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Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 8.48.53 AM.pngIntroduced by Diarmaid MacCulloch 

More, often caricatured as an overly pious burner of heretics, is revealed in Ackroyd’s masterful biography to be both more human and more complex than such a simplistic portrait would suggest. Through close examination of More’s writings, his correspondence with confidants such as the humanist Erasmus, and a wealth of contemporary material, Ackroyd gets under the skin of a complex man. He examines More’s privileged boyhood, his intellectual prowess, his glittering law career and his rise to power within the volatile court of Henry VIII. Ackroyd also brings to this book his extensive knowledge of, and passion for, London - the medieval city is as vividly conjured as the man whose life was so closely interwoven with it. 

Ackroyd’s More is a man betrayed by the march of time. Standing for the ideals of the late medieval period, a time of spectacle, ritual and holy wonder, he is swept away by the changes wrought by a zealous king; the book’s final chapters, focusing on More’s isolation in the Tower, show a man ultimately glad to step away from a world that he no longer recognises. In his introduction, author Diarmaid MacCulloch places the events of Ackroyd’s ‘richly enjoyable book’ in the wider context of the Reformation. The endpapers of this edition feature details from one of the earliest maps of London, while the 32 pages of colour plates include many of Holbein’s remarkable portraits from the period. 

In his introduction, historian Diarmaid MacCulloch places the events of Ackroyd’s ‘richly enjoyable book’ in the wider context of the Reformation. The endpapers of this edition feature details from one of the earliest maps of London, while the 32 pages of colour plates include many of Holbein’s remarkable portraits from the period. 

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Three-quarter-bound in cloth with a Modigliani paper front board, blocked and printed with an image by Neil Packer. Set in Albertina with Aquinas display. 480 pages. Frontispiece and 32 pages of colour plates. Printed endpapers. 10" x 6

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 8.45.26 AM.pngTranslated by Barry Windeatt
Introduced by Graham James, Bishop of Norwich Calligraphy by Gemma Black 

Julian of Norwich continues to inspire devotion today, yet still little is known about her life. In 1373, at the age of 30, she was struck down by a terrible illness and at the point of death was seized with 16 visions, or ‘shewings’, which would become both the Short Text, written soon after her experiences, and the Long Text, where Julian offers a deeper and more reflective examination. Having possibly taken her name from the church where she was con ned as an anchoress - voluntarily sealed away in a cell attached to the church at Norwich - she spent decades in contemplation of God’s love. 

Written in a simple, expressive style, Julian’s account is both vivid and affecting. Her visions contain the Passion of Christ, the Virgin Mary and the love of God, who reveals to her the entirety of creation in a ball ‘as small as if it had been a hazelnut’. Her direct manner and questioning nature make Julian an engagingly modern voice that envisions a loving God who promises an eventual end to suffering: ‘All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.’ 

Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, has written a thoughtful introduction that praises the accessibility of her work, observing that ‘the spirit of her writings has a lightness which has travelled well down the centuries’. This edition is artfully decorated with a series of calligraphic designs by Gemma Black, while the binding reflects the contemplative nature of Julian’s writings. 

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Bound in cloth blocked with lettering by Gemma Black. Set in English Engravers. 280 pages. Printed throughout in two colours with hand-drawn decorative initials. Ribbon marker. 9" x 53⁄4". Slipcased.

UK £34.95 US $57.95 Can $72.95 Aus $72.95

Designed to educate, amuse, or advertise, pictorial maps were a clever and colorful component of print culture in the mid-20th century, often overlooked in studies of cartography. A new book published by the Library of Congress in association with the University of Chicago Press, “Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps,” by Stephen J. Hornsby, celebrates these vibrant maps, tracing their development and proliferation from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Cartographers have long incorporated illustrations into their maps, drawing mountains, cities, and even sea monsters on maps, looking back at some medieval examples. Hornsby demonstrates how 20th-century artists adapted this tradition, encouraged by improvements in print technology and inspired by trends in advertising, graphic design and popular culture.

More than 150 maps, most drawn from the Library of Congress’s Geography and Maps Division, are illustrated in six thematic chapters. “Maps to Amuse” includes satirical works like “A New Yorker’s Idea of the United States of America” (1935), while “Maps to Instruct” shows such maps as “A Pictorial Chart of American Literature” (1932), marking the residences of famous American authors. Regional tourism ads, World War II posters, and maps of colonial America are just a few of the many types of maps encountered in this volume.

The New York Times calls the book “beautifully illustrated” and notes that it documents the golden age of pictorial maps, from the 1920s to the 1970s. It includes the playful (distorted views of the country from the perspective of New Yorkers, Texans and Californians); the obscure (a map of volunteer fire departments in Philadelphia, circa 1792, commissioned and drawn in 1938); and more of the obscure (a map of Michigan bakeries).

“Picturing America” shows how mid-century mapmakers paired vivid illustrations with educational information, entrepreneurial spirit, and humor to create lively pictorial maps that are as entertaining to today’s readers as they were to their original audiences.

Stephen J. Hornsby is director of the Canadian-American Center and professor of geography and Canadian Studies at the University of Maine. He is the author and co-editor of several books, including the prize-winning “Historical Atlas of Maine.”

“Picturing America” is a 304-page hardcover book including more than 150 color illustrations. It is available for $45 in the Library of Congress Shop, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20540-4985. Credit-card orders are taken at (888) 682-3557 or

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at, and register creative works of authorship at

Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 8.48.24 AM.pngWinner of multiple awards, including the Hugo and the Nebula, American Gods is Neil Gaiman’s sweeping exploration of story, myth and the shifting nature of belief itself. According to Mr Wednesday, gods travelled to the new world with their immigrant worshippers only to flounder in a land both too strange and too modern to nurture them. Although the story is rooted in the familiar - Gaiman gives us Egyptian deities who run funeral parlours, and gods who drive cabs to make a living - it tears back the veil to reveal the pulsing supernatural heart of America. Crammed with unconventional yet wholly engaging characters, this story of coin tricks, cons and misdirection is considered by many to be Gaiman’s masterpiece. 

For this special collector’s edition, the only colour illustrated hardback volume currently available, award-winning artist and illustrator, and Gaiman’s longtime creative partner, Dave McKean has created 12 extraordinary illustrations, including three double-page spread and a frontispiece, as well as designs for the binding and slipcase that complement and mirror each other. Like Gaiman’s stories, McKean’s multimedia pieces, with their layered meanings and half-monstrous creatures, capture the uneasy relationship between the real and the unreal. 

The text is the author’s preferred version and includes new revisions approved by the author. This edition also features both Gaiman’s original introduction and an afterword titled ‘How Dare You?’ on the particular challenges faced by an Englishman writing a novel about America. McKean has provided a revealing introduction on his approach to illustration - an essay exclusive to this edition - making this an essential volume for any enthusiast of the work of this legendary creative team. 

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Bound in cloth blocked with a design by the artist. Set in Maxime with Wicked Grit display. 560 pages. 12 colour illustrations, including 3 double-page spreads.

Printed slipcase. 10" x 63⁄4".

UK £75.00 US $120.00 Can $155.00 Aus $160.00

Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 10.45.35 AM.pngIntroduced and illustrated by John Vernon Lord With introductory essays by editors Danis Rose & John O’Hanlon, and Stacey Herbert 

‘For seven years I have been working at this book - blast it!’ wrote James Joyce in a letter in 1920. What had started out as a short story entitled ‘Ulysses in Dublin’, intended as a rounding-o for Dubliners, had taken him over. Homer’s Odyssey had become the epic model for an epic journey - not this time from Troy to Ithaca, but, in the course of a single day, into the heart of Ireland’s capital. By the end of his journey, Joyce had created one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. 

Ulysses is an immense and overwhelming book, the sheer scale of it apparent even in such a brief summing up. Eighteen di erent episodes, each told in a di erent way, packed with learning, zzing with life, exciting, challenging, moving, but never solemn. It may be a single day in a single city, but it teems with zestful humanity. 

For this landmark edition - only available from The Folio Society - Joyce scholars Danis Rose and John O’Hanlon have returned to the original 1922 edition to create the most authoritative text to date. Included is an essay by the editors detailing their methodology, while Joyce expert Stacey Herbert has written a short history of the publication of this most notorious work. 

Multi-award-winning artist and Joyce devotee John Vernon Lord has provided a series of extraordinary illustrations, as well as an iconic binding design. Describing the process as ‘a humbling experience’, Lord has also written a revealing introductory essay that places the images in context, illuminating the myriad meanings, symbols, events and inspirations behind each piece. Lord acts almost as a guide to the labyrinthine narrative. The praedella strip of images at the bottom of each illustration references the Linati ‘schema’, a way of navigating through the text created by Joyce for his friend Carlo Linati. 

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Printed on Natural Evolution Ivory paper. Bound in cloth, printed and blocked with a design by the by the artist. Blocked leather spine label. Set in Dante. 752 pages. 19 colour illustrations. Printed endpapers. Blocked slipcase. 111⁄2 ̋ x 8 ̋.
UK £125.00 US $195.00 Can $250.00 Aus $250.00 


Atglen, PA— Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., is pleased to announce the release of World War II Posters, a look into the vitage collection of propaganda used by both sides and how it impacted the war efforts.

This book is a visual survey of posters printed by the United States, the Allies, and the Axis, and offers an overview of the various categories of propaganda posters created in support of the war effort: recruiting, conservation, careless talk/anti-espionage, bond/fundraising, morale, and more. With posters from all combatants, here is a look at propaganda used as a tool used by all parties in the conflict and how similar themes crossed national borders.

Size: 9" x 12" | 548 color & b/w photos | 352 pp

ISBN13: 9780764352461 | Binding: hard cover | $50.00

About the Author

David Pollack, owner of David Pollack Vintage Posters, has been a dealer exclusively in original posters for over 20 years. As past-President of the IVPDA (International Vintage Poster Dealers Association) and co-owner of the International Vintage Poster Fair, David’s involvement in the field of vintage posters is extensive. Specializing in war, propaganda, and protest posters, his knowledge of historical posters of the twentieth century is vast. He has studied and amassed posters from both World Wars, the Korean conflict, the Vietnam War, and the Chinese Cultural Revolution, in addition to political and protest posters. David and his wife Lucy live in Wilmington, Delaware. They have two children, Katie and James.

About the Publisher

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers' passions. From our traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children. Visit to explore our backlist of 5,500+ titles.

For more information, please contact Harrison Lutz at 610-593-1777 or To receive regular announcements about new releases from Schiffer Publishing, sign up for our e-newsletter.


Oxford, 9 February 2017—A striking new book featuring historic views of London unearthed from the Bodleian Library’s collections presents a captivating panorama of the City during the eighteenth century.

This stunning large-format book reproduces over one hundred images from the Gough collection in the Bodleian Libraries, many of which are published here for the first time. By 1800 London was the second largest city in the world, its relentless growth fuelled by Britain’s expanding empire. However, compared to today, the built-up area was still comparatively small. Depicting the present Greater London area, this title offers images of town and countryside from more than two centuries ago which contrast graphically with what we see as the metropolis today.

The Gough collection of British topography is one of the most important collections of British topography. With houses in Enfield and the City, gentleman and antiquary Richard Gough (1735-1809) commissioned works and assembled a comprehensive collection of maps, drawings and engravings that provide unrivalled insight into his era. The London illustrations capture the range of activity in the sprawling city, and are accompanied by eye- witness accounts which range from descriptions of local crime and street scenes to the results of extreme weather and significant events.

Prints made of London before and after the Great Fire show how artists and engravers responded to contemporary events such as executions, riots, fires and the effects of a tornado. They also recorded public spectacles, creating beautiful images of firework displays and frost fairs on the river Thames. Panoramas of the river Thames were popular illustrations of the day, and the extraordinarily detailed engravings made by the Buck brothers are reproduced here. The construction and destruction of landmark bridges across the river are also shown in contemporary engravings.

Before the age of photography, the most widely used means of creating a visual record of the changing capital was through engravings and drawings, and those that survive today are invaluable in showing us what the capital was like in the century leading up to the Industrial Revolution.

With accompanying text detailing its history, this title offers a unique pictorial history of Georgian London that is visually rich, historically fascinating and of interest to Londoners and visitors alike.

  • London: Prints and Drawings before 1800 by Bernard Nurse
  • Published in association with The London Topographical Society
  • Format: 232 pp, 238 x 278 mm, 123 colour illustrations.
  • ISBN: 978 1 85124 412 6
  • Hardback, £30.00
  • Publication: 17 March 2017 

New Photographic Survey of Walden Pond

What has become of the fabled Walden Pond? In his debut monograph Walden (Kehrer Verlag, May 2017S.B. Walker -- an artist from New England who grew up a few miles from Walden Pond -- surveys the symbolically charged landscape of literary giant Henry David Thoreau in an attempt to find out the answer. The publication of Walker's book marks the bicentennial of Thoreau's birth. Walking tours, lectures and exhibitions are planned throughout the year and around the world. 

Deeply rooted in the American collective conscious, Walden Pond is a mythical place perceived as wild and often considered to be the birthplace of the modern environmental movement. The contemporary Walden depicted in Walker's photographs is perhaps best characterized as a glorified suburban park, nestled amongst the sprawl of metropolitan Boston. As our awareness of the place is largely derived from Thoreau's rhapsodic description some 150 years ago -- writings in which he often drew connections between New England and the pastoral Arcadian landscape portrayed by the Roman poet Virgil -- the state of affairs as shown in Walker's Walden reveals a thought provoking and troubling paradox.

In his essay, Alan Trachtenberg writes: "... [Thoreau's] Walden Pond is a place of still, pristine waters and natural processes of seasonal change, of blossoming and dying, of regeneration into new life ... Walker's pictures, on the other hand, show something gone seriously wrong at this cherished site, a monument to American idealism itself ..."

In Walker's Walden we see a place populated by locals and tourists flocking to the hallowed spot to bird-watch, swim, nap, read, fish, and take a stroll in the woods. Signs of the encroachment of modern life are seen in the presence of wire fences, eroded pathways, chain saw markings, parking lots, a landfill just 1,200 feet from the edge of the pond, and a bulldozer poised to clear the way for a highway expansion project. The last image in Walden captures the liberated waters of the pond following an ice melt -- a scene that would be sublime if it were not for the presence of a Target shopping bag floating on the pond's surface in the foreground. 

An aura of melancholy sweeps through Walker's photographs suggesting the absence of a sense of well-being. Trachtenberg writes: "This seems like a frozen Walden, a freeze too deep to be redeemed by first aid alone ... by claiming 'Walden' for his title, [Walker] offers Thoreau -- and through him the entire tradition of American romanticism -- a formative role in his own extraordinary book. Walker's pictures are layered against each other to reveal an unrelenting vision of disenchantment with what Walden Pond once represented to enthralled Americans."

Walker and Thoreau were both in their late twenties when they began creating their works about Walden Pond. In 1845, Thoreau moved into a cabin in the woods beside Walden where he lived for two years recording his thoughts and feelings that would lay the groundwork for his seminal book. Nearly 170 years later, every day after work for four years (2010-2014), Walker headed down to the pond to walk the 1.7-mile loop with his camera and Thoreau's book to engage with Walden Pond and its cast of denizens. 

Recent articles in the press have addressed how Walden Pond is becoming increasingly polluted at the hands of man and that the ice on the pond is melting earlier due to global warming. It is Walker's hope his book will not only revive interest in the transcendental writings of Thoreau, but also contribute to the dialogue about the need to mitigate climate change and protect our planet's delicate ecological balance.

S.B. Walker is an artist living and working in New England. His works have been exhibited internationally and can be found in public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Smith Museum of Art, the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, and the Prentice and Paul Sack Photographic Trust, among others. He is represented by Janet Borden Inc., New York, NY. For more information, go to:

Alan Trachtenberg is the Neil Gray Jr. Professor Emeritus of English and American studies at Yale University, where he taught for thirty-five years. His books include Shades of Hiawatha (H&W, 2004) and The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age (Hill & Wang, 2007).

