Bill's Articles

Manuscripts

It's all about education: Whether you collect books or autographs or both, the educated collector is the savvy collector. A stream of reference works, how-tos, exhibition catalogs, bibliographies and memoirs useful to collectors are published every year -- and receive scant attention in the media. Thus since 1992 I've reviewed between 3 and 6 new books in every issue of this scholarly quarterly

Epistolary Novels about the World of Letters

(Spring 2017)

Correspondence: An Adventure in Letters by N. John Hall

Bibliophilia: An Epistolary Novel of One Man's Obsession with Book Collecting by N. John Hall

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Kickass Conservators and a Bookish Bonanza

(Winter 2017)

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer

The Dictionary of the Book: A Glossary for Book Collectors, Booksellers, Librarians, and Others by Sidney E. Berger

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Dr. R. Meets His Match and Mining the Archives of American Art

(Fall 2016)

Edward Eberstadt & Sons: Rare Booksellers of Western Americana by Michael Vinson

Pen to Paper: Artists' Handwritten Letters from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art edited by Mary Savig

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A Collector's Potluck, Paper Paraphernalia, Stamp Stories

(Summer 2016)

The Grolier Club Collects II: Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper from the Collections of Grolier Club Members, edited by George Ong

Reading & Writing Accessories: A Study of Paper-Knives, Paper Folders, Letter Openers and Mythical Page Turners by Ian Spellerberg

Put a Stamp on It! Seventy-Seven Sparkling Stories Showcasing How Stamps Have Intercepted Historical Events by Herman Herst, Jr.

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What do a Michigan Manufacturer, Scottish Scribbler and Illinois Attorney Have in Common?

(Spring 2016)

A Great Library Easily Begets Affection: Memories of the William L. Clements Library, 1923-2015 by Dunnigan, Schopieray, Hastings and Graffagnino

Boswell's Books: Four Generations of Collecting and Collectors by Terry I. Seymour

Fire, Fraud, and Reporters: And Other Ways Lincoln Manuscripts Have Been Lost by James M. Cornelius

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Sowing Serendipity and the Devil's in the Details

(Winter 2016)

Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places by Rebecca Rego Barry

Portraits and Reviews by G. Thomas Tanselle

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Something Old, Something New, Some Shakespearian Redux

(Fall 2015)

Manuscripts Ancient - Modern: An Exhibition on the Occasion of The Manuscript Society's Annual Meeting...

Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts, edited by Marc Epstein

Shakespeare's Beehive: An Annotated Elizabethan Dictionary Comes to Light by George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler

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The Irish Hand and Writers' Libraries

(Summer 2015)

The Irish Hand: Scribes and Their Manuscripts from the Earliest Times by Timothy O'Neill

Collecting, Curating, and Researching Writers' Libraries: A Handbook, edited by Richard W. Oram

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Fakes, Forgeries and More

(Spring 2015)

Bibliotheca Fictiva: A Collection of Books & Manuscripts Relating to Literary Forgery, 400BC - AD2000 by Arthur Freeman

Fakes, Lies, and Forgeries: Rare Books and Manuscripts from the Arthur and Janet Freeman Bibliotheca Fictiva Collection, edited by Earle Havens

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Significant Appraisal Manual

(Winter 2015)

Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice: 2014-2015 Edition

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Depravity and Generosity: The Attraction of Manuscripts

(Fall 2014)

The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps by Michael Blanding

In Pursuit of a Vision: Two Centuries of Collecting at the American Antiquarian Society

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An Elizabethan Dictionary plus Fifty WWII Documents

(Summer 2014)

Shakespeare's Beehive: An Annotated Elizabethan Dictionary Comes to Light by George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler

Politics, War and Personality: Fifty Iconic World War II Documents That Changed the World by Kenneth W. Rendell

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A Book About Nothing, A Book About Everything

(Spring 2014)

Emily Dickinson: The Gorgeous Nothings, editors Marta Werner and Jen Bervin On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History by Nicholas A. Basbanes

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German Publications Address Nazi and JFK Signatures

(Winter 2014)

Autographen des Nationalsozialismus 1919-1945: Band I -- Nationalsozialistische Ideologen, Funktionare und Politiker, Militarische Fuhrung der Wehrmacht by Andre Husken
John F. Kennedy Autograph Study by Andreas Wiemer

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A Forger and Thief plus the American West

(Fall 2013)

Scientist, Scholar & Scoundrel: A Bibliographical Investigation of the Life and Exploits of Count Guglielmo Libri--Mathematician, Journalist, Patriot, Historian of Science, Paleographer, Book Collector, Bibliographer, Antiquarian Bookseller, Forger and Book Thief by Jeremy M. Norman
The Great American West: Pursuing the American Dream by Kenneth W. Rendell

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Rare Books and Manuscripts Thievery, Then and Now

(Summer 2013)

The Book Thief: The True Crimes of Daniel Spiegelman by Travis McDade
Thieves of Book Row: New York's Most Notorious Rare Book Ring and the Man Who Stopped It by Travis McDade

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Neil Armstrong Autographs and an Art Forger

(Spring 2013)

Neil Armstrong: The Quest for His Autograph by Anthony Pizzitola (editor)
Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger by Ken Perenyi

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A Burriana Bevy, A Prestidigitation Primer, and A Newspaper Nest

(Winter 2013)

