Los Angeles – The cosmos—full of shining stars and orbiting planets—inspired works of art and literature throughout the Middle Ages (about 500-1500). Awe-inspiring cosmic phenomena were thought to inform every aspect of a person’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, provoking students of medicine, philosophy, and religion carefully to track the progress of the twelve signs of the zodiac and the celestial luminaries (the sun and moon) across the sky.
In celebration of the Persian New Year, also known as Nowruz, the Library of Congress has digitized and made available online for the first time the Rare Persian-Language Manuscript Collection
Opening later this week is an exhibition fraught with forgeries. That's by design. It's the collection of William Voelkle, the curator emeritus of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts at the Morgan Library and Museum, who recently retired after fifty years with the august institution. (He also wrote a fabulous article for us last year on bejeweled bindings).
What were some of the biggest stories in 2018? According to our stats, Fine Books readers love Lovecraft--no kidding--and Robin Williams. You're also interested in cookbooks, illuminated manuscripts, and rare book theft. Missed out on these hot topics? Read on:
#1 H.P. Lovecraft's Bible is For Sale
Lovecraft's legions of fans bid his family's 1881 bible up to (spoiler alert) $4,750.
Basel, Switzerland—In the last exhibition of this year, Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books will present extremely rare examples of religious book art, most of which are more than 500 years old.
This past weekend the British Library opened a major, "once-in-a-generation" exhibition, the largest ever on the history, literature, and culture of Anglo-Saxon England, according to a press release from the BL.