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Month: September, 2013

Manuscript Road Trip: Autumn in the Berkshires

by Laurence Worms - Ash Rare Books

Manuscript Road Trip

Heading south on I-91, we leave the Green Mountains behind and find ourselves in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, a really lovely place to be in mid-September. The leaves are just starting to turn, and within a few weeks the highways will be clogged with “leaf-peeping” tourists. the-berkshires-fallBut the season is just getting started, and we have the road to ourselves as we head towards The Five Colleges: Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, Smith, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. These five institutions (all but U. Mass. small liberal arts colleges) are in close proximity to one another and students at any can cross-register for classes at all.

Blog mapThe same collective consciousness applies to the medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in these collections; they are joining forces for a Mellon-funded cataloguing and digitization project that is just getting underway. In the meantime, the provisional handlist and catalogue can be found as a PDF

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The mirror of manuscripts: on searching facsimile editions

by Laurence Worms - Ash Rare Books

Rechtsgeschiedenis Blog

Readers of my blog have undoubtedly noted my predilection for original sources. Whenever possible I intend to supply the exact title and location of sources or to give indications about critical editions. Instead of pointing to reliable translations I prefer giving information about a text in its original version. Thus my post in 2011 about modern translations of the Corpus Iuris Civilis was in a way exceptional. Digital libraries can give you online access to both original sources and text editions. However, there is another form in which you may encounter a particular text. For a substantial number of remarkable manuscripts, books and archival records facsimile editions have been published. When you visit a department of manuscripts and old books at a national or university library you have often a marvellous collection of printed facsimile editions at hand. Many years ago I spent an afternoon with a facsimile edition in black…

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Bizarre-Looking Libraries from All Over the World

by Laurence Worms - Ash Rare Books

Extraordinary Libraries brought to us by Emily Temple of Flavorwire


As you might be aware, we have a thing for libraries — both the wealth of knowledge they contain and their architecture. We’ve shown you many beautiful libraries and some very cool libraries converted from unused spaces, but now we thought we’d take a look at the more bizarre-looking buildings of the bunch. Of course, some are beautiful in their bizarreness, and some are just strange. Many look like spaceships — but hey, we would totally welcome landing spaceships full of books, wouldn’t you? Click through to see a few bizarre-looking libraries from around the world, and as always, let us know if we missed your local landmark in the comments.

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Paul McCartney’s wrapping paper for Indica (the gallery bookshop not Cannabis Indica).

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1465_01Paul McCartney’s wrapping paper for Indica (the gallery bookshook not Cannabis Indica).

If more people knew of their existence, these should be very sought after bits of paper, fine examples of the vibrant crossover between art, Pop culture, counterculture. rock ‘n’ roll and public life in sixties London. This blogger is aware of one example each in the private collections of two individuals, one a dealer and the other a ’60s person of note.

Miles has recounted in print how McCartney “On the day the bookshop opened.. pulled up in his Aston Martin and heaved an enormous package from the back seat. he had designed and hand-lettered the wrapping paper for the shop: stark black letters on rather high quality white paper.As soon as the American fan magazines heard about this we began to get requests for it from American fans, all enclosing useless -to us- American stamps” (p161 Barry Miles -London Calling, 2010).

In conversation with this blogger, Barry Miles scoffed at the idea that the paper is rare, citing the 10, 000 or more leaves that were probably printed. Surely though, much was used for a variety of purposes besides wrapping books and art and the gallery was named after a drug, making it ideal for underground medical purposes. Wrapping paper is rarely kept and especially in such good condition.

Indica The Gallery (Barry Miles ran the bookshop half) was set up by John Dunbar to show the kinetic trend, and conceptual work and the art of the happening. Artists included Yoko Ono, Lillian Lijn, Mark Boyle, Takis and Carlos Cruz-Diez.