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  • [+] More A Brief Guide to Collecting the Works of Eric Gill 


    A Brief Guide to Collecting the Works of Eric Gill
    Published since 15 Nov 2016
    Eric Gill was a sculptor and engraver who is now best known for his scandalous personal behavior alongside his spiritual art. Gill remains a controversial artist. As his biographer Fiona MacCarthy so aptly puts it, “Does consciousness of artists' reprehensible behaviour (Gill, [today,] would no doubt be in prison) put up a barrier between the viewer and the work? Or does knowledge of the artist's life, fallibilities included, amplify and enrich our understanding of the art?”* While that question may be one each individual must answer for him or herself, for those interested in the work of Eric Gill, what collectibles should you seek out?
  • [+] More The new Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp – “The Book is Central” 


    The new Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp – “The Book is Central”
    Published since 08 Nov 2016

    On 30 September 2016, one of the most treasured places for printing history and the history of the book re-opened after extensive renovations, the new Plantin-Moretus Museum.
    Various festivities accompanied the opening on three consecutive days and invited the public to take part in the fascinating history of the museum.

    The new museum takes the visitor on a unique journey of the life and legacy of the publisher Christoffel Plantin and his inlaws Moretus whose achievements had put Antwerp on the map. The biggest authors and scientists of their time found their way to Antwerp’s Vrijdagmarkt and Plantin was able to spread their ideas throughout the world.

  • [+] More RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage – Now Open Access 


    RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage – Now Open Access
    Published since 07 Nov 2016

    The RBM has recently changed its RBM Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Cultural Heritage to an open access model of publication.

  • [+] More Book It: Five of the Most Interesting U.S. Libraries 


    Book It: Five of the Most Interesting U.S. Libraries
    By Books Tell You Why Published since 02 Nov 2016

    Let’s face it: Visiting a library while traveling to a new city is not always atop everyone’s must-do list. Even for the most bookish or literary-minded traveler, libraries as destinations often get lost in the fray when whipping up itineraries or sightseeing spots. Museums. Parks. Skyscrapers. Food markets. Sporting events. These activities more times than not reign supreme over buildings of archaic texts and decaying books where most travelers feel ‘You’ve seen one library, you’ve seen them all.’
    But there are a number of libraries across the country that not only warrant serious investigation but also reward visitors with insight into our nation’s history and heritage. 

  • [+] More Women's Work: women in Economics, Politics and Philosophy | New blog from Peter Harrington 


    Women's Work: women in Economics, Politics and Philosophy | New blog from Peter Harrington
    By Rachel Chanter (Peter Harrington) Published since 01 Nov 2016
    The contribution of eminent male thinkers to intellectual and public life is well documented: we all know our Kant from our Keynes, our Wittgenstein from our Wilberforce. It’s no secret that women and women’s issues have historically been granted less space on the political, philosophical and economic stages, and this deficit is unfortunately reflected in publishing history.
  • [+] More New bibliophile society launched for aspiring book collectors - and three tips for getting started 


    New bibliophile society launched for aspiring book collectors - and three tips for getting started
    By Antiques Trade Gazette Published since 01 Nov 2016
    Author: Frances Allit (ATG)
    A new group for book collectors and enthusiasts is set to launch at the University of London this Friday.
  • [+] More Budapest Report by Gaelle Cambon - French language - J’étais la plus jeune libraire du 42e congrès international de la LILA! 


    Budapest Report by Gaelle Cambon - French language - J’étais la plus jeune libraire du 42e congrès international de la LILA!
    By Gaelle Cambon Published since 31 Oct 2016
    The Hungarian Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association awarded 3 scholarships to young antiquarian booksellers to participate in the ILAB Congress 2016 in Budapest. Congress fees and accommodation of the scholarship winners were funded entirely by the Hungarian association. Please read the 3rd report, in French, by Gaelle Cambon here.
  • [+] More Budapest Report on the German VdA site - Article in German: »face-to-face ist nicht zu übertreffen« 


    Budapest Report on the German VdA site - Article in German: »face-to-face ist nicht zu übertreffen«
    By Sabine Keune Published since 26 Oct 2016
    Sabine Keune (Antiquariat Sabine Keune) reports from the 42nd ILAB Congress in Budapest on the German VdA site about the many facets of the congress and emphasizes that "face to face" cannot be replaced and how the congress symbolises "amor libri nos unit". For the future of our trade, we need to continue to work together, across borders and languages. 
    ARTICLE IN GERMAN.
    To read the full article, please visit the German VdA - Site here.  
  • [+] More Over 80 exhibitors at the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair 


    Over 80 exhibitors at the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair
    Published since 20 Oct 2016

    Whether you are an experienced collector or simply curious about old and rare books, the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair is not to be missed.

    Held each autumn in the beautiful and historic Chelsea Old Town Hall, the Fair brings together more than 80 exhibitors specialising in antique books, first editions, maps, prints, and manuscripts from all over the world. Prices begin at just a few pounds and dealers are happy to guide you, making this an accessible and exciting venue for beginning collectors or those simply looking for an extra special Christmas gift.

  • [+] More Scholarship for Young Antiquarians - Report by Jennifer Johnson (ABAA) - My universe just got a whole lot larger. 


    Scholarship for Young Antiquarians - Report by Jennifer Johnson (ABAA) - My universe just got a whole lot larger.
    By Jennifer Johnson Published since 18 Oct 2016

    The opportunity to travel to distant lands opens up new worlds for anyone. I am no exception. This particular adventure to attend the International League of Antiquarian Bookseller’s Congress in Budapest was so much more meaningful to me on a larger scale.

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