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I got to attend the New York Antiquarian Book Fair for the first time on Friday! It was so lovely to see all of my booky friends, as well as to see the wonders everyone brought to sell– from the very small to the very large, from gorgeously tooled leather to embroidered cloth, and from fore edge to spine, everything was dazzling! If you can ever get to an antiquarian book fair, even if you don’t have the money to buy anything, I highly recommend it! It’s such a treat to see the wide variety of books that are out there, and to wonder at their beauty.

With thanks to @maggs-bros , Sokol Books, Quaritch, Jonathan A. Hill, @justincroft-blog and everyone else ♥

Here’s an adorable marginal caterpillar from our early sixteenth-century processional for your #ManuscriptMonday this week. MU Ellis Special Collections Rare Vault BX2032 .A2 1510z 

theatlantic.com
The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS
Why a Christian wants to rescue Islamic artifacts
By Matteo Fagotto

As ISIS militants have destroyed countless artifacts, Stewart has attempted to counter them by working with Christian and Muslim communities in hotspots such as Iraq and Syria. He has trained local teams to photograph centuries-old books with the help of the non-profit organization he directs, the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML). Based out of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota, HMML is dedicated to preserving endangered manuscripts on microfilm and in digital format. So far, it has managed to photograph more than 140,000 complete manuscripts, for a total of more than 50,000,000 handwritten pages,

#ManuscriptMonday: a peek inside one of our books of hours. This thick little book was obviously meant to be portable. It fits perfectly into a pair of folded hands and can be tucked into a pocket to be carried between prayer times.⠀ ⠀ Book of hours (use of Rome) : with added prayers and Marian litanies. [Venice, Italy] : [Producer not identified], [approximately 1470 to approximately 1490]. BX2080 .A2 1470z ⠀ ⠀ #manuscript #manuscripts #medievalmanuscripts #handwriting #handwritten #calligraphy #medieval #middleages #rarebooks #specialcollections #libraries #librariesofinstagram #iglibraries #universityofmissouri #ellislibrary #columbiamo #ifttt

anonymous asked:

He y arqui! Tienes algunas bibliotecas que te gusten en particular? Estoy buscando referentes. Gracias!

Las bibliotecas son de mis edificios favoritos, tengo demasiadas en mente. Para esta lista voy a ignorar bibliotecas clásicas como Trinity College en Irlanda o El Escorial en España y me enfocare en algunas mas recientes.

You can see previous posts about libraries following this link. Here is a very small selection of my favorite contemporary libraries:

Library at the Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum Tadao Ando

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Starting the week off right with #ManuscriptMonday – can you see a dragon-man in this 13th century initial?⠀ ⠀ Z109 .F73 96⠀ ⠀ #manuscript #medieval #dragon #monster #illuminated #bibliophile #rarebooks #specialcollections #librariesofinstagram #iglibraries #mizzou #universityofmissouri #ellislibrary #ifttt

Mathematical mystery of ancient Babylonian clay tablet solved

UNSW Sydney scientists have discovered the purpose of a famous 3700-year old Babylonian clay tablet, revealing it is the world’s oldest and most accurate trigonometric table, possibly used by ancient mathematical scribes to calculate how to construct palaces and temples and build canals.

The new research shows the Babylonians, not the Greeks, were the first to study trigonometry – the study of triangles – and reveals an ancient mathematical sophistication that had been hidden until now.

Known as Plimpton 322, the small tablet was discovered in the early 1900s in what is now southern Iraq by archaeologist, academic, diplomat and antiquities dealer Edgar Banks, the person on whom the fictional character Indiana Jones was based.

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Happy World Book Day!

For all you book lovers, pictured here (from our 200th anniversary exhibit at Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library), Harper’s New England School Library, published by Harper & Brothers in 1842-43. This set 75 volumes was issued and shipped in its own pine board cabinet fitted with shelves, a door with a lock and key, and a top piece on the back that allowed it to be hung on a wall. 

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Girl’s Book of Famous Queens // 1887 // Lydia H. Farmer

This book is a pretty comprehensive list of great and famous queens throughout history.

The author, Lydia Hoyt Farmer, wrote a number of books in her life, for which she became somewhat well-known. Her obituary, from 1903, can even still be viewed on the New York Times website.

From the Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection. Photographed and written by Shafer Ross.