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One of the most rewarding aspects of rare book cataloging is seeing and decoding the various markers of history that make their way into the pages. Most of these markers are permanent – bookplates, sellers’ and binders’ tickets, annotations, and … Continue reading
In the constitution of this small, banana republic was a forgotten section that provided for the maintenance of a navy. –O. Henry, “The Admiral” (147) The unremarkable sentence above, which appeared in O. Henry’s 1904 collection Cabbages and Kings, constitutes … Continue reading
Vincenzo Galilei’s Dialogo di Vincenzo Nobile Fiorentino della Musica Antica et Moderna is well known to music historians as a book that marked the beginning of a transition from praising the idea of musical polyphony to believing in modernity and … Continue reading
“This is exactly the Vampire who with his sharp white teeth bites the neck of his victim and sucks the blood from the wounds he has made, gorging himself, like some great human leech, until he is replete and full, … Continue reading
After decades of building nationalism centered on Arabism and Islam, after simultaneously being prevented from studying Egyptology by colonial powers, modern Egyptians had an opportunity to make their ancient history a central point of their nation’s identity in the wake … Continue reading
“The question…is this, whether we are to have books which are beautiful as books; books in which type, paper, woodcuts, and the due arrangement of all these are to be considered, and which are so treated as to produce a … Continue reading