This is the Perfect Mug ☕️ for a Bibliophile!

This ☕️ mug offered by the Newberry Library is embellished with vintage bookplate illustrations. 11 oz. of Newberry collections history! Enjoy a beverage from a mug showing a collage of bookplates featuring various Newberry’s collections. (And that gentleman in the frame? None other than our founder, Walter Loomis Newberry.)

The Rosenberg Bookshop is proud to be an independent purveyor of literary gifts, cards, and toys by local artisans. You’ll also find an exceptional notecard and postcard assortment and, of course, stellar books.

A really a clever idea and a great gift for your favorite Bibliophile 📚

George III’s Maps and Views: 32,000 Images Released on Flickr Commons

George III’s maps and views: 32,000 images released on Flickr Commons

In October 2020 we released 17,000 images of maps and viewsfrom George III’s Topographical Collection on the images-sharing site Flickr Commons, which seems to have kept you busy.

Jan Baptista Vrients, Descriptio Germaniae Inferioris, 1602. 118.e.16.

Well, from today, you can find an additional 32,000 images, comprising George III’s collection of atlases and albums of views, plans, diagrams, reports and surveys, produced between 1550 and 1820. These have been uploaded to Flickr with a Public Domain attribution for you to search, browse, download, reuse, study and enjoy.

Here are some highlights:

Complete cover-to-cover digitisation of major 16th, 17th and 18thcentury atlases by Joan Blaeu (lots of Blaeu), Jan Janssonius(again, lots of Jansson), Abraham Ortelius (a few Ortelius atlases here), Jodocus and Henricus Hondius, John Speed,  Moses PittThomas JefferysMary Anne RocqueNicolas SansonPierre du ValHerman Moll and others. Most have never been released in their entirety anywhere online before.

Albums of topographical views by artists such as John WebberRobert Havell, Thomas Daniell and John Clerk.

Multi-sheet maps in loose or bound format including Turgot’s plan of Paris,  Morgan’s map of LondonPeter Andre’s EssexFry & Jefferson’s VirginiaPratt’s Ireland and Müller’s Bohemia.

Albums of 16th century prints and drawings of Roman architecture and antiquities assembled by Cassiano dal Pozzo. 

Many manuscript atlases including work by Carlo Fontana, Francesco Basilicata’s 1612 survey of Crete, and two Kangxi atlases of China.

How can you access them?

Via Flickr

The first release of 17,000 images – the collection of individual maps and views,  was released in one big bundle. It made sense to release this disparate group of items this way, but we appreciate that searching Flickr for specific images is not especially easy (see below, Explore, for a solution. Of course, it can be interesting to browse if you are not sure where you want to end up!).

Responding to feedback, this second release has organised the bound atlases and volumes of prints into separate albums. The images within the albums retain the order in which they are encountered in the physical copy. The titles of the albums are made up of the constituent volume’s author, title, date and shelfmark, so we hope this will make the searching experience a good one. Batching into 500 or fewer images will make downloading easier for you too.

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First-ever Transatlantic Book Fair Opens July 22, 2021

Transatlantic Book Fair Opens July 22:

The Transatlantic Book Fair will bring together over 150 rare book dealers who will showcase hundreds of unique and rare works on paper.

Exhibitors from 15 countries will present a carefully curated collection of more than 5000 #books, #maps, #manuscripts, photographs, and rare historical artifacts online during the online fair, which will be the first to unite North American and European book dealers on a single digital fair platform.

Read More at Fine Books & Collections: https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/news/first-ever-transatlantic-book-fair-opens-july-22

Gone With the Wind Book Lot – Something Old and Something New

Gone with the Wind Books

This is a lot sale of 2 books which includes a true vintage copy of Gone with the Wind from 1940 and also a modern Companion Gone with the Wind book!

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. 1940 Motion Picture Edition.

This volume was well loved and therefore has a cracked hinge at the front but the cover is still attached, the upper spine area is frayed and pulling away as well as at the bottom. Rather uncommon to find sitting around these days, this book still has a lot to give for a true fan of GWTW, including photographs from the movie!

The Official Gone With the Wind Companion book. 1993. Illustrated with photos. 299 pages.

This volume includes the answers to almost 2000 questions and is a complete and entertaining reference, also the only official companion to the novel.


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A Manuscript of Emily Brontë’s poems with penciled edits by Charlotte Brontë Heads to Auction

Thought lost for almost a century, the Honresfield Library was assembled with passion by self-made Victorian industrialists Alfred and William Law at the turn of the 20th century and has since been maintained with care by generations of the Law family. A unique treasury replete with cornerstones of British culture, its re-emergence after almost 100 years in obscurity marks a defining moment for bibliophiles in what is set to be the one of the great library sales of recent years.

