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Saturday, October 29, 2005


The 2005 Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair runs from Friday October 28 through Sunday October 30, 2005, at Boston's Hynes Convention Center. And of course there is the Comic Book Show, a two-day collectors event in Nashua, NH on Saturday and Sunday this same weekend at the Nashua Northeastern Blvd Holiday Inn. Hmmmm ... there was a time when I might have gone to both but I'm thinking this time I'll just do the books. Read more about the book fair or about the comic show.


Friday, October 28, 2005


Archives and Rare Books Department of Blegen Library at University of Cincinnati is haunted by a UC Classics professor who roams a dimly lit ninth floor room among books that date from as long ago as the 1500s. Really ... well maybe ... you decide for yourself. Read more ...


Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Documents recently found in the archives of East Germany's secret police, the Stasi, reveal how the Nazis used a vast subterranean complex as a concentration camp as well as a place to store rare books - more than 7,000 that are all now vanished. The lost books, removed by the Russians when they arrived at the mines in 1945 include an early volume by the astronomer Johannes Kepler, a Paracelsus text from 1589, and a unique 1543 anatomy atlas by Andreas Vesalius. Read more ...


Friday, October 21, 2005


Want to get away from books for a little while but not really? In Massachusetts you might try Literary Trail Tours which has just added "The Concord Literary Trail" and "The Two Revolutions" to explore the homes, landscape and culture that played a pivotal role in the writings of Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Literary Trail Tours also offers guided walking trips through Boston and Cambridge called "The Athens of America", "The Hub of the Solar System" and "Crossroads in Cambridge". Read a recent article ... and visit the Literary Trail website ...


Saturday, October 15, 2005


Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, George Washington and Joseph Smith ... document collectors worldwide ... forgeries and counterfeiting ... the Latter Day Saints Church .... and more tragically Steve Christensen and Kathy Sheets ... are a part of the dark side of collecting historical papers that was revealed in the Mark Hofmann story from twenty years ago. Read more ...


Tuesday, October 11, 2005


Hapless book thieves scheme ... for stealing rare items at the Transylvania University library in Lexington Kentucky, including use of costumes and a stun pen(?) to subdue the librarian, is detailed in court documents. Yikes, what were these guys thinking? Read more ...


Saturday, October 08, 2005


University at Buffalo Libraries are offering an opportunity ... an opportunity to see some of the greatest treasures in its magnificent Rare Books Collection, an assemblage of priceless books and other material dating back to the 15th century that will be in the Special Collections Research Room, 420 Capen Hall, North Campus, through Oct. 21. Read more ...


Friday, October 07, 2005


"Used book sales soar online, as traditional shops struggle to compete ... thanks to the Internet, used books have become today's powerhouse, driven by price and the convenience of finding just about any title without leaving home." Read more ...