Sunday, April 1, 2018

Biblio-Connecting Apr 1, 2018 to the Present


I had to start a new continuous post. The original post reached its limit in size and I could no longer add monthly posts to it. Here is the link to view the original post July 5, 2011 to Mar 2, 2018

Biblio-Connecting Apr 1, 2018 to the Present

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Last month I posted a photo album of the Florida Bibliophile Society's tour of USF Special Collections.  Now a picture might be worth a thousand words, but when you add thousands of words to describe those pictures, it is well worth another look.  Kudos to FBS Secretary Gary Simons and The Florida Bibliophile Newsletter Editor Charles Brown:


Here are some photos of the presentation of Cameron McNabb, our guest speaker in March:

Cameron McNabb on Paradise Lost

FBS Speaker for National Poetry Month

FBS Member Peter Hargitai in Hollywood!
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Peter was our speaker for National Poetry Month last year.  And besides his poetry, he talked about his book Daughter of the Revolution and gave a "behind-the-scenes look" of themaking of the documentary by Tunde Talas.  You can read about it in the May 2017  Florida Bibliophile.

Results of the Lee J. Harrer Student Book Collecting Essay Contest
See below

$500 Winner:  Autumn Howard, USF Sarasota-Manatee
$100 Runner-Up:  Jaya Nair,  St. Petersburg College
$100  Runner-Up:  Tara Kraft,  Arizona State University (online)

Autumn Howard will read her winning essay at the Florida Bibliophile Society Banquet at Brio Tuscan Grille, Tampa on May 20th. All thirteen contestants were awarded free FBS membership for the remainder of this season and next. Thanks go to the FBS members who distributed contest posters throughout the Tampa Bay area. We had thirteen students from nine different colleges submit essays. Thanks go to FBS founding member Lee J. Harrer for providing $500 towards the contest. And thanks go to Micheal Slicker, Proprietor of Lighthouse Books, and to the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association for providing $100 each towards the contest.

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair
Say hello to the members of the Florida Bibliophile Society at the Hospitality Table near the entrance to the book fair!  And stop by and see me and Irene Pavese on Sunday when we do book appraisals.


A personal milestone.  I finally completed the cataloging of the 255 volumes of dictionaries and other reference works that the American lexicographer Joseph E. Worcester bequeathed to Harvard in 1866.  I've been cataloging the books at my leisure for the last 18 months or so.  Next up is to catalog the 1395 volumes listed in a catalog of Worcester's personal library.  It will be easier to catalog them since they are listed by title only, whereas the 255 volumes given to Harvard were listed by author, title, date and place printed:
An American Lexicographer on Library Thing!


Kate, The Parchment Girl


FBS Member Ben Wiley's Review

Designing a Uniform Series

A Lightning-Fast Rare Book Appraiser

An Impressive Austin Dobson Collection at the Beinecke

Books that Started As Blogs


My Sentimental Library

Another One That Got Away, One I Gave Away, and One That Headed My Way; or, The Adventures and Misadventures of MoiBibliomaniac


Collected Poems by Austin Dobson, London:  Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co 1909 8th edition, ALS and holograph poem

Party of One:  The Selected Writings of Clifton Fadiman by Clifton Fadiman, Cleveland:  World Publishing Co. 2005

Red Raider's Diary by Merrill Thomas Dewan, Pittsburegh:  Rose Dog Books, 2009, Inscribed by the author

Official Postmasters' Account and Record Book, Edmeston Post Office, Otsego County, New York, Jan 1911 to Dec 1912, Wm. L. Cooke, Postmaster

Cinderella: A Peepshow Book, Illustrated by Roland Pym, Long Island City:  Folding Books Ltd, 1947 (a pop-up book)

A Memoir on the Origin of Printing:  In a Letter Addressed to John Topham by Ralph Willett, Forest Hills, N.Y. :  Battery Park Book co. 1978

Selected Letters on Politics and And Society by Alexis de Toqueville, edited by Roger Boesche, Berkeley: University of California Press 1985

American Vertigo:  On the Road From Newport to Guantánamo (In the Footsteps of Alexis de Toqueville) by Bernard Henri Lévy, London:  Gibson Square 2006

Huck Finn's America:  Mark Twain and the Era That Shaped His Masterpiece by Andrew Levy, New York:  Simon and Schuster 2015 (donated to the Florida Bibliophile Society monthly raffle).