Book Details:                                                                   

ISBN: 978-3-86828-765-3                                     

Hardcover, 8 x 10 inches                                                

124 pages; 58 b&w illustrations                                       

USD $40.00; Euro (D) 35,00

Screen Shot 2016-12-07 at 9.39.37 AM.pngBernard Quaritch Limited has just published a new catalogue of books from the library of the conductor and musician Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014). This second catalogue of works from Hogwood’s library is titled ABCD, and comprises alphabet books, fine printing and artists’ books, books on Cambridge and the University Printer’s ‘Christmas Books’, and works by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka ‘Lewis Carroll’).

The finely-produced and beautiful books in this catalogue include works by Richard Avedon, Peter Blake, Eric Gill, Florence Keynes, David Kindersley, Gwen Raverat, Virginia Woolf, etc., and reflect Hogwood’s eclectic bibliophile interests and his love of Cambridge.

For further information, please contact Mark James ( / 020 7297 4873) or Anke Timmermann PhD ( / 020 7297 4855).

Screen Shot 2016-11-16 at 9.38.53 AM.pngWhen the Arab art of papermaking by hand came to the Italian peninsula in the 13th century, the city of Fabriano was well-positioned to become the heart of the artisan craft.

Published by the Library of Congress in association with Oak Knoll Press, "Fabriano: City of Medieval and Renaissance Papermaking" by Sylvia Rodgers Albro describes the role that this Italian city played in the craft.

Albro, a senior paper conservator at the Library of Congress, details technical advancements introduced in Fabriano, including machinery and equipment, use of watermarks and improvements in the physical processes of papermaking. As a result of these innovations, Fabriano and other centers in Italy developed along similar lines. Italian hand-made paper was unrivaled in Europe from the 14th to the 18th centuries. The lustrous white sheets were favored by merchants and artists like Michelangelo, princes and popes and a growing international clientele. Many books, prints and manuscripts made with Italian paper from this time period have survived in remarkably pristine condition, retaining qualities still imitated by modern papermakers.

Albro analyzes the conditions that have kept Fabriano’s papermaking industry successful since the medieval period, while other areas ceased production. More than half of the book’s 230 illustrations—from rare books, prints, drawings, maps and manuscripts from the 13th to 19th centuries—are from the Library’s collections.

"Fabriano" was published with support from the Library’s first John W. Kluge Staff Fellowship and a publication grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

"Fabriano," a 216-page hardcover book with 230 illustrations, is available for $95 in the Library of Congress Shop, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20540-4985. Credit-card orders are taken at (888) 682-3557 or The book is published on Onyx paper—a high-quality, uncoated paper made of ECP (elemental chlorine free) pure celluolose pulp—fabricated and donated by the Cartiere Miliani Fabriano-Fedrigoni Group of Fabriano, Italy.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at, and register creative works of authorship at


Screen Shot 2016-11-04 at 9.26.02 AM.pngThe Museum of Modern Art announces the release of One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers, the first publication to reproduce all 70 photocollages created by Josef Albers at the Bauhaus using photographs he made between 1928 and 1932. Hailed in his own lifetime as among the most important figures of 20th-century art, both as a practitioner and as a teacher at the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College, and Yale University, Albers (1888-1976) achieved widespread acclaim across a range of mediums, from glassworks and furniture design to printmaking and painting. Yet Albers’s engagement with modernist photography remained largely hidden until after his death, and it is only now that the entire series of unique photocollages the artist produced at the famed art school—before he and his wife fled Nazi Germany for the US—has been published together, many for the first time. At once expansive and restrained, this remarkable body of work anticipates concerns that Albers would pursue throughout his career: seriality, perception, and the relationship between handcraft and mechanical production.

One and One Is Four reveals an Albers at once familiar and unexpected—playful yet disciplined, personal yet enigmatic—through a body of work whose genius becomes fully apparent when considered as a whole. “Albers’s photocollages stand as remarkable contributions to the medium in their own right,” explains Sarah Hermanson Meister, Curator in the Department of Photography and the author of the book, “while they anticipate in important ways key concerns that would animate the artist’s work throughout his career, including his iconic Homages to the Square.” An essay by art historian and Bauhaus scholar Elizabeth Otto underscores the originality of Albers’s achievement through a survey of photocollages by Albers’s fellow Bauhäusler, and a contribution by MoMA conservator Lee Ann Daffner examines the artist’s materials to suggest new insights into these works, the discovery of which has been celebrated as one of the great art finds of the past century. The publication also includes a transcription of a lecture delivered by Albers at Black Mountain College in February 1943 titled “Photos as Photography and Photos as Art”—Albers’s sole public statement about the medium—and a preface by Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

The first serious exploration of Albers’s photographic practice occurred in a modest exhibition of 38 photographs organized by John Szarkowski at MoMA in 1988, The Photographs of Josef Albers. At the time, the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation donated two photocollages to the Museum. In 2015, the Museum acquired 10 additional photocollages by Albers, making its collection the most significant anywhere outside the Foundation. A new installation featuring 16 photocollages, on view from November 23, 2016, through April 2, 2017, in the Museum’s fifth-floor galleries, celebrates both the publication and this landmark acquisition. The exhibition is organized by Sarah Meister with Kristen Gaylord, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow, Department of Photography. The exhibition is supported by the Annual Exhibition Fund.

One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers is published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and available from MoMA stores and online at It is distributed to the trade by ARTBOOK|D.A.P. in the US and Canada, and by Thames & Hudson outside the US and Canada. Hardcover, 9.5 x 12", $50. 140 pages, 120 color and duotone illustrations. ISBN: 978-1-63345-017-2.

Screen Shot 2016-10-21 at 9.30.37 AM.pngAccompanied by a publication by Drs. Sandra Hindman and Beatriz Chadour-Sampson “Rings Around the World” explores the eternal forms, inspirations, and aesthetics of finger rings across many cultures throughout history, with over forty rings deriving from China, the Middle East, Europe, and America. Covering over four millennia, from the Bronze Age to the present day, the exhibition will also feature pieces by celebrated contemporary jewelry artists Wallace Chan and Giovanni Corvaja.

Organized chronologically, the catalogue will include scholarly descriptions of each ring. It will also call attention to links between forms, periods, and cultures. For example:

*Renaissance Posy Rings from England inscribed with sentimental expressions find their parallel in a Chinese jade philosopher’s ring with an inscription “Quit Alcohol.”

*Included are rings of many periods and different origins that adapt forms from monumental media (sculpture in an Art Nouveau Ring and architecture in an Arts and Crafts ring and a Jewish Wedding Ring).

*Magic and belief in superior beings is reflected in Egyptian faience rings (which also resemble repousse rings of the early European Renaissance) and a Sumatran astrological ring.

These are just a few examples of some of the fascinating associations the exhibition and catalogue evoke between objects.

This all-encompassing exhibition will open in London (hosted by Sam Fogg, 15D Clifford Street) from 2nd to 11th November and travel to Les Enluminures New York (23 East 73rd Street, NYC 10021), from 17th November to 3rd December 2016.

Screen Shot 2016-10-10 at 9.26.13 AM.pngEmily Dickinson (1830-86) is considered one of the great visionary poets of nineteenth-century America, but she published just a handful of poems in her lifetime, her first collection appearing posthumously.

Dickinson wrote over 1,800 poems. Exploring themes of love, loss, faith and death, she delivers emotional insights with a precision and candour remarkable even by modern standards. Her radical style led her early editors to make substantial alterations to her verse, diminishing the power of her work. This edition from The Folio Society, featuring more than 170 poems, follows the text edited by Thomas H. Johnson, which restores their original form.

Throughout her life, and even more so since her death in 1886, Emily Dickinson was shrouded in mystery. She rarely left her father’s home in Amherst, Massachusetts, becoming known locally as ‘the Myth’. This reclusion seems at odds with her verse - so expansive in range and passionately engaged with the pains and joys of life.

The introduction is by the celebrated poet Lavinia Greenlaw; the integrated wood engravings are by Jane Lydbury. A translucent dust jacket superimposes Dickinson’s figure on a wild, rural landscape, reflecting at once her removal from and deep connectedness to the world outside her home.

It is easy to imagine that Ralph Waldo Emerson, who knew Dickinson’s brother, Austin, had her poems in mind when he declared: ‘For it is not metres, but a metre-making argument, that makes a poem,—a thought so passionate and alive, that, like the spirit of a plant or an animal, it has an architecture of its own, and adorns nature with a new thing.’

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Bound in cloth, printed with a design by the artist. Set in Bembo Book. 160 pages with 12 integrated wood engravings. Printed endpapers. 83⁄4 ̋ x 51⁄2 ̋. This edition has a translucent dust jacket in place of a slipcase.
UK £19.95 US $29.95 Can $39.95 Aus $39.95

Screen Shot 2016-10-10 at 9.20.16 AM.pngThe Folio Society proudly presents one of the most terrifying tales of the 20th century in an edition worthy of its iconic status. Stephen King refers to The Shining as his ‘crossroads novel’, a work in which the terror lies not only in the supernatural, but in the psychological.

Although the title of this book refers to five-year-old Danny Torrance, a little boy whose ‘shine’ allows him to see events from the past as well as those yet to come, it is his father, Jack, winter caretaker at the Overlook Hotel, who is at the centre of this tale.

For many fans, this is a chance to meet the ‘real’ Jack Torrance. Rather than a two-dimensional villain compelled to madness by supernatural forces, Jack emerges as a more complex character, one haunted by childhood memories. We learn of Jack’s complicated relationship with his own father - a violent drunk both loved and hated by his son - and see how it has shaped Jack’s life, the patterns of his youth playing out again and again in the present. The edges of what was and what is become blurred, and so the ghosts that begin to stir in the Overlook stand in for the ghosts of Jack’s own past, revived into startling, brutal life.

Edward Kinsella has provided 11 disturbing colour illustrations that capture the book’s vision of the inhuman nature of the Overlook, and the binding is emblazoned with a vividly monstrous wasp - a creature which appears as a harbinger of doom in the book.

Stephen King and Edward Kinsella have signed a limited number of copies to be given away as prizes throughout the campaign.

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Bound in cloth blocked with a design by the artist. Set in Miller with Kingthings Trypewriter display. 536 pages. Black & white illustrated title-page spread; 11 full-page colour illustrations. Printed endpapers. 10” x 63⁄4”.
UK £49.95 US $79.95 Can $99.95 Aus $99.95

Aries-Cover.jpgThe engaging, lost story of an influential, 1920s Western New York private press is told in a newly released book, The Aries Press of Eden, New York pub- lished by RIT Press. A young Buffalo businessman channels his wide-ranging appreciation for art, fusing it to a high-profile printing press renowned for pro- ducing books valued as much for their art, as for their contents.

Spencer Kellogg Jr. founded the Aries Press in a small village south of Buffalo. The Press raised the aesthetic and technical standards for trade book pro- duction. Honor and recognition came immediately with its first book, The Ghost Ship, earning inclusion into the American Institute of Graphic Arts’ prestigious “50 Books Award of 1926.”

Kellogg was an active and visible presence in the Buffalo art world. He served as director of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy in the early 1900s, today known as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Before launching his private press, Kellogg’s love of books manifested itself at his Aries Book Shop, begun in 1921, in downtown Buffalo. The shop served as a comfortable retreat into a world of books and where noted speakers held infor- mal talks and small exhibitions were presented.

In his foreword to the book, Burchfield-Penny Art Center director Anthony Bannon describes Kellogg: “Wherever he went, people of like minds gathered. That he made art, one way or another, and through it created platforms for dis- course, is worthy of our attention.”

Author Richard Kegler hones in on both his hometown as well as his professional experience in print and publishing to tell the story of the quirky, enigmatic Kellogg and the Aries Press’s significant contributions to printing his- tory. Readers will gain unique insights on the emerging world of fine art photog- raphy and the world of book lovers in 1920s Western New York.

The book reports “a curious chapter in a long history of printing and inde- pendent publishing,” says Kegler. With many connections to renowned figures in the art, printing, and typographic scene of the 1920s, The Aries Press of Eden, New York is an essential read for those interested in Western New York history as well as print historians, private press movement scholars, typographers, print media scholars and appreciative lovers of books-as-art.

Title: The Aries Press of Eden, New York

Author: Richard Kegler 

Pub. Date: May 2016 

ISBN: 978-1-939125-21-7 96

Pages: 96

Size: 6 x 9 in.

Binding:  Hardcover with foil stamp

Images: 39, some color

Price: $49.95

Portland, Ore. (July 2016) - Leading historical preservationist Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. has released a new catalog showcasing highlights from his diverse and historically significant collection, the Pamplin International Collection of Art and History, and now offers a full, online viewing experience and Guided Visit at The 2015 exhibit catalog was compiled to showcase the strength of the more than 100,000 piece collection and its importance as a record of global human achievement spanning the past five millennia. Acquisitions from ancient Chinese to American Indian to contemporary American art make the collection one of the world’s largest gatherings of art and history in private hands.

New Catalog Showcases “The Strength of the Collection”

The 2015 exhibit of the Pamplin International Collection of Art and History delves into “The Strength of the Collection,” featuring objects that demonstrate the wide range of the Pamplin Collection. The Pamplin Collection features works in a variety of categories, including the Wild West, George Washington, Civil War, military history, fine art, European art, Illustrations, Native American, Chinese art, and furniture and decorative arts.  

“The new catalog features a number of truly remarkable pieces, showcasing some of the most significant works of art exhibited in 2015,” said Chet Orloff, manager of the Pamplin Collection. “And what’s more, Dr. Pamplin has made it all publicly accessible through the collection’s website, promoting education and a love of history and art without barriers.” 

Noteworthy pieces in the 2015 exhibit include the Han Dynasty model of a celestial horse, which - produced from 206 BCE to 220 CE - has much of the original pigments still in evidence. Also, John Henry Twachtman’s “Dans la Forêt” painting joins Pamplin’s American Fine Art collection, with many of his other works held in collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and several other public and private collections. In Pamplin’s Wild West collection, objects have been added that are associated with the notorious Dalton Gang, who robbed the Coffeyville, Kansas, banks in 1892, including the newspaper announcing the 1937 death of Emmett Dalton, the last of the famed Dalton brothers, and a photograph of Emmett Dalton, lying wounded, following the bank raids.

For more than 40 years, Dr. Pamplin and his wife Marilyn have been dedicated to collecting antiquities and works of art that illuminate distinct periods in history, diverse cultures and iconic individuals. Parts of Pamplin’s collection have been exhibited in museums around the country, and more can be experienced online at

About Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. has earned eight degrees - including two doctorates - in business, economics, accounting, education and theology. He has been honored nationally as a businessman, philanthropist, ordained minister, educator, historical preservationist, and author of 24 books and comic books, including two book-of-the-month club selections. Pamplin’s business interests include media (the Portland Tribune and 25 community newspapers), textiles, construction and agriculture. He has been awarded many honorary degrees and featured in national magazines, in newspapers and on television. He has served on presidential and state commissions, and he has been chairman of the board of trustees of three colleges. Pamplin is widely recognized as America’s leading historical preservationist and foremost diversified entrepreneur. For more information, visit For more information about Dr. Pamplin’s preservation efforts, visit


Atglen, PA—Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of our newest collectible title, Mitchell's New General Atlas 1860 by Robert Lindberg.

9780764350320.jpgThis facsimile edition of hand colored maps from 1860 is beautifully printed and nicely bound, displaying the old world craftsmanship of this extraordinary cartography. The maps are highly informative and one can see easily see why they captivated both families and professionals back in the days leading up to the American Civil War. Ancestry enthusiasts should have their own copy.—John Fielding Walsh, Associate Director, Harvard University Press, Ret.

