…
2021 marks seventy years since the first volume in Anthony Powell’s twelve-volume series A Dance to the Music of Time was published (more on this in…
Here's what I'll be watching this week: On Tuesday, October 12, 373 lots of Lettres & Manuscrits Autographes – Musique at Ader. The top…
Autumn 2021
If, like us, you have missed the annual Fine Books gift guide, pine no longer....
Maps set “the stage on which the drama [of politics and business] is...
Audrey Niffenegger was fifteen when she first entered the Harley Clarke...
Summer 2021
In a turbulent year for many auction houses, Catawiki, an international online...
When Andrew Hoyem, founder of San Francisco’s Arion Press, retired in 2018,...
As befits a writer who rediscovered the Scottish crown jewels, has a major...
Spring 2021
Gilberto Cárdenas was a college student in Los Angeles when El Movimiento, or...
Wolf von Lojewski spontaneously bought five leaves from the Nuremberg Chronicle...
There really was never any doubt that Edward Carey, author of the new novel The...
San Marino, CA —The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens announced today that it…

In The News

October 22, 2021
Reno, NV – An exceedingly rare First Folio single play “fragment” of William Shakespeare’s The First Part of Henry the Fourth, published in 1623,…
October 22, 2021
Washington, D.C. — A new exhibition at the Library of Congress explores how comic books have permeated popular entertainment and influenced U.S.…
October 22, 2021
Paris – Christie’s is thrilled to announce the sale of an exceptional document which will be offered on 22 November as part of the "Rare Books and…
October 21, 2021
Los Angeles, CA / Nashville, TN – Julien’s Auctions announced the launch of the exclusive, online charity auction Music Health Alliance Second Annual…
October 21, 2021
London — Fitzrovia Gallery, London, is delighted to announce a joint exhibition by the acclaimed British artists Liza Campbell and Jolyon Fenwick, to…
October 21, 2021
London – On 15 December 2021, Christie’s Valuable Books & Manuscripts auction will present the Darwin Family Microscope (estimate: £250,000 – 350…
October 20, 2021
Paris – The action of James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses famously takes place over a single day in Dublin and so vivid is the author’s depiction of…