Burriana: A Catalogue of Rare Books, Pamphlets, Letters, Manuscripts, Documents & Objects By, About, or Relating to Aaron Burr and His Contemporaries by Brian Davon Hardison
Playing Cards Autographed by Magicians: A Collector's Guide by Michael E. Johnson
Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News by Todd Andrlik

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The Antiquarian, the Bibliopole, and the Legal Black Hole

(Fall 2012)

A Place in My Chronicle: A New Edition of the Diary of Christopher Columbus Baldwin, 1829-1835 by Jack Larkin and Caroline Sloat
Ray Safford, Rare Bookman by Mark D. Tomasko
Archivists, Collectors, Dealers, and Replevin: Case Studies in Private Ownership of Public Documents by Elizabeth H. Dow

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The History of One of the Great Books and Manuscript Libraries

(Summer 2012)

The American Antiquarian Society, 1812-2012: A Bicentennial History by Philip F. Gura

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Manuscript-related Books for Collectors

(Spring 2012)

Ernest Hemingway: A Descriptive Bibliography by C. Edgar Grissom
A Pocket Guide to the Identification of First Editions by Bill McBride

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For Bibliophiles and Presidential Collectors

(Winter 2012)

Dr. Rosenbach and Mr. Lilly: Book Collecting in a Golden Age by Joel Silver
James A. Garfield: A Signature Study with a Focus on His Presidential Signatures by Stephen Koschal

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Genizah, Genizah, . . . and More Genizah

(Fall 2011)

Sacred Treasure: The Cairo Genizah -- The Amazing Discoveries of Forgotten Jewish History in an Egyptian Synagogue Attic by Mark Glickman
Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Genizah by Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole
Things on Which I've Stumbled by Peter Cole

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Books and Autographs and Ever the Twain Shall Meet: Two Reviews

(Summer 2011)

Collected Books: The Guide to Identification and Values -- 4th Edition by Allen and Patricia Ahearn
Rare: A life among antiquarian books by Stuart Kells

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Medieval Manuscripts and Association Copies of Books: Stories They Tell

(Spring 2011)

The Wollaton Medieval Manuscripts: Texts, Owners and Readers by Ralph Hanna and Thorlac Turville-Petre (editors)
Other People's Books: Association Copies and the Stories They Tell introduction by Thomas G. Tanselle (The Caxton Club)

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The Ethics of Archivists and Libraries in the Western World

(Winter 2011)

The Ethical Archivist by Elena S. Danielson
The History of the Library in Western Civilization: From Constantine the Great to Cardinal Bessarion -- Imperial, Monastic, School and Private Libraries in the Byzantine World by Konstantinos Sp. Staikos

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Studies in Authentication and 19th Century Facsimiles

(Fall 2010)

Real or Fake: Studies in Authentication by Joe Nickell
Lettres Autographes Composant la Collection de M. Alfred Bovet by Etienne Charavay

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Handwriting Today . . . and a Stolen American Relic

(Summer 2010)

Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting by Kitty Burns Florey
Lost Rights: The Misadventures of a Stolen American Relic by David Howard

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Those Who Knew Lincoln and Muhammad Ali's Autographs

(Spring 2010)

Abraham Lincoln: Illustrated Biographical Dictionary--Family and Associates, 1809-1861 by Norman Francis Boas
The Collector's Guide to Muhammad Ali Autographs by Shawn Anderson, Markus Brandes and Stephen Koschal

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Samuel Johnson, Literary Obsession, and Hubert's Freaks

(Winter 2010)

A Monument More Durable Than Brass: The Donald & Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson -- An Exhibition by John Overholt (exhibition curator) and Thomas A. Horrocks (editor).
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett
Hubert's Freaks: The Rare-Book Dealer, the Times Square Talker, and the Lost Photos of Diane Arbus by Gregory Gibson

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A Collector's Guide Plus Two Sterling Collections

(Fall 2009)

In the Presence of History: The Authoritative Guide to Historical Autographs for Collectors, History Enthusiasts and Investors by Steven S. Raab and Jonas Raab
World War II: Saving the Reality -- A Collector's Vault by Kenneth W. Rendell
Portrait of the Artist: The Burt Britton Collection

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Burns, Milton, Lincoln: An Unlikely Trio

(Summer 2009)

The G. Ross Roy Collection of Robert Burns: An Illustrated Catalogue by Elizabeth A. Sudduth (compiler)
The Robert J. Wickenheiser Collection of John Milton at the University of South Carolina: A Descriptive Account with Illustrations by Robert J. Wickhenheiser
Mr. Lincoln's Book: Publishing the Lincoln-Douglas Debates -- with Census of Signed Copies by David H. Leroy

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Fakes, Exhibits, and Autopens

(Spring 2009)

Can You Ever Forgive Me? Memoirs of a Literary Forger by Lee Israel
Vivat Rex! An Exhibition Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Accession of Henry VIII by Arthur L. Schwarz
Presidents of the United States Autopen Guide by Stephen Koschal and Andreas Wiemer

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From the Serious to the Not so Serious

(Winter 2009)

Books About Books: A History and Bibliography of Oak Knoll Press by Robert D. Fleck
Benjamin Franklin: Writer and Printer by James N. Green and Peter Stallybrass
Betcha Didn't Know That! 101 Antiques and Collectibles Trivia Tips That Can Make You Rich, Famous, and the Hit of the Party by Leon Castner and Brian Kathenes

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