In 1860, Augustus Mitchell Jr. printed one of the world’s most accurate and artistic atlases. This reproduction of Mitchell’s New General Atlas restores all 76 maps from the original plus its 26 pages of geological, statistical, and geographic information from 1860. Included are intriguing looks at the political boundaries of the United States at the outbreak of the Civil War, as well as maps of other countries and regions that look vastly different today. In the nineteenth century, American citizens would routinely purchase a new map or atlas every year or two, as these physical documents were the only way to learn geography. The beautiful floral-bordered maps in this atlas were designed by the finest cartographers of this pivotal era in human history. Engraved on steel plates, printed in black and white, and hand-colored by artists, they continue to inspire wonder and awe.

Size: 12″ x 14″ | 76 color maps & 26 charts | 128 pp
ISBN13: 9780764350320 | Binding: hard cover | $60.00

About the Author: Robert Lindberg raised his family in upstate New York, where he now resides with his wife, Sammy. He takes advantage of the lakes, rivers, and mountains, where he can canoe, fish, camp, and ski with family and friends. After leaving the book printing industry, he acquired a historical map business in 2013. His company, Maps of Ancestry, provides thousands of maps from the 1600s through the 1900s to genealogists, historians, and map lovers. In addition to maps, he has acquired many atlases, one of which became the inspiration for this authentic reproduction.

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers' passions. From our traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children. Visit to explore our backlist of more than 5,800 titles.

The Estate of Francis Bacon has announced the publication of Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné, presenting the entire oeuvre of the artist’s work for the first time. Due for global publication on 28th April 2016—the anniversary of Francis Bacon’s death—the impeccably produced limited edition will contain over 900 illustrations in five, cloth-bound hardcover volumes.

Edited by Martin Harrison, FSA, the pre-eminent expert on Bacon’s work, alongside research assistant, Dr Rebecca Daniels, this ambitious and painstaking project has been ten years in the making. Much needed, it replaces Rothenstein/Alley’s Francis Bacon 1964 catalogue, the only previous catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work, which comprised just 37% of Bacon’s ultimate oeuvre and 27 paintings illustrated in colour.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts announces 2015 Winter Book From the Center: On Community and the Practice of Making, featuring writing from members of MCBA’s artist community.

Publication Party: Saturday, December 12, 2015; 6-9pm      

Please join the board and staff of MCBA in celebrating the publication of From the Center: On Community and the Practice of Making, the 25th in MCBA's Winter Book series celebrating the handmade book.

Saturday, December 12, 2015; 6-9pm

6:00 pm: Public reception

MCBA’s Studios and Gallery

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Minneapolis—October 23, 2015. Few collectors are as passionate or as dogged in the pursuit of their quarry as collectors of rare books. In fact, book collecting is the only pastime that has a clinically diagnosable illness--bibliomania--to describe its more obsessive hobbyists. The focus of their desire is seemingly limitless: centuries’ worth of rare and unique tomes, manuscripts, and historical documents are out there, everywhere, each with unique stories and histories. In her new book, Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places (Quarto/Voyageur Press, $25), expert on rare and antiquarian books Rebecca Rego Barry recounts some of these remarkable discoveries from the world of book collecting.

Barry is the editor of Fine Books & Collections magazine, and hearing so many extraordinary tales of treasures found - and, alas, of those that got away - fueled and informed the writing of Rare Books Uncovered. Bibliophiles relish such tales. In Rare Books Uncovered, there are 52 individual stories from collectors, dealers, librarians, and others, each entertaining, educational, and inspirational. There’s the Texas family whose discovery of 300+ vintage comics in a basement closet netted them $3.5 million. And the Salt Lake City bookseller who volunteered for a local fundraiser and came across a 500-year-old copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle. And the collector who, when called by a friend to go dumpster diving, turned up a valuable piece of New York City history. These believe-it-or-not “barn finds” will delight casual collectors and hardcore bibliomaniacs alike.

Jacob Riis (1849-1914), a pioneering newspaper reporter and social reformer in New York at the turn of the 20th century, is the focus of a new book and exhibitions at four venues in the U.S. and Denmark. His photographs of the city’s slums illustrated the plight of impoverished residents and established Riis as forerunner of modern photojournalism. Published in his 1890 book, "How the Other Half Lives: The Tenements of New York," those images, along with his articles and lectures throughout the country, prompted fellow reformer Theodore Roosevelt to call Riis "New York’s most useful citizen."

"Jacob Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half"— the first comprehensive study and complete catalogue of Riis’s world-famous images—has been published by Yale University Press in association with the Library of Congress and the Museum of the City of New York. Author Bonnie Yochelson presents Riis as a radical publicist who used photographs to enhance his arguments but had no ambition as a photographer. The book is the culmination of more than two decades of her research, assembling materials from five repositories (the Riis Collection at the Museum of the City of New York, the Library of Congress, the New-York Historical Society, the New York Public Library and Denmark’s Museum of South West Jutland) along with previously unpublished photographs and notes.


American fiction has spun few characters as troubling as Humbert Humbert, the narrator of Lolita. Vladimir Nabokov’s part tragicomedy, part literary parody of a middle-aged academic’s sexual obsession with a 12-year-old girl has been rightly hailed as one of the richest and most ingenious linguistic achievements of the 20th century. It is at once a love letter to an adopted American homeland, and the zenith of the love affair between the English language and one of its great masters.

This Fine Edition from The Folio Society is the first to include illustrations. Chilean-born artist Federico Infante has created nine beautiful yet unsettling paintings; each of their subjects appear as pale, crumbling murals, the paint of the landscape peeling away around them.

DALLAS—Picker's Pocket Guide - COMIC BOOKS: How to Pick Antiques Like a Pro  (Krause Publications, 2015), fills 208 full-color pages with tips, tricks, and strategy on how to collect and sell comic books. With the value of certain old comic books currently soaring in value, including several that have recently sold for over a million dollars, the need to know what’s what is greater than ever. Illustrated with more than 150 color photos and rich in comics history, the handy pocket-sized guide offers professional and practical advice on where to look for comic books, how to determine condition and value, and ways to sell comics for the best money possible. 

“This book is the culmination of all my years of working at Heritage,” said author David Tosh, “especially all the calls I’ve answered from people who inherited a stack of old comics, or found some in a storage unit or yard sale, and wanted to know what they were worth. In the book, I talk about all the big key issues, as well as the many facsimile and reprint editions of these famous comic books that have confused people for years.

Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson, the 1804-1806 expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark was intended to map the nation’s newly acquired Louisiana territory. "Mapping the West with Lewis and Clark," a new book published by Levenger Press in association with the Library of Congress, sheds new light on their cartographic discoveries.

Drawing from period maps in the Library’s Geography and Map Division and other repositories, "Mapping the West" examines the critical role that maps played in Jefferson’s vision of a formidable republic that would no longer be eclipsed by European empires.


From Mallarméto the Piece of Paper Press via Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Fluxus and conceptual art. The history of artists’ involvement with the book format between 1963 and 2000 includes a fascinating range of artists and movements.

Bernard Quaritch Ltd have today published Stephen Bury’s beautifully illustrated account of the book as a work of art. This second edition includes updated text with new descriptions of 600 key artists’ books and over 130 new, full-page, colour illustrations taken from the internationally renowned Chelsea College of Art & Design Library collection.


The Folio Society announces the publication of a new edition of the Hugo award-winning The Man in the High Castle. Considered Philip K. Dick’s greatest novel, when first published in 1962 this mind-bending work redefined the sci-fi genre.

In it Dick conjured a new vision of our world—a twisted simulacrum of modern history in which the Axis Powers have won the Second World War. America is now divided: the eastern United States is a puppet of the German Reich—a regime of madness and brutality—while the western Pacific seaboard is governed by a militaristic, yet spiritual, Japanese dictatorship. Amongst the complexities of this new existence, a group of seemingly unremarkable people play out their everyday lives. As their narratives intersect, Dick poses larger metaphysical questions concerning the authentication of history, perception and the building blocks of destiny.


The Folio Society is proud to announce its publication of one of the most important American novels of the past few decades. Toni Morrison’s Beloved is seminal both in its stylistic achievements and its searing depiction of the lives of African Americans under slavery. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in , and in a  New York Times survey was ranked the nation’s best work of fiction of the past  years. At its daring, startling heart lies the image of infanticide—an act of paradoxical violence by which an escaped slave, Sethe, saves her child from a life like her own. Unnamed, the baby is buried in a grave marked ‘Beloved’, but her time among the living has not drawn to an end.


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dune, The Folio Society announces the publication of its much-anticipated edition of Frank Herbert’s classic science-fiction novel, illustrated by US artist Sam Weber. Through a series of acutely detailed illustrations, Weber perfectly captures the intricacies of Herbert’s vision:

Arrakis, or Dune, is a planet of nothingness - its torched wastelands are home to a fierce nomadic people, and under the endless deserts stalk gargantuan sandworms the size of starships. It is a place where water is sacred - ‘a substance more precious than all others’ - where to shed a tear is the most taboo of all sacrifices. And yet the planet is also humanity’s sole source of ‘spice’, the mysterious, addictive substance that underpins the workings of the galaxy-wide Padishah Empire. To control Arrakis is to control all.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has published a new handbook—the first in more than 20 years—of its encyclopedic collections. Featuring some 550 masterpieces from the Museum’s world renowned holdings of Asian, European, American, and modern and contemporary art, this volume includes a broad range of media from each of the Museum’s curatorial departments, including paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures, the decorative arts, costumes and textiles, arms and armor, and architectural settings. Expanded entries provide in depth information on some of the most significant works, among them Thomas Eakins’s masterpiece The Gross Clinic (1875) and a superb man and horse armor acquired in 2009.

To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the great English charter of rights and liberties that received King John’s seal in 1215, the Library of Congress in association with Thomson Reuters will publish "Magna Carta: Muse & Mentor," the companion book to the Library’s exhibition of the same title that opens Nov. 6.

Edited by Justice Randy J. Holland (Delaware Supreme Court), the book features a foreword by U.S. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and essays by leading United States and United Kingdom Magna Carta scholars. Law Librarian of Congress David S. Mao provides an insider’s overview of the exhibition. Susan Reyburn, a writer-editor in the Library’s Publishing Office, recounts the American adventures of the Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta—the same version appearing this year—which found refuge at the Library during World War II. Other chapters, including contributions from retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and retired Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Igor Judge, examine Magna Carta in history, popular culture, and the shaping of American life and law.

Today we know Mark Twain as the author of American classics such as "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and its sequel, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." But in his time, Twain was a controversial satirist and popular public figure who traveled the world and helped heal post-Civil War America with his pithy wisdom, tall tales and humor.

A new work published by Little, Brown and Company in association with the Library of Congress reveals why Twain remains as relevant today as he was in his own time. With a lively narrative and 300 visual gems discovered in the Library’s collections, "Mark Twain’s America: A Celebration in Words and Images" by Harry L. Katz reveals the lasting impact that the author made on American culture—and vice versa.

Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, in conjunction with Karma, is pleased to announce our joint publication of The Word for Snow, a previously unpublished one act play by Don DeLillo, illustrated with photographs by Richard Prince. 

Describing his fiction as examinations of people “living in dangerous times,” DeLillo’s work has probed such diverse topics as professional sports, technology, international espionage, film, the Cold War, language, and the Kennedy assassination. His first novel, Americana, was released in 1971, and since then he has become one of today’s foremost literary figures and an abiding influence on a generation of younger authors, among them Jonathan Franzen, Zadie Smith, David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Lethem, and Dave Eggers. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Book Awards, a PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award, the 2012 Carl Sandburg Literary Award, and the inaugural Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction in 2013.


Commemorating the centenary of the First World War and coinciding with the opening of an exhibition at Osborne Samuel, London, Lund Humphries publishes the first comprehensive survey of C.R.W. Nevinson’s printmaking career on 25 September 2014.

A whole generation of artists, including Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash and Wyndham Lewis are often said to have been afflicted by a ‘crisis of representation’ as they struggled to come to terms with the scale of the destruction wrought by the Great War. Of that group, Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (1889-1946) emerged as an irrepressible artistic force, whose paintings and prints made during his engagement as an official war artist, run the gamut from the confident early swagger of futuristic works enraptured by mechanised war, to the scarred and scorched forms of a hardened artist-witness.

The earliest manuscript reference to the New World is the centerpiece of a facsimile edition published by Levenger Press in association with the Library of Congress.

"Christopher Columbus Book of Privileges: The Claiming of a New World" contains the first authorized facsimile of the Library’s copy of the royal charters, writs, grants and papal letters that comprise Columbus’s "Book of Privileges." An assemblage of legal documents between King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain and Christopher Columbus, the "Book of Privileges" laid the foundation for the exploration and conquest of the New World, irrevocably changing the course of the Americas’ history.


June 2014 (Paris)Watercolors for Robert Walser and Donald Young, the most recent book to be released by Cahiers d’Art, was conceived by German artist Thomas Schütte. The publication uniquely pairs Schütte's watercolors painted in 2012 and 2013 with previously unpublished poems by Robert Walser (Switzerland, 1878-1956) written between 1924-1933. Walser had always been fascinated by watercolors and the particular effect they have on the human eye: his poems were, themselves, exhibited at times as artworks. Schütte has selected an extraordinary and moving selection of his own artwork, while simultaneously paying tribute to Walser, whom he considers one of his heroes. The book of watercolors is dedicated to the poet and as well as gallerist Donald Young, who invited Schütte to participate in an exhibition dedicated to Walser in Chicago in 2012. The book includes a new introduction by scholar Dr. Reto Sorg, Director of the Robert Walser Archives, in Bern, Switzerland.


May 2014—Boxtel, The Netherlands. Which bookbinding technique to use, for which purpose? It is hard to find the answers to that question. Hexspoor summarizes them in a beautifully designed collection of twenty softcover binding techniques.


20 beautifully designed books, each with different paper types and finishing, representing as many binding methods. Each book contains a page with explanations in Dutch and English on the technique used and the advantages and disadvantages. An additional poster gives an overview of all graphic binding techniques in one-liners. The books are finished in the fairly standard PUR, cold glue and hotmelt in sewn or perfect binding, as well as the specials: Otabind, Otastar, Japanese and Swiss.

OxCrimes is published in aid of Oxfam by Profile Books and features 27 of the finest crime writers from Britain and beyond. It is introduced by Ian Rankin.

In addition to the regular paperback edition (published May 2014) Oxfam and Profile have created a special signed limited edition cased hardback. This has signature plates from all 27 of the authors.*


Please join the board and staff of MCBA in celebrating the publication of "Minidewak: Readings from Braiding Sweetgrass", the 23rd in MCBA's Winter Book series celebrating the handmade book.

Saturday, December 14, 2013
7:00 pm: Reading by author Robin Wall Kimmerer
Reception and signing to follow
The event is free and open to the public.
Free parking at Open Book and Periscope lots.

For further info or to pre-order "Minidewak", visit our Winter Book page:

(CHICAGO — October 15, 2013) Holiday shoppers looking to delight the booklovers in their lives can purchase A Journey Through Literary America and support the American Writers Museum Foundation with their gift. 

The 304-page book ($35, Val De Grace Books) by author Thomas Hummel and photographer Tamra Dempsey explores the links between more than two dozen great American writers and the landscapes that inspired them. Lushly illustrated and beautifully designed, the book is as much of a pleasure to look at as it is to read. Among the authors featured are Willa Cather, John Steinbeck, Toni Morrison, Ernest Hemingway, Philip Roth, John Updike, Langston Hughes, Flannery O'Connor, and other literary notables.

London, UK, September 2013 — The Folio Society (, publisher of beautiful illustrated books, today announces the publication of a new anthology of Thomas Jefferson’s writings, An Expression of the American Mind. Editors at The Folio Society collaborated with Jefferson biographer R. B. Bernstein to present the “greatest hits” of one of America’s most prolific and influential Founding Fathers. Drawn from Jefferson’s vast collection of political and travel writings, as well as personal correspondence — including more than 15,000 letters — this volume ranges from his observations on such simple pleasures as French wine and gardening to his defining views on freedom, democracy, and size of government.

