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Nazi Era Book Left in Illinois Library Book Drop

Submitted by birdie on Sat, 08/18/2012 - 12:17

From The Chicago Sun-Times: LaGrange Park Public Library officials are brimming with curiosity over who dropped off a rare book stamped “Secret!” from notorious Nazi Commander Hermann Goring, which is now under study at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Peering Into the Exquisite Life of Rare Books

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Tue, 07/24/2012 - 08:58

For five weeks each summer Rare Book School brings some 300 librarians, conservators, scholars, dealers, collectors and random book-mad civilians together for weeklong intensive courses in an atmosphere that combines the intensity of the seminar room, the nerdiness of a “Star Trek” convention and the camaraderie of a summer camp where people come back year after year.

Full article in the NYT

A Rarity, Even For the Rare Book Room

Submitted by birdie on Thu, 05/03/2012 - 18:22

A few weeks ago at Brown University, book conservation technician Marie 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.”

Why do old books smell?That old book smell brings back so many memories, but what creates that smell?

Submitted by Lee Hadden on Wed, 05/02/2012 - 13:03

Every time I catch a whiff of that special old books smell, I am transported through time and space to the cool welcoming basement of The Strand Bookstore in New York City, where I spent many hot humid summer afternoons, searching for some used book I've never seen nor even heard of, or sitting on the cold concrete floor, reading. The smell of old books isn't pleasant, exactly, but it is unmistakable -- and powerfully evocative.

Petition to spare libraries/ms of Timbuktu

Submitted by Lee Hadden on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 08:11

I'm passing this along:

On Apr 10, 2012, at 9:42 PM, "Jennifer Yanco" <[email protected]> wrote:

I am writing to alert you to the situation in Mali, which is increasingly volatile. The conflict has spread to Timbuktu, home of thousands of manuscripts documenting the rich heritage of West Africa through the ages.

Death and Destruction at Cairo Library During Political Clashes

Submitted by birdie on Sat, 12/17/2011 - 18:06

Cairo (CNN) -- The new round of bloody clashes between pro-democracy protesters and Egypt's security forces left 10 people dead Saturday, including six by live ammunition, even though the new prime minister denied that live fire was being used by his forces.

Meanwhile, 213-year-old Egyptian maps and historical manuscripts -- described as "irreplaceable" -- were destroyed after a library in Cairo was among structures set ablaze during the clashes, officials said.