Noah Webster's First Edition of an American Dictionary of the English Language  (facsimile edition) San Francisco:  Foundation for American Christian Education 2000 (12th printing)

Sir Winston Churchill:  His Life and Paintings by David Coombs Philadelphia:  Running Press 2004

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Florida Bibliophile Society Banquet
Brio Tuscan Grille, Tampa
Sunday, May 20, 2018 1:30pm
FBS Members and Guests Only
The members of the Florida Bibliophile Society were so impressed with the food and the service at Brio Tuscan Grille last year that they asked to hold this year's season-ending banquet there as well!

      Our keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Dell De Chant, Chair of Religious Studies, University of South Florida.  Dr. De Chant will speak on the religions of the world, their major distinctions, and how they interact in a pluralistic society.
     Lee J. Harrer will be awarding the prizes to the winners of the Lee J. Harrer Student Book Collecting Essay Contest at the banquet.  The two runners-up, Jaya Nair and Tara Kraft, will receive checks of $100 each, which were provided by the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association and by Mike Slicker, Proprietor of Lighthouse Books.  The first-prize winner, Autumn Howard, will receive a check of $500, which was provided by Lee J. Harrer.
     Autumn Howard will read her essay at the banquet.  All members of the Florida Bibliophile Society will receive a keepsake published for the banquet, which contains the essays of all three winners of this year's Lee J. Harrer Student Book Collecting Essay Contest.
     And to add to the festivities we will hold a silent auction of books donated by Florida Bibliophile Society members!


Check out the Book Fairs and Other Events at

Listen to FBS Member Steve Eisenstein and His Guests on Saturdays 12-2 pm EST.


Glenn Shea's Book Notes


A Paper by Paul Ruxin

Samuel Johnson's House of Abode

Women Book Cover Designers

The Roycrofters


My Sentimental Library

From the Book Barn in Niantic, Ct. to the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Petersburg, Fl.


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The Slow Read of Willa Cather's My Antonia

BookCon NYC Jun 2 and 3

Find the Book Fairs and Literary Festivals in Your Area

FBS is on Summer Break Until September


Bijzondere Collecties:  
check out Nijhoff's Art Typographique Metabotnik! 


Book Mending at the Lilly Library

From Ralph Dumain's Autodidact Project

Shakespeare Online

Victoria and Albert Museum:  Artists' Books


My Sentimental Library

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Best Biographer of Them All?


Samuel Pepys and the World he Lived In by Henry B. Wheatley London:  Bickers and Son, 1880

The Great Mail Robbery by Clarence Budington Kelland New York: Walter J. Black 1951

S. P. E. Tract No. XLVI Fine Writing by Logan Pearsall Smith Oxford: Clendon Press 1936

First Aid and Health Prepared by the American Red Cross and the American Telephone & Telegraph Co. for the use of Bell System Employees 1927

Helpful Hints in English, A Companion Volume to "Better Say"  compiled by James C. Fernald New York: Funk & Wagnalls 1911

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Find the Book Fairs in Your Area

University of Virginia Eminent Miniatures Exhibit

Interview of 2018 Tavistock Books Educational Scholarship Winner Ellen Saito


FBS Member Edward Cifelli's You Don't Say

Edward Cifelli, the newest member of the Florida Bibliophile Society, is the author of Longfellow in Love:  Passion and Tragedy in the Life of the Poet, due out in October.  In the blog post above, he discusses his reasons for writing about Longfellow.  Ed will give a presentation about his book at the April meeting of the Florida Bibliophile Society.


 About Them Books!

The Treble Clef and Book Lover's Club in Richmond

Studies in Starrett

Liverpool University Press:  the Byron Journal

Decorative Papers at Nostell Priory

Opening the Vatican's Secret Archives


My Sentimental Library

Logan Pearsall Smith and the Things He Wrote

Biblio Researching

The Demise of Lindmark's Book Shop, Poughkeepsie, New York


Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes edited by Clifton Fadiman and André Bernard, Boston:  Little, Brown C., 2000

Eye of the Beholder:  An Illustrated Anthology by Richard Jeffries, Southampton:  Ashford Press Pub., 1987

The World of Suzie Wong by Richard Mason, Tainan, Taiwan:  Universal Book Co., 1959

America (The Book):  A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Jon Stewart, New York: Warner Books, 2004

Past Forgetting:  My Love Affair with Dwight D. Eisenhower by Kay Summersby Morgan,  New York:  Simon and Schuster, 1976

