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Award Winning Weekend On Tap For Oscar’s Library February 11, 2010

Poster For Best Picture Nominee The Philadelphia Story (1940). (All Images Courtesy Of Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, Magaret Herrick Library.) As already reported here by Book Patrol’s Stephen J. Gertz, the theme of the upcoming 43rd California International Antiquarian Book Fair is From Author To Oscar®. To be held February 12-14 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, the largest rare book fair in the world is “focusing on…

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Dreadful E-Books Offered Gratis By British Library February 10, 2010

One of the Most Popular Penny Dreadfuls, Starring Dick Turpin, Highwayman. (Circa 1866.) It’s a red-hot, red letter day for Amazon Kindle owners. The British Library has announced that 65,000 rare 19th century literary first editions will be offered as free downloads to owners of the device beginning in Spring of 2010. Thanks to a joint venture with Microsoft, the no-cost titles will reproduce the original type-face and illustrations from such classic works as Charles…

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$100 Million Photo Archive Goes To Lone Star Library February 8, 2010

The Ultimate Hipsters of 1965: Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, and Chuck Wein. (Photo by Burt Glinn. All Images From Magnum Photo.) The Magnum Photo Collection, 185,000 photographic prints insured for $100 million, is a treasure trove of images the likes of which will never be seen again. Purchased by billionaire computer company chairman Michael Dell on February 2, 2010, the photos preserve many of the most memorable moments of the 20th century. From the Allied…

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Murder, Mutilation, and Rats: Portrait Of An Archive And Library February 5, 2010

A Keeper of London’s Secret History: The Entrance To The National Portrait Gallery. A sensational shooting, vandalism by a hatchet-wielding suffragette, and an all-out war on rats. These are some of the surprising events revealed in the newly cataloged archive of the United Kingdom’s National Portrait Gallery. In February 2010, the gallery made public previously secret files covering the 150 year history of its Heinz Archive and Library. The gallery has simultaneously begun a digitization…

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Dark Days In The City Of Light February 3, 2010

Paris, 1910 At The Onset Of The Flood. (All Images Courtesy Of Bibliotheque Historique de la ville de Paris.) One of the world’s most uniquely beautiful cities is nearly destroyed by a catastrophic natural disaster. Images of entire neighborhoods under water, desperate residents struggling to survive, and landmark buildings swimming in swirling water hit newspapers around the globe. Sounds like New Orleans under seige by Hurricane Katrina, doesn’t it? But this description also fits Paris…

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