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Book Fair Calendar

Vermont Book, Postcard & Ephemera Fair. Burlington, VT. April 19, 2015. (See Vermont Book, Postcard & Ephemera Fair ad on this page)

Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show. Lansing, MI. April 19, 2015.

Allentown Book & Paper Show. Allentown, PA. April 25–26, 2015.

PBFA Book Fair. Oxford, England. April 25–26, 2015.

St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book & Photo Fair. St. Louis, MO. May 1–3, 2015.

Boston Book, Paper & Photography Expo. Wilmington, MA. May 2, 2015.

Westfield Book & Paper Show. Westfield, NY. May 2, 2015.

Vintage Paper Fair. Glendale, CA. May 16–17, 2015.

Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair. Ann Arbor, MI. May 17, 2015.

ABA Antiquarian Book Fair. London, England. May 28–30, 2015.

PBFA Book Fair. London, England. May 29–30, 2015.

Second Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair. Sacramento, CA. June 5–7, 2015.

Granite State Book & Ephemera Fair. Concord, NH. June 7, 2015.

Rose City Book & Paper Fair. Portland, OR. June 12, 2015.

Searles Castle Antiquaran Book Fair. Great Barrington, MA. July 25, 2015.

Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Book Fair. Denver, CO. July 31–August 1, 2015.

Papermania. Hartford, CT. August 22–23, 2015.

Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair. Sacramento, CA. September 12, 2015.

Boxborough Paper Town. Boxborough, MA. September 19, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

Vintage Paper Fair. Glendale, CA. September 26–27, 2015.

Montreal Antiquarian Book Fair. Montreal, QC (Canada). September 26–27, 2014.

Dublin Book Fair. Dublin, Ireland. October 3–4, 2015.

Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair. Seattle, WA. October 10–11, 2015.

Pioneer Valley Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair. Northampton, MA. October 11, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

Manhasset Antiques & Decorative Show. Manhasset, NY. October 24–25, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

San Francisco International Vintage Paper, Print & Photo Fair. San Francisco, CA. October 29–November 1, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair. San Mateo, CA. February 5–6, 2016.

Book Auction Calendar

Doyle. New York, NY. April 14–15, 2015.

Leslie Hindman. Chicago, IL. April 15, 2015.

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. April 16, 2015. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

Bloomsbury Auctions. Godalming, Surrey (England). April 16, 2015.

Bonhams. New York, NY. April 21, 2015.

Freeman’s. Philadelphia, PA. April 23, 2015. (See Freeman's ad on this page)

Auctionata. Berlin, Germany. April 24, 2015. (See Auctionata ad on this page)

National Book Auctions. Ithaca, NY. April 26, 2015.

Christie’s. Paris, France. April 27, 2015.

Bonhams. New York, NY. April 28, 2015.

Doyle. New York, NY. April 28, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. April 29, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Bloomsbury Auctions. London, England. April 30, 2015.

Sotheby’s. London, England. April 30, 2015.

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. April 30, 2015. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago, IL. May 7, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. May 7, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Bonhams. New York, NY. May 11, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. May 12, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. May 14, 2015. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

Bloomsbury Auctions. Godalming, England. May 14, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. May 19, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Sotheby’s. Paris, France. May 20, 2015.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chcago, IL. May 21, 2015.

Christie’s. London, England. May 21, 2015.

Bloomsbury Auctions. London, England. May 21, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. May 21, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. May 28, 2015. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

Sotheby’s. London, England. May 28, 2015.

Skinner. Boston, MA. May 29, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. June 4, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Sotheby’s. London, England. June 4, 2015.

Skinner. Boston, MA. June 6, 2015.

Freeman’s. Philadelphia, PA. June 7, 2015. (See Freeman's ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. June 10, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Bonhams. New York, NY. June 16, 2015.

Freeman’s. Philadelphia, NY. June 16, 2015. (See Freeman's ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. June 17, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Bonhams. London, England. June 24, 2015.

Sotheby’s. London, England. July 7, 2015.

Sotheby’s. London, England. July 14, 2015.

Bonhams. Oxford, England. July 29, 2015.

Heritage Auctions. Dallas, TX. August 5, 2015.

Bonhams. Los Angeles, CA. September 22, 2015.

Bonhams. New York, NY. October 19, 2015.

Heritage Auctions. New York, NY. November 4–5, 2015.

