Monday, March 16, 2015

Books New from Sheppards Confidential


Scotland: Ode to Generosity - Keats' tome given to art school
The edition, from 1898, has been given to the school, which lost much of its collection in a disastrous fire last May, by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association.
  The cover design of John Keats - His Poems, gilt-tooled in Glasgow School style, was created by GSA teacher and designer, Ann Macbeth.
  The book was formally presented to GSA Librarian, Jennifer Higgins, by the President of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, Brian Lake. Read more

USA: Aaron-James Booksellers, Plattsworth NE to close
For over a decade, Aaron-James Booksellers has provided the Plattsmouth area a wide selection of new and used books.
  Now, owner Jim Ball says it's time to close the page on the store, so he can spend more time with family and travel during his retirement years.
  The shop was first located in the former Dovey Buildings on Main Street in Plattsmouth. Eight years ago, Ball moved it to 420 Main. He hopes to close the store this spring. Read more

USA: Homeland Security Investigations agents help track down rare stolen book
A thief had stolen a rare 16th-century book from Italy. It was Marty Hamlin's job to find it, and help bring it home.
  Hamlin, a special agent in Baltimore for Homeland Security Investigations - an arm of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - took the case in September 2013.
  Agents with an HSI office in Rome had been hot on the book's trail when it was sold by an auction house in the Italian capital. Hamlin picked up the trail, and within weeks had the book in his gloved hands.
  It turned out the rare books dealer who bought the book at the auction had sold it - to library curators at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Read more

USA: New chapter for lost library of Lenkiewicz
After years of legal complications, one of Robert Lenkiewicz's greatest legacies is being opened up to the public as the artist intended. Rachael Dodd discovers the Lenkiewicz Library.
  Over a span of 40 years, Robert Lenkiewicz amassed a library of some 25,000 books. Sadly, after his untimely death in 2002, a large part of the collection was auctioned to cover the artist's debts.Read more

Scotland: Rare books by Blake, Carrol and de Sade emerge from Edinburgh collection for Surrealist display
Rare books by William Blake, Lewis Carroll and the Marquis de Sade will go on show at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art this spring as part of a new display exploring the roots of the Surrealists.
  Surreal Roots: From William Blake to AndrĂ© Breton will combine 18th and 19th century publications, rarely shown to the public, with 20th century books by key surrealist figures such as Salvador DalĂ­.Read more

UK: Was 1925 really the best year for literature?
It was a very good year. Ernest Hemingway took his first literary steps with the collection of short stories In Our Time; Virginia Woolf published Mrs Dalloway; and F Scott Fitzgerald brought out The Great Gatsby. All that happened in 1925, as did the publication of Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans, John Dos Passos's Manhattan Transfer, Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy and Sinclair Lewis's Arrowsmith.
  BBC Culture, the BBC's international arts website, has designated 1925 as the 'greatest year' in the history of literature, in a piece by author and journalist Jane Ciabattari. But how to determine something like this? This was how she did it: Read more

UK: Partnership with Sedbergh Booktown Literacy Trust
Durham University's Department of English has announced that it has agreed a formal partnership with Sedbergh Booktown Literary Trust. The aim of the partnership is to stimulate new interest in literature and generate new audiences for books, especially in the north of England. The partners will work closely together to organise a series of lively events, including lectures, writing workshops, and readings. Plans are already underway for a programme of events exploring the evolution of English poetry from Beowulf to Brigflatts. Read more

UK: World Book Day
(1) A boy from Manchester was excluded from taking part in World Book Day for dressing as the "Fifty Shades of Grey" character Christian Grey. Read more
(2) World Book Day titles claimed nine of the coveted positions in the Top 10 in the most successful WBD week since 2012. A combined total of 339,133 copies of the 10 books published to celebrate the annual charity reading event (held on Thursday 5th March) registered through Nielsen BookScan in the seven days ending 7 March.

Europe: France & Luxembourg ordered to restore VAT on e-books
The European Court of Justice has ordered France and Luxembourg to restore their standard VAT rates on e-books in a ruling announced on 5 March. The court upheld a decision previously made by European Commission, which ruled that the two countries cannot charge the same VAT rate on e-books as physical books. Contrary to EC directives, for the last few years Luxembourg has been applying a super-reduced VAT rate of 3% on e-books and France 5.5%. The court has now ruled both countries must restore their normal VAT rates on e-books, which are 17% and 20% respectively. Read more

UK: Jean Chesters
Jean Chesters, partner in the firm of G.& J. Chesters of Polesworth, died on 5 March of cancer.  Geoff Chesters, aided by three long-established volunteers, will continue the business via the internet and the nine-roomed bookshop.

UK: Bob Date
We have learned that Bob Date of Mayland Books died on 9 March.

UK: Tristram Hull
Nigel Burwood's good friend and colleague, Tristram Hull, died on Sunday 8 March aged 82. He had been ill with cancer for about a year but was always in good spirits. He had a bookshop in Norwich and later ran Simon Gough Books in Holt. A great bookman and will be sadly missed by all his friends and colleagues in the trade.

UK: Sir Terry Pratchett
Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66. Read more

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