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  • Exquisite English Rebus Bible at Auction

    By Rebecca Rego Barry Amongst a collection of antique rifles, carved pipes, and Civil War imprints for sale tomorrow at Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati is this beautiful late eighteenth-century English rebus Bible. Titled The Hieroglyphick Bible, III Edition by its anonymous creator, the 8 x 12.75” copybook contains selected verses from the King James Bible, illustrated in rebus form, with sm...

  • Sylvester Stallone, Book Collector

    It might be hard to square Rambo with rare books, but then again, people can surprise you. It turns out that actor and director Sylvester Stallone, best known for his beefy roles in Rocky and Rambo, amassed a private library of roughly 1,000 volumes, which will be offered in 40+ lots at Heritage Auctions in New York on March 8-9. James Gannon, Heritage Auction’s director of rare books, told ... and

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  • #BiblioShelf Free Book Giveaway!

    The season of the best reading weather is here! To celebrate tumbling leaves, warm beverages, and the pleasure of a good book, Biblio is giving away $100 in BiblioBucks to a lucky follower! Enter to win by using the giveaway widget below the rules. If you are on Instagram, you can enter to win there by visiting this link and following the instructions! The rules: BiblioBucks are good for use...

  • Inauguration Day, 1861

    By Barbara Basbanes Richter No matter how you feel about today’s inauguration, take heart and consider the first swearing-in ceremony of America’s sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln. On March 4, 1861, the country was a scant six weeks from entering the Civil War, seven states had already seceded from the Union, and rumors of plots to assassinate Lincoln were already swirling in the air. In...

  • Archive of Dickens & Tennyson Ephemera at Auction

    by Rebecca Rego Barry A small but interesting archive of material relating to Alfred Lord Tennyson and Charles Dickens has turned up at London-based Chiswick Auctions, consigned by a distant relation of the Ellis family. The product of that family’s long-term association with the two authors, the collection contains correspondence, envelopes, clipped autographs, stereoscopic photographs, a r...

  • Cool Things Found Inside of Books

    One of the best parts of older books, in my opinion, has always been the possibility of finding things wedged in between the pages: sometimes used as an impromptu bookmark, some stuffed there to hide, some shuffled in by accident. There’s just something a little bit magical about it. I was recently rearranging my bookshelves (alphabetically by author of course, which had fallen to disarray s...

  • Author E.R. Braithwaite (1912-2016)

    Guyanese author E.R. Braithwaite has passed away at the venerable age of 104. Braithwaite is best known for his award-winning novel To Sir, With Love. This autobiographical tale tells of his time as a schoolteacher in the East End of London. The book was made into a film starring Sidney Poitier and the singer Lulu. His writings mostly dealt with the difficulties of being a black man with a c...

  • Personal Archive of P. G. Wodehouse Now Available at The British Library

    By Nate Pedersen Sir Edward Cazalet, the step-grandson of prolific British author P. G. Wodehouse, has loaned Wodehouse’s personal archive to the British Library. For the first time ever, the Wodehouse archive is now available for public viewing. Cazalet actively collected the Wodehouse material ever since PGW died in 1975. The archive spans over a century of material, from 1900 until 2005, ...

  • Incredible Austen Artifact at Auction

    By Rebecca Rego Barry As literary artifacts go, this one evokes childlike delight: an ivory cup-and-ball toy that once belonged to Jane Austen is headed to auction at Sotheby’s London on December 13, where bids are expected in the £20,000-30,000 ($25,000-37,000) range.   The game, also known as bilbocatch, was a popular pastime for the Austen family. As Jane herself wrote to her sister in Oc...

  • La Belle Époque of Toulouse-Lautrec

    By Barbara Basbanes Richter The mantra for major exhibitions of 2016 seems to be, “go big or go home:” there’s Boston’s Beyond Words multi-venue extravaganza, the Getty’s impressive Alchemy of Color installation, and in 2017, look to the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., which will showcase nearly one-hundred drawings, posters, paintings, and prints spanning the career of French artist...

  • Sneaky John Wilkes Booth Letter at Auction

    by Rebecca Rego Barry Five months before John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, he penned a letter to J. D. Burch, the son of a Maryland innkeeper, regarding something he left behind with a stagecoach driver. Booth is cryptic about what exactly the item is, writing, “You know what I had to take from my carpet-bag. It’s not worth more than $15, but I will give him $20 rathe...

  • #BiblioShelf 2016 Giveaway Winners!

    We are pleased to announce the winners for the #BiblioShelf Giveaway! One winner from the blog post widget: Rick H. One winner from the Instagram #BiblioShelf Contest: Amanda S. Each one has been contacted by email and will get $100 credit in BiblioBucks for FREE BOOKS! One of my bookshelves. Thanks to @sabbryson ‘s design, this one has stepped construction for additional storage. #Biblioshe... and

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  • The Politics of Middle Earth

      I, unlike many self-proclaimed nerdy kids my age, didn’t properly get to meet and make friends with Bilbo, Frodo, and the gang until I was in college. Sure, sure, I’d gone to midnight premiers for the Lord of the Rings movies with gaggles of friends, but I didn’t dress up like Gandalf and I sure as heck didn’t know a single phrase in the Elven tongue. I thought Silmarillion was the type of... and

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  • Rare Sylvia Plath Proof at Auction

    By Rebecca Rego Barry When offered Sylvia Plath’s first collection of poems, The Colossus, New Directions founder James Laughlin turned it down. The year was 1960, and London publisher William Heinemann was looking for an American publishing partner. They sent a typed proposal letter and a proof of The Colossus to four American publishers, among them New Directions, where editor Bob MacGrego...

  • Beatrix Potter’s Forgotten Tale Published at Last

    by Barbara Basbanes Richter Readers may recall a story that appeared here earlier this year heralding the rediscovery of a long-forgotten manuscript by Beatrix Potter. Penguin editor Jo Hanks unearthed the material while conducting research for a new addition to Emma Thompson’s revival of the series. “I found a reference to a letter from Beatrix to her publisher that referred to a story ‘abo...

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