Bonhams. New York, NY. November 9, 2015.

Bonhams. London, England. November 11, 2015.

Bonhams. Oxford, England. November 24, 2015.

Bonhams. New York, NY. December 16, 2015.

Albrecht Dürer, A. M. Whistler, Modern American and European Prints to be auctioned April 29th

Swann Galleries’ April 29 auction of Old Master Through Modern Prints offers examples from prominent collections, in three catalogues devoted to Old Master Prints, James A.M. Whistler (Fine Prints from a Private Collection) and 19th Century, American & Modern Prints.

Among the Old Masters is a choice selection of works by Albrecht Dürer, Property of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, sold to benefit the acquisitions fund. These include the engravings St. Jerome in Penitence, circa 1496-97 (estimate: $20,000 to $30,000); St. Eustace, circa 1501 ($40,000 to $60,000); St. Jerome in his Study, 1514 ($20,000 to $30,000) and Erasmus of Rotterdam, 1526 ($20,000 to $30,000). ...more

by John Huckans
The True Believer (a new appreciation of Eric Hoffer's classic book)

Events of late have made me wonder if Darwin got it only half right.  I don't quarrel with the theory, as proposed in On the Origin of Species (1859) and The Descent of Man (1871), that modern man evolved from earlier primates and the earlier primates from mammals, that in all probability, evolved from even more primitive life forms.  Even though I don't pretend to be anything close to a biologist, it all just seems to make a lot of sense.  Some of us agree with Darwin's theories, some not.  Some people argue the subject heatedly, while others simply agree to disagree. That is what civilized people do.  What uncivilized people do is kill others who do not believe as they do. ...more

Book News & Notes

Newly Discovered Works by Oscar Wilde to be Displayed at the Rosenbach

The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia is thrilled to announce the upcoming display of newly discovered works by Oscar Wilde (1854‐1900), one of the world’s most influential and prominent cultural personalities.  The materials include a notebook from around 1880, with unrecorded versions of early poems and with drawings by the inimitable Irish-born writer; a hand-corrected typescript of the play Salome; and a draft of part of his poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), with previously unknown variations. These will be displayed for the first time in the exhibition Everything is Going On Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde and Philadelphia, opening at the Rosenbach on January 23.

Housed in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Book Department, the materials were catalogued and available to the public, however they were unpublished and their sign ...more

by Michael Pixley (from BSM of January 2011)
Keeping Fear Alive

Sometime in September (the precise date escapes me), I happened to hear a portion of a discussion on NPR discussing the latent emergence of  Islamophobia in the United States and how or if this was a partial manifestation of that fear that had already gripped significant portions of Europe.  Some symptoms of that disease in Europe were blatant: seeking to prevent Muslim women from wearing clothing that hid everything but the eyes (the hijab), or, in Switzerland, voters blocking the construction of minarets (tower from whence the summons to pray is announced) etc.  The learned speaker lamented these actions as unhelpful, unfair and counter-productive.  I found myself agreeing with all his observations.  He then suggested that much of this Islamophobia had roots in Medieval Europe and the exaggerated nature of the threat posed by Islam.  That is when I snapped. ...more

by John Huckans / Robert Kemp
Global Warming and the Greenland Question

Is climate change and global warming really happening?  Robert Kemp thought so in 2005 and points out that change being the only real constant, a better question would be is it a good or bad thing?

The entire subject has become so politically-charged these days that reasonable discussion has become almost impossible.  I think part of the problem is that people conflate pollution of the air (and water) with global warming and climate change, when they ought to be considered as distinct realities that are not always connected.  ...more

by Anthony Marshall
P is for Pacifism

I am highly delighted with my 8-volume Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Collier-Macmillan, New York 1967) which, for fifteen euros (about eighteen U.S. dollars) I bought at a market stall in Freiburg some months ago, and which, with aching arms, I lugged back home. Yes, this encyclopedia is now nearly fifty years out of date, but who cares? Plato, Kant, Nietzsche – their ideas surely don't have a use-by date.  All the big names, and all the big ideas, seem to be here: with useful biographies and summaries. You want a quick overview of 'Nonsense', or 'Epistemology' or a potted life of Heidegger? Here it is. ...more

by John Huckans
Catching Up With the News

For some reason newspapers seem to pile up effortlessly around here. We get a Syracuse paper on weekends, the local weekly, and the Financial Times (the pink one, based in the UK).  The FT gets most of my attention because of its solid coverage of world news and columns that include book reviews, the arts, finance, and opinion. The columnists I read most include Robin Lane Fox (recently retired Oxford classicist and gardening expert), David Tang (Agony Uncle), Gillian Tett, Harry Eyres, Lucy Kellaway, John Authers, and so on.  A lot to get through.

