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"Auction Action" Debuts on BCTV, January 30

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Seager Gray Gallery Presents Artist Book Collaboration Prior to CODEX

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Family Archive of Alexander Hamilton Letters & Manuscripts Achieves $2.6 Million at Sotheby’s New York

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National Library of Israel Acquires Valmadonna Trust Library of Hebrew Books and Manuscripts

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The Library Company of Philadelphia Names Dr. Michael Barsanti as the New Edwin Wolf 2nd Director

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"Antiques Roadshow" Announces Summer 2017 Production Tour Destinations

BOSTON, MA, January 17, 2017--ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, PBS's most-watched ongoing series, has released its... read more

Boston Athenæum Acquires Important WWII Poster Collection

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At Auction: Recently Revealed Books Rescued from 1969 Flood Date Back to 16th Century

National Book Auctions has been engaged to sell a trove of important theological and... read more

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September 2009
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SPECIAL REPORT

Galileo Gala

400 years ago, Galileo Galilei reached for the stars when he became the first to record astronomical observations with a telescope. BY JEFFREY S. MURRAY

 

SOLD@AUCTION

Wild, Wild West

A non-transferable invitation to a hanging; Sylvia Plath’s To sir, with love; and Billie Holiday gives advice. BY IAN MCKAY

Departments

DIGEST

Quirk(y) Classics

If only Jane Austin could see her women now! BY REBECCA REGO BARRY

On the Mall

The National Book Festival later this month has quickly become our national celebration of the book. BY CHRIS LANCETTE

Calendar

Find book fairs and auctions in your area or around the world.

Featured Columns

GENTLY MAD

Fine Focus

Steve Enniss, the newly name director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, looks for ways to push this unique collection forward in the new century. BY NICHOLAS A. BASBANES

FINE MAPS

One Track Minds

Railroads were originally intended to be horse-drawn. When Robert Stephenson introduced the steam powered engine, and the smell of money was apparent, the rush was on to map and lay track over vast areas of wilderness. By Derek Hayes

BOOK ARTS

A Fine Press in the City

A spilled box of type gave rise to Purgatory Pie Press, but after 9/11, it hasn’t been business as usual. BY RICHARD GOODMAN