Manuscript Digest – June 2016 – This complimentary e-digest, launched in 2012, covers significant acquisitions and sales, manuscripts lost and found, rare books and ephemera, document conservation, replevin activity, and more.


Lode of Lincoln, May 26, 2016
Two signal documents signed by Lincoln just changed (private) hands. See what was on the block and where the hammer fell.

Illuminating the Medieval Manuscript Trade
New York Times, May 27, 2016
Follow the Gray Lady inside an auction of illuminated manuscripts — the collectors, the prices, and the future of a rarefied field.

Anne Frank Book Goes to Museum of World War II
Boston Globe, May 5, 2016
Before she went into hiding, Anne Frank inscribed her copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Now it has a new home and a place in history.

An Echo of Lost Tongues, May 11, 2016
Why so many words for one animal in a single Native American tongue? Records of French missionaries held the clue to five lost languages.

John Jay, the ‘Federalist’ Keeper
New York Times, May 5, 2016
Unlike his fellow Federalist Papers authors, John Jay kept his drafts — all but one. At last it’s turned up, and the timing is perfect.

A Columbus Letter’s Long Voyage Home
Washington Post, May 18, 2016
A clever forgery. A donation gone awry. What happened to Columbus’s 1493 report to his Spanish sponsors is a regular soap opera.

All in the Family Archive
New York Times Style Magazine, May 11, 2016
One of the oldest families in Florence kept every scrap and scintilla for 600 years. You can see it all, and stay for a wine tasting.

Quite a Find in a Second-Hand Store
Daily Mail, May 5, 2016
A Napoleonic War journal just turned up in a pile of second-hand books in Tasmania. Is this for real? Scholars are weighing in.

A Place for George Carlin’s ‘Stuff’
NPR, May 11, 2016
Life is about trying to find a place for your stuff. That’s what the late stand-up great George Carlin said. So where is his stuff going?

No Handwriting Allowed
Fox News, May 15, 2016
Why was an 80-year-old scratched from a cereal recipe contest? His entry was handwritten. Find out which cereal said online-only is better for thee.


55th Chicago Book & Paper Fair
June 11
Chicago Journeyman Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd.
Adults $6, students $4

Treasures from the Yemenite Hebraica Collection
Ends June 30, closed weekends and holidays
J. Paul Leonard Library — Sutro Library, 1630 Holloway Ave., San Francisco

The Power of Anti-Semitism, 1919–1939
Ends July 31, closed Mondays
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York
Adults $20, seniors $15, student $12, under 14 $6, under 5 free
• Read the Wall Street Journal review.

Shakespeare in Ten Acts
Ends September 6
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Adults £12, seniors £10, students £5, under 18 free