Portraits of Courage:  A Commander in Chief's Tribute to American Warrors by George W. Bush, New York:  Crown Publishers, 2017

I was a Teen-Age Dwarf by Max Schulman, New York:  Random House, 1959

The Dickens-Kolle Letters edited by Harry B. Smith, Boston:  The Bibliophile Society, 1910

The Author Looks at Format edited by Ray Freiman, s.l.  American Institute of the Graphic Arts, 1951

The Art of Writing 2800 B.C. to 1930 A.D. by Maggs Bros.  London:  Maggs Bros. 1930

Selections From the Letters of Thomas Sergeant Perry edited by Edwin Arlington Robinson, New York:  Macmillan Company, 1929

You Don't Say:  Random Essays and Fugitive Thoughts by Edward M. Cifelli, Bloomington:  iUniverse, 2017

Hidden History of the Mid-Husdon Valley: Stories From the Albany Post Road by Carney and Tatiana Rhinevault, Charleston: The History Press, 2011

The Firm of Charles Ottley, Landon & Co.: Footnote to an Enquiry by John Carter and Graham Pollard, London: Rubert Hart-Davis, 1948

The Harvard Book: Selections From Three Centuries edited by William Bentinck-Smith,  Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1955, second printing (advertised as the 1982 Revised Edition)

The Harvard Book:  Selections From Three Centuries, Revised Edition edited by William Bentinck-Smith, Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, 1982.  The Revised Edition contains an essay I wanted that wasn't published until 1978:  "Memories and Reflections on the Occasion of Reading Samuel Johnson by my Former Neighbor, Mr. Walter Jackson Bate" by Kevin Starr.

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The Rocky Mountain Book & Paper Fair

There are six other major book fairs across the country in August.

Find the Book Fair Nearest Your Area

The Pettus Collection of Nautical Fiction at the Book Club of California

Baseball Exhibition at the Library of Congress

Upcoming Exhibitions at the Smithsonian

Selections From the Carol F. Schimmel Collection


Churchill Book Collector


Hereford Cathedral's Chained Library

Women in Rare Books

The Value of Signed Books

The Papers of Benjamin Franklin

DSNA Member Sites

Poisonous Books in the Library of the University of Southern Denmark


My Sentimental Library

A Serendipitous Visit to the Library of Kurt Zimmerman

Cursory Remarks About Politics

Cursory Remarks About Congressional Oversight & Oversile


Anecdotes of Literature and Rare Books by William Beloe, London:  F. C. and J. Rivington 1807

Gazette of the Grolier Club  Number 67, New York:  Grolier Club 2016 (contains a memorial of Gabriel Austin by Alfred Bush and coordinated by Jonathan A. Hill)

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, Cambridge, Ma: Candlewick Press 2006

The World in Thirty-Eight Chapters or Dr Johnson's Guide to Life by Henry Hitchings, London: Macmillan 2008

Samuel Johnson's Insults by Jack Lynch, New York:  Walker & Co. 2005

Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer, Philadelphia:  Quirk Books 2018 (for my wife's Barack Obama collection; a detective spoof starring Barack Obama and Joe Biden)

Rare Books Uncovered by Rebecca Rego Barry, Minneapolis:  Voyageur Press 2015 (inscribed to me by Kurt Zimmerman as a memento of my visit to his library)

Rare Books Uncovered by Rebecca Rego Barry, Minneapolis:  Voyageur Press 2018 (paperback edition; contains four additional stories)

The Color Purple by Alice Walker, London:  Women's Press 1983 (1st UK Edition for 50 cents)

Jerry by Gerard Wallace, s.i., s.n. 2002

Chinese Philosophy in Classical Times by E. R. Hughes, London:  J. M. Dent & Sons 1971

Stories From Grimm edited by Francis Lillian Taylor, Dansville: F. A. Owen Publishing Co. 1907

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, New York: Harper Collins 2015

Hershey:  Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams  by Michael D'Antonio, New York:  Simon & Schuster 2006

The American Spirit:  Meeting the Challenge of September 11 edited by Robert Sullivan, New York:  Life Books 2002

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A Preview of the 2018-19 Florida Bibliophile Society Season

The 2018-19 Florida Bibliophile Society season is about to begin. And I'll be posting event notices for each meeting. But today I want to give you a preview of our speakers and their presentations.  If you're from the Tampa Bay area, or just visiting, our meetings are free and open to the public.

