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  • [+] More In the Press - How James Bond books have soared in value ahead of Spectre 


    In the Press - How James Bond books have soared in value ahead of Spectre
    Published since 18 Sep 2015

    The Telegraph: “Collectors’ demand for rare, first-edition Ian Fleming books has spiked in recent weeks ahead of the release of the 24th James Bond film, Spectre. New Bond films never fail to spark fresh interest in Fleming’s books and James Bond memorabilia. And the value of some of the most sought-after pieces has risen steadily. Rare-book seller Peter Harrington said Ian Fleming’s books had been consistently strong sellers over the past 50 years, but became even more sought-after when new films were released.”

  • [+] More Peter Harrington Rare Books Featured on BBC News: Charles Dickens inscribed book offered for £275,000 sale 


    Peter Harrington Rare Books Featured on BBC News: Charles Dickens inscribed book offered for £275,000 sale
    Published since 20 Aug 2014

    “A signed copy of Charles Dickens' novel A Tale of Two Cities bearing a personal inscription to fellow author George Eliot has gone on sale for £275,000. Dated December 1859, the dedication expresses "high admiration and regard" for Eliot - real name Mary Ann Evans. It is being sold by rare book dealer Peter Harrington and is currently on show at its central London bookshop. If it reaches its asking price, the book will be among the most expensive Dickens works ever purchased.” Read the whole story on BBC News.

  • [+] More On the Blog - Provenance in Pictures: Tracking the Ownership of Three Early Printed Books 


    Published since 27 May 2014

    “Last week a group of Melbourne bibliophiles were treated to a delightful talk by preeminent bookman Nicolas Barker, editor of The Book Collector since 1965, and whose bibliography records an impressive 1,000+ entries. Barker examined twenty or so works from Special Collections and talked to the salient points of each book. This post highlights three of the selected items that had multiple signs of ownership, all of which caught Barker’s eye.”

  • [+] More Shakespeare’s Beehive - Rare Book Dealers George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler claim to have found Shakespeare's dictionary 


    Shakespeare’s Beehive - Rare Book Dealers George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler claim to have found Shakespeare's dictionary
    Published since 28 Apr 2014

    George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler, both ABAA members and ILAB affiliates, have now published a study about their extensive researches: In Shakespeare’s Beehive: An Annotated Elizabethan Dictionary Comes to Light, they conclude that the annotations in their copy of Baret’s Alvearie purchased on eBay belong to William Shakespeare. Using example after example, the authors demonstrate how closely the annotations and Baret’s text are tied to Shakespeare’s own work. The annotator, while not once leaving his name on a page, nevertheless leaves behind an astonishing personal trail of fingerprints. This great discovery hit the news last week. A press review:

  • [+] More In the Press - Collector and Bookseller: A Vanishing Relationship? 


    In the Press - Collector and Bookseller: A Vanishing Relationship?
    Published since 06 Mar 2014

    "It’s a cliché, but it’s true: Things aren’t the same as they used to be. Over the last twenty-five years, we’ve transformed the way that we buy books and build our collections, and most of the familiar bookshops, old and new, have disappeared. There aren’t nearly as many local places to browse and buy books as there once were, but there are more books available to buy than ever, and great collections are still being formed. But collectors and booksellers have lost something along the way, and it’s important to recognize that just as Frank Bruni’s favorite restaurants offer something that he can’t get anywhere else, this is what the book market, at its best, used to do, and still sometimes does." A thoughtful article about rare book dealers and collectors by Joel Silver for Fine Books & Collections. Read it!

  • [+] More In the Press - Breakthrough over 600-year-old mystery manuscript 


    Published since 20 Feb 2014

    A breakthrough has been made in attempts to decipher a mysterious 600-year-old manuscript written in an unknown language: The Voynich Manuscript, carbon-dated to the 1400s, was rediscovered in 1912, when the antiquarian bookseller Wilfrid Voynich bought it in Italy as part of a rare book collection. Since then it has defied codebreakers and scientists. Read the full article on BBC News.

  • [+] More Rare Books on the Blog - State Library of Victoria Medieval Manuscripts Online 


    Rare Books on the Blog - State Library of Victoria Medieval Manuscripts Online
    Published since 31 Jan 2014

    “The State Library of Victoria in Melbourne holds 27 medieval and renaissance manuscripts. Last year the SLV finished digitising nearly all of its manuscripts along with five manuscripts held by the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery." Read the whole article by Anthony Tedeschi.

  • [+] More Rare Books in the Press - 16th-century manuscript could rewrite Australian history 


    Published since 17 Jan 2014

    “A tiny drawing of a kangaroo curled in the letters of a 16th-century Portuguese manuscript could rewrite Australian history. The document, acquired by Les Enluminures Gallery in New York, shows a sketch of an apparent kangaroo (''canguru'' in Portuguese) nestled in its text and is dated between 1580 and 1620. It has led researchers to believe images of the marsupial were already being circulated by the time the Dutch ship Duyfken - long thought to have been the first European vessel to visit Australia - landed in 1606.“ Read the whole story by Charli Newton in The Age:

  • [+] More Rare Books in the Press - Mary Shelley letters discovered in Essex archive 


    Rare Books in the Press - Mary Shelley letters discovered in Essex archive
    Published since 09 Jan 2014

    A spectacular discovery! Previously unpublished letters written by the author of "Frankeinstein" Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley between the years 1831 and 1849 have been found in the Essex Record Office. Read the whole article by Esther Addley in The Guardian (January 8, 2014)

  • [+] More Rare Books in the Press - Prison Memoir of a Black Man in the 1850s 


    Rare Books in the Press - Prison Memoir of a Black Man in the 1850s
    Published since 13 Dec 2013

    “Years ago, a rare-books dealer browsing at an estate sale in Rochester came across an unusual manuscript, dated 1858. The family selling it said little about where it had been for the last 150 years. It appeared never to have left upstate New York. Scholars now believe that the mystery manuscript is the first recovered memoir written in prison by an African-American, a discovery that Yale University says it made after authenticating the document and acquiring it for its Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library." Read the whole story in The New York Times.

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