Category Archives: Antiquarian

Book Lovers Record Traces of 19th-Century Readers – Wired Campus – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher Education

A lament for a dead child, written by her mother in pencil on the endpaper of an 1843 copy of The Poetical Works of Mrs. Felicia Hemans. A sewing needle, thread still attached, inserted in the back of an 1860 … Continue reading

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Secret Libraries of New York City | Atlas Obscura

Lantern slide of the New York Public Library (via NYPL) As the debate continues over the renovation of the main branch of the New York Public Library — a design by Norman Foster that would radically overhaul the stacks and other features … Continue reading

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The New York Library Club @ FIT –Spring event

contributed by Jen Roth On April 8th the NY Library Club visited the museum and Gladys Marcus Library at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The tour started with a talk by curator Ellen Shanley, who gave us a brief overview … Continue reading

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Bookstores in Seattle Soar, and Embrace an Old Nemesis: Amazon.com – NYTimes.com

Bookstores in Seattle Soar, and Embrace an Old Nemesis: Amazon.com By KIRK JOHNSONAPRIL 11, 2014 Photo Abbie Barronian, left, and Ellie Graves browsed at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle. The store last year turned its first substantial profit in … Continue reading

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Daily What?! The NYPL Has George Washington’s 1757 Recipe for Beer | Untapped Cities

We just came across this find at the New York Public Library Manuscripts and Archives Division. It’s George Washington’s “Recipe for Small Beer” from his 1757 notebook. Read more…   Related articles Mine, mine, mine! Marking Medieval Manuscripts, Then and Now … Continue reading

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Harvard discovers three of its library books are bound in human flesh | Roadtrippers

31 March, 2014 Greg Newkirk There’s something undeniably creepy about big, expansive libraries. The hushed whispers, the almost artificial quiet, and the smell of dusty tomes combine to create a surreal experience. But when it comes to creepy libraries, Harvard … Continue reading

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Vatican library plans to digitise 82,000 of its most valuable manuscripts – Telegraph

A 1,600-year-old manuscript featuring the poems of Virgil is among the collection being digitised by the Vatican Apostolic Library with the help of a Japanese IT firm An illustration of the Dante’s Divina Commedia realized by artist Sandro Botticelli in … Continue reading

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