Category Archives: rare books

  1. Lies, Spies, and Ultracrepidarians

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    March 10, 2017 by libroshombre

    Too many ultracrepidarians are running around these days. An “ultracrepidarian” is “someone who gives an opinion on things s/he knows …
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  2. Old Books, Old Librarians, and Literary Iceland

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    December 29, 2015 by libroshombre

    There’s much to commend about old books, beginning with the observation of Victorian critic John Ruskin, “All books are divisible …
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  3. Grammar Nazis, Word Power, and Shakespeare’s Library

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    May 8, 2014 by libroshombre

    Truly, I’m no grammar nazi. I’ve known real ones – some of my best friends are grammatical storm troopers – …
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  4. Gutenberg, Fust, and Rare Book Libraries

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    March 13, 2014 by libroshombre

    Old Johann Fust was something. He underwrote Gutenberg’s printshop with two loans in 1450 and 1452 totaling 1,600 guilders. Three …
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