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A Reason To Cringe: Jacobite Diary Ruined at British Library

Briton Peter J. Tyldesley, a solicitor and consultant for the Law Commission inherited his ancestor's Thomas Tyldesley diary from the early 18th Century. But in 1994, he decided to give it what he thought would be a safer home at the British Library. The diary was discovered earlier this month with it's leather cover cut off and the pages stained with oil. Times Online tells the sorry tale.

Lambeth Palace library to go online

bookieincolorado writes "[Church of England] One of the oldest public libraries in the country is set to go into cyberspace. The printed book collection of Lambeth Palace Library — the historic library and record office of the Archbishops of Canterbury, and the main repository of the documentary history of the Church of England — will be added to an online catalogue for the benefit of the national and international research community, it has been announced today. Here's The Scoop!"

Rare Steinbeck book auctioned for $47,800

A rare edition of "The Grapes of Wrath," John Steinbeck's epic 1939 tale of Depression-era poverty, sold at auction for $47,800.

A number of other first-edition copies of Steinbeck works were sold Sunday at an auction held by Bonhams & Butterfields. A copy of "Of Mice and Men" sold for $7,768, "East of Eden" for $8,365 and "In Dubious Battle" for $11,353.

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Boston Athenaeum Turns 200

teaperson writes "Boston's oldest private library is mounting an exhibit of various treasures to celebrate the occasion, featuring "a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln, painting and sculpture by artists Mather Brown and Horatio Greenough. And, of course, there are books, including a bound volume of presidential speeches from the library of George Washington." WBUR takes an audio and video tour."

Discovery of Authorship of Translator of "Faust" Began @ the Library

According to the Great Falls Tribune, if "you're a 19th Century Romantic scholar, [this] discovery is equivalent to finding the Dead Sea Scrolls".

The discovery was of an English translation of Goethe's Faust, anonymous, but believed to be by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Forty years ago, Professor Paul Zall found such a translation at the Huntington Library, and after many years of attempting but not being able to prove that the play was translated by the great British poet, he handed over the project to his student James McKusick, now dean of University of Montana's Davidson Honors College. Read on to follow the twists and turns of the proof...

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