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Sure I will make this into Americana.

From an article entitled “Defining Americana” by the late Thomas R. Adams of the John Carter Brown Library in The Book Collector (Winter 2008), page 562, comes this classic illustration of how bibliophily does not always lend itself to neat … Continue reading

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Books have a smell he says.

The New York Times’ Education Life had an article on using rare books to teach undergraduates. The article hints at the those perennially paired  educational components of rare material — the first being of course the allure of the gee … Continue reading

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I despair of providing an appropriately dreadful pun in the headline.

Somewhat souped-up print on demand has come to the University of Michigan library system. This has of course been in the works for a while, and I am not remotely qualified for (nor inclined toward) prognostication, so I will withhold … Continue reading

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From our ongoing project of noting library public photos.

It appears that in some ways a bookseller’s packing room can take on the aspect of a library’s work of art.

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In which my mother takes over the content of this blog.

I’m a little embarrassed that I’ve turned to my mother for hot news tips in the world of rare books, but I would like to point out that my folks are well-suited to be stringers for this particular story since … Continue reading

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The Modern American Library.

An unnamed source in the rare book-industrial complex has brought three additional library blogs to my attention, each one worth adding to the blogroll. (I maintain my correspondent’s anonymity if only to assure my readers that The Bibliophagist shall guard … Continue reading

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A further salvo in the war against the precious culture of dusty tomes.

The happily periphrastic entry on Harry Houdini (and the pizzas of Minnesota) is but one recent example of a blog being used to get an institution’s name and mission in front of the public, presumably for less than the cost … Continue reading

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