September: FBS member Gary Simons, editor of the Curran Index, an online reference project identifying contributors to 19th Century British periodicals, will give a presentation on the English Annuals that he collects. He has over 120 of them. These are holiday gift books published in England from 1823 to 1856. They are books with ornate bindings containing interesting engravings and prose and poetry from known and not-so-well-known contemporary authors.

October: FBS member Ben Wiley, a retired professor of film and literature, will give a presentation on his current work as a movie critic for the Tampa Bay's Creative Loafing online magazine.

November: Sarasota author Don Bruns will give a presentation on his Quentin Archer Mystery Series, the #3 best-selling mystery series on Amazon this year. And he will sign copies of his latest book, No Second Chances, the # 27th best-selling book on Amazon in February.

December: Holiday party for dues-paying FBS members. Fun!

January: FBS member Lisa Bradberry, film scholar, will give a presentation on the silent movie/early talkies film industry in Florida.

February: Wilson Blount will be our guest speaker for February, Black History Month. His topic will be Black History; he lived it. Wilson Blount marched across the bridge in Selma with Congressman John Lewis in 1965. Then he served his country in the United States Air Force, beginning as a second lieutenant in 1966, and retiring as a Colonel in the Air Force Reserves in 1999.

March: FBS Vice President Charles Brown will give a presentation on the Simplicissimus Story. Simplicissimus was the main character in a series of novels about life during the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648). These books are considered to be the first German adventure novels.

April: FBS member Ed Cifelli will give a presentation on his book, Longfellow in Love, published this very month (August 2018). He will sign copies of his book after his presentation.

May: Circus Historian Larry Kellogg will be the keynote speaker at the season-ending banquet at Brio Tuscan Grille. The winner of the 2019 Lee J. Harrer Student Book Collecting Essay Contest will read his/her essay at the banquet.

Gary Simons
Forget-Me-Not: The Literary Annuals of Yesteryear

As he did in September, 2016 , Gary Simons opens the 2018-19 Season of the Florida Bibliophile Society as our speaker for the September 16, 2018 meeting. The meeting will begin at 1:30 pm at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. North, Seminole, Florida 33772. Admission is free and open to the public.

Our speaker, Gary Simons, has had successful careers in both the education field and the private sector. He was a Professor of Chemistry at Wichita State University. But after being granted tenure in 1978, he decided to go to work in the private sector. For the next 28 years he was either director, vice president, or president of E-Systems, Energy Systems International, Automated Office Services, or AC Technologies. In 2007, Gary decided to go back into the education field.  For the next four yearse, he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of South Florida. In 2011, Gary acquired a Doctor of Philosophy in Literature and became an Adjunct Professor at USF, where he still teaches a variety of literature and writing courses.

English Literature is his specialty, and Gary has had articles about William Makepeace Thackeray, Jane Austen, and nineteenth-century periodicals published in Victorian Periodicals Review, Encyclopedia of Literary Romanticism,, Studies in Bibliography, and Nineteenth Century Studies, just to name a few.

Gary is the editor of the Curran Index, an ongoing online research effort to identify the authors of stories, poems and articles which appeared in the Victorian Press.

Gary is the Secretary of the Florida Bibliophile Society, and the Florida Bibliophile Society has received numerous accolades for its newsletter, The Florida Bibliophile, particularly for Gary’s reporting of the meeting minutes. Several out-of-town members have remarked that his recounting of what went on during the meetings makes them believe they may very well have attended the meetings themselves!

 I mentioned before that Gary was our speaker in September 2016. He gave a presentation on Catherine Gore, the Silverfork Novelist, whose books he collects. Gary also collects English Annuals. He has about 120 of them. These are gift books published in England for the holidays from 1823 to 1856. These books have ornate bindings and contain interesting engravings, and prose and poetry from known and not-so-well-known contemporary authors. And on September 16th, Gary Simons will give a presentation on his collection of English Annuals.

We’ll see you on September 16th!

U of Penn Conference on Women's Voices From the Wilderness

Bridwell Library Exhibit of the Pietists

There are Numerous Book Fairs in September
Find the Book Fair Nearest You


David Levy's Blog: Edmond Hoyle, Gent.


