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  • Fragments in Dublin

    UCD Logo



    A Symposium on Fragments (manuscript and print) will take place in University College Dublin, 17th October 2019. Lisa Fagin Davis (Medieval Academy of America and writer of the Manuscript Road Trip) and Christoph Flueler (University de Fribourg and Director of the Fragmentarium Project) are among... read more

  • The Write Stuff

    Pencil Museum

    by Miranda Alexander

    The last thing one would expect to find among the awe-inspiring mountains, the glittering lakes and cosy picture-postcard villages of the Lake District is a smart, witty, modern little museum devoted solely to the praise of a humble writing tool.
    Locating the The Pencil Museum in Keswick is, of...
  • Jarndyce Catalogue Review

    Jarndyce Catalogue

    by James Fleming


    For various reasons, each of them excellent, we no longer review general catalogues in our print issues. Single subject catalogues, however, are always welcome if they’re printed. One such came from Jarndyce in the summer: WOMEN Part IV: Books By, For and About Women.

    The firm does not believe in... read more

  • Jane Austen and The Red Dragon

    The Red Dragon

    by Sarah Bennett


    Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire has resorted to crowdfunding prevent one of the author's letters being sold into private hands.

    The letter in question was written by Jane Austen to her niece Anna on 29 November 1814 whilst visiting her brother Henry in London.

    This year the museum... read more

  • Iceland's Last Rare Bookstore

    Bobby Fischer chair

    by Spencer Stuart

    On the corner of Klapparstigur and Hverfisgata, a stone’s throw from Reykjavík’s famed Harpa Concert Hall, lies a portal into the past of Iceland’s book culture: Bókin. The floor-to-ceiling storefront already alludes to what awaits inside. A miniature Santa Claus reclining on an analyst’s couch, an...
  • Shakespeare was a She

    Emilia Bassano (1569-1645)

    by Victoria Dailey


    Elizabeth Winkler, in the June 2019 issue of The Atlantic asks: Was Shakespeare a Woman? The answer is definitively: Yes.

    Forget the worn-out Bacon theory, ditch the Marlowe hoax, abandon de Vere and Raleigh. And, most importantly, consider a sex-change for the world’s most influential, important... read more

  • Bristol Book Fair 2019

    Bristol Book Fair 2019



    The Bristol Book Fair returns to The Passenger Shed this summer for its fifth year.

    Over 90 dealers from around the country gather in the city for two days to sell rare, antiquarian, and second-hand books, prints, maps and ephemera. The fair is a joint venture organised by the PBFA and the ABA, the... read more

  • The St. Lazaro Library in the Venice Lagoon

    St. Lazaro Library in Venice, aerial

    Alberto Toso Fei (translated from the Italian by Julia Crosse)


    Introduction: Until Byron reached Venice, it’s a safe bet that few Britons knew anything about the great Armenian library on the island of St Lazzaro degli Armeni. He lived in Venice between 1816 and in 1819. His acquaintance with St Lazzaro came very early on. Here he is writing to his friend... read more

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