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I am writing a rough draft of some of my thoughts on books (especially rare books) and libraries thinking about how the book as a special physical object is a bit lost in all the digital noise, and would love some collaboration on this around your (and my) ideas. If you’d like to contribute, or want more information, let me know!
I’ve been beavering away at work so not had much time to catch up with my RSS feeds from the real world (i.e. libraries which aren’t the one I work in!). Today’s favourite read was this gem titled“Theft, vandalism and hatred: 400 years of bad behaviour in the King James Library, part 1” from the University of St Andrews.
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A collection of rare books, including an illustrated copy of Paradise Lost, has been discovered in a hidden cupboard in a Scottish library.
The literary haul was found in Greenock’s Watt Library by archivist Neil Dickson.
The collection includes a 1538 edition of letters by Roman philosopher Cicero and an 1827 illustrated edition of John Milton’s Paradise Lost – one of only 50 copies.
A few weeks ago, Ms. Malchodi opened yet another leather-bound book, one of more than 300,000 rare volumes in the hold of the John Hay Library. With surgical precision, she turned the pages of a medical text once owned by Solomon Drowne, Class of ’73 (1773, that is.). And there, in the back, she found a piece of paper depicting the baptism of Jesus. It was signed:
“P. Revere Sculp.”
Ye gods! Had Marie Malchodi, of Cranston, R.I., book conservation technician, just made contact with Paul Revere, of Boston, silversmith? Revere, who knew of the fiery need to share vital information, would have appreciated Ms. Malchodi’s galloping reaction, which was:
“I have to show this to somebody.”
» via The New York Times (Subscription may be required for some content)