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Book Fair Calendar

Book & Paper Row. Wilmington, MA. January 3–4, 2015.

Papermania. Hartford, CT. January 10–11, 2015.

Vintage Paper Fair. Glendale, CA. January 10–11, 2015.

Metropolis! Books & Ephemera. New York, NY. January 16–17, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

Austin Book & Paper Show. Austin, TX. January 16–17, 2015.

Boxborough Paper Town. Boxborough, MA. January 24, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

LA Art Book Fair. Los Angeles, CA. January 29–February 1, 2015.

Pasadena Antiquarian Book & Paper Fair. Pasadena, CA. January 31–February 1, 2015.

California International Antiquarian Book Fair. Oakland, CA. February 6–7, 2015. (See California International Antiquarian Book Fair ad on this page)

CODEX 2015. Richmond, CA. February 8–11, 2015.

PBFA Book Fair. Cambridge, England. February 20–21, 2015.

Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair. New York, NY. February 20–22, 2015.

ABA & PBFA Book Fair. Edinburgh, Scotland. March 6–7, 2015.

Washington Antiquarian Book Fair. Arlington, VA. March 6–7, 2015.

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. St. Petersburg, FL. March 13–15, 2015. (See Florida Antiquarian Book Fair ad on this page)

Westmount Book Fair. Westmount, QC (Canada). March 14, 2015.

Vintage Paper Fair. Walnut Creek, CA. March 15, 2015.

Ephemera 35. Old Greenwich, CT. March 20–22, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

Albuquerque Antiquarian Book Fair. Albuquerque, NM. March 20–21, 2015.

Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair. Sacramento, CA. March 28, 2015.

Akron Antiquarian Book & Paper Show. Akron, OH. April 3–4, 2015.

York Book & Paper Fair. York, PA. April 3, 2015.

New York Antiquarian Book Fair. New York, NY. April 9–12, 2015.

Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair & Fine Press Book Fair (The Shadow Show). New York, NY. April 11, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

New York City Book & Ephemera Fair. New York, NY. April 11, 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.

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

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.

Book Auction Calendar

Sotheby’s. London, England. December 9, 2014.

Bonham’s. New York, NY. December 9–10, 2014.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. December 11, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. December 17, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

Sotheby’s. Paris, France. December 18, 2014.

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. December 18, 2014. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

National Book Auctions. Ithaca, NY. January 4, 2015.

Bonham’s. London, England. January 27–28, 2015.

Freeman’s. Philadelphia, PA. January 28, 2015. (See Freeman's ad on this page)

Book News & Notes

New Exhibition at the Morgan Opening January 23 Coincides with 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Assassination and End of the Civil War

No U.S. president and few leaders of any time or place have commanded language with the skill ofAbraham Lincoln. Largely self-taught, he achieved a mastery of the word that helped him win the presidency and define the true meaning of America’s founding principle of human equality. In his writings and speeches—many of which are woven into the historical fabric of America—he vigorously strove to defend the Union and the Constitution, while also salving the wounds of a country torn apart by civil war. ...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

Morgan Showcases the 13th Century Crusader Bible

The Crusader Bible is one of the most extraordinary illuminated manuscripts ever created, renowned for its unrivaled and boldly colored illustrations and for its fascinating history. The work brings Old Testament stories to life in bright images replete with medieval castles, towns, and battling knights in armor, all set in thirteenth-century France. On view beginning October 17, this exhibition offers visitors the rare opportunity to view over forty folios from the disbound manuscript, the work of seven unknown artists who were clearly masters in their day. The exhibition runs through January 4, 2015.
 
The provenance of the Crusader Bible is as intriguing as its artistry, and includes a trail running from France to Italy, Poland, Persia, Egypt, England, and finally, New York. Additionally, a selection of period artifacts and armor, on special loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will offer visitors tangible evidence of the objects depicted so dramatically in the book.

Within the context of other artistic commissions as well as the crusading activities of King Louis IX of France, a body of circumstantial evidence points to his patronage of the Crusader Bible. Stylistic and iconographic parallels occur in the decorative program of the Gothic Sainte-Chapelle, which Louis built to house the relics of Christ’s Passion. The biblical kings are especially emphasized in both the imagery of the Crusader Bible and at the Sainte-Chapelle; they are also intentionally shown in crusader armor. ...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

Latest Treasures from the Vault Series at the Morgan Opens September 9th

The Morgan is home to some of the world's greatest collections of medieval manuscripts, printed books and bindings, literary manuscripts, private letters and correspondence, and original music. Treasures from the Vault, an ongoing exhibition series, features works drawn from these diverse collections in the sumptuous setting of Pierpont Morgan's 1906 Library. In addition to illuminated manuscripts, music scores, and personal correspondence from the Morgan’s collection, this rotation — on view from September 9, 2014 through January 11, 2015 —features a selection of important American documents ...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

by Anthony Marshall
Melbourne Moments

I'm back in Melbourne! In the nine months since I was last here, there have been a few changes.  Lonely Planet, for instance. The world's largest travel-book publishing company, begun in Melbourne in the 1970s and sold to the BBC in 2007, has changed hands yet again. ...more

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