Winnie the Pooh and Photos Too: Rare Images of Christopher Robin on the Auction Block
Within the Fine Books & Manuscripts auction at Bonhams & Butterfields on October 19, 2009 is an archive of rare correspondence and black and white photographs related to the personal life of Winnie-the-Pooh author A. A. Milne, his wife, and his son Christopher Robin. "The Milne family archive provides a rare look into the life of an author and his family. It is fascinating to see photographs of the child that inspired the Christopher Robin character used throughout Milne's books and poems. Bonhams & Butterfields is pleased to offer such a rare piece of children's literary history," said Dr. Catherine Williamson, Department Head, Fine Books and Manuscripts.
Ransom Center's Exhibition Celebrates Bicentennial of Edgar Allan Poe
The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, is commemorating the 2009 bicentennial of Edgar Allan Poe, American poet, critic and inventor of the detective story, with the exhibition "From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe." This project draws upon the extensive holdings of the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the Harrison Institute/Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia, with additional materials from the Free Library of Philadelphia and other museums.
Library reveals rare photographs
Rarely seen images from the early days of photography will be revealed in the British Library's first ever major photographic exhibition. About 250 original images, including work by 19th century pioneers William Henry Fox Talbot and Julia Margaret Cameron, will go on display in London. Curator John Falconer said it would examine the history of photography. He said its invention "opened up a whole new world of visual communication and personal expression". The show, titled Points of View, will examine the development and influence of photography, from its invention in 1839 up to the growth of the popular amateur market in the early 20th century.
'Modern science? Our manuscripts have it'
In these times of information technology, two youngsters are digging into the past to bring out the fact that all that is being looked upon as modern science or new knowledge is in fact professed in the age-old Indian manuscripts. And, for this, they are making an effort to find handwritten scripts and preserve them. The idea occurred to Anita Joshi and Dinesh Vaidya when they were perturbed find that the patent for the Indian Haldi (turmeric) was taken by the US. Anita, then a student of Sanskrit, came to know about a project undertaken by her lecturer Dr Nirupama Kulkarni about conservation of 'pothis', the religious scriptures. She got herself involved in the project initiated by the central cultural ministry under the National Mission for Manuscripts through the Bhandarkar Institute. The project is now run by the Indira Gandhi Research Centre.
Third Iran manuscript added to World Memory
Administrative documents of Astan-e Quds Razavi in the Safavid Era have been added in the list of the Memory of the World Register. Iran submitted the documented heritage and recommended it for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register. The collection consists of 69,000 pages from the 1589 CE to 1735 CE period (1000-1148 Lunar Calendar). It explores vast geographic areas of Iran, especially Khorasan province, and Afghanistan.
State manuscripts face extinction threat
Invaluable testaments of Assam’s history and culture are now in peril thanks to sheer apathy on the part of the State Government. Absence of any initiative to create the right infrastructure has put at risk dozens of exceptional manuscripts stored at the Department of Historical and Antiquarian Studies in Guwahati. Enquiries made by The Assam Tribune have revealed that several manuscripts in the form of sachipats have been stored in an environment highly detrimental to their already fragile state. At present, inside a building that has leaking walls and high humidity, these manuscripts are highly valued because of their historic worth as well as their high workmanship.
Getty Exhibition Looks Closely at the Fanciful Images in the Margins of Medieval Manuscripts
Battles, celebrations, and fantastic creatures found in the margins of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts are closely examined in Out-of-Bounds: Images in the Margins of Medieval Manuscripts. On view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, September 1 through November 8, 2009, Out-of-Bounds explores the margins of medieval books and explains their wealth of subject matter: children playing games, romantic pursuits, men battling fantastic creatures, and composite figures—half-human, half-beast—that pervade the blank spaces of the margins or wend their ways through the sinuous foliage of the painted borders.
Special Collections moves out of Hoskins
The UT Special Collections Library has relocated from the aging Hoskins Library building to Hodges Library. “The environmental conditions in Hodges are better suited for a rare book collection,” Jennifer Beals, head of Special Collections, said. “The centralized location in the main library will also provide convenient access for students and faculty.” It took nearly three months to move the entire collection of rare books, manuscripts and other unique research materials to its new home in Room 121 of Hodges. Originally opened in 1931, Hoskins served as the university’s central library until 1969 when Hodges opened. The university built an addition to Hoskins in 1959 in order to provide more space as well as a Special Collections room. While there are no current plans to restore the historic building, Beals said donations are being encouraged to help with the renovation and maintenance Hoskins needs.
Last Chance: Skirball's brilliant comics exhibit ends Aug. 9
The finest collection of original art from the Golden Age of American comic books belongs to Jerry Robinson, the talented and thoughtful artist from the early days of Batman. Many pieces from his astounding archive were plucked from studio trash bins back in the 1940s when he was a young artist in a new publishing sector. Since Februrary, some of the finest of those artifacts have been at the Skirball Cultural Center in an exhibit called "ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938–1950" that is a must-see for fans of American pop-culture, especially now in this era of super-hero cinema.
A rare ol’ look at Doc Shop history
The Baby Apple literati glitterati were spectacularly entertained and educated at an evening hosted by David and Teri Callender and Garland Anderson. The evening began with a talk by the tall, dark and dynamic Howard Rootenberg, a rare-book seller and expert whose enthusiasm and charm was surpassed only by his knowledge. His most compelling talk at Levin Hall was followed by a dinner in the University of Texas Medical Branch Moody Medical Library’s rare book room.
Oxfam is the new Tesco say angry independent bookshops being driven to the wall by charity shop's growth
It's a fate that's already befallen the independent butcher, baker and greengrocer. Faced with the might of a more powerful competitor, smaller high street names have shut up shop. Now the second-hand bookshop is under threat. But this time the competitor is not a supermarket, it's Oxfam. Angry booksellers are branding the charity the 'Tesco of the book industry', accusing it of muscling in on their territory.
Independent bookstores just as fun for owners as collectors
Thousands of dusty books line the shelves inside the used bookstore just off of Front Street in Fort Benton. A tomcat prowling about and a couple other cats keep the old building mice-free. When the shop is empty, the owner tinkers around in the back, working on one of the other dimensions of his business. “How does an independent bookstore get by?” says Tom Carrels, who opened the store in 2004. “They cooperate with other things.” River Breaks Basecamp is a used, rare and out-of-print bookstore with some 20,000 titles. It also is a gear shop for river travelers, and Carrels is working to transform the back part of his historic building into a hostile with a few dozen beds.
MSU Librarians Dust Off Rare Books for Exhibit
Librarians at Missouri State University have dusted off their rare books collection, and for the first time, have brought many of those old books out for the public to see. KSMU's Jennifer Moore has details. Some are old, tattered European bindings dating back to the early 1500s. We donned our library voices and took an audio tour earlier of the rare books on display. The head of the Special Collections and Archives, David Richards, walked us through the exhibit, beginning with the British tomb rubbings on display, which date back to the Midieval period.