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Bible belonging to Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, hits the market for $1.5 million August 3, 2010

The family bible of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints, has made its way to market. The book contains the only know full Joseph Smith family tree, which includes a seventh son who died at birth and was never named. The book was was sold by the family in 1979 and has been in private hands since. The only other known copy of a Joseph Smith family bible,…

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Australian Library’s Exhibit Is Unbearably Cute April 28, 2010

Blinky Bill Made His Debut In 1933, And Has Been The Best Pal Of Australian Kids Ever Since. Wall, Dorothy, 1894-1942. Blinky Bill : the quaint little Australian / story and decorations by Dorothy Wall. (Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1940). (Image Courtesy Of Monash University Library.) For American kids, it’s Curious George or The Cat In The Hat. For English kids it’s Peter Rabbit. But for Australian kids the most beloved mischief-maker in children’s…

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Treasure Discovered at Rare Book Round-Up April 26, 2010

The L.A. Times Festival of Books yielded a bonanza for the woman who came to the Southern California Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America’s Rare Book Round-Up booth for a free appraisal. A book the woman bought for a dollar at a garage sale was worth $6,000. Suffice it to say, she plotzed when informed. A metaphysical ambulance is routinely parked nearby to handle such situations. Treated for acute swoon, she recovered fully…

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At Yale University’s Library Recycling Is The Law

A Page From: The Passion of Saint Alexander, Pope and Martyr, (Passio Sancti Alexandri martyris papae) circa 975-1075. Reused To Strengthen The Cover Of Flos testamnetorum By Rolandinus, de Passageriis, Published In Padua In 1482. (Images Courtesy Of The Lillian Goldman Law Library Rare Book Collection, Yale University.) The last weekend of April 2010 saw celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Citizens of the world were urged to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” to help…

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Collecting Nurse Jackie’s Patron Saint: The Urtext of Memoirs April 19, 2010

Suddenly, It’s St. Augustine! That exclamation is neither a message from the Florida Board of Tourism nor the title of a wacky, new sit-com about a talking St. Bernard with identity issues. It is, rather, notice that recently, within the space of three days, I was struck by a cluster of references to the man who wrote the first memoir extant, the father of all autobiographies, St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo.  First, I’m skimming through…

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