The Fine Books Blog: Recent

The New York, Chicago, and Paris-based manuscript specialists Les Enluminures have just released…
A new exhibition staged online by Cambridge University Library looks at the history of palimpsests…
For seven years, Brooklyn artist George Cochrane has worked on a contemporary illuminated manuscript of Dante’s Divine Comedy—all 350,000 characters of the epic poem, plus illustrations, in the original Italian.
Quite a busy week coming up in the auction rooms:
Book People April 9, 2021
This past Monday, PBS released the first of its three-part, six-hour documentary exploring the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Fan of the iconic American writer or not, this feels like a must-watch.
Book Reviews April 8, 2021
By most accounts, Robert E. Hart (1878-1946) was a private man. A ropemaker by trade, the Blackburn-based bibliophile quietly nourished a desire to collect magnificent examples of early printed books and medieval artifacts.
Our Bright Young Booksellers series continues today with Victoria Forsberg-Lary of Cellar Stories in Providence, Rhode Island:
A new exhibition at The Postal Museum in London looks at more than a century and a half of the British postcard.
A trio of sales I'll be keeping an eye on this week:
Book People March 31, 2021
In October 1955, Allen Ginsberg read “Howl” publicly for the first time in front of a San Francisco audience that included fellow Beat Generation poets Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti,
Book Reviews March 31, 2021
Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge (Harvard University Press, nonfiction) by Richard Ovenden is one of the most important books about books to be published in re
Book People March 30, 2021
Larry McMurtry, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Oscar-winning screenwriter, and esteemed antiquarian bookseller, who died last week at the age of 84, was something of a patron saint of bibliophiles.