Among the library’s holdings is the most important material by the Brontë sisters to come to light in a generation – unrivalled in importance by any other private collection. The rare pieces open a window onto the short but amazing lives of Charlotte, Emily, Anne and even Branwell Brontë.

Treasures include an extremely rare handwritten copy of Emily’s poems, with revisions from Charlotte (est. £800,000-1,200,000) and the well-loved Brontë family copy of Bewick’s History of British Birds, the book made famous in the opening pages of Jane Eyre (est. £30,000-50,000), brimming with entertaining annotations from their father Patrick. Little-seen letters to and from the likes of fellow novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, Hartley Coleridge (son of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge), George Smith, publisher and vital champion of ‘The Bells’ (The Brontës’ secretive pseudonym), and many more, abound.

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Scottish literature is also at the heart of the collection, which includes the most important manuscript by Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, in private hands. A compendium of poems, notes and ideas put together by Burns as an unknown twenty-four year old, First Commonplace Book offers a unique insight into the bard’s mind. It was last sold at Sotheby’s in 1879, for £10. The collection also includes other individual handwritten manuscripts of Burns’s poems and original letters to friends, family, patrons and lovers which build a picture of his colourful life.

Romantic writer Sir Walter Scott – the second-most quoted writer in the Oxford English Dictionary after Shakespeare – is also represented, most notably by the complete manuscript for Rob Roy, one of the last remaining manuscripts of a great 19th century novel that is not now in an institution.

Further noteworthy lots include Jane Austen first editions, including Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, a copy of Don Quixote printed in 1620 for Edward Blounte, the publisher famous for the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays, and an annotated copy of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poems with pages showing author’s changes from proof printing in his hand. There is hardly an area that is untouched, with Homer, Ovid, the Grimm Brothers, Montaigne, Ann Radcliffe, Horace Walpole, Charles Dickens and Mary Wollstonecraft also making an appearance.

The more than 500 historic manuscripts, exceptional first editions, intimate letters and beautiful bindings will be offered across three auctions at Sotheby’s, commencing this summer (first auction open for bidding from 2 – 13 July 2021). The public will get the chance to view the library, with exhibitions of highlights to take place in London, Edinburgh and New York.

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Sotheby’s Auction Information

The Honresfield Library, Part One

Bidding Opens:

2 July 2021 • 14:00 BST • London

About this lot

The Honresfield library was assembled by William Law (1836-1901), augmented by his brother Alfred Law (1838-1913) and their nephew Sir Alfred Joseph Law (1860-1939). The library’s cornerstones are world-class holdings of the Brontës, Robert Burns, and Sir Walter Scott, on which is built a remarkable collection with precious highlights venturing well beyond the core of 18th-19th century British literature. It is a library of astonishing riches that has been treasured by generations of a private family for more than a century.

Photo Credit: Sotheby’s | COLLECTION OF 22 WORKS BY AND ABOUT THE BRONTËS – Sold 12/11/15

Sotheby’s has sold many wonderful (and sometimes rare) Brontë Sisters books, manuscripts and associated items.

View all Sotheby’s Brontë offerings past and present:

Find A New Book With Internet Archive’s Online Library Explorer

Although it cannot quite replace the crinkling noise of book covers, the website Internet Archive is working to bring the thrill of browsing library shelves to the safety of your own home. Their Library Explorer allows users to browse 3D shelves by subject, age, date, and other sorting criteria. While you could just search for a title you already know, the magic of library shelves—real and virtual—is discovering new reads.
— Read on mymodernmet.com/internet-archive-library-explorer/

Dark Side of Wonderland: Ahead of V&A Museum Show, New Book Explores Alice in Wonderland

As the Victoria & Albert Museum prepares to celebrate Lewis Carroll’s heroine, ties to mysticism and magical societies have come to light in a new work, Through a Looking Glass Darkly

Great art spawns imitation. And great weird art, it seems, spawns still weirder flights of fancy. Lewis Carroll’s twin children’s fantasies, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There have both inspired a string of adaptations, artistic and musical responses down the generations.

Now, as the Victoria & Albert Museum prepares to celebrate Alice and her cultural influence in Curiouser & Curiouser, a landmark exhibition next month, a new book containing unseen original images is to expose the secrets behind the darker world of the second Alice story.

