Just a couple of weeks ago, the Rochester Institute of Technology announced that a group of students had discovered a palimpsest using an imaging system that they developed. As they examined a fifteenth-century manuscript leaf using ultraviolet-fluorescence imaging, they discovered ‘

It’s that time of year, and sure, buying a book for a bibliophile is generally a good idea, but it can be tricky to pick just the right thing. So we’ve pulled together a short list of “gifty” books that we’ve reviewed this year or that have been highly recommended.

First, the tactile new edition of Pride

The 1940 voyage to the Sea of Cortez (now the Gulf of California) undertaken by novelist John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts has long stirred our imaginations. Only the year before, Steinbeck had published The Grapes of Wrath, while Ricketts had issued Between Pacific Tides, an ecological study. The two were great friends, and their plan to sail the Western

As our readers will already know, the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth is being celebrated this year. In our fall issue, we surveyed nine noteworthy Beethoven collections/repositories around the world, one of which is the Library of Congress (LOC). For today’s Video Friday, enjoy this new 9-minute video released

For Fine Books & Collections subscribers, the painting above will look familiar. George Catlin’s 1838 depiction of the Seminole leader Osceola appears on the cover of our winter 2021 issue, which lands in mailboxes

On October 23, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Collectors of modern & hypermodern first editions might be interested in a current online auction of author postcards hosted by the literary magazine, The Common. From now ’til December 1, bidders will vie for personalized, handwritten postcards from famous authors such as Anne Tyler, Edwidge

As an object, the death mask of John Keats manifests the poet’s romantic and tragic life. It feels almost too private a thing to be sold at auction, and yet, one will be offered in London on December 9 for an estimated £12,000-16,000 ($16,000-21,000). Fellow sensitive

In honor of the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, which is being held virtually today and tomorrow, we’re taking a

More than 170 fabric and textile sample books, mostly French, spanning the early nineteenth century through the 1940s, head to auction at Tennants in North Yorkshire, England, next week. The current owner amassed them over three decades, using them for reference and inspiration. According to the auctioneer, “The collection

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