Mixed up near the bottom of my reading pile are a few overlooked papers still waiting to be read.  Hang on, here's one ...a Cincinnati daily with some interesting items. In the May 31st issue a correspondent from St. Louis writes: ...more

by John Huckans
The Importance of Nouns

At our Christmas party this past December one of our friends said if we should ever decide to put our house up for sale he’d pay us twenty percent more than the asking price with only one condition – we’d have to move out all our stuff in two weeks. I really can’t imagine there’s much chance of that happening –  any of our friends know perfectly well we could never do it in two months.  ...more

by Anthony Marshall
Reggie's Book Club

You get some strange looks, and some strange responses, when you tell people that the book you are currently reading is Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. It helps when you say that it wasn't actually your choice; it just happens to be this month's selection for Reggie's Book Club.  But even so.  The looks, and sometimes the comments, imply: What are you, an apparently decent retired old gentleman, doing reading such filth? Do you really get off on this stuff? Can we ever again leave you alone in a room with our twelve-year old daughter? Further inquiry teases out the admission that no, your interlocutor has never actually read Lolita, but ...more

by Michael Pixley
The Shia/Sunni Shuffle

Since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Americans may have noticed news articles referring to struggles between Sunni and Shia Iraqi Muslims, an internal clash that sharply escalated after 2007.  Americans can be forgiven for not being terribly interested in these bloody rivalries.

In 2011, however, the Syrian conflict slowly grew, starting first as a peaceful protest but soon escalating into all-out civil war pitting the governing Alawite minority (around 17% of the population) against the Sunni majority (about 70%).  Iran, Russia and the Lebanese group Hizballah (Shia, by the way)  sought to strengthen the regime of Bashar al-Asad whilst the Sunni majority ...more

by Anthony Marshall
A Scottish Play?

Ogilvy, Alexander.  Oor Wully: The Scotsman who wrote William Shakespeare's plays. (Kincardine Press, Edinburgh 2014).

On the Shakespeare bandwagon, which publishers on both side of the Atlantic have trundled out this year to celebrate William's 450th birthday, there are two new books of particular interest to me, and probably to you too, if you love a good yarn, involving secondhand bookdealers hitting paydirt – or possibly not – but certainly doing their best to spin their straw into gold. ...more

by John Howard Huckans
Permanent Ink

The Great Library of Alexandria was the largest and probably the most important library of the ancient world.  Its mandate to gather all of the world’s knowledge in one place was carried out by a vigorous acquisition program involving extensive book-buying trips around the Mediterranean.  Prominent destinations for the curators of the Library were the well-known book fairs of Rhodes and Athens and in addition Egyptian officials were not shy about confiscating books on every ship arriving into port, keeping the originals and giving copies back to the owners.  ...more

by Anthony Marshall
Much Ado about Someone

Standing at the tram stop, I saw a poster advertising Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor. Two performances only, one performer only: his name, Bernd Lafrenz. I'd never heard of him, but I'm a sucker for one-man shows (how on earth will he manage to keep my attention for an hour or more? And play a dozen different characters?) and I’m a sucker for Shakespeare. What's more, I know The Merry Wives of Windsor pretty well: at least in its original English version. I once played the part of Doctor Caius, the mildly lascivious French physician who has set his sights on Anne Page, teenaged daughter of one of the merry wives. She, quite understandably, will have none of him.  ...more

by John Huckans
The Iron Cage, a Review

The literature of the Nakba (expulsion and dispossession of the Palestinian people, starting on or about May 15, 1948) is extensive.  There are many published personal narratives such as Sari Nusseibeh’s Once Upon a Country (NY, Farrar, Straus, 2007) and Karl Sabbagh’s  Palestine, A Personal History (NY, Grove Press, 2007), unsparing historical accounts such as Israeli historian Ilan Pappe’s The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Oxford, OneWorld, 2006), and countless books and essays focusing on various aspects of the struggle. ...more

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