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“Together these books are really the first psychedelic texts and I like them because there’s no moral lesson. They actually parody authority, like the judiciary and the monarchy, rather than supporting them,” said Jake Fior, an Alice expert and author of Through a Looking Glass Darkly. “Carroll had a definite interest in the esoteric. I have a catalogue of his possessions, including his library, and he had lots of books on the supernatural,” he told the Observer. Fior’s fresh version of Alice’s journey attempts to elaborate and even improve upon Carroll’s difficult follow-up work, 150 years on from its publication.

“If you think about the structure of Through the Looking Glass, it’s very weird and I always felt it could be improved. The idea of going through a mirror into a reflected dimension is fine, but then suddenly there is this Jabberwocky epic poem and the Vorpal sword and these mythical beasts which are never mentioned again. It is framed as a chess game in which Alice goes from pawn to queen in eight chapters, but it doesn’t run in a fluid way like Wonderland. It is a more flawed book, yet some of the moments are better, so I kept those in my version.” During the author’s research for his new approach to the story he discovered images that will now go on public display for the first time in the V&A show.

Fior, who is the proprietor of the Alice through the Looking Glass shop in the West End of London, was already the owner of several original pieces of Carroll memorabilia when he came across a sketch book that had belonged to Carroll’s famous original illustrator, Sir John Tenniel.

“It shouldn’t have been there, but I was at a rare book fair three summers ago and there it was, nondescript, with just the word ‘costume’ written on the front,” remembered Fior. As a student Tenniel used to skip his classes at the Royal Academy of Art and take his sketch books to the British Museum instead. This book was full of studies of armour and knights, prototypes of the images he went on to use in the Alice books.

Fior uses these images in his book just as Carroll used Tenniel’s work: a dynamic mix of text and illustration, which he believes looks towards the arrival of the graphic novel. Fior’s story tells, in parallel with Alice’s journey, the true story of Samuel Liddell Mathers, a distant relative of the real girl Alice who had inspired Dodgson.

Fior discovered that he had formed the secret magical society known as The Golden Dawn, patronised by major literary figures such as Bram Stoker, E Nesbit and Arthur Conan Doyle, and also by the notorious occultist Aleister Crowley.

“There is no evidence that Carroll was practising magic, but he was interested in telepathy and was a member of the Society of Psychical Research. He also had a well known obsession with wordplay and especially acrostics, and these come from Hebrew mysticism, which he would probably have known,” said Fior.

While working on the book he found that although Carroll was not a Freemason, the Liddell family were very involved in the organisation. The V&A exhibition, Fior suggests, will be a good opportunity for fans to go back to the darker side of the stories, something that the Disney cartoon version has almost obliterated. “The Disney image has become so strong, it has almost effaced Tenniel. But I find the animated visuals a bit saccharine. I always think of the phrase from Anthony Burgess’s Clockwork Orange “weak tea, new brewed” as opposed to the Tenniel which is full strength, with no sugar.”

1916 Set of Elbert Hubbard’s Little Journeys Books

This lovely early 1900s set of books is for sale!

14 Volume set – PLUS: Guide Book and Biography of Hubbard (making this a set of 16 books)

This is a collection of biographical pieces written by Elbert Hubbard, and published monthly starting in 1894. The pieces were collected and republished in a 14-volume Memorial Edition in 1916, shortly after his death. The first volume includes a memoir of the author, and the last volume includes an index to the entire set. 14 Volume set – PLUS: Guide Book and Biography of Hubbard (making this a set of 16 books).

  • V. 1. Good Men and Great;
  • V. 2. Famous Women;
  • V. 3. American Statesmen;
  • V. 4. Eminent Painters;
  • V. 5. English Authors;
  • V. 6. Eminent Artists;
  • V. 7. Eminent Orators;
  • V. 8. Great Philosophers;
  • V. 9. Great Reformers;
  • V. 10. Great Teachers;
  • V. 11. Great Businessmen;
  • V. 12. Great Scientists;
  • V. 13. Great Lovers;
  • V. 14. Great Musicians.

Features the following (and more):

Jane Austen – Empress Josephine – Mary W. Shelley – William Shakespeare – Thomas A. Edison – George Washington – Benjamin Franklin – Thomas Jefferson – Samuel Adams – Michelangelo – Rembrandt – Rubens – Gustave Dore – Richard Wagner – Paganini – Frederic Chopin – Robert Schumann – Sebastian Bach – Felix Mendelssohn – Franz Liszt – Ludwig van Beethoven – George Handel – Giuseppe Verdi -Wolfgang Mozart – Johannes Brahms

Take a short video tour of this set with the Solitary Bibliophile

Elbert Hubbard had been influenced by the ideas of William Morris on a visit to England. He was unable to find a publisher for his book Little Journeys, so inspired by Morris’s Kelmscott Press, decided to set up his own private press to print the book himself, founding Roycroft Press. Roycroft was a reformist community of craft workers and artists which formed part of the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States. Elbert Hubbard founded the community in 1895, in the village of East Aurora, New York.

