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Month: October, 2013

Manuscript Road Trip: “Gilding the Lilly”

by Laurence Worms - Ash Rare Books

Manuscript Road Trip

Blog mapAs we leave Detroit, we’re going to head south on I-69 into Indiana, passing through Indianapolis to reach Indiana University in Bloomington, just south of the state capital. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Among a generally splendid collection of pre-1600 manuscripts, The Lilly Library at Indiana  University happens to also own several of the oldest medieval manuscript leaves in the United States. One hundred of their manuscripts were recently catalogued for exhibition by Christopher de Hamel, and his catalogue, Gilding the Lilly, is definitely worth owning. In addition, most of the manuscripts have been at least partially digitized and are accessible through Digital Scriptorium. The collection is so varied that you could teach an entire semester on the history of the development of Latin script and manuscript illumination from the seventh through the fifteenth century without ever leaving the library, physically or virtually. There are only a handful of libraries in the nation for…

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Senate House Library Treasures Volume: Looking Back

by Laurence Worms - Ash Rare Books

Historic Collections at Senate House Library

Commissioning articles for a treasures volume is an uneven experience. Some people accept an invitation immediately, while other books are hawked around for up to five times or so before a scholar agrees to write about them. A few people responded to the invitation with the query: “Why don’t you write this piece yourself?”, and sometimes, as emails flew to and fro and I wielded the editorial red pencil, I did wonder whether it would have been simpler to have been a single author than an editor. But the quality of the finished product would have suffered. As it was, a stellar team of contributors demonstrated the fact of institutional goodwill, as sixty busy people, not all of whom were connected with the University, took time to research and write 400-word entries. Not only that, but contributors came with new angles and with expertise in their areas. Myths which had…

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10 Literary Restaurants for Hungry Book Nerds Around the World

by Laurence Worms - Ash Rare Books



What’s even better than drinking while reading? Eating while reading, of course (hint: you can have a drink, too). With the news that Biblio, a book-themed eatery, was popping up in Williamsburg, Flavorwire took to the Internet to put together a guide to a few amazing-looking literary-themed restaurants from around the world. Indulge your eyes (and, if you’re close enough, your stomachs) at these bookish establishments.

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