A discussion of early dust wrappers on books on the SHARP discussion list took a side turn when wrappers on playing cards came up as a possibly parallel phenomenon. The recently-publicized Field collection of playing cards — over 6,000 decks and a good bit of related material — has a number of these wrappers. In […]

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A “New” Medieval Manuscript

Great news: we were the successful bidders at the November auction of medieval manuscripts at Christie’s, London! The wonderful new addition to our collection, soon to be known officially as Western MS 88, is a canon law compilation, copied in France, ca. 1240. It’s a superb example of the way medieval books usually circulated, with […]

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Anton Seidl

We were contacted recently by Katherine Syer for permission to publish two images of documents in the papers of Anton Seidl, held by RBML on deposit from the Music Library, in her forthcoming “From Page to Stage: Wagner as Regisseur.” It will be part of the Princeton University Press book Wagner and his World, edited […]

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