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Ruth Montgomery on Reincarnation – Book Lot

REINCARNATION – Lot of two vintage paperback books on the afterlife or reincarnation by Ruth Montgomery:

  • Published in 1968 and 1972.
  • Paperback books in good condition, some wear from age and use.
  • Price is for the pair of books together.

A World Beyond
From beyond the grave comes a startling message from one of the world’s most renowned psychics, a message containing the answers to these questions and many more…What does happen after death? Where do you go? What is it like “over there?” What does it feel like to be out of our human shell? Do you see loved ones we have lost long ago? America’s best-known spiritualist medium has reached the other world. He has established contact with a “receiver” in this world–and has written this book.

Here and Hereafter
Have you lived before? Will you live again? Fascinating new revelations about the experience of reincarnation from one of today’s foremost psychic authorities.

Reviews:

“The many readers of Ruth Montgomery will follow avidly her discussions of the doctrine of karma and rebirth . . . she cites innumerable instances that seem, to her, persuasive evidence that we are indeed caught up in successive reincarnations, and always meaningfully. Ruth Montgomery’s sincerity, humility, and personal conviction are in evidence on every page, and readers of her A Gift of Prophecy and A Search for the Truth will not be let down.”Publishers Weekly

About the Author:
Ruth Montgomery became special Washington, D.C., correspondent for International News Service, and later syndicated columnist for Capital Letter King Features, Hearst Headline Service (1958-1968). Montgomery has received many awards for her newspaper work.

Montgomery’s first literary brush with psychic affairs occurred in the mid-1950s when she researched and wrote a series of newspaper articles debunking fraudulent mediums. Her next foray into the field was as a believer with the bestselling A Gift of Prophecy: The Phenomenal Jeanne Dixon (1965).

Montgomery herself developed psychic abilities at about this time. First via automatic handwriting and then automatic typewriting, Montgomery began to communicate with “Lily and the group”—beings who claimed to be spirits of the dead and Montgomery’s guides. To prove their veracity, the guides dictated much information previously unknown to Montgomery, which she was later able to verify.

From 1960 to 1969, Montgomery worked with her guides to produce A Search for the Truth and Here and Hereafter. The first treats Montgomery’s own spiritual progress, and the second karma and reincarnation. In 1969, satisfied that death is not the end of individuality and busy with other projects, Montgomery abandoned automatic typewriting. Early in 1971, however, on discovering that Arthur Ford, her recently deceased friend and a world-famous medium, had become one of her guides, Montgomery recommenced taking spirit dictation. The new communications, now from “Lily, Art and the group,” provided the basis for A World Beyond: A Startling Message from the Eminent Psychic Arthur Ford From Beyond the Grave (1970, 1988), Companions Along the Way (1974, 1985), A World Before (1976, 1982), and Strangers Among Us: Enlightened Beings from a World to Come (1979, 1982). These books discuss, respectively, the circumstances of life after death, Montgomery’s previous incarnations, the past history of the world, and the near future prospects of humanity.

[Biographical Source: Enyclopedia.com]

Stephen King Country by George Beahm

Stephen King Country: The Illustrated Guide to the Sites and Sights That Inspired the Modern Master of Horror by George W. Beahm

  • Publisher: Running Press;
  • First Edition, First Printing.
  • Black binding, red gilt titles
  • Hardcover, 44 pages, illustrated throughout, resources, index
  • Condition: Dustjacket present (not price-clipped), some edgewear.
  • Bumped lower corners, just a few places highlighted in the chapter regarding his first edition and rare books.

Discover the real-life sites and sights behind his horror classics, including the Stanley Hotel of Estes Park, Colorado (site of The Shining’s eerie Overlook Hotel), King’s home town of Durham, Maine (the inspiration for Salem’s Lot), and more. An illustrated biography on King and his home town. Looks at the world in which author Stephen King lives and the real-life places that inspired the settings for some of his most popular works.

Helga Weyhe, Germany’s Oldest Bookseller, Dies at 98

She died above the bookstore, founded in 1840, where she had worked since the waning months of World War II. She locked it up for the last time in December.

BERLIN — After Helga Weyhe locked up her bookstore in the town of Salzwedel, Germany, each evening, she would make her usual commute — a trudge to the apartment upstairs. She had been making the same trip since World War II, just as her father had before then, and as her grandfather had before him.

