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Videos5.13.15

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Illustrating the Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare by John Boydell

Watch a short film narrated by Laura Minor on the 1803 elephant folio issue of this work, which features key scenes from the plays created by the most eminent English…

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The Secret Language of Rare Books5.5.15

The Secret Language of Rare Books: Cosway-Style Bindings

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Does the specialized vocabulary of rare book descriptions read like a secret language to you? In this series we will unveil the meanings behind a few of the more unusual and interesting…


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Stories About Books4.29.15

5 Great Books to See in Las Vegas

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That Plato should be the first of all the ancient philosophers to be translated and broadcast by the printing press was inevitable. –PMM   Printed in the midst of the…


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Books the Founders Read4.21.15

Books the Founders Read: Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England

First edition of Blackstone’s Commentaries (BRB #101037)

“In America the law is king,” Thomas Paine declared in Common Sense. The Founding Fathers’ most important and widely-owned law book was William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England. John…

Videos4.17.15

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A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way by Edward Emerson Barnard

Watch this short film featuring Rebecca Romney discussing the groundbreaking photography involved in the creation of this inspiring work.        

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The Secret Language of Rare Books4.10.15

The Secret Language of Rare Books: Fore-Edge Paintings

An example bound by the Edwards of Halifax, who popularized fore-edge paintings in the 18th century (BRB 81915)

Does the specialized vocabulary of rare book descriptions read like a secret language to you? In this series we will unveil the meanings behind a few of the more unusual and interesting…


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Stories About Books4.2.15

Books the Founders Read: Sidney’s Discourses Concerning Government

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In this new series, I’ll highlight books that the Founding Fathers read, owned, wrote about, and were influenced by— works that were important in the creation of the United States…

Videos3.25.15

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The Story of Howl by Allen Ginsberg

In this short film Las Vegas bookseller Embry Clark recounts the daring and controversy behind the 1956 publication of Howl by Allen Ginsberg, and the start of the Beat movement….

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Stories About Books3.17.15

The Radical Roots of Gulliver’s Travels

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Swift has sailed into his rest; Savage indignation there Cannot lacerate his breast. Imitate him if you dare, World-besotted traveller; he Served human liberty. –W.B. Yeats, The Winding Stair


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The Secret Language of Rare Books3.10.15

The Secret Language of Rare Books: Morocco

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Does the specialized vocabulary of rare book descriptions read like a secret language to you? In this series we will unveil the meanings behind a few of the more unusual and interesting…