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Rob’s trip to Washington D.C.

December 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Late last month, I conducted the first of several trips to various libraries and institutions planned for our fiscal year 2012–2013.

Destination: Washington D.C.

Starting off early in the morning, I began my drive down to the Hotel Harrington. Driving on the nightmare known as the Washington Beltway was surprisingly pleasant and I made great time. With some time to spare, I freshened up and started my walk, past the White House, towards George Washington University’s campus where I met with Brad Sabin Hill, curator of the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection at the Gelman Library. After showing me around the beautiful top floor of the library, we discussed future exhibitions that will be occurring at the library. Afterwards, we took a break for a late lunch at a lovely French bistro (my favorite cuisine) and parted ways shortly thereafter.

It was then time for some fun and, since I’m a huge basketball fan, I decided to take the plunge and attend a Washington Wizards game. Luckily enough for me, I got to see the Wizards win their first game of the 2012-2013 season (they should pay me to attend the games now). Afterwards, I had a late dinner at Graffiato, which is the restaurant owned by Top Chef Winner Mike Isabella. I was really interested in going to this restaurant, not for Isabella or Top Chef, but because Isabella’s cookbook Crazy Good Italian was co-written by my favorite food blogger Carol Blymire. If you like food, you would love her current blog Alinea at Home, as well as her past blog (and 2007 winner for best food blog), French Laundry at Home.

The next morning I met with curator of the Rosenwald collection at the Library of Congress, Dan De Simone. I had never been to the Library of Congress before, so I was pretty excited. He gave me a VERY detailed tour of the Rare Books Collection, as well as the numerous exhibitions that they had displayed. If you haven’t been to the LoC, I highly recommend going, as it is certainly a beautiful building, inside and out. After our relaxing lunch, he gave me a copy of his Seven Perspectives of the Woodcut and personally inscribed it as a memento of my first visit to “the big house (LoC).” After saying our final goodbyes, we parted ways and thus ended my adventure in Washington D.C.


New partnership with

December 12, 2012 1 comment

RarebooksLogo Oak Knoll Press and are pleased to announce a new partnership which makes over 30 of Oak Knoll’s in-copyright bibliographies available electronically. These bibliographies add to’s already outstanding collection of research materials., founded in 2000 and based in Boulogne, France, is an essential online collection of key bibliographies, containing a wealth of material, with many invaluable benefits to the research community. The website is useful in researching a wide variety of topics, including book history, typography, author history, world history, art history, and religion.

Here’s an example of what people have been saying about

As director of the History of Text Technologies program at Florida State I have been an ardent supporter of the Rarebooks database to which FSU subscribed at my initiative three years ago. My students and colleagues, from History to English, now use it on a regular basis, marveled by its scope and riches as well as its user-friendly nature.

Francois Dupuigrenet Desroussilles,
Professor of Christianity and director of the HoTT program at Florida State University

With the addition of Oak Knoll Press’s bibliographies, the perspective of is broadened significantly to include film noir, modern press books, as well as modern American and English authors.

Anyone can take advantage of this opportunity to use electronic versions of the Oak Knoll bibliographies, as well as the great depth and variety of other materials offered by, by visiting and subscribing to the service.

The full list of titles Oak Knoll Press is offering through

Afro-Americana, 1553-1906: A Catalog of the Holdings of the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

An Annotated International Bibliography of Lewis Carroll’s Sylvie and Bruno Books by Byron Sewell & Clare Imholtz

American Masonic Periodicals 1738-2005 by Larissa P. Watkins

Arthur Miller: A Descriptive Bibliography by George W. Crandell

Books about Books: A History and Bibliography of Oak Knoll Press, 1978-2008 by Robert D. Fleck

Books on Art in Early America by Janice G. Schimmelman

Burnsiana: A Bibliography of the William R. Smith Collection in the Library of the Supreme Council, 33°, S.J. by Larissa P. Watkins

Carl Larsson: An Annotated Bibliography by Ann J. Topjon

A Catalogue of the Junius Spencer Morgan Collection of Virgil in the Princeton University Library by Craig Kallendorf

Christina Rossetti: A Descriptive Bibliography by Maura Ives

The Dark Page: Books That Inspired American Film Noir, 1940-1949 by Kevin Johnson

The Dark Page II: Books That Inspired American Film Noir, 1950-1965 by Kevin Johnson

The Delaware River and Bay 1600-1999: A Selective Bibliography by Ben Cohen

Early Printing in Saint Vincent: The Island’s First Printers and Their Work, With a List of Saint Vincent Imprints, 1767-1834 by Gregory Frohnsdorff

A History of the Eragny Press, 1894-1914 by Marcella D. Genz

Ernest Hemingway: A Descriptive Bibliography by C. Edgar Grissom

Field & Tuer, the Leadenhall Press: A Checklist by Matthew McLennan Young

Frank E. Schoonover Catalogue Raisonne by John Schoonover & Louise Schoonover Smith with LeeAnn Dean

Gore Vidal: A Bibliography, 1940-2009 by Steven Abbott

James Ingram Merrill: A Descriptive Bibliography by Jack W.C. Hagstrom & Bill Morgan

John Rodker’s Ovid Press: A Bibliographical History by Gerald W. Cloud

John Sanford: An Annotated Bibliography by Jack Mearns

John Updike:  A Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Materials, 1948-2007 by Jack De Bellis & Michael Broomfield

The Kelmscott Chaucer: A Census by William S. Peterson & Sylvia Holton Peterson

The Last of the Great Swashbucklers: A Bio-Bibliography of Rafael Sabatini by Jesse F. Knight & Stephen Darley

Our Very Illustrious Brother, Abraham Lincoln: A Bibliography of the Louis D. Carman Lincolniana Collection in the Library of the Supreme Council, 33°, S.J. by Larissa P. Watkins

Printed Cookbooks in Europe, 1470-1700: A Bibliography of Early Modern Culinary Literature by Henry Notaker

The River and Firth of Clyde 1549-1993: A Selective Bibliography by Ben Cohen

Rudyard Kipling: A Bibliography by David Alan Richards

Series Americana: Post Depression-Era Regional Literature, 1938-1980, A Descriptive Bibliography Including Biographies of the Authors, Illustrators, and Editors by Carol Fitzgerald

Supplement to T.E. Lawrence: A Bibliography by Philip M. O’Brien

The Thames 1580-1980: A General Bibliography by Ben Cohen

T.E. Lawrence: A Bibliography by Philip M. O’Brien

The Vale Press, Charles Ricketts, A Publisher in Earnest by Maureen M. Watry

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Book Life shortlisted for the 2012 Magarey Medal for Biography

December 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Book LifeWe are happy to report that Eileen Chanin’s Book Life: The Life and Times of David Scott Mitchell was one of five books shortlisted for the 2012 Magarey Medal for Biography, awarded by the Australian Historical Association and the Association for the Study of Australian Literature.

Book Life has also been awarded the 2011 Alex Buxo Shortlist Prize and was shortlisted for the 2011 Waverley Library Award for Literature.

The first chapter is available to read online as a pdf, so click here and see for yourself why Book Life is garnering so much acclaim.