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Book Fair Calendar

New York Art Book Fair. Long Island City, NY. September 25–28, 2014.

Montreal Antiquarian Book Fair. Montreal, Quebec. September 27–28, 2014.

Vintage Paper Fair. Glendale, CA. September 27–28, 2014.

Oak Knoll Fest. New Castle, DE. October 3, 2014.

Vancouver Antiquarian Book Fair. Vancouver, BC (Canada). October 4–5, 2014.

Vermont Foliage Antiquarian Book Fair. Brattleboro, VT. October 4, 2014. (See Vermont Foliage Antiquarian Book Fair ad on this page)

Pasadena Antiquarian Book, Photo & Paper Fair. Pasadena, CA. October 4–5, 2014.

Allentown Book & Paper Show. Allentown, PA. October 4–5, 2014.

Michigan Book & Paper Show. Lansing, MI. October 5, 2014.

Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair. Seattle, WA. October 11–12, 2014.

Chicago Book & Paper Fair. Chicago, IL. October 11, 2014.

Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair. Northampton, MA. October 12, 2014. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

Albany Antiquarian Book Fair. Albany, NY. October 19, 2014. (See Albany Antiquarian Book Fair ad on this page)

Ottawa Antiquarian Book Fair. Ottawa, Ontario . October 26, 2014.

Long Island Vintage Paper, Book & Advertising Show. Garden City, NY. November 1–2, 2014. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair. Toronto, Ontario (Canada). November 7–9, 2014. (See Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair ad on this page)

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair. Boston, MA. November 14–16, 2014. (See Boston Antiquarian Book Fair ad on this page)

Boston Book, Print & Ephemera Show. Boston, MA. November 15, 2014.

New Jersey Book & Ephemera Fair. Totowa, NJ. November 28–29, 2014. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

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

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

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

Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair & Fine Press Book Fair. New York, NY. April 11–12, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

Book Auction Calendar

Sotheby’s. New York, NY. September 30, 2014.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. October 1, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

Sotheby’s. Paris, France. October 7, 2014.

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. October 9, 2014. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. October 9, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. October 14, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

Freeman’s. Philaderlphia, PA. October 16, 2014. (See Freeman's ad on this page)

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

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. October 21, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. October 23, 2014. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. October 29, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

Sotheby’s. New York, NY. October 30, 2014.

Freeman’s. Philadelphia, PA. November 2, 2014. (See Freeman's ad on this page)

Sotheby’s. London, England. November 4, 2014.

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. November 6, 2014. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. November 6, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

Freeman’s. Philadelphia, PA. November 12, 2014. (See Freeman's ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. November 12, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

Bonham’s. London, England. November 12, 2014.

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. November 13, 2014. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. November 18, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. November 20, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. November 20, 2014. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

Bonham’s. Oxford, England. November 25, 2014.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. November 25, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. December 4, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. December 4, 2014. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

Bonham’s. New York, NY. December 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)

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

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

Book News & Notes

Albany Antiquarian Book Fair Returns to the AIHA

The Albany Antiquarian Book Fair which began in the mid-1970s and by most accounts the second oldest regional antiquarian book fair in the United States, has returned to the Albany Institute of History and Art at 125 Washington Avenue in downtown Albany. The date has been set for Sunday, October 19th and the hours are from 10am to 4pm.

For many years the Fair has been moved from one venue to another, including the old armory which hosted it in recent years.   And, as one who attended and participated in those early Fairs at the Institute, I can report there was an ambience and atmosphere that lent itself to book-related events – totally unlike that of most large hotel conference halls.

Because of space limitations, only thirty booksellers will be able to participate.  A silent auction ...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

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 politicized these days that reasonable discussion has become almost impossible.  I happen to think that part of the issue is that people conflate the problem of 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 John Huckans
Enemies of Book Stores

Randolph Adams’ essay Libraries as Enemies of Books made something of a splash in academic and bookish circles when it appeared in Library Quarterly back in 1937.  His main complaint was centered on the trend in libraries and among librarians to de-emphasize books in favor of library house-keeping matters – called “library economy” at the time, later on “library science”.  Of course Adams would say that – he was mainly a scholar and political historian and later became the first director of the William Clements Library at the University of Michigan where he also served as a professor of history. ...more

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