Spring 2022 Issue of FB&C Published

Courtesy of the James Ford Bell Library, University of Minnesota via Wikimedia Commons

Detail from a hand-colored facsimile of Olaus Magnus’ Carta marina (1539).

Our spring issue leaves the printer tomorrow and will begin landing in mailboxes next week — here’s a sneak peek at what subscribers can look forward to. We explore early printed maps in this issue, particularly maps that depict sea monsters, and even more specifically, the work of Olaus Magnus (1490-1557), whose Carta Marina (pictured above) became a major source of iconography of the fabled creatures.

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We also feature a major private collection of Samuel Johnson & James Boswell, collected over three generations, and Nick Basbanes profiles Bay Area bookseller Vic Zoschak of Tavistock Books.

For those traveling to New York for the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair in April, we showcase two must-see exhibitions: the new ‘Treasures’ exhibit at the New York Public Library and Black Literature Matters at the New York Society Library. We also have the skinny on Manhattan’s new Press Room bar, museum, and print shop.

Plus, we share collector news about Isaac Newton, Thomas Jefferson, W. Somerset Maugham, and more.

Three spring stories are now live, as is the complete auction preview supplement, for your browsing pleasure.