Maybe you’re having to miss out on Chawton House’s current exhibition on Emma (now closed, like much else) or a theater viewing of the new film adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel, Emma, directed by Autumn de Wilde, but never fear dear reader: Emma is now available on demand through

My favorite part of being a student in Heidelberg twenty years ago was the exploration of local second-hand and rare bookshops. I would dot into their basements on my way home from lectures, and in spite of my modest budget always emerge with something interesting, entertaining, or beautiful to add to my shelves, to join books rescued from family attics and flea markets. My partner and fellow-

This week, the British Library will unveil its latest cutting-edge project: making the first batch of what ultimately will be thirty historical globes available for unprecedented up-close interaction, including an augmented reality fuction. It is the result of two years’ collaboration between BL imaging specialists and the digitization company 

A few sales are still scheduled for this week, but please do check for updates as needed.

On Wednesday, March 25, University Archives will sell Rare Books, Manuscripts & Relics, Forbes Collection Part I, Kerouac Estate Part II. The 215 lots include selections from the Forbes Collection of American Historical Documents,

And now, a post totally unrelated to coronavirus, because we need to remember the beautiful things that light up our world: 

Nathaniel Hawthorne's story "The Minotaur," first appeared in 1853 with other retellings of ancient myths, refashioned to highlight the nature of evil and the fear inherent in facing and conquering our deepest secrets. In the hands of

One of the leading twentieth-century British book collectors, Major John Abbey (1894-1969), is celebrated in an exhibition at Horsham Museum, West Sussex, England, which looks at his collecting life. (And yes, it is still currently open to visitors.)

Dyslexic and a poor writer, Abbey was interested in the book as physical object, its

In 2004, author J. K. Rowling made a handwritten, illustrated, and obviously abridged version of her first blockbuster Harry Potter tale. Consisting of 31 pages and measuring just 1.6” by 2.4”, the unique bound manuscript features extracts of the welcome letter Harry receives upon admittance to Hogwarts, as well as the author’s sketches of a wand, a cauldron, and a witch’s hat. Now that tiny

Auctions currently scheduled for this week include the following (but be sure to check websites for updated information):

At Morton Subastas on Tuesday, March 17, the Backal Collection and Library, in 250 lots. The top lot

Prize Books and Politics, a digital exhibition on Instagram and Twitter that launched on March 5, looks at the history of inscriptions in books at the start of the twentieth century in Britain when a literate working class was making the most of two decades of compulsory education and a dramatic fall in the price of books.

“Book inscriptions offer a unique opportunity to

Another bunch of auctions this week to keep an eye on:

On Tuesday, March 10, ALDE sells 360 lots of Livres Anciens du XVe au XIXe Siècle. A four-volume edition of La Fontaine's Fables (1755–1759) could sell for €20,000–30,000. A third edition of the