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Australasian Rare Book School: The Origins of Rare Books

Australasian Rare Book School
The Origins of Rare Books
University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ
30 January–3 February 2017

This summer, thanks to SHARP’s excellent scholarship program, I was fortunate enough to attend the Australasian Rare Book Summer School at the University of Otago. I participated in The Origins of Rare Books course, studying under the instruction of Professor David McKitterick, Fellow Librarian and Vice-Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. Over five days, we examined changing ideas of rarity as they relate to books, framed by a formalised study of European rare book collecting and book history from the seventeenth century to the present day.

John Carter’s ABC for Book Collectors, revised and enlarged by Nicolas Barker and Simran Thadani

John Carter’s ABC for Book Collectors, revised and enlarged by Nicolas Barker and Simran Thadani, 9th edition. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2016. 264p., 32 illus. (22 colour and 10 halftones). ISBN 9781584563525. US $29.95 (hardcover).

John Carter’s ABC for Book Collectors is without question a book that all serious book historians must read and a book that almost everyone with a genuine interest in books should own. It typically sits nicely on our reference shelves with such staple volumes that remain in the affordable range for all book-aficionados and bibliophiles as Philip Gaskell’s A New Introduction to Bibliography (1972, latest 1995), Fredson Bowers’s Principles of Bibliographical Description (1949, latest 2012), and one or more generalist or specialist study, such as D. C. Greetham’s Textual Scholarship: An Introduction (1992) or David Pearson’s Provenance Research in Book History: A Handbook (1994). Probably, the very serious book historian will own more than one edition of the Carter, as early prints are to be had very easily at book fairs, even at a price agreeable to those of us “poor scholars” (Alan Thomas’s turn of phrase, 86) on a modest income.

Rebecca Rego Barry with a Foreword by Nicholas A. Basbanes. Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places

Rebecca Rego Barry with a Foreword by Nicholas A. Basbanes. Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places. Minneapolis, MN: Voyageur Press, 2015. 256p., ill. ISBN 9780760348611. US $25.00.

In Larry McMurtry’s novel Cadillac Jack, the title character makes the prescient observation about desirable rarities that “anything can be found anywhere.” A used-and-rare bookseller friend of mine is fond of saying that there are so many rare, collectible books in the world that the chances are very good that you will come across several in your lifetime; however, there are so many different kinds of books in the world that the chances are you will not recognize the desirable book as rare or collectible when you come across it.

Manuel José Pedraza García, ed. Titivillus: International Journal of Rare Books

Manuel José Pedraza García, ed. Titivillus: International Journal of Rare Books, vol. I (2015). Zaragoza: Prensas de la Universidad de Zaragoza, 2015. 470p., ill. ISSN 23870915. €30.00 (paperback).

Titivillus is a fresh and new international journal devoted to the topic of rare books, a publication conceived and edited by the Department of Documentation Sciences and the History of Science of the Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain. This multidisciplinary endeavour, funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, is aimed at the field of book studies, with the purpose of spreading, at an international level, the results of research activities undertaken by relevant specialists and conducted in accordance with the highest academic standards.