Even the rare book world is abuzz with lunar madness this week. Earlier today, Christie’s offered the Apollo 11 Timeline Book, a three-ring-bound manual flown aboard the LM Eagle and annotated by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they landed on the moon.
Rebecca Rego Barry
Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist of the band Metallica, has become well known in collector circles in recent years. In 2017, The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts, put a selection of his classic horror and sci-fi posters on exhibit.
The British Library announced earlier this week its acquisition of the archive of the UK magazine, Granta. The much-lauded literary journal is marking the 40th anniversary of its relaunch this year.
Comprised of about three hundred boxes of material, the Granta archive features correspondence from many significant contemporary authors, including Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Zadie Smith. Deeper in the collection are letters from Raymond Carver, Susan Sontag, and Martha Gellhorn.
Much has been written about Poet of the Body, the Walt Whitman exhibition at the Grolier Club in New York City. But for those of you who won’t have the chance to see it before it closes on July 27, never fear: a hardcover exhibition companion book — we hesitate to call it a catalogue — is a fine stand-in.
Five years ago, Joseph Makkos made a splash with an essay in the Atlantic about how he acquired a sizable collection of vintage New Orleans newspapers for free through a Craigslist ad. He created a company called NOLA DNA, arranged for storage of the collection (kept by the previous owner in 30,000 airtight tubes), and began working on how best to save and showcase its content.
A celebration of maps and the stories they tell gets underway at Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries next week. Talking Maps showcases the Bodleian’s world-renowned collection of maps, from the first modern map of Britain (late fourteenth century) to Tolkien’s maps of Middle-earth to contemporary artist Grayson Perry’s Red Carpet (2017).
Facebook is hardly good for anything anymore, but one of its finer applications is allowing a global audience of book lovers to share information and images in a handful of terrific rare book-related groups.
Opening at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, on July 12 is Gonzo! The Illustrated Guide to Hunter S. Thompson, an exhibition of letters, photographs, and ephemera focusing on the years 1964-1974.
Many people will recognize Desmond Morris as the author of The Naked Ape (1967). As a zoologist and the curator of mammals at the London Zoo, Morris popularized evolution for a mid-century audience. Still contentious at the time, his book became one of eleven titles named in a 1982 U.S. Supreme Court case related to book banning and First Amendment rights, alongside Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five and Richard Wright’s Black Boy.
Last month, the University of Iowa (UI) Libraries Special Collections announced that it has become the new home of the renowned Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry. Founded by Miami Beach-based collectors, Dr. Marvin Sackner and his wife, the late Ruth Sackner, the Sackner Archive currently holds the largest collection of concrete and visual poetry in the world.