Gateway to Library Catalogs

The Curran Index

A Short Story By My Ozark Radio Hour Friend Dan Krotz

Scott Husby's Database of Bookbindings on Incunables

Latin Terms From AWOL

Reviews of Books Useful to the Collector by William Butts

Bookmarking Book Art Curated by Robert Bolick


The Crockett Almanacks edited by Franklin J. Meine, Chicago: The Caxton Club, 1955.

Centennial by James Michener, New York: Random House, 1974. No.245 of 500 copies printed.

Danmarks Historie by Johan Hvidtfeldt, Ib Koch-Olsen, and Axel Steensberg, Kobenhavn: Det Danske Forlag, 1950-52 two vols (fifty cents).

Danmarks Kronike by Saxo Grammaticus, Kobenhavn: Samlerens Forlag, 1951 (fifty cents).

The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell, edited by Percy Fitzgerald, London: Allen and Unwin, 1924, (vols 2 & 3 of 3 vols only).

House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia by Craig Unger, New York: Dutton, 2018.

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! by Jonah Winter, New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, 20009.

Great Photographs of World War II,  Pleasantville: Reader's Digest, c.1964.

The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton, New York: Barnes & Noble 2004.

Modern Islamic Literature From 1800 to the Present edited by James Kritzeck, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston,1970.

Little Kahuna and Da Menehune by Tom Aki and Elizabeth Lee, Printed in China c.2009.

A Celebration of Poets, Showcase Edition Owings Mills, Md: International Library of Poetry, 1998.

Braude's Treasury of Wit and Humor by Jacob M. Braude, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, c.1964.

The Presidents of the United States by John and Alice Durant, Miami: A. A. Gaché, 1975, two vols.


My Sentimental Library

A History and Census of The Paradise of Poets Printed at the Carnegie

Cursory Remarks About Politics

The Fair Dinkum Down Under News About Donald Trump

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Ben Wiley:  Movie Reviewer
Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down
Florida Bibliophile Society
Sunday Oct. 21, 2018 1:30 PM
Macdonald-Kelce library

Oak Knoll Fest

Brattleboro Literary Festival Oct 11-14, 2018

Wells College Book Arts Exhibit Oct 18 to Nov 30

Follow the Map Harvard Symposium Oct 25th, 26th

There are Numerous Book Fairs in October
Find the Book Fair Nearest You


Erik Kwakkel's medievalbooks


A Replica of the Jefferson Memorial in Florida

Books About Books

Mark Cockram, Bookbinder

Benjamin Pauley's Eighteenth-Century Book Tracker


The Afterlife of Aldus:  Posthumous Fame, Collectors and the Book Trade edited by Jill Kraye and Paolo Sachet, London:  Warburg Institute 2018 (Bibliographical Society Book Selection).

Library Mouse:  A Friend's Tale by Daniel Kirk, New York:  Abrams Books for Young Readers 2009 (adapted for Chick-fil-A).

Titi Livii Patavini Historiaeum libri priores Quinque:  in usum juventutis academicae by Livi, Uticæ: Excudebat G. Williams 1821 (Provenance: Thomas Williams 1806-1872).

The Life and Speeches of Thomas Williams:  Orator, Statesman and Jurist 1806-1872 A Founder of the Whig and Republican Parties by Burton Alva Konkle, Philadelphia:  Campion & Company 1905

Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson, NewYork:  Morrow 1995 (a gift from Lee Harrer).

2012:  The Little Horn of Prophecy by Peter Hargitai, Bloomington: iUniverse 2009.

Indian Boyhood by Charles Alexander Eastman, Alexandria: Time-Life Books 1993.

Keeping Boswell 'in Constant Repair' The Life of Johnson in Manuscript, The David Fleeman Lecture 2014 by Gordon Turnbull, Melbourne:  Johnson Society of Australia 2018 (a gift from John Byrne).

The Autobiography of Leigh Hunt newly edited by Roger Ingpen, New York:  E. P. Dutton 1903 (Vol II only).

The Complete Kama Sutra:  The First Unabridged Modern Translation... translated by Alain Daniélou, Rochester Vt: Park Street Press 1994.

Fear:  Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward, New York:  Simon & Schuster 2018.


My Sentimental Library

Learning About the Crockett Almanacks, Sabre-Tooth Revisited, and Bill Cole

Contemplations of Moibibliomaniac

Fear: Trump in the White House

House of Trump, House of Putin: the Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia

Cursory Remarks About Politics

Fear: Trump in the White House

House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia

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