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Queen Victoria's Highland adventures manuscript on show in Edinburgh

on Wednesday, 11 March 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Queen Victoria's Highland adventures manuscript on show in Edinburgh
A gilded manuscript based on a book by Queen Victoria which detailed time she spent in the Highlands and north east is going on show in Scotland.

Rescuing the priceless manuscripts of Timbuktu

on Tuesday, 10 March 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

For centuries, Timbuktu was a center of learning, home to a university and a vast collection of manuscripts containing priceless written records of Islamic and African history. When, a few years ago, jihadists invaded the city and set about to destroy its cultural treasures, one man organized a mission to smuggle out most of the manuscripts. Jeffrey Brown reports from Mali.

€500 Million Ponzi Scheme Suspected at Paris Museum

on Friday, 06 March 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

by Coline Milliard, November 20, 2014

€500 Million Ponzi Scheme Suspected at Paris Museum
The cosily niche books and manuscripts market may be about to be hit by one its biggest scandals in recent years. And Paris's Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits, as well as its sister organization the Institut des Lettres et Manuscrits, is in the eye of the storm.

Putting a Price on Simon Kuznets’s Nobel in Economics

on Thursday, 26 February 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

By PATRICIA COHEN

Putting a Price on Simon Kuznets’s Nobel in Economics
James D. Watson’s sold for $4.76 million while the one owned by William Randal Cremer, a member of Parliament and labor activist, fetched just $17,000.

Turing manuscript up for auction in New York

on Wednesday, 04 February 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

By AFP

Turing manuscript up for auction in New York
A hidden manuscript written by British mathematician and code breaker Alan Turing at Bletchley Park is to go on auction in New York in April, Bonhams said Tuesday.

The extraordinary document from 1942, when Turing was working to crack the Nazi's Enigma Code, is expected to fetch at least $1 million, the auction house said.

Museo del Prado Acquires Rubens Sketchbook, Rare Manuscripts

on Thursday, 29 January 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

by David LaGaccia, Thursday, January 29, 2015

Museo del Prado Acquires Rubens Sketchbook, Rare Manuscripts
Madrid's Museo del Prado announced Tuesday the acquisition of the Juan Bordes Library, comprising around 600 historical manuscripts that trace the study of the human anatomy in art.

Is The Bull Market Back At Baseball Card And Autograph Shows?

on Saturday, 24 January 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

by David Seideman

Is The Bull Market Back At Baseball Card And Autograph Shows?
If you’ve read my other posts, you can tell that I really enjoy attending a good baseball card show to swap stories with other baseball history fans and revel in vintage tobacco and gum cards, But for the past year I have worried that these events are going the way of Sunday double-headers that were routine in the 1950s and 1960s.

Saving Bosnia's past from the ashes

on Saturday, 17 January 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

By Guy De Launey, BBC News, Sarajevo

Saving Bosnia's past from the ashes
The interior of Sarajevo's Presidency building would make any historian wince. Not the decor itself - but the charred papers, piled against the walls.

This display of damaged documents stretches away down the ground floor corridors of the building, leaving dark smears on the white paint, leading to a heap of burned books, boxes and manuscripts in a stairwell.

Strange But True Tale of How Biggest Nazi Archive Wound Up in Colorado

on Wednesday, 11 March 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Path to Boulder Paved by Shady Deals and Holocaust Denial, written by Uriel Heilman

Strange But True Tale of How Biggest Nazi Archive Wound Up in Colorado
BOULDER, COLORADO — (JTA) — The yellowing document is crumbling and fading, but the smooth signature on its cover is as legible as it is chilling: Rudolf Hess, the Nazi who served as a Hitler deputy from 1933 to 1941.

Vatican held to ransom over stolen Michelangelo documents

on Sunday, 08 March 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

By Harriet Alexander

Vatican held to ransom over stolen Michelangelo documents
In popular imagination the Vatican is, away from the hallowed halls, a place of dark corridors, skulduggery and shady secrets.

On Sunday the Pope’s press secretary appeared to give weight to the Hollywood image, with the remarkable announcement that the Vatican had received a ransom demand for the return of two rare documents written by Renaissance master Michelangelo, which were stolen from its archives nearly 20 years ago.

Scheide Donation Is Largest in University’s History

on Wednesday, 04 March 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Written by: Anne Levin

William Hurd Scheide, the Princeton philanthropist, bibliophile, and musicologist who died at age 100 last November, has left his collection of some 2,500 rare books and manuscripts to his alma mater, Princeton University. The bequest, announced Monday and valued at nearly $300 million, represents the largest donation in the University’s history.

Magna Carta worth £10m found in council archives

on Sunday, 08 February 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

By Agency

Magna Carta worth £10m found in council archives
Forgotten version of historical parchment that established principle of rule of law discovered in files of history department of Kent County Council in Maidstone

Fire rages through library in Moscow

on Wednesday, 04 February 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Fire rages through library in Moscow
A fire has destroyed parts of one of Russia's largest public libraries, containing more than 14 million items.

All the Presidents’ Memorabilia

on Tuesday, 27 January 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

By SERGE F. KOVALESKI

All the Presidents’ Memorabilia
Jordan M. Wright’s collection of political memorabilia is unquestionably prodigious.

Consisting of perhaps a million-plus items, amassed over four decades, it includes an assortment of ephemera like a George W. Bush piñata and a portrait of Lincoln made of seed and saplings, but also legions of important historical artifacts, like a George Washington picture flag from his swearing in and a purse with a Warren G. Harding logo that was used to attract newly enfranchised female voters.

X-Rays Reveal Snippets From Papyrus Scrolls That Survived Mount Vesuvius

on Tuesday, 20 January 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Buried by a volcano, the scorched papyri may yet yield their secrets. written by Dan Vergano, National Geographic

X-Rays Reveal Snippets From Papyrus Scrolls That Survived Mount Vesuvius
The charred scrolls of ancient Herculaneum may yet yield their secrets, suggests an x-ray analysis released Tuesday of one previously impenetrable roll of papyrus.
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