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16/7/2019The last thing one would expect to find among the awe-inspiring mountains, the glittering lakes and cosy picture-postcard villages of the Lake District is a smart, witty, modern little museum devoted solely to the praise of a humble writing tool.Locating the The Pencil Museum in Keswick is, of...
For various reasons, each of them excellent, we no longer review general catalogues in our print issues. Single subject catalogues, however, are always welcome if they’re printed. One such came from Jarndyce in the summer: WOMEN Part IV: Books By, For and About Women.
The firm does not believe in...
Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire has resorted to crowdfunding prevent one of the author's letters being sold into private hands.
The letter in question was written by Jane Austen to her niece Anna on 29 November 1814 whilst visiting her brother Henry in London.
This year the museum...
9/7/2019On the corner of Klapparstigur and Hverfisgata, a stone’s throw from Reykjavík’s famed Harpa Concert Hall, lies a portal into the past of Iceland’s book culture: Bókin. The floor-to-ceiling storefront already alludes to what awaits inside. A miniature Santa Claus reclining on an analyst’s couch, an...
Elizabeth Winkler, in the June 2019 issue of The Atlantic asks: Was Shakespeare a Woman? The answer is definitively: Yes.
Forget the worn-out Bacon theory, ditch the Marlowe hoax, abandon de Vere and Raleigh. And, most importantly, consider a sex-change for the world’s most influential, important...
The Bristol Book Fair returns to The Passenger Shed this summer for its fifth year.
Over 90 dealers from around the country gather in the city for two days to sell rare, antiquarian, and second-hand books, prints, maps and ephemera. The fair is a joint venture organised by the PBFA and the ABA, the...
Introduction: Until Byron reached Venice, it’s a safe bet that few Britons knew anything about the great Armenian library on the island of St Lazzaro degli Armeni. He lived in Venice between 1816 and in 1819. His acquaintance with St Lazzaro came very early on. Here he is writing to his friend...
A book fair can be a dizzying experience for the collector of modern firsts, particularly one as big and prestigious as the ABA summer fair, now called Firsts. It’s public, it’s private, it’s whatever you want to make of it but above all, it involves real people. In short it’s not ‘online’, which...
The University and State Library of Bonn (ULB) is celebrating the return of more than 600 volumes from its collection that have been lost since the Second World War. Sotheby’s Auction House facilitated the repatriation after discovering the books in a Belgian private collection. Among them are...
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