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  • [+] More Celebrating the Hakluyt@400 Quatercentenary today, 23 November 2016 


    Celebrating the Hakluyt@400 Quatercentenary today, 23 November 2016
    Published since 23 Nov 2016

    Today is the 400th anniversary of the death of Richard Hakluyt (1552-1616) and the Hakluyt Society will mark this with an exciting programme of events in Oxford and at Hakluyt’s parish of Wetheringsett in Suffolk.

    Centrepiece of the Hakluyt@400 events will be the two-day international conference Richard Hakluyt and the Renaissance Discovery of the World, taking place in Oxford on 24-25 November . 

  • [+] More Collecting Indigenous Sámi Literature 


    Collecting Indigenous Sámi Literature
    Published since 22 Jul 2016

    If you’ve read anything about Sámi culture or literature recently, it may have been through Vendela Vida’s novel Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name: A Novel (2007). While many works of indigenous literature have received international acclaim over the last century, Sámi fiction and poetry has remained relatively obscured from global readership. In case you’re not familiar with Sámi history or culture, we can give you a brief background. The Sámi are an indigenous group with geographic ties to the Arctic regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia.

  • [+] More Collecting - Who Is the Real Robinson Crusoe? 


    Collecting - Who Is the Real Robinson Crusoe?
    Published since 09 Feb 2016

    With any truly great novel, the questions are usually the same. Where did the story come from? What inspired it? Were the characters or plot based on real-life elements? But these tried-and-true questions might mean a little more when asked about Daniel Defoe’s 1719 debut novel Robinson Crusoe, a book literary scholars the world over regard as one of the first realistic fiction novels and one that helped popularize the form we still crave today.

  • [+] More Naturalis historia. De terrarum gentiumque historia deque peregrinatione – Dr. Paul Kainbacher’s latest catalogue 


    Naturalis historia. De terrarum gentiumque historia deque peregrinatione – Dr. Paul Kainbacher’s latest catalogue
    Published since 07 Jan 2016

    Naturalis historia. De terrarum gentiumque historia deque peregrinatione – This is the title of Dr. Paul Kainbacher’s latest catalogue. I hardly know where to start, it is so full of rare and beautiful books. Before I mention a few of these treasures, let me stress what a handsome catalogue it is. The format is a generous quarto. The catalogue is profusely illustrated in colour throughout. There is at least one, often more, pictures of each item, and there is a real lay-out, with insets and details, not just your boring description plus picture. All in all, a feast for the eye.

  • [+] More South Sea Adventures and Explorations – Third Bibliophile Evening at Paul Kainbacher Rare Books 


    South Sea Adventures and Explorations – Third Bibliophile Evening at Paul Kainbacher Rare Books
    Published since 26 Aug 2015

    Baden (Vienna), 26th September, 2015 - a must for collectors who are interested in rare and fine books on travel and exploration and for all, who are seeking adventures in literary or in real life travelling to one of the most inspiring, wild and romantic regions of the world: the South Sea. Dr. Paul Kainbacher invites customers and colleagues to go on a fascinating journey with books. The Third Bibliophile Evening at his antiquarian bookshop in Baden (Vienna) is dedicated to the history and exploration of the South Sea.

  • [+] More Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Carried Away 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Carried Away
    Published since 26 Mar 2015

    People tend to get carried away by the romance of old books and paper, and it's easy to see why. The thrill of the hunt, the joys discovery, and the marvelous stories locked up in dusty old letters, journals, and books provide a perfect escape – an antidote to the stresses of our daily lives. Unfortunately, overworked librarians and book dealers often find that their interaction with books and manuscripts devolves into an insistent time/money proposition. As much as we'd like to linger over an ancient text, or just sit down and read the damned thing, we've got to get that bugger cataloged and shelved. There's work to be done! We wind up stressing out over the very things that should be affording us relief. So it's a delight when, every once in a while, something comes along that is so arresting and charismatic that it commands our complete attention and gobbles up our time, productivity be damned.

  • [+] More „Im Herzen Afrikas“ - An Exceptional Catalogue From Antiquariat Dr. Paul Kainbacher 


    „Im Herzen Afrikas“ - An Exceptional Catalogue From Antiquariat Dr. Paul Kainbacher
    Published since 11 Mar 2015

    It does not happen all that often that an old antiquarian bookseller sees a catalogue and thinks, a little enviously: “I wish that was one of mine.“ Paul Kainbacher’s latest catalogue “Im Herzen Afrikas” is one of those. The presentation is generous, in a large quarto format. Nearly every item is illustrated in colour. The numbering, which often makes a catalogue lifeless, has been omitted. The text is set in single or double columns, which does not make reading hectic, rather it adds a component of surprise and dynamics. Well, these are externals, it is the content that counts. But still, a mood is set, the reader is curious and elated ...

  • [+] More Lines in the Ice 


    Lines in the Ice
    Published since 25 Nov 2014

    I really rather enjoy these smaller-scale exhibitions (i.e. the free ones) at the British Library.  You get a distinct sense that the bright young curators have just been left to get on with it, without undue interference from the message-spinners and marketing types.  The latest, Lines in the Ice: Seeking the Northwest Passage, which opened a few days ago, is excellent and demands a visit.

  • [+] More Into the South Sea – The first “Bibliophile Evening” held at Dr. Paul Kainbacher Rare Books in Baden (Vienna) 


    Into the South Sea – The first “Bibliophile Evening” held at Dr. Paul Kainbacher Rare Books in Baden (Vienna)
    Published since 13 Nov 2014

    On Saturday, November 8th, the Austrian antiquarian bookseller Dr. Paul Kainbacher had invited collectors and colleagues to his antiquarian bookshop in Baden (next to Vienna), Elisabethstrasse 33. The shop was the perfect location for the “Bibliophile Evening” which was dedicated to The Exploration of the South Sea. The bookshop welcomed numerous guests, among them collectors and book lovers from Germany, Austria and Finland as well as scientists and explorers from various university departments. They all had come to see the most beautiful books and to listen to highly interesting lectures by European experts of the South Sea such as Prof. Hermann Mückler (Vienna University) and Ms. Anke Oberlies (German James Cook Society). See the pictures!

  • [+] More "The Discovery of the South Sea" - Lectures for Collectors at Dr. Paul Kainbacher’s Antiquarian Bookshop 


    "The Discovery of the South Sea" - Lectures for Collectors at Dr. Paul Kainbacher’s Antiquarian Bookshop
    Published since 02 Oct 2014

    The Austrian rare book dealer Dr. Paul Kainbacher invites collectors and bibliophiles to a series of “Bibliophile Evenings” at his antiquarian bookshop in Baden (near Vienna) with lectures and talks on the history of science, philosophy and art in connection with the presentation of rare and fine books and manuscripts. The first Bibliophile Evening on 8th November 2014 will focus on the discovery of the South Sea. Professor Dr. Hermann Mückler, South Sea expert at Vienna University, and Anke Oberlies of the German James Cook Society will talk about Austrian explorers, travelers and adventurers in the Southern Hemisphere and their travel accounts as well as about the famous travels of James Cook.

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