Thursday, June 27, 2013

Antiquarian Book News

British Library acquires W.H. Auden's previously 'lost' journal

The British Library has acquired one of just three journals kept by W H Auden for £47,475.

The journal, which provides an interesting juxtaposition of personal and political preoccupations, gives an intimate insight into Auden during one of the most important periods in his life. Used by the celebrated poet between August and November 1939, the unpublished journal has been in private hands since Auden’s death in 1973 until last month when it was unearthed and put up for auction by Christie’s.


Melbourne Rare Book FairThe 40th ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair
(Melbourne Rare Book Fair)

Venue: Wilson Hall, The University of Melbourne

Open: Friday, July 26
6.00 pm to 9.00 pm

Saturday, July 27
10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Sunday, July 28
10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Leading Australian and international antiquarian booksellers will bring a rich and diverse array of books together that cater for all who genuinely love print on paper and who share a passion for books. Subjects including early printed books, maps, historical accounts of travel and exploration, prints, literature, art, militaria, children's books, and ephemera will be offered for sale at prices to suit all levels of collecting.

Whether you already have your own personal library and wish to add to it, or would like to know more about the world of book collecting, this is your opportunity to explore the world of books with experts in their fields.

Admission to Melbourne Rare Book Fair is free.

New York Public Library

An exhibition has opened at the New York Public Library: ‘The ABC Of It: Why Children’s Books Matter’. Within, you can find the copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that belonged to Alice Liddell, a recording of E.B. White reading from Charlotte’s Web, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s family copy of Mother Goose, complete with annotations on which sections were too scary for the children, the original Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed animals, and more.

The event closes in March 2014.

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