The H. Weyhe Bookstore is one of the oldest bookstores in Germany. It was founded in 1840, before Germany was a country. Ms. Weyhe’s grandfather Heinrich Weyhe bought it 31 years later. It endured through World War I, the Weimar Republic, the Nazi regime. Ms. Weyhe took over the store from her father in 1965, four years after East Germany built the Berlin Wall, and guided it through Communist rule and reunification with West Germany.

She locked up for the last time one day in December. She died at 98 sometime before Jan. 4; her body was found in her home, said Ute Lemm, a grandniece.

“With her life, she closed a circle,” Ms. Lemm said. “She died where she was born.”

Helga Weyhe (pronounced VIE-eh) became an anchor in Salzwedel, about 110 miles west of Berlin. The town was in the former East Germany, and during Communist rule she stocked religious books that were unavailable in state-run bookstores, frowned on as they were by the regime. It was a boon to the faithful, and for her a quiet act of defiance.

Ms. Weyhe was a lifeline of sorts to her customers. She traveled far and wide after East Germans were generally allowed to leave for tourism, bringing back her infectious enthusiasm for the outside world. “She brought a little bit of the world to Salzwedel,” Ms. Lemm said. When the Iron Curtain was dissolved and those who had fled to the West returned to Salzwedel, they gathered at her store for readings she had organized.

Helga Weyhe in her bookstore in Salzwedel, Germany, in 2018. Her grandfather bought the store in 1871.Credit…John MacDougall/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

“They had bought their school books at the Weyhes’ when they were kids, and now, when they came back to the city, they were senior citizens,” Steffen Langusch, the town archivist, said. He held long conversations with Ms. Weyhe about local history in her office at the back of the store, amid piles of books and black and white photographs chronicling the store’s past.

Bookstores hold a special place for many Germans. During the pandemic lockdown, some were classified as “essential” businesses; the country’s 3,500 small, independent booksellers (compared with 2,500 in the United States) have been buoyed by a law that fixes book prices, preventing the small shops from being undercut by large chains and Amazon.

Ms. Weyhe in 2012 was the first resident after reunification to be formally honored by the town, the equivalent of receiving a key to the city, and in 2017 she received a special national prize for her bookstore.

“She wasn’t just an honorary citizen,” the town’s mayor, Sabine Blümel, said. “She was an institution.”

The store’s interior, with its well-stocked wooden shelves and display tables, has not changed much since Ms. Weyhe’s grandfather renovated it around 1880. Ms. Weyhe printed out quotations and poems and stuck them to the shop windows for the benefit of passers-by.

She took pride in stocking only books that she knew and approved of, although she would order customers almost anything online from her suppliers.

As she told interviewers over the years, one of her favorites was a 1932 children’s book by Erika Mann, Thomas Mann’s daughter, called “Stoffel Flies Over the Sea,” about a boy who tries to visit his uncle in America by hiding in a zeppelin.

“It was probably the last bookstore in Germany where you could always buy a copy of that book,” Mr. Langusch said.

The book’s plot appealed to her personally. Ms. Weyhe’s Uncle Erhard lived in Manhattan and ran his own bookstore, at 794 Lexington Avenue, near East 61st Street. His obituary in The New York Times in 1972 described him as “one of the last of the great art book dealers.” An old sign with the Lexington Avenue address hung on one of the shelves in Ms. Weyhe’s bookstore.

“Since she was a little girl, she dreamed of going to the States, but she had to wait her entire adult life until she was retirement age,” in the 1980s, said her grandniece Ms. Lemm, the artistic director of a theater.

Helga Weyhe was born on Dec. 11, 1922, to Walter and Elsa (Banse) Weyhe. Her mother also worked in the store. She graduated from high school in 1941 and was the first woman, and only the second person, in her family to attend university, studying German and history at institutions in Vienna and what was then Königsberg and Breslau.

With the war cutting short her studies, she went to work at the bookstore in 1944.

Ms. Weyhe never married and left no immediate survivors. Her extended family is hoping to find a new manager for the bookstore.

ORIGINAL POST CREDIT: Christopher F. Schuetze | NY TIMES

Haverhill’s Museum of Printing Receives Donation of Book Pages from the 1700s

Museum of Printing has received the donation of a major collection of rare book pages comes from the descendants of Dr. Arthur Klein, an accomplished collector.

While Klein was a gifted psychotherapist who worked at McLean Hospital and maintained a private practice in Cambridge,he amassed over 30 years a collection of 1,500 pages from art and science books published during the 1700s, the Age of Enlightenment. The illustrations in these books advanced the art of engraving and documented the advancement of science and technology.

The Museum is cataloging these artifacts and plans an exhibit next summer with lectures that explain the importance of these historic pages.

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