In this edition, compiled exclusively for Folio, Bernstein — who teaches at City College of New York and New York Law School; and authored The Founding Fathers Reconsidered and Thomas Jefferson — takes the reader on a “guided tour” of Jefferson’s life and the evolution of his thinking, providing insight into the man who helped craft the American Revolution. From his first surviving letter, written in 1760 to persuade his guardian to allow him to attend college, to his last public letter, written ten days before his death, Jefferson’s writings document his ongoing struggle with issues of political freedom, race, equality, and Church and State, many of the same issues faced today in America and around the world. “Jefferson would urge us to stay involved as we continue to wrestle with and refine the complex founding principles that he hoped would serve as models for humanity,” says Bernstein.

In 1609, when Galileo Galilei fashioned a telescope and looked to the heavens, he was the first to see that the surface of our moon is filled with craters, mountains and other imperfections. He also saw countless stars filling every inch of the sky and noticed moons circling Jupiter—all previously unseen by any human. He published these revelations in a book called "Siderius nuncius" or "The Starry Messenger." This thin volume would help shift the world away from an earth-centered view of the heavens and start the revolution called modern science.

For the first time, a full-color facsimile of the work, along with related material, has been reprinted in "The Starry Messenger, Venice 1610: ‘From Doubt to Astonishment,’" published by Levenger Press in association with the Library of Congress. The facsimile is based on the Library’s untrimmed copy—one of the most complete copies in existence—which was purchased in 2008.

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Mr Bazalgette’s Agent was written by English novelist Leonard Merrick (1864-1939), who said of the book: 'It's a terrible book. It's the worst thing I ever wrote. I bought them all up and destroyed them. You can't find any.' Copies of the book can now only be found in private collections and in a handful of university and national libraries throughout the world. Merrick went on to become a prolific novelist, admired by such contemporaries as HG Wells, JM Barrie, GK Chesterton and Virginia Woolf, but he never wrote another detective story.

The novel follows the international exploits of Miriam Lea, a determined and resourceful young heroine who grapples with some very modern dilemmas of female virtue and vice. This new edition will make the story widely available for the first time, offering modern crime fiction fans an opportunity to discover this enticing and rare detective novel.

London — Brahma Dreaming is master storyteller John Jackson’s latest collaboration with the acclaimed artist, Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.

John’s intriguing versions of the tales of the Hindus’ great gods are graced by Daniela’s brilliantly reimagined illustrations of the deities, each a masterpiece of detail and drama, reminiscent of Dulac and Rackham, and the glorious ‘Golden Age’.

These are the tales of the Trimurti — the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva — and Brahma Dreaming is divided into three sections representing their continuous forces of creation, preservation and destruction.

The Letters of Jack Kerouac to Ed White, 1947-1969. Glenn Horowitz's latest catalogue documents an important collection of five dozen lengthy letters and postcards written by Jack Kerouac to Ed White, the majority unpublished and composed prior to the 1957 publication of On the Road. White and Kerouac met in 1946 as undergraduates at Columbia University and White’s suggestion that Kerouac spontaneously “sketch” his ideas in a pocket notebook greatly impacted his friend’s narrative style - Kerouac would later confess to Neal Cassady, “It’s the only way to write.” These letters chart an important friendship from its Columbia days onward and document the writing and publication of Kerouac’s major novels.

93 pp.; 6 x 9 inches; pictorial wrappers. $25.

To order a catalogue, or for further information about the collection, please email

March 11, 2013 — London, U.K. — The Folio Society announces the publishing of an impressive four-volume edition of Three Kingdoms. Hailed as ‘The Iliad of China’, it is an epic historical novel documenting the turbulent years when the Chinese empire was divided into three warring kingdoms. Chinese author-in-exile Ma Jian introduces this edition available at ($275).

In Chinese culture, the era of the Three Kingdoms (AD 168-280) has achieved the status of legend, and this remarkable novel, written in the fourteenth century, is one of the great classics of Chinese literature. Arguably the most widely read historical novel in late imperial and modern China, this extraordinary work is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand Chinese civilization.

The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and The Folio Society have announced the first ever facsimile of the sketchbooks of Vincent van Gogh held in the museum’s collections.

Van Gogh’s sketchbooks are a relatively little-known part of an oeuvre that is otherwise celebrated the world over. They contain what are perhaps some of his most intimate creations. The majority of the sketches are in pencil or black chalk, but ink and various other chalks and crayons are also used. They provide valuable insight into Van Gogh’s artistic development and some pages contain what are actually stand-alone miniature works of art. He also used them to jot down everyday matters such as addresses and prescriptions, to copy out poems and to make schematic drawings of perspective frames.

Vela Noche Expands From Books to Editions

New York, NY — Vela Noche is delighted to announce the expansion of its catalog beyond books with the introduction of two new handmade limited edition portfolios of photographs. Vela Noche, to date, has published 5 books. We are thrilled to now offer collectors the finest portfolios of pigment photographic prints available on the market.

The first two portfolios include:

This is Your Land is artist Lauren Henkin’s first solo handmade limited edition of loose photographs.  A series of 10 images taken in rural northeastern Texas in early 2012, these images showcase her talents not only as an image-maker, but as a printmaker.

In this latest printing of the Baby Elephant Folio of Audubon’s Birds of America, the thumbnail images accompanying the descriptive captions are printed in full color (formerly in black and white); a bright teal binding cloth, as the cover heron’s plumage; a new systematic arrangement of the prints, following the modern classification of species; and new descriptive captions about each bird, allow us to appreciate Audubon’s achievement in the light of modern ornithology.

The Baby Elephant Folio presents all 435 of Audubon’s brilliant handcolored engravings in exquisite reproductions derived from the original plates of the National Audubon Society’s archival copy of the rare Double Elephant Folio.

New ILAB Directory Published

The new edition of the ILAB Directory has recently been published. It contains all names, addresses and specialities of the ILAB dealers who are organized in 22 national associations and who are located in 32 countries all over the world.

The new Directory, in a wonderful new design, will be handed out at all major ILAB Book Fairs from San Francisco to Paris to New York, London, Boston, Amsterdam, Milan, Stuttgart and Melbourne. All who want to have a look at it, before they hold the printed version in their hands, are able to download the PDF on the ILAB website!

The Library of Congress, in association with Levenger Press, is publishing a new scholarly book on two 16th-century maps that fundamentally changed the way the world was viewed. Scheduled for publication in October, "Seeing the World Anew: The Radical Vision of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 & 1516 World Maps" spotlights two of the Library’s cartographic treasures housed in the Geography and Map Division and reproduces them in the largest full-color formats ever authorized.

In "Seeing the World Anew," two leading authorities, both of whom have published extensively on the history of cartography, tell the stories of these maps, placing them in context of both the 16th and 21st centuries. John W. Hessler, a senior cartographic librarian at the Library of Congress and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, provides the narrative for the 1507 map. Chet Van Duzer, an Invited Research Scholar at the John Carter Brown Library and recent Kislak Fellow at the Library of Congress, provides the narrative for the 1516 map. Ralph E. Ehrenberg, chief of the Library’s Geography and Map Division, provides the book’s afterword.

The twelve sheets that comprise each map are reproduced in full color, and at 11 x 14 inches. Composites of both maps, approximately 4 feet by 2 feet long, are folded and pocketed into the book.

Both these maps disappeared after they were originally published and were lost to history until their rediscovery in 1901. The Library of Congress now owns the only extant copies.

The 1507 World Map is the first to apply the name "America" to the New World. The map depicts the Americas as "an island … surrounded on all sides by sea," to quote Waldseemüller. This rare item was housed for more than 350 years in the 16th-century castle belonging to the family of Prince Johannes Waldburg-Wolfegg at Wolfegg in southern Germany. The Library purchased the map in 2003. A climate-controlled encasement was constructed to allow the map to be on permanent display.

Waldseemüller’s 1516 map, called the "Carta marina" ("sea chart"), was equally groundbreaking, essentially discarding the ancient map models of Ptolemy for a more modern vision. The "Carta marina" is the first printed nautical chart of the world. It differs markedly from the 1507 World Map—the name "America" is omitted, the New World is said to be part of Asia (in accordance with Columbus’s theories), and the Pacific Ocean is not depicted.

The "Carta marina" came to the Library in 2004 with the donation of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas. The collection contains some of the earliest records of indigenous peoples in North America and superb objects from the discovery, contact and colonial periods, especially for Florida, the Caribbean and Mesoamerica.

The inclusion of this world treasure in the Kislak Collection allows that document to rejoin the 1507 world map. Both are on display in the Library’s exhibition titled "Exploring the Early Americas: The Jay I. Kislak Collection in the Library of Congress," on view since December 2007. It may be viewed online at

"Seeing the World Anew" will be discussed by authors Hessler and Van Duzer at the National Book Festival, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 in the Library of Congress Pavilion on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Advance copies of the book will be sold exclusively at the National Book Festival, prior to its national release on Oct. 1. For more information about the festival, go to

"Seeing the World Anew," a 120-page hardcover book (11 x 14 inches) will be available for $85 from Levenger Press ( or 800-544-0880) and in the Library of Congress Shop, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20540-4985. Credit-card orders are taken at (888) 682-3557.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 151 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at

AUSTIN, Texas — The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has introduced an online database for its entire Kraus map collection.

The 36-map collection, acquired in 1969 by Harry Ransom from the New York antiquarian dealer Hans P. Kraus, features a wide range of individual maps of Europe and America, atlases, a rare set of large terrestrial and celestial globes (ca. 1688) produced by the Italian master Vincenzo Coronelli and a group of manuscript letters by Abraham Ortelius.

"Visitors can see the remarkable foundations of modern cartography in this digital collection," said Richard Oram, the Ransom Center's associate director and Hobby Foundation Librarian. "From a medieval map that shows the world divided into three parts split by the Mediterranean Sea to an early portolan chart of the coast of Africa and a rare 1541 Mercator globe, it's all accessible from any computer desktop with an Internet connection."

Because of size and conservation considerations—some of the maps are as large as 6 by 9 feet—some of these maps have only been seen by a handful of visitors. This digital collection makes it possible for a larger public to examine the collection via the Ransom Center's website. The maps are all zoom-able, and users can view detailed close-ups of images.

Among the Kraus collection treasures are the maps, atlases and globes produced in the Low Countries during the 16th and 17th centuries by the accomplished cartographers Willem Blaeu (and sons), Gerard Mercator and Abraham Ortelius.

The single most important of these works is Joan Blaeu's enormous world map "Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula," completed in 1648. The Ransom Center's copy, one of only two known to exist and the only colored copy, survives complete with an accompanying text.

The collection also contains a manuscript map of Virginia that was produced in the earliest period of English settlement in America (ca. 1610). The map's written legends provide evidence of the attempts of the Virginia Company and the settlers to deal with the Native American tribes. The map is among the earliest of Virginia that survive; only three others from the period of the settlement are known.

Other Kraus cartographic treasures include a page from the "Etymologiae. Isidori Iunioris Hispalensis Episcopis Epistola" (1472), which was especially notable for including the small T-shaped map on leaf 181 recto, the first map of the world printed anywhere and a set of terrestrial and celestial globes produced ca. 1688. Website visitors can rotate and zoom in on the globes in the collection.

A Gentle Madness is not only the name of the bestselling and most comprehensive book about the passion of book collecting, it has become a widely recognized term to describe the innocent addiction to, and allure of, acquiring books.  Anyone afflicted with this malady is certifiable and in good company.

No one knows this better than the author of A Gentle Madness, Nicholas Basbanes, to whom Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and historian David McCullough has referred as “our leading authority of books about books.”  

A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books (Fine Books Press, paper, $15.95), originally written before the emergence of the internet, is now available in a new edition, updated for the twenty-first century reader, including a new preface by the author.  Appropriately, it will soon be available digitally for popular ebook readers.

The new edition of Basbanes’ modern classic recalls the end of the Golden Age of collecting—that last moment in time when collectors frequented dusty bookshops, street stalls, and high-stakes auctions, conducting themselves with the subterfuge befitting a true bibliomaniac.  A Gentle Madness is vividly anecdotal and thoroughly researched.  A sweeping and fascinating history of collecting on all levels, it begins with the 2,200-year-old Library of Alexandria, passes through the dawn of Western printing in the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, and carries through the marvels of twentieth-century collecting.  Basbanes’ new preface updates the reader on many of the personalities and key players in the world of book collecting—people like Haven O’More, Stephen C. Blumberg, William H. Scheide, Howard B. Gottlieb, Leonard Baskin, Peter B. Howard, Mary Hyde Eccles, Glen Dawson, Lou and Ben Weinstein, Michael Zinman, and Charles L. Blockson, among others.

Throughout, Nicholas Basbanes brings an investigative reporter’s heart and instincts to the task of chronicling collectors past and present in their pursuit of bibliomania.  Now a classic of collecting, A Gentle Madness is a book lover’s delight.


A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books 
By Nicholas A. Basbanes 
(A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year)

The Definitive Edition, ISBN 978-0-9799491-5-9, Paper, $15.95

Published by Fine Books Press, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, #2, Durham, North Carolina 27707

WORCESTER, MA— To celebrate its bicentennial, the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) commissioned Philip F. Gura to write The American Antiquarian Society, 1812-2012: A Bicentennial History.
            Gura traces the history of AAS by concentrating on the intellectual development of the institution as a cultural repository and center for scholarly study on American writing and publishing. He charts the development of the Society’s collections from the founding gift of 8,000 volumes to its current holdings of over four million items - including two-thirds of all American imprints created before 1821 - described by historian Gordon Wood as “the greatest collection of early Americana in the world.”
            The book also explores the uniquely democratic nature of the AAS collections. The Society’s founder, Isaiah Thomas, a Revolutionary War-era printer who became the most influential publisher of the New Republic, sought both exceptional and commonplace items. He acquired some of the new nation’s rarest books and manuscripts including the bulk of the Mather family library and a rare edition of the first book published in America, The Whole Booke of Psalms (Bay Psalm Book, 1640). But Thomas also collected inexpensive and ephemeral materials such  as broadside ballads - single sheets with popular songs sold cheaply on the streets and sung in taverns - that, according to Thomas, “shew what articles of this kind are in vogue with the Vulgar at this time (1813-14).” The range of material that Thomas collected established the policy that his successors have continued throughout the history of the institution. Today, the Society’s collections provide readers with unparalleled information on all aspects of American culture from 1640 through 1876.
            The bicentennial history also explores how the Society played major roles in the rise of library professionalism and the growth of American bibliography.  The library was at the forefront of designing reading rooms and housing collections that would prove influential to other libraries throughout the country. Samuel Foster Haven who was AAS librarian for 43 years in the nineteenth century was a founding member of the American Library Association. The Society was actively involved in many bibliographical projects including the multivolume works of Joseph Sabin (Bibliotheca Americana: A Dictionary of Books Relating to America) and Charles Evans (American Bibliography). The Society’s support of bibliographical scholarship culminated in the 1980s when the institution became a leading center in the field of book history with the founding of the Program in the History of the Book in American Culture. A signature outcome of this program was the publication of the five-volume A History of the Book in America.
            Providing access to its collections is a major component of the Society’s activities and this new history traces the evolution of this work starting with the efforts of Christopher Columbus Baldwin, second AAS librarian, to create the first catalog, a task that was completed after his tragic death in a stagecoach accident on the Cumberland Road, the nation’s first super highway. The book also describes the advent of the card catalog and of microprint technology that led AAS to become a pioneer in filming the earliest literature of the nation for distribution to colleges and universities through its partnership with Readex Microprint Corporation. This initiative was started by AAS librarian Clifford K. (Ted) Shipton in 1954 and did much to expand and transform the scholarship of early American studies in the second half of the twentieth century.  The Society now has a robust online catalog accessible through the Society’s website ( It continues to work with Readex and other commercial partners to digitize the collections and make them available to libraries and universities through subscription-based products.
            The American Antiquarian Society has played a vital role in historical scholarship for the last two hundred years. Over the course of its history many distinguished scholars and writers have visited and used the collections, including: George Bancroft, Henry David Thoreau, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Samuel Eliot Morison, Esther Forbes, Ken Burns, Robert Gross, Jill Lepore, David McCullough, Nathaniel Philbrick, Laurel Ulrich, Alan Taylor, and Gordon Wood. Edmund Mills Barton, AAS librarian from 1883 to 1908, summed up the Society’s mission then and now when he declared the American Antiquarian Society was “a private library for the public good.”
            Philip F. Gura the author of The American Antiquarian Society, 1812-2012: A Bicentennial History is the William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is the author of many books on a wide variety of subjects, including: The Crossroads of American History and Literature (1996); America’s Instrument: The Banjo in the Nineteenth Century (1999); C.F. Martin and His Guitars, 1796-1873 (2003);  Jonathan Edwards: America’s Evangelical  (2005); American Transcendentalism: A History (2007),which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award; and Truth’s Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel, which will be published in 2013.
            The American Antiquarian Society, 1812-2012: A Bicentennial History was edited by Caroline Sloat, AAS director of book publications. She also selected and researched the 120 images that appear in the 454 page volume. The book is published by the Society and distributed by Oak Knoll Press.
American Antiquarian Society
            Celebrating its bicentennial as the country’s first national historical organization, the American Antiquarian Society is both a learned society and a major independent research library. The AAS library today houses the largest and most accessible collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, sheet music, and graphic arts material printed through 1876 in what is now the United States, as well as manuscripts and a substantial collection of secondary works, bibliographies, and other reference works related to all aspects of American history and culture before the twentieth century.
            The Society sponsors a broad range of programs-visiting research fellowships, research, education, publications, lectures, and concerts-for constituencies ranging from school children and their teachers through undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, creative and performing artists and writers, and the general public.
            The AAS library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. It is closed on all legal holidays. The library is open to serious researchers, free of charge. Complimentary public tours are held Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.  The Society can be found on the worldwide web at The American Antiquarian Society is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that supports public programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences.
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It was designed for the most famous dolls’ house in the world, with pages no bigger than postage stamps.  But next month, 90 years after it was written, this tiny book, specially created for Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House at Windsor Castle, will be reproduced on human scale.  Thanks to a collaboration between Royal Collection Publications and Walker Books, the fairy story and illustrations contained within J. Smith, by Fougasse, will be revealed in full for the first time.

The handwritten book measures just 4cm x 3.5cm and is one of 200 volumes in the miniature library of the Dolls’ House, created for Queen Mary, consort of King George V, in 1922.  The house, designed by the renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, is the perfect replica of an aristocratic Edwardian residence, complete with fully furnished rooms, electricity, running water and lifts.  It can be seen by visitors to Windsor Castle all year round.  The library in Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House contains tiny works by 171 authors, including Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir James Barrie and Edith Wharton.  The story of Joe Smith is one of the most enchanting volumes - and its tale is among the few to be written exclusively for the Dolls’ House.  The book was the contribution of one of the foremost cartoonists of the day, ‘Fougasse’, whose real name was Cyril Kenneth Bird.  Bird, editor of Punch magazine from 1949 to 1953, is best known for his ‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’ posters, drawn for the government during the Second World War.

Fougasse’s book, written in verse and charmingly illustrated, tells the story of a fairy, Joe Smith, who falls out of Fairyland one stormy night and lands in London.  Not everyone believes his claim to be a fairy, as he finds when he is arrested:

‘“But they do exist,” said the fairy.

And the proof of it is me -

For if I’m not a fairy - Whatever can I be?

If you won’t believe a simple fact, very well then, you shall see.”

He stood up on his little toes -

And out his arms he spread -

Then gently floated through the air -

And round the policeman’s head -
Then he…
lay down on the ceiling, and

“Well, p’raps you’re right,” they said -’

After a series of misadventures, including a turn on the London stage and an attempt to become an artist, Joe decides that fairyland is a far safer place to be and returns again to his ‘fairy brotherhood’.

Royal Collection Publisher, Jacky Colliss Harvey, said, ‘This book is a miniature work of genius, full of sly wit and with Fougasse’s unmistakable and charming illustrations.  We are delighted to bring it to a wider audience as one of our new titles for children, although we are convinced it will appeal just as irresistibly to adults.’

Denise Johnstone-Burt, Publisher of J. Smith at Walker Books, said, ‘We were both honoured and thrilled to be given the opportunity to bring this miniature masterpiece from the library of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House to the wider world.  This rare and exquisite book with its enchanting history was irresistible to us when we first saw it.  We have lovingly reproduced Fougasse’s magical story and brilliant illustrations in this special edition so their true wit and beauty can be enjoyed by everyone.”

The gift edition of J. Smith by Fougasse is published by Walker Books from the original book in Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.  Publication date 3 May 2012, price £10 (clothbound hardback), 152 pages, ISBN 978-1-4063-3793-8.

London--Independent publisher JJ Books is proud to announce the launch of ‘Tales for Great Grandchildren’, the app (for iPad), which they believe will set a new standard for children’s illustrated book applications.

Author John Jackson wrote this enchanting collection of 13 folk and fairy tales after trekking through northern India and Nepal. He has recreated a world of flying turtles, truculent tigers and talking lotus flowers. There’s even a man-eating giant who has his eye on a shepherd girl! The app is aimed at children 7-12 years.

The app builds on the success of the original hardback version published in October 2011 as a limited edition. Bound in buckram, block printed and hand-bound, the book was produced using the same methods and attention to detail used to create the earliest illustrated gift books by Rackham and Dulac in the glorious ‘Golden Age’. It is listed on Amazon at £29.99.

John, 82, who is the chairman of the high profile solicitors, Mishcon de Reya, is a polymath. He is not only an established author but a lawyer, a businessman, and a political and constitutional campaigner, who is probably still best known as a founder of the Countryside Alliance.

He set up JJ Books last year because he is passionate about publishing beautiful books using traditional methods, but he is also enthralled by the potential of digital delivery. ‘An illustrated hardback book is a luxury item, as it was at the turn of the twentieth century. With the emergence of the iPad, we found a format that would allow us to transform our books so that they can be enjoyed by everyone,’ Mr Jackson said.

‘Tales’ is JJ Books’ first app. Mr Jackson said the challenge was to communicate the beauty and quality of the book in digital form while making sure that ‘none of the magic’ was lost. ‘I didn’t want to do anything that was any less beautiful than a nineteenth century children’s book,’ he said.

‘We put the same effort into the app that we put into the book, and where possible, we wanted to enhance it. We have held the digital technology to the same superior standards that we have brought to print.’

The acclaimed illustrations by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini, including 13 full watercolour plates, have been animated. Daniela worked closely with the app developers to make sure that the richness of the Indian jewel colours and the dazzling details were fully realised, down to the elephant’s eyelashes. She is ‘thrilled and delighted’ with the result.

The app will delight children and adults who will appreciate its artistic approach. There are no bells and whistles here; the stories and illustrations speak for themselves. There is the great thunder of hooves as elephants, rhinoceroses and all their friends from the forest run for their lives from ‘The End of the World’. In the ‘Hole in the Roof’ a hideous giant sleeps after a heavy ‘man’-made meal, his snores gently lifting his blood-spattered blanket. The sadness of a grieving elephant and the quiet beauty of a princess bride are captured in ‘Lovely One’.

The ‘Tales’ are narrated by John, himself a grandfather of five and a great grandfather of two, with great character, warmth and wit. There is also a Read Alone function so that children can read alone or with their parents.

The app format enables JJ Books to offer readers additional material on the background to the book. ‘Tales Behind the Tales’ is a chapter of extras which includes two short ‘making of’ films featuring John and Daniela titled ‘Inspiration Behind the Tales’ and ‘The Illustrative Journey.’

The app was developed by Digital Leaf ( Co-founder, Neil Jeffries, said it was ‘refreshing to create an app using the latest technologies but which still stays true to the original hardback book’.

‘It is important that children’s apps are educational as well as entertaining. This app is intelligent, interesting and beautifully simple. It’s the winning combination of Daniela’s stunning illustrations, John’s distinctive voice and the Tales’ exotic characters,’ Mr Jeffries said.

‘This is one app that adults and children will want to read together over and over again, just for the sheer pleasure of it.’

The app will be available on the App Store from 28 February 2012. The free download includes ‘Introducing the Tales’, ‘The Hole in the Roof’ and bonus material. Further tales are priced at 69p (99¢) each or £4.99 ($6.99) for a bundle containing all 12 tales and additional bonus material. ‘Tales for Great Grandchildren’ will also be available on iTunes as an iBook priced at £3.99 ($5.99).
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HIDDEN TREASURE: a spectacular illustrated book celebrating the 175th anniversary of the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library.

“My fantasy holiday is a week spent locked in the archives of the National Library of Medicine, so you can imagine how excited I am about this book. It’s an incomparable treasure trove. I hugged it to my chest like a four-year-old with a new pair of shoes.”
— Mary Roach, author of Stiff and Packing for Mars

With more than 17 million items dating from the eleventh century to the present, the National Library of Medicine, founded 175 years ago, is the world’s largest medical library — America’s home to a rich worldwide heritage of objects from rare early medical books to disturbing, precise nineteenth-century surgical illustrations to delightful mid-twentieth-century animated cartoons.

Despite more than a century and a half of classification and cataloguing, buried in the sheer mass of this collection are wondrous items largely unseen by the public and obscure even to librarians, curators, and historians. The individual objects — rare, extravagant, idiosyncratic, and sometimes surprising — brought to light in this book glow with beauty, grotesquery, wit and/or calamitous tragedy. Among the objects featured are a series never before reproduced of hauntingly delicate paintings and illustrations of “monstra” collected in the early decades of the nineteenth century “from the museum of Dr. Klinkenberg” in the Netherlands; charming hand-painted glass “magic lantern slides,” which doctors projected in slideshows to entertain and help cure inmates at St. Elizabeths Hospital for the Insane; the mimeographed report of the Japanese medical team first to enter Hiroshima after the atomic blast; surreal views of mechanically sliced cadavers in the photographic anatomical atlas of fin-de-siècle France’s notorious surgeon-provocateur Eugène-Louis Doyen; and a staggering variety of objects from around the world and through seven different centuries.

Each hidden treasure included here has been specially selected and is accompanied by a brief essay by a distinguished scholar, artist, collector, journalist, or physician. Delivered from the obscurity of the library’s massive archive, these marvels speak to us, charm us, repulse us, amaze us, inform us, and intrigue us — and present a tantalizing glimpse of some of the precious and remarkable objects to be found within one of the world’s great hidden treasures: the National Library of Medicine.
ABOUT THE EDITOR: Michael Sappol is curator-historian at the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine and the author of A Traffic of Dead Bodies and Dream Anatomy and co-editor of A Cultural History of the Body in the Age of Empire. His current work focuses on twentieth-century modernist medical illustration and the history of medical film.

ABOUT BLAST BOOKS: For more than twenty years, Blast has been publishing books on extraordinary cultural and historical subjects, from Mütter Museum to Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race 1957-1962. Visit

“Opening this volume is like lifting up the lid of a treasure chest. The images and artifacts from the NLM’s historical coffers are intriguing, sometimes startling, unfailingly fascinating, and made all the more evocative by the authoritative, playful short reflections, many written by leading scholars in the history of medicine. Brilliantly conceived and beautifully produced, this is an amazing exploration of the visual and material cultures of health, medicine, and the body in their widest and most imaginative reaches.”
—John Harley Warner, Chair of History of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine

Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine
Edited by Michael Sappol
Hardcover with jacket • 10 x 11" • 240 pages 450 color illustrations • $50.00 • nonfiction
isbn 978-0-922233-42-7
Publication date: April 2, 2012
Blast Books
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The British Library publishes the first detective novel…The Notting Hill Mystery

‘Is that chain one of purely accidental coincidence, or does it point with terrible certainty to a series of crimes, in their nature and execution too horrible to contemplate?’ - Ralph Henderson, narrator

The British Library has today published The Notting Hill Mystery by Charles Felix, widely considered to be the first detective novel ever published. Originally serialised between 1862 and 1863 in the magazine Once a Week and then published as a single volume in 1863, The Notting Hill Mystery has not been commercially available since then, until now.

For years, many considered the first detective novel to be Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone, published in 1868, while others have proposed Emile Gaboriau’s first Monsieur Lecoq novel, L’Affaire Lerouge. However, The Notting Hill Mystery can truly claim to be the first modern detective novel and pre-dates both of these by several years.

Presented in the form of diary entries, family letters, chemical analysis reports, interviews with witnesses and a crime scene map, the novel displays innovative techniques that would not become common features of detective fiction until the 1920s.

The Notting Hill Mystery features insurance investigator, Ralph Henderson, who is building a case against the sinister Baron ‘R___’, suspected of murdering his wife in order to obtain significant life insurance payments. During his methodical investigation, Henderson encounters a maze of intrigue including a diabolical mesmerist, kidnapping by gypsies, slow-poisoners, a rich uncle’s will and three murders.

The British Library has made this landmark text available once again in a trade edition. This new edition also includes George du Maurier’s illustrations, the first edition to do so since the original publication in serial form.

The Notting Hill Mystery is published by the British Library Publishing, 21 February 2012, price £8.99 / ISBN 9780712358590, 198 x 130 mm, 312 pages

The Notting Hill Mystery is available to buy from the British Library shop (T +44 (0)20 7412 7735 / email )

The British Library's Love Letters

Love Letters: 2000 Years of Romance, a title published by the British Library, is the first ever anthology to reproduce original love letters in each of the writers’ own hand. Featuring letters drawn from the Library's unique and vast collections, the romance spans from 168 BC to the 20th century and offers a rare insight into the intimate thoughts, feelings and desires of iconic individuals such as Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII, Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde.
Edited and written by Andrea Clarke, Curator of Early Modern Historical Manuscripts, Love Letters displays and transcribes in full 25 letters with engaging commentaries about the correspondents and their circumstances, as well as portraits of the writers and recipients. It includes letters by figures such as Henry VIII, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Horatio Lord Nelson, Oscar Wilde and Mervyn Peake.

From the raw passion of Rupert Brooke’s letter to Cathleen Nesbitt - ‘I will kiss you till I kill you’ - to the hurt and dejected pre-wedding note from Charles Dickens to his fiancée - ‘do not trifle with me’ - Love Letters exposes ‘every shade of love’ through these personal and private letters between lovers over hundreds of years.

Highlights include:

    •    Charlotte Brontë to Professor Constantin Héger, November 1844 - infatuated with her Belgian Professor, Charlotte wrote letters to him and despite the fact that Professor Héger tore up three of them and threw all four away, incredibly four of her letters have survived. Curiously, it is thanks to his wife - who retrieved them and sewed them back together - that we are able to read them today.

    •    Oscar Wilde to Lord Alfred Douglas, January 1897 - the first and last pages of ‘De Profundis’, the 50,000-word letter that Wilde wrote to Douglas from Reading Gaol between December 1896 and March 1897. As well as charting Wilde’s spiritual growth through the physical and emotional hardships of his imprisonment, the letter is a bitter - yet remarkably tender and forgiving - indictment of the man who he felt had helped to destroy his life and reputation.

    •    Mervyn Peake to his wife, Maeve, 1949 - previously unpublished, Peake’s wonderfully illustrated and heartfelt letter was written just before his wife went to hospital to give birth. He signs off, ‘Maevie. I am in love. Deeply. Un-endingly, for ever and ever.’

Andrea Clarke, author of Love Letters, says: “In an age of emails, tweets and texted ‘I luv u’s’, Love Letters invites us into a privileged realm and reminds us why the written word is so special. We are delighted to share these handwritten, intimate exchanges between couples - some famous, others now lost to history - with a wider audience.”

To celebrate the publication of Love Letters the Library will hold an event in February with special guests, including acclaimed biographer Anne Sebba, who will join British Library curator Andrea Clarke, for a pre-Valentine's Day dip into the most intimate world of the handwritten love letter, with fascinating readings, discussion and insights into the private relationships of people across centuries and cultures.

British Library Publishing 

Love Letters
is available to buy from the British Library shop (T +44 (0)20 7412 7735 / email )


Love Letters: 2000 Years of Romance

When: Sat 11 Feb 2012, 14.00 - 16.30

Where: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £7.50 / £5 concessions

Love Letters
1: Letter from Isaias to her husband, Hephaestion, 29 August 168 BC
2: Margery Brews to John Paston III, February 1477
3: Prince Arthur to Katherine of Aragon, 5 October 1499
4: Pierre Sala, Petit Livre d’Amour (letter to Marguerite Bullioud), c.1500
5: Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, love notes in a Book of Hours, c.1528
6: Katherine Parr to Henry VIII, July 1544
7: Earl of Essex to Elizabeth I, 18 October 1591
8: Sir Thomas Baskerville to his wife, Mary, 21 August 1595
9: Thomas Knyvett to his wife, Katherine, 26 November 1621
10: George Villiers to James I, 29 August 1623
11: Dorothy Osbourne to Sir William Temple, 15/16 October 1653
12: Sir John Fenwick to his wife, Mary, January 1697
13: Vanessa [Esther van Homrigh] to Jonathan Swift, 1714
14: Horatio Nelson’s last letter to Lady Emma Hamilton, 19 October 1805
15: Charles Dickens to his future wife, Catherine Hogarth, May 1835
16: Charlotte Brontë to Professor Constantin Héger, 18 November 1844
17: Oscar Wilde to Lord Alfred Douglas, De Profundis, January 1897
18: Gordon Bottomley to Emily Burton, 17 October 1899
19: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnet 43 from Sonnets from the Portuguese, c. 1846
20: Christina Rossetti, Valentine poem to her mother, 1884
21: Rupert Brooke to Cathleen Nesbitt, 1913
22: Roger Keyes to his wife, Eva, 10 December 1914
23: Mervyn Peake to his wife, Maeve Gilmore, early 1940s
24: Ted Hughes, poem to Sylvia Plath, c.1980
25: Ralph Richardson to his wife, Meriel Forbes, 1964-70
For more information contact:
Evie Jeffreys
British Library
t:+ 44 (0) 20 7412 7105
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website - - every year where they can view up to 4 million digitised collection items and over 40 million pages. 

Announcing the Seventh Edition of A Pocket Guide to the Identification of First Editions, 2012

Compiled since 1999 when the Sixth Edition went to press, the revised content of the Seventh Edition will include 2342 items of new information: previously-unlisted publishers from 1850 to 2011, changes and revisions to already-listed publishers from the Sixth Edition, as well as newly discovered publishers since 1999.

As a point of comparison, the Seventh Edition will list 5835 publishers. The Sixth Edition listed in 3642.

With the demise of Zempel & Verkler’s Guide, last updated in 2001 and now out of print, our Seventh Edition becomes the only available guide to this scholarship and the most up-to-date.

For practicality and field utility, we have used a lighter, stronger paper to keep the bulk of the book approximately the same as the Sixth Edition.

Prepaid orders will be accepted beginning at once, for shipping in mid-January 2012.

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Historical Note: The Seventh Edition was compiled with the research assistance of my son, Ross McBride, a now-fourth generation bookseller. His grandfather Everett Whitlock, great uncle Gilbert Whitlock, great uncle Reverdy Whitlock and great grandfather C. E. H. Whitlock, all on his Mother’s side, were booksellers. C. E. H. founded Whitlock’s, Inc, New Haven, in 1900 and was succeeded by Reverdy through 1990, ; Everett & Gilbert operated The Whitlock Farm Booksellers, Bethany, since ca 1940.  There are also reports that another ancestor operated a used book business in New York City in the 1820s. And I’m his Dad, founder of The Jumping Frog, Hartford, in 1983 and still at it.

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Civil War Letter Basis For Novel

Treasure Hunting through Attic Trash? Historian Says Pan the Paperwork for Gold

From PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” to A&E’s “Storage Wars,” reality TV has capitalized on our fascination with discovering treasure in household junk.

It happened to historian Michael Mendoza, whose patient culling through boxes of old papers was rewarded when he found a Civil War veteran’s personal account of his experiences. The 17-page letter was so rich in detail, Mendoza ( used it as the basis of his first novel, "Glorious Reality of War."

Mendoza owned an antiques store in 1997 when 95-year-old Alice Bowersock died in San Diego, Calif., he says. He acquired her estate: furniture, knickknacks, and stacks of boxes full of photographs, insurance policies and letters.

Most people, Mendoza notes, might trash the papers right off the bat.

“Don’t,” he says. “Toss or sell the knickknacks, and keep the paper. It can be invaluable.”

Collectors value ephemera because such paper records are unique and irreplaceable, he says, so he pored through the boxes page by page, finding birth and death records, paintings and prints, old books.

“And then I saw the letter - a documented firsthand experience of the Civil War. It was written in 1925, typed on 8½-by-14-inch paper,” Mendoza says. “Reading it, I got a real good sense of who (the writer) was.”

Charles Wesley Rickard was 64 when he wrote the letter to his daughter, Alice, who had asked him to write about his war experience.

He was a 15-year-old Iowa farm boy, he wrote, when “a great desire came over me to go to the war. My parents were loathe to give their consent, and so I made life miserable for them until they finally gave in.”

In 1862, he enlisted as a Union fifer because he was too young to serve as a private. “I had never seen a fife before,” Rickard wrote. “But I could use a rifle, and I was bound to go as something.” When the fighting began, he was in the thick of it.

Three years later and all of 18 years old, he remembers noting how very young the new replacement troops looked.

Mendoza kept Rickard’s letter and sold off some of the memorabilia.

“I knew the value was more in presenting it as a historical fiction novel,” he says.

Finding inspiration for a novel may not equate to striking it rich for everyone, but people willing to invest time in sorting through old family papers stand to profit, Mendoza says.

“Many things are valuable on their own, like first editions of classic books,” he says. “But don’t forget the family records. Even if you’re not into genealogy, you should save those, because once you throw them away, they’re lost to the next generation.”

Mendoza offers these tips for dealing with old paperwork:

Don’t throw it away simply because it’s damaged. Mendoza found a first-edition copy of “Gone with the Wind” that was so waterlogged, it was destroyed. “I sold it for $80,” he says, “and that was cheap.”

Put together items on the same topic to improve chances of selling to collectors. Collectors like to buy in lots, Mendoza notes. They’d rather have a whole bunch of things than just one. Among Alice Bowersock’s belongings, Mendoza found photographs and documents from her father’s time helping to build the Panama Canal. Mendoza pulled all the canal material together and sold it to a collector.

Store papers in an open zipper bag in a dry place. If the paper is very valuable, invest in bags designed for that purpose. Otherwise, zipper baggies from the grocery store do fine. Don’t seal them, though, because if there’s no air circulation, the paper might stick to the plastic.

Digitize everything. Scanning your documents and photographs allows you to study them without damaging them.

For the record - Mendoza is still going through Alice Bowersock’s boxes.

About Michael Mendoza

Michael Mendoza holds a master’s degree in American history and is an adjunct instructor for Central Texas College. He lives in Santee, Calif., and plans a sequel to “Glorious Reality of War.”

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Antique Woodworking Tools

Antique Woodworking Tools Their Craftsmanship from the Earliest Times to the Twentieth Century is not only a celebration of a collection lovingly put together over a period of 35 years, but it is also possibly the biggest private collection of western woodworking tools in the world. 

Assembled by David Russell, himself an expert joiner whose keen eye has been endorsed by scholarship, this is not simply the book of an unusual collection, but it is the most serious work of reference of its kind to date and has become a ‘bible’ in its field.  As David Linley, Chairman of Christie’s and well-known cabinet maker, writes in the Foreword, ‘Russell is to be congratulated on amassing with unerring eye such a fascinating array of tools, many of which are of the highest quality or deepest historical significance.’

Tools are man’s earliest surviving artefacts and David Russell’s scholarly book, is probably the first time the tools of a trade have been given a systematic and scientific analysis on such a scale. The book  has an important place in the twenty-first century because tools represent time-honoured values associated with pride in workmanship and skilled training, which together with the demise of apprenticeship, have all but lost their rightful position in society today.  It is also appropriate that the world famous Victoria & Albert Museum is opening a new furniture gallery in 2012, where the focus will not be on the finished product, but on the tools, their artistry and inventive craftsmanship.

David Russell’s collection starts with pre historic implements, gradually progressing through the centuries.  Many are unique and many were specially commissioned.  The first item Russell bought which set his heart racing and which triggered his passion for collecting, was a Norris smoother.  The name Norris is still music to the ears of anybody who knows and understands woodwork.  Norris-made planes from the mid 19th century were considered the pinnacle of practical design and gracefulness; as Russell himself says, ‘Some thirty odd years later planes are still the mainspring of my collection.  Yet on leafing through my book readers will soon come to see how broad, strong and lasting my acquisitive instincts have been, so much so that I have ended up with a vast array of tools that together tell something of the story of tools.’  The collection also embraces a handsome group of continental wooden planes dating from about 200AD to the 19thcentury.  Many are intricately carved with geometric or floral motifs while others are sculpted with snakes, monsters, cherubs or even naked ladies.

The sheer beauty and unexpected span of the collection is remarkable even to the untrained eye. Amongst the most unusual highlights must be the tools of Francis Nicholson, the first named US plane maker working in Massachusetts in the18th century, who bequeathed his tool making equipment to his slave Cesar Chelor, who was granted freedom and was able to set up in business as a plane-maker. Plumb bobs used since Roman times to find the true vertical, are a particularly attractive facet of the Russell collection.  Made of ivory, brass, bone, steel or lead these beautiful and often intricately carved pieces have a strong visual appeal.  Particularly unexpected is the group of three unpublished, delicate and detailed pencil drawings of garden tools by a ten year old Beatrix Potter, drawn in her garden shed.
David Russell’s Antique Woodworking Tools Their Craftsmanship from Earliest Times to the Twentieth Century brings together an extraordinary array of edge and boring tools from Britain, continental Europe and North America.  This beautifully produced book is already regarded internationally as a bible in its field; Part I of the collection recently sold at auction and Part II is eagerly awaited in early March 2012.
Antique Woodworking Tools Their Craftsmanship from the Earliest Times to the Twentieth Century
David R Russell
Published by John Adamson
Price: £90.00
Few individuals are recognized by essays published in their honor while they are still fully engaged in their chosen profession. John Y. Cole, Director of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is one of those exceptions.

"The Library of Congress and the Center for the Book: Historical Essays Honoring John Y. Cole," has been published by the Library of Congress and the University of Texas Press at Austin. Edited by Mary Niles Maack of the University of California at Los Angeles, the volume features nine essays marking Cole’s dual achievements as a scholar who is "known internationally as the foremost expert on the history of the Library of Congress" and as the founding director, in 1977, of the Center for the Book.

The essays were originally published as a special issue (2010, vol. 45, no. 1) of the University of Texas quarterly journal "Libraries & the Cultural Record: Exploring the History of Collections of Recorded Knowledge," also edited by Maack. This clothbound edition includes a new, illustrated essay by Cole ("A Life at the Library of Congress"), an updated bibliography of his writings 1970-2010 and a comprehensive index. The frontispiece is a poem, "Voyage," which was dedicated to John Cole in 2003 by U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. The volume’s dust jacket features a photograph of the Library’s Main Reading Room by Carol M. Highsmith and reproductions of Center for the Book posters and promotional items.

The invitational essays address topics representing different aspects of John Cole’s contributions and interests as a scholar and a librarian. The topics and their authors are:

    •    "Histories of the Library of Congress," by Jane Aikin, National Endowment for the Humanities
    •    "Properly Arranged and Properly Recorded: The Library of Congress Archives," by Josephus Nelson, Library of Congress
    •    "The National and International Roles of the Center for the Book," by Guy Lamolinara, Library of Congress
    •    "The Center for the Book and the History of the Book," by Eleanor F. Shevlin, West Chester University of Pennsylvania and Eric N. Lindquist, University of Maryland
    •    "The Choice of Books: Ainsworth Rand Spofford, the Ideology of Reading, and Literary Collections at the Library of Congress in the 1870s," by Carl Ostrowski, Middle Tennessee State University
    •    "The Library of Congress in 1892: Ainsworth Rand Spofford, Houghton Mifflin and Company, and ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin,’" by Michael Winship, University of Texas
    •    "‘Wake Up and Read!’ Book Promotion and National Library Week, 1958," by Jean Preer, Indiana University
    •    "The Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Global Exchange of International Documents, 1834-1889," by Nancy E. Gwinn, Smithsonian Institution Libraries
    •    "International Trends in Library History," by Donald G. Davis Jr., University of Texas

The 223-page book, "The Library of Congress and the Center for the Book: Historical Essays Honoring John Y. Cole," is available for $24.95 from the Library of Congress Sales Shop (888-682-3557) and online at It is also available from Oak Knoll Press (800) 996-2556 and online at

Since its creation by Congress in 1977 to "stimulate public interest in books and reading," the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress ( has become a major national force for reading and literacy promotion. A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages, nationally and internationally. The center provides leadership for 52 affiliated state centers for the book (including the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and nonprofit reading-promotion partners and plays a key role in the Library’s annual National Book Festival. It also oversees the Library’s website and administers the Library’s Young Readers Center.
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A new book by Antony Gormley and Thomas Keneally poses challenging questions on what it is to be human. Retailing from a startling £250, this hand bound limited edition volume is signed by the author, and presented together with a signed Antony Gormley print. Incorporating text from the Booker Prize winning Schindler’s Ark, it is the latest in a series of fundraiser publications from Oak Tree Fine Press, which raises money for HIV and AIDS victims. Other contributors to the series include Gilbert & George, Yoko Ono, Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie.
Oak Tree Fine Press was established through the support of Nobel Laureate J. M. Coetzee to raise money to help care for some of the more than 17 million children around the world made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS. It produces signed editions by world leading authors and artists, with all profits going to selected charities.  Authors and artists published by the Press include:

·  J. M. Coetzee         
·  Doris Lessing            
·  John le Carré             
·   Salman Rushdie
·   Yoko Ono              
·   Gunter Grass              
·   Thomas Kenneally     
·   Toni Morrison

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U Penn Launches "Penn in Hand"

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the conclusion of a two-year project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, to digitize and make available on the World Wide Web its medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. *Penn in Hand: Selected Manuscripts* ( currently offers over 950 entries for facsimiles of manuscripts produced in Europe before 1601 and now held by Penn.  Over the next year another 260+ facsimiles will appear on the site for collections in which some of the materials date prior to 1601.  In addition, the Web site presents approximately one hundred facsimiles for the Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection, an important group of early manuscripts, comprising mostly secular texts related to mathematics, science, and technology.  In April 2011 the Schoenbergs announced a formal agreement with the University of Pennsylvania to donate their collection over the next several years.  By the end of 2012 facsimiles for the entire Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection will appear on *Penn in Hand*, yielding over 1,400 entries for European manuscripts dated before 1601.  The site allows several levels of magnification, single-page as well as opening views, and both keyword and faceted searching; it includes tables of contents when appropriate, as well as direct links to illustrations.

For inquiries, please contact: Nancy Shawcross, Curator of Manuscripts  (
Eric Gill had exacting and pointed opinions about postage stamps, their purpose, and their design. Unfortunately, his theories didn't always hold up when put into practice, and he had a less than successful career as a designer of stamps. Accompanied by nine of Gill's previously unpublished preparatory drawings and sketches for stamps, Notes on Postage Stamps is a short, previously unpublished essay by Gill in which he succinctly lays out his philatelic ideas—some of which were a little too idealistic and some of which were spot-on. All of them are interesting and thought-provoking.

Notes on Postage Stamps contains fifty-six full-color illustrations, most of which will be completely unfamiliar to historians and enthusiasts of Gill's work. An afterword by Michael Russem chronicles Gill's seven attempts at stamp design—only two of which resulted in published stamps.

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Eric Gill: Notes on Postage Stamps
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I am pleased to announce the publication of a new book on fore-edge paintings. This book is instantly the most important contribution to the history of fore-edge paintings since the books (1949 and 1966) of Carl J. Weber, the author’s grandfather.

The new book is entitled, Annotated Dictionary of Fore-edge Painting Artists & Binders (Mostly English & American). Part II: The Fore-edge Paintings of Miss C. B. Currie; with a Catalogue Raisonné, and is published in a limited edition of 980 trade copies, with 20 deluxe copies specially bound and embellished with a hand-painted fore-edge scene on the fanned edge of the book.

This book is the culmination of more than 25 years of work. Much information comes directly from artists who make fore-edge paintings. Weber has already published a comprehensive study (2006) on John T. Beer, the first person to regularly sign his fore-edges. With this new monograph, Weber offers the same treatment to Miss Currie, but he also adds a great deal of information directed to numerous artists and bookbinders who contributed to this art form from the sixteenth century forward.

The challenges of uncovering the history of fore-edge painting are known. These paintings are mostly painted anonymously, mostly unsigned, and the presentation is often misleading, or people misinterpret information easily (such as imprint dates, bookplates, falsely attributing a printing to the wrong date/or era). The author’s aim is to create a basis for what can be known about certain fore-edge paintings, identifying them, giving their history, alerting the readers about numerous factors that can help to understand what they are looking at.

The book is divided into three sections. The first is a series of brief essays offering the author’s perspectives on studying this field, including gathering information from the books themselves as archeological specimens, the language of fore-edge painting, and evidence in the 1860s of the first fore-edge paintings in America. The second section, and the dominant feature of the book, is an annotated dictionary, heavily illustrated, citing numerous specimens, arranged alphabetically by artist or binder. There are even treatments of binders who are identified as not being sources of fore-edge paintings. This is the first book to ever single out the names and history of each of these contributors. The result is that each entry tells when and where an artist worked, how to identify a painting, noting characteristics unique to their work, where the artist studied art and other details. Specific examples are noted throughout. Locations are supplied and the author notes by a rating system which entries are certain fore-edge contributors, and those who are not at all; finally a mark in numerous entries indicates if the author has seen that work in person. The third section offers a detailed history and catalogue raisonné of the fore-edge painting work of Miss. C. B. Currie. Currie was the famous artist working for Sotheran’s in London during the first half of the twentieth century. Currie’s history is presented in much more detail than available anywhere else, focusing on her fore-edge art and relationships to the English book trade.

The book is handsomely designed by Patrick Reagh, printed and bound in China, priced at $400 for the trade edition and $1800 for the deluxe issue. The book measures 10 x 7 inches (approx.) 433 pages. Illustrated in color and black & white. Cloth, pictorial dust-jacket.

Prospectus data:

WEBER, Jeff. Annotated Dictionary of Fore-edge Painting Artists & Binders (Mostly English & American). Part II: The Fore-edge Paintings of Miss C. B. Currie; with a Catalogue Raisonné. Los Angeles: Weber Rare Books 2010.

10 x 7 inches. [xii], 421 pages. Illustrated throughout, indexes. Cloth, dust-jacket. NEW. $400

Limited Edition of 1,000 copies, printed and designed by Patrick Reagh, Printers. This book will become instantly the single most important work on the history of fore-edge painted books. Signed by the author.

This is the most important contribution to fore-edge painting history in over 40 years. The text contains the first comprehensive annotated dictionary to contain the identification of all known fore-edge painters and binders. The book is sure to become the authoritative resource for fore-edge painting identification. The book is profusely illustrated with color reproductions. Containing two parts, the first will appeal to everyone with a fore-edge painting: a comprehensive annotated and illustrated dictionary of every artist and binder known to make and sign fore-edge paintings. This will include some additional binders and artists whose work can be grouped and identified, as well as including some binders who are suspect and possibly never made fore-edge paintings. An attempt is made to prove the work of every person and to give numerous examples. Included will be the most comprehensive assessment of seventeenth century English fore-edge specimens up to the present.

The other part will be a full history of the mysterious Ms C. B. Currie, one of the most important fore-edge artists from England in the twentieth century and the only artist to have numbered her editions. This project was challenging since no record of her entire fore-edge work exists and her own identity has been unknown until recently.

There will be three issues of the book available: A limited edition of 980 copies $400

A deluxe leather-bound edition of 5 copies, gilt-edges and slip-case. (numbered 16-20) sold out

The ultra-deluxe edition of 15 special copies that will be hand-painted on the fore-edge by selected artists. Each piece will be unique and signed. Hand-bound in full morocco, extra-gilt, all-edge-gilt. Custom slip-case. (numbered 1-15) estimated: $1,800

Biography of the author:

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jeff Weber grew up on Stanford University campus, attended UCLA (BA in Middle Eastern History) and Indiana University (Masters of Library Science). He worked with Jake Zeitlin at Zeitlin & Ver Brugge Booksellers, Los Angeles (1978-1987), and started Jeff Weber Rare Books in 1987, specializing in the history of science & medicine, and the history of the book & printing. Weber is recognized as the foremost authority on the history of fore-edge paintings as a result of collecting, study, lectures and articles. In 2006 he issued a monograph on the fore-edge paintings of English book collector, poet and artist John T. Beer, the first man known to regularly sign his fore-edge paintings. This book became the first complete study of a fore-edge artist, includes a catalogue raisonné, and traces the movement of every book Beer painted, placing many in private & public collections.

To contact the author:

PO Box 3368 Glendale CA 91221
Phone: 323 344 9332

The Washington Haggadah

The Washington Haggadah Is Subject of New Publication

New Edition Includes Facsimile of Library’s Rare Illuminated Manuscript

After the Bible, the haggadah is the most widely read classic text in the Jewish tradition. Read during Passover, this religious text tells each new generation the story of Jewish liberation from slavery in Egypt. More than 4,000 editions have been published since the late-15th century, but few are as exquisite as the Washington Haggadah, produced by Joel ben Simeon in 1478 and housed in the Library of Congress. A stunning facsimile edition will be published in March by Harvard University Press in association with the Library of Congress.

"The Washington Haggadah: Joel ben Simeon" faithfully preserves the original text of the Passover night liturgy, with the Hebrew facsimile appearing in the original right-to-left orientation. Illustrated with meticulously reproduced illuminated panels, the volume will be read and treasured by anyone interested in Jewish history, medieval illuminated manuscripts and the history of the haggadah.

Joel ben Simeon was among the most gifted and prolific scribe-artists in the history of the Jewish book. His biography is recounted in the facsimile edition’s introduction by David Stern, Moritz and Josephine Berg Professor of Hebrew Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Stern traces the different forms of the text in the Jewish centers of Europe at the dawn of modernity.

In an essay included in the book, Katrin Kogman-Appel, associate professor of the Arts at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, shows how Joel ben Simeon, more than just a copyist, was an agent of cultural exchange. As he traveled among Jewish communities, he brought elements of Ashkenazi haggadah illustration to Italy and returned with stylistic devices acquired during his journeys. In addition to traditional Passover images, realistic illustrations of day-to-day life provide a rare window into the world of late-15th-century Europe.

Stern and Kogman-Appel will discuss the artist-scribe and his work at noon on Wednesday, March 23 in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The free, public event is sponsored jointly by the Hebraic section of the African and Middle Eastern Division as part of the Books & Beyond lecture series sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The book will be on sale at the event.

The original illuminated manuscript, which resides in the Hebraic Section, will be on display at the event. The Hebraic Section—one of the world’s leading centers for Hebrew and Yiddish studies—was established in 1914 as part of the Division of Semitica and Oriental Literature. A gift of 10,000 volumes collected by bibliographer and bookseller Ephraim Deinard and donated to the Library by philanthropist Jacob H. Schiff in 1912 and 1914 formed the nucleus of the collection. Purchased by Deinard in Mantua, Italy, Joel ben Simeon’s haggadah came to the Library in 1916 along with the Third Deinard Collection comprising 2,300 items. The item was cataloged as "Hebraic Manuscript #1" and later referred to as "The Washington Haggadah" in connection with its home in the nation’s capital.

"The Washington Haggadah," a 248-page hardcover book, including a 38-page color facsimile and 11 color illustrations, will be available for $39.95 from the Library of Congress Sales Shop ( or by calling (888) 682-3557. It will also be available in bookstores nationwide and online.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at
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Les Enluminures Publishes Book

Binding and the Archeology of the Medieval and Renaissance Book is the first in a series of specialized catalogues LES ENLUMINURES gallery will publish as part of its Twentieth Anniversary Year celebration.
Gallery owner Sandra Hindman says the 32 manuscripts featured in this new catalogue “Hold special interest because of their beautiful original bindings and because the collection includes one of only two known bi-colored velvet Renaissance bindings, a precious English textile binding, and a remarkable Sienese binding with a painting of Mary Magdalene on its cover.”
          PARIS Dec 1 -- Binding and the Archeology of the Medieval and Renaissance Book is being published November 30 by the Parisian gallery, LES ENLUMINURES ( as part of a series of celebratory events in connection with the Twentieth Anniversary Year of the well known specialists in museum quality Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts and art.
          Dr. Sandra Hindman founded the gallery, located opposite The Louvre in Paris at the Le Louvre des Antiquaires, in 1991 and has seen it become among the top ranked sources for the most significant manuscripts and art entering the market.
          Les Enluminures clients include major museums and private collectors on five continents and the gallery is a featured exhibitor at the world’s most prestigious antiques and art fairs in New York, Paris, Maastricht and London.
          Hindman divides her time between her Paris gallery and her offices in Chicago and has written many books on the subject.
          Binding and the Archeology of the Medieval and Renaissance Book includes a carefully selected array of 32 manuscripts that Hindman says, “Hold special interest because of their rare, original and often spectacularly beautiful bindings.”
          The elegantly designed catalogue includes two or three color pictures of each manuscript, along with brief descriptions of each.  There is also a scholarly introduction, diagrams of bindings, and a glossary. 
          “We are really pleased to have acquired several extraordinarily rare examples including one of only two known bi-colored velvet Renaissance bindings, a precious English textile binding, and a remarkable Sienese binding with a painting of Mary Magdalene on its cover.”
          “This is just the first in a series of catalogues we intend to publish annually.  Our new series fulfills a goal of mine to make text manuscripts accessible to a wider audience.  It will allow us to treat themes we cannot treat comprehensively on our website and gives us something substantial to share with libraries and text manuscript enthusiasts here and abroad.”
          Specific themes of upcoming catalogues will focus on manuscripts that appear on  Les Enluminures 10-year-old site
          “I know the catalogues we are publishing for our Twentieth Anniversary Year will be of considerable interest to private collectors but above all to libraries all over the world, who are some of the principal clients of”
          Hindman also says,  “A second catalogue is already in preparation for release during 2011, our actual anniversary year.  It will focus on Bibles and things biblical.  It is being timed to coincide with the many other events worldwide that will be celebrating the 400th anniversary year of the publication of the famous King James Bible.”
          Among other activities LES ENLUMINURES plans for its Twentieth Anniversary Year is its inaugural participation in Masterpiece London, a high end fair the end of June that attracted a great deal of attention this year when it was staged for the first time.
          “We are delighted to have been invited into what is being called the best new addition to the international world fair circuit in years.”  Hindman says Les Enluminures will feature a selection of miniatures, manuscripts, and rings she feels will appeal to the many serious art connoisseurs expected to visit the London event.
          Les Enluminures will begin the year exhibiting in New York both at The Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory (Jan 21-28) and at the C.G. Boerner Gallery (Jan 19 - Feb 5 at 23 East 73 Street) as part of Master Drawings Week.  In March Hindman will present important examples of Medieval and Renaissance art at TEFAF, Maastricht.
          “We are very excited about our spring show at our Paris gallery. It will be a special anniversary exhibition on the history of the gallery highlighting some of our historic sales to museums in each area in which we specialize, which includes miniatures, manuscripts, works of art, and Medieval and Renaissance rings.  Several new acquisitions in each of these fields will be offered too. Later in the year we plan an exhibition on medieval costume, tentatively titled “Dressing Up and Dressing Down in the Middle Ages.”
          Hindman extended the current show at the Paris gallery, FRANCE 1500: The Pictorial Arts at the Dawn of the Renaissance, to January 1st when it will travel to New York and then to Chicago. FRANCE 1500 will be shown at the Joel Oppenheimer Gallery, (Wrigley Building 410 North Michigan Avenue) from April 12 - 23, to coincide with the Art Institute of Chicago show February 26 - May 30, titled 'Kings, Queens, Courtiers: Art of Early Renaissance France.”  That show originated in Paris in October as “Entre Moyen Age et Renaissance: la France de 1500.”  It was organized by the Reunion des Musees de France and will remain on view at the Grand-Palais from October 6 - January 10.
          The 53 works Hindman selected for the FRANCE 1500 show “Reveal the artistically complex and productive period when the arts and their patrons were changing into what we might consider ‘modern’ times at the end of the Middle Ages and beginning of the Renaissance.  In the decades straddling the start of the 16h century some of the most important Manuscripts, Books of Hours, Single leaves and cuttings, Coffrets with early xylographs and Stained glass were created.”
          Hindman says many collectors have visited the web site to experience the "Virtual" Tour of the FRANCE 1500 exhibition, with its "Turn the Pages" feature, a boon to galleries featuring illuminated manuscripts and books. “It really gives connoisseurs access to artworks on display they’ve never been able to enjoy in this way before.”
For more information or copies of the catalogue, interviews and high resolution images please contact Susan Bishopric at THE BISHOPRIC AGENCY at or 212 289 2227.
Le Louvre des Antiquaires,
2 Place du Palais-Royal,
75001 Paris (France)
Tel: +33 1 42 60 15 58
Park Avenue Armory at East 67 Street
January 20 - 30
C.G.  BOERNER Gallery
23 East 73rd Street
New York
January 19 - February 5
9-6 Mon-Fri, Sat from 11-5
Chicago April 12 - 23
Wrigley Building
410 North Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

New Bibliography from Old Stile

The Old Stile Press . . . the next ten years a Bibliography 2000-2010

We can safely assert that our first Bibliography (The Old Stile Press . . . in the twentieth century) was very well received when it was published ten years ago and is still highly regarded. Its aim to be entertaining and fun, as well as to contain all the information a librarian or bibliophile would need, was enthusiastically welcomed and it will not be surprising that, for this new volume, the same principles apply. This time, however, the whole book (as well as Clive Hicks-Jenkins’ fabulous cover painting!) is printed in full colour.

Each of our books that has appeared since the last Bibliography was completed in 1999 here has two double page spreads with its bibliographical details and images photographed and printed in colour so that the bindings are shown as well as the interiors. Nicolas writes about each, with anecdotes and dramas of their production or of how they came into being.

He also contributes a short look into the future of books which may become! Frances writes about what happens to all these books once they arrive in the house from the binders - finding and keeping customers, providing them with information and generally ‘delivering the goods’.

Nancy Campbell has written an Introductory essay on the work of these ten years, with a great appreciation of the ethos in which the books come into being, the commitment of the artists and writers (where the text is contemporary) with whom the Press has worked, and then the books themselves. As a poet and creator of her own artist’s books she has understood what goes into every stage of the making of such objects . She is a freelance reviewer whose writing has appeared in many major newspapers and magazines and has also worked at Bertram Rota, the Covent Garden Bookseller in London, where she was responsible for
contemporary artists’ books. That role also amply qualified her to achieve the detailed work of producing, for this record, the bibliographical account of each book.

136pp, 288 x 215mm. Joanna type, litho-printed on Leseebo
paper by J.W. Northend, Ltd. Designed, set, photographed and laid out by Nicolas McDowall. Sewn and bound with all-over printed card cover, the design being from a painting by Clive Hicks-Jenkins.
ISBN: 978-0-907664-85-7
1000, numbered copies.

The first 250 copies come with a small ‘present’ loosely inserted. This takes the form of a printed jeu d’esprit being Welcome to Spring by Gavin Douglas (c.1510). The sheet also has one of the border decorations from Eric Gill’s Troilus and Criseyde (Golden Cockerel Press) printed directly from the block.


The new book (The Old Stile Press . . . the next ten years) is £45 (plus £4 p&p in UK).

A limited number of copies of the earlier book (The Old Stile Press . . . in the twentieth century) remains and these are £40 (plus £4 p&p in UK).

If you do not have a copy of the first book, you may like to have a copy of both books . . . at a special price of £75 (plus £6 p&p in UK).

There are 15 Special (or Archive) copies. These will include pages or spreads from almost all the books together with many other items. The selection is still being made and the box is still being designed but some copies have already been spoken for. The price of this Special Edition is £850.

The two photographs below are designed to give some feel of what the portfolios within the Special Edition copies will contain. The box that will hold all this, together with a copy of the book, cannot be photographed yet as it has not been made. Please note, however, that there are only 15 copies of this edition, some are already reserved and we shall allot the remaining copies on a ‘first come, first served’ basis!

If you would like to reserve a copy of the Special Edition or to purchase a copy (or copies) of the Main Edition, simply contact us using any means below and we will do the rest.

Frances & Nicolas McDowall at The Old Stile Press,
Catchmays Court, Monmouthshire NP25 4TN, UK
01291 689 226

New Book on Puffin Picture Books

Just published -- Drawn Direct to the Plate: Noel Carrington and the Puffin Picture Books by Joe Pearson

ISBN 978 0 9558395 3 5
Publication: October 2010 paperback
216 pages/380 photographs £20.00

Joe Pearson’s long-awaited study of Noel Carrington and the Puffin Picture Books provides a comprehensive survey of the books in this series. It places the series in the context of its lithographic precursors, principally Russian and French children’s books, and others published by Country Life. The book also covers many of the Puffin Picture Books’ wartime rivals, such as Transatlantic Arts and Bantam Picture Books, as well as other works by many of the Puffin illustrators. Baby Puffins, Puffin Cut-out Books and Carrington’s later Harlequin Books are also covered in detail. The book ends with a section on Carrington and the Art of Lithography and an extended selection of Carrington’s own writings.

The book is a handsome production, in landscape format, 19.5 • 26 cms, with 216 pages and 380 illustrations, the great majority of which are in colour. It is available from the Penguin Collectors Society, either online ( or by post from Martin Yates, 11 Quay House, Broad Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2GL. at a cost of £20, inclusive of UK postage.

For further information contact Tim Graham ( or Steve Hare (

Digitization in the Real World

New Book Highlights Recent Digitization Projects Involving Historically Significant Collections at Leading Libraries and Research Centers
Digitization in the Real World outlines efforts to digitize rare and important materials at Columbia, Yale, Pratt Institute, American Museum of Natural History, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Leo Baeck Institute, among others.

Collected case studies provide important how-to examples for libraries and other research centers planning to digitize important collections in the years ahead.

NEW YORK, NY, [August 2, 2010] — More than 30 examples of successful efforts to digitize historically significant materials at leading libraries in North America are profiled in the new book Digitization in the Real World, published this week by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), one of the nation’s leading service providers for libraries and research organizations.  The new book is the first to present case study examples of small and medium-sized digitization projects, with information developed by library professionals for library professionals.
Digitization in the Real World identifies the specific strategies used by top libraries to digitize a range of collections in recent years.  Examples include recent digitization efforts at Columbia, Yale, the American Museum of Natural History and many other leading library and research centers.  Case studies include examples of smaller digitization projects with very limited budgets, projects involving a range of public, specialty and university libraries and research centers, and digitization efforts that required collaboration between multiple institutions.
“Digitization continues to be a major focus of library organizations in the U.S., and in many cases practitioners proceed without a clear roadmap to success.  The projects profiled in this book together represent a major new information resource and guide for library professionals considering digitization projects in the months and years ahead,” said Kwong Bor Ng, associate professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at Queens College, CUNY, and co-editor of Digitization in the Real World.
Digitization in the Real World includes perspectives from library practitioners at small archives, public and specialty libraries, repositories of unique cultural and historical collections, and library consortia.  Projects include several examples of working with open source software to build digital collections.   Many case studies highlight the critical role of collaboration in the success of digitization efforts.
In one case study, curators at the American Museum of Natural History in New York review an effort to produce a web exhibit of almost 1000 historically significant images from the museum’s photography collection.  Another reviews a digitization effort involving a range of materials at Pratt Institute, requiring management of significant differences in metadata content and interpretation.  A digitization project at the Leo Baeck Institute highlights the special challenges in efforts to digitize rare books.
“One of the key findings in pulling together case studies from all across the U.S. was the fact that, while all digitization projects are different, key learnings from successful projects at one library can provide very effective guidance and support for projects at other libraries.  This book also presents real-world perspectives tailored to the needs of library professionals, so the guidance is targeted and specific,” said Jason Kucsma, emerging technologies manager at METRO and co-editor of Digitization in the Real World.
Digitization in the Real World is available at online vendors including (now) and (beginning in September).  The print version is $60.  The full text book is also available for electronic download for $10.
The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is a non-profit organization working to develop and maintain essential library services throughout New York City and Westchester County. METRO's service is developed and delivered with broad input and support from an experienced staff of library professionals, the organization's member libraries, an active board of trustees, government representatives and other experts in research and library operations.

As the largest reference and research resources (3Rs) library council in New York State, METRO members reflect a wide range of special, academic, archival and public library organizations. In addition to training programs and support services, METRO also works to bring members of the New York City and Westchester County library communities together to promote ongoing exchanges of information and ideas.

Innerpeffray Library Publishes Book

Scotland's First Lending Library Publishes First Book

The First Light is a new book with unusual credentials. Its publisher is a library. It is one of only two or three hot metal letterpress books to be published in the United Kingdom in 2009. It is hand finished and leather bound in an edition limited to 500. Selling at £150, each copy is individually numbered and signed by the author George Chamier.

With a Foreword by Arthur Herman, author of How the Scots Invented the Modern World and 2009 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, The First Light is a historical portrait of the Library at Innerpeffray, remarkable as the oldest free public lending library in Scotland and representing the very origins of the Scottish Enlightenment. The Library was founded along with a school in 1680 by David Drummond, 3rd Lord Madertie and brother-in-law of the great Marquis of Montrose. 

The Library of Innerpeffray is near Crieff and Gleneagles in Perthshire. The present library building was completed in 1762 under the patronage of Robert Hay Drummond, Archbishop of York. The old school buildings were rebuilt in 1847. They are all now cared for by the Innerpeffray Mortification, which has looked after the affairs of the Library for more than 300 years. The Library of Innerpeffray finally ceased lending in 1968, but continues as a unique reference collection.

Among the 5,000 or so books are a number of priceless volumes, including a first edition of the Collected Works of James VI from 1616, a superb edition from 1785/7 of Buffon's Histoire Naturelle with hand coloured illustrations and Edward Topsell's Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes from 1607, also illustrated.

Raising funds

The new book is the initiative of Robert Wallace, Chairman of Governors of the Mortification. He commissioned John McConnell RDI for the design who determined that the book should be beautifully produced in every respect. He in turn enlisted David Gibbs for editorial guidance and John Grice of the Evergreen Press to print and produce the book.

Robert Wallace comments, “Publishing The First Light as a limited edition is intended simply to raise funds for the upkeep and development of the Library. It will also be the first official record of the Library and its history. Already over 100 copies of the book have been sold to a number of institutions and private individuals. The highly readable account appropriately contained in an authentic expression of the bookmakers’ art has been very well received.”

The Author

George Chamier’s other books include When it Happened: a Very Short History of Britain in Dates, published by Constable & Robinson in 2006 and updated in a new edition as When it Happened in Britain to be published in October 2009. The companion book When it Happened in Scotland is also to be published by Constable & Robinson in September 2009. George Chamier’s roots are in Easter Ross but he now lives in London and works as a freelance writer and editor, and teacher of History and Politics. He was formerly Head of History at Bradfield College, Berkshire.


The First Light presents the affairs of the Library, opened in 1680 as the first free public lending Library in Scotland.  Authoritative and yet still very accessible, the book is divided into two parts. The first sets the story of the development of the Library against the historical context of Scotland itself, from the 16th to the 20th centuries. 

The second describes the Library today, the rare and valuable books it contains and the very remarkable Borrowers’ Ledger with its record of every loan from 1747 to 1968. Various Appendices give details of keepers of the books (librarians), the Drummond family tree and the governors of the Mortification. Each of the eight chapters is marked by an illustration chosen from some of the most notable books of the Library.

For further information, please contact:

Lara Haggerty
Innerpeffray Library
Telephone 01764  652819


New Punch Magazine Book

One of the enduring images of journalists ‘hard at work’ over a substantial meal followed by champagne and cigars has filtered down to us from Punch magazine in the mid-19th century, when weekly dinners around the famous Punch table were a focal point of discussion, debate, gossip, and ribaldry. Those free-wheeling, gossipy conversations left behind a remarkable record in Henry Silver’s diary of Punch table talk, an unpublished manuscript in the collections of the British Library that, along with many other rare records, has been extensively explored by Patrick Leary, author of the new book The Punch Brotherhood: Table Talk and Print Culture in Mid-Victorian London.  
Punch began in 1841, one of an increasing number of publications (most of them short-lived), appearing at a time when printed matter was expanding at a rate perhaps comparable only to the current digital media explosion of the 21st century. A combination of reliable financing and a singularly cohesive, permanent staff consisting of some of the most versatile writers and illustrators of the day - the Punch Brotherhood - helped to make Punch not merely the most successful comic periodical of the 19th and 20th centuries, but one of the most successful magazines that has ever existed.
Patrick Leary looks behind the nostalgic image of Punch magazine to examine in detail the bitter conflicts and violent prejudices that marked both private and public aspects of the magazine’s history in the mid-19th century. The dissolution of the longstanding relationship between Charles Dickens and Punch’s publishers, Bradbury and Evans, and the subsequent rift between Dickens and Thackeray, have been touched on by biographers, but are here investigated at length for the first time. Leary demonstrates how the futile efforts of Dickens to quash gossip about his separation from his wife by means of his mastery of the printed word, and Thackeray’s equally futile attempts to halt the flow of gossip into print, serve to illuminate profound issues about the boundaries between private and public life - debates that are ongoing today.
Punch was best known for its illustrations, which have also helped to shape our view of Victorian Britain, and many of these are reproduced in The Punch Brotherhood. Leary’s discussion of one the most famous of all political cartoons, “A Leap in the Dark” of 1867, shows how closely the worlds of talk around the Punch table echoed and informed the Reform debate in Parliament itself.  His closely observed account of the process by which such ‘Large Cuts’ (as they were known) were created vividly illustrates the ways in which the interaction of talk, print, and art forged some of the most enduring and influential images of Victorian Britain.
Along with reproductions of several key cartoons, The Punch Brotherhood includes rare photographic portraits of the writers, artists and printers involved in the magazine, helping to bring to light the self-styled literary brotherhood whose comic words and images were seized upon each week by politicians, peers and common readers alike.
Patrick Leary, author of The Punch Brotherhood: Table Talk and Print Culture in Mid-Victorian London, said:
"The best records we have for the way Victorian men talked in private conversation come, startlingly enough, from the heart of a great British institution: Punch magazine, and the talk of artists, writers, and proprietors around the famous Punch table. Drawing upon these rare accounts, this book explores the shifting, fiercely contested boundaries between what could be said in private and what could be printed for public consumption - boundaries that we are still vehemently debating today."
For more information please contact
Radhika Dandeniya, British Library +44 (0)20 7412 7111 /

Julie Yau, British Library +44 (0)20 7412 7237 /
The Punch Brotherhood: Table Talk and Print Culture in Mid-Victorian London (price £25.00) is available from the British Library Shop (tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7735 / e-mail: and online at as well as other bookshops throughout the UK. The book comprises of 160 pages with 34 black and white illustrations, (ISBN 978 0 7123 0923 3), published July 2010.
Patrick Leary is President of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals. He created and still manages the oldest and largest online discussion groups for Victorian Studies (VICTORIA) and the history of the book (SHARP-L), and is at work on a study of the cultural geography of literary life in Victorian London.
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation. It includes: books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages.


Gunter Grass Limited Edition

Gunter Grass Joins List of Nobel Authors Published by Oak Tree Fine Press
German author Günter Grass’ strident and powerful 1999 Nobel Lecture, ‘To be Continued…’ is to be published in a signed limited edition to raise money for children made vulnerable by poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa. The book follows on from the Press’ publication last year of Doris Lessing’s 2007 Lecture, On Not Winning the Nobel Prize.  Grass is the latest in a long list of prize winning authors to be published by the press, which was founded with the assistance of J. M. Coetzee in 2005.
The publication is a timely one. ‘To be Continued…’ is a formidable attack on greed and the political elite. Personal recollections and literary references pepper the text, underscoring the perpetual relevance of its message. Among the most vivid images is the suggestion that Jonathan Swift’s “modest culinary proposal for relieving hunger in Ireland could be brought up to date if at the next economic summit the board set for the heads of state were groaning with lusciously prepared street children from Brazil or southern Sudan”. Grass’ compelling, colourful mix of nostalgia, satire and defiance delivers a battle cry against censorship and injustice which will echo down the generations.
The book is published in a fine press edition limited to 176 copies, of which 26 are hand bound in leather, with endpapers illustrated by the author. Each copy is signed by Günter Grass and includes a frontispiece portrait of the author engraved by Abigail Rorer.

Oak Tree Fine Press was established through the support of Nobel Laureate J. M. Coetzee to raise money to help care for the many thousands of children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS.  It produces one-off signed editions by world leading authors, accompanied by sensitive artistic interpretations. All profits go to selected charities.  Authors published by the Press include:
·                     J. M. Coetzee          ·   Doris Lessing                ·   John le Carré
·                     Nadine Gordimer     ·   Barry Unsworth              ·   Philip Pullman
·                     Margaret Atwood
Authors to be published by the Press in 2010:
·         Thomas Keneally       ·    A. S. Byatt           ·   Toni Morrison

Lilly Texana

Based entirely upon the Lilly Library's collections, a new work joins the ranks of bibliographical and historical publications that document the long, complicated history of Mexico-Texas relations before 1849. Lilly Texana: One Hundred Eighty Broadsides and Other Ephemera Relating to Texas, Printed and Published in Mexico before 1849 in the Lilly Library of Indiana University, by Everett C. Wilkie, Jr., describes a significant body of materials in the Lilly Library's collections pertaining to Texas history that until now has been generally unrecognized or not reported to exist in the copy described.  Most of the included items are not found in Thomas Streeter's seminal Bibliography of Texas, the primary work in this area, or in other sources.  Several entries represent the discovery of another copy of an item that Streeter believed to exist in only a single example.

Fine Books Returns to Print

February 1, 2010,  Durham, NC.  Fine Books & Collections magazine, which targets collectors of rare and collectible books, will return to a regular print schedule in April 2010.

Library Architecture at Yale

Yale University Library is pleased to announce the publication of the first volume of Yale Library Studies, a new annual series that succeeds the Yale University Library Gazette, which was published from 1926 to 2008. Taking Library Architecture at Yale as its theme and subtitle, the first volume features drawings, designs, and photographs of Yale libraries by James Gamble Rogers, Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, Paul Rudolph, Gordon Bunshaft, and many other distinguished architects.

Underwater Treasure

“New technologies have made deep water wrecks easily accessible” reports the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization. This includes 90 Spanish Galleons and 40 Portuguese Indiamen off the Azores.
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