The Fine Books Blog: Recent

Sharing today a one-hour presentation on Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius (Venice, 1610) in which Nick…
Readers of John Berendt’s 1994 bestseller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil will no doubt…
Books once owned by William Safire, presidential speechwriter under Nixon, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and avowed grammar stickler, are heading to auction in New York later this month.
Here are the auctions I’ll be watching this week:
The New York, Chicago, and Paris-based manuscript specialists Les Enluminures have just released the fifth in a new series of e-catalogues on specific themes in medieval manuscripts.
A new exhibition staged online by Cambridge University Library looks at the history of palimpsests, and how Muslim, Jewish, and Christian scripts were all variously